There was a time, not that long ago, when a office saturated by H2O basically had to be ripped apart and rebuilt from scratch. Roof components, hardwood floors, wall 2×4’s, wainscoting and any other covering could not be salvaged, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and very costly remedy.
The occupants were dislocated for a prolonged period and life was chaotic.
Modern water damage repair has grown up out of this background.
Even today, some situations are beyond restoration and need demolition and starting over.
However, the on-going betterment in technology, equipment, experience, and observable knowledge has made restoration much less expensive and much less invasive for the office owner.
Water Damage Professional Training
Today’s qualified restoration firm and technicians have availability to the highest competent and advanced training
. These classes are carried out throughout the country by the Certification Schools
and often sponsored by Technology Companies
. Technicians receive in depth training on the most current Drying Procedures, efficient water removal and Techniques. When the student displays the required degree of skill, he receives Credentials to affirm his or her ability to perform. Yearly continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Training involves inspection. This means the water damage technician is able to competently assess a flooded home catastrophe. A flooded building will have water in all kinds of places. Water will be in plain site and some will be hidden under floors and in wall cavities. Just extracting the standing water that is in eye site will not produce satisfactory or high quality results. To restore properly, all the water must be extracted.
This water that is hidden, not visible to the naked eye, can be found by the Professional 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 team of professionals is recommended, and I would say Essential.
Beyond the Surface
If you have a washer overflow and floods a few gallons of water on your carpet, you may be safe to call a carpet cleaner and just extract the water, 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 a office too rapidly and cause buckling of structural components. Charting the progression of drying by measuring the measure of humidity is another tool in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.