There was a spell, not that long ago, when a building damaged by water basically had to be torn apart and rebuilt from scratch. Roof sheathing, hardwood flooring, wall 2×4’s, sheet rock and any other covering could not be returned to use, but had to be replaced. This was an in depth and expensive remedy.
The homeowners were dislodged for a extended time and life was chaotic.
Modern water damage repair has grown out of this background.
Even today, some circumstances are beyond restoration and demand demolition and starting over.
However, the on-going advancement in technology, equipment, experience, and observable knowledge has made restoration much less costly and much less time consuming for the building owner.
Water Damage Pro Training
A Contemporary qualified restoration firm and technicians have availability to the highest relevant and state of the art training
. These schools are conducted around the region by the IICRC
and often sponsored by Technology Companies
. Attendees receive in depth training on the most current Drying Procedures, water removal and Techniques. When the trainee displays the proper degree of skill, he is honored with Credentials to prove her ability to perform. Continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Learning What to Look For
Restoration training involves inspection. This means the certified water damage technician is able to competently assess a flooded building catastrophe. A flooded office building will have water in all kinds of places. Some will be in plain site and some will be out of site under floors and in wall cavities. Just sucking up the standing water that is in eye site will not produce satisfactory or high quality results. To properly restore, all the water must be extracted.
This water that is out of site, not visible to the naked eye, can be found by the Pro using modern technology such as hygrometers and infrared imaging. These tools and knowledge are not accessible to the untrained homeowner or commercial property manager. Therefore, calling in a professional water damage restoration company is recommended, and I would say Essential.
Drying Beneath The Surface
If you have a washing machine overflow and floods ten gallons of water on your carpet, it may be safe to call a carpet cleaner and just extract the water, if it doesn’t sit too long. But hundreds of gallons of water from burst pipes, storms, hurricanes, river overflow, etc. will almost always create a need for structural drying. This calls for knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
It is possible to remove moisture from a structure too fast and cause buckling of structural components. Charting the progress of drying by measuring levels of moisture is another element in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.