There was a spell, not that long ago, when a home damaged by H2O basically had to be torn apart and rebuilt. Roof sheathing, floor panels, wall studs, sheet rock and any other covering could not be restored, but had to be replaced. This was an in depth and costly remedy.
The homeowners were dislocated for a long period and life was chaotic.
Contemporary water damage restoration has grown up out of this setting.
Even today, some scenarios are beyond restoration and require tearing out and starting over.
However, the steady improvement in technology, equipment, experience, and observable knowledge has made restoration much less costly and much less extensive for the office owner.
Water Damage Education
A modern qualified restoration business and technicians have access to the highest relevant and up to date training. These schools are carried out throughout the area by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Students receive detailed training on the most up to date Drying Procedures, water removal and Techniques. Once the technician shows the required degree of skill, she is awarded Credentials to prove his or her know how to perform. Continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
How To Assess the Flood Damage
Training involves assessing the flood. This means the water damage technician is able to competently assess a flooded building catastrophe. A flooded 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 extracting the water that is in eye site will not produce satisfactory or quality results. To restore properly, all the water must be removed from the structure.
This water that is out of site, not visible to the naked eye, can be located by the Pro using modern technology such as hygrometers and infrared. These tools and knowledge are not accessible to the untrained homeowner or property manager. Therefore, calling in a professional water damage restoration company is recommended, and I would say Essential.
Removing Moisture from Saturated Wood, Sheetrock, and Hardwood
If you have a washer overflow and spills ten gallons of water on your carpet, you may be safe to call a carpet cleaner and just remove, if it doesn’t sit for an extended time. But hundreds of gallons of water from burst pipes, storms, hurricanes, river overflow, etc. will almost always create a need for structural drying. This demands knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
It is possible to remove moisture from a house too fast and cause warping of structural components. Charting the progression of drying by measuring and comparing humidity levels is another tool in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.