There was a time, not that long ago, when a house degraded by water basically had to be torn apart and rebuilt. Roof components, hardwood flooring, wall 2×4’s, drywall and any other covering could not be returned to service, but had to be replaced. This was an in depth and very costly remedy.
The occupants were dislodged for a long period and life was chaotic.
Up to Date water damage repair has grown out of this setting.
Still now, some situations are beyond restoration and demand tearing out and starting over.
However, the continued improvement in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable knowledge has made restoration much less costly and much less extensive for the real estate owner.
Water Damage Pro Training
A Contemporary qualified restoration business and technicians have access to the greatest relevant and advanced training. These training sessions are carried out around the area by the IICRC and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Students receive detailed training on the most up to date Drying Procedures, Efficient Water Removal Equipment and Techniques. Once the attendee shows the required degree of competence, he is honored with Credentials to prove their skill to get the job done. Yearly continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Learning What to Look For
Certified training involves assessing the damage. This means the certified water damage technician is able to competently assess a flood catastrophe. A flooded office building will have water in all kinds of places. Some will be in plain site and some will be hidden under floors and in wall cavities. Just sucking up the standing water that is in site will not produce satisfactory or quality results. To restore properly, all the water must be removed from the structure.
This water that is hidden, not visible to the naked eye, can be detected by the Professional using up to date technology such as hygrometers and infrared imaging. These tools and the knowledge to use them 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.
Beyond the Surface
If you have a washer overflow and floods ten gallons of water on your floor, it 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 dry out a building too fast and cause twisting of structural components. Charting the progression of drying by measuring and comparing levels of moisture is another element in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.