There was a time, not that long ago, when a office saturated by water basically had to be ripped apart and rebuilt. Roof components, flooring, wall studs, sheet rock and any other covering could not be restored, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and costly solution.
The tenants were displaced for a prolonged time and life was chaotic.
Contemporary water damage restoration has matured out of this background.
Even today, some circumstances are beyond restoration and require dismantling and starting over.
However, the on-going improvement in technology, equipment, experience, and observable knowledge has made restoration much less expensive and much less invasive for the office owner.
Water Damage Education
A modern professional restoration firm and technicians have availability to the most relevant and up to date training. These schools are conducted around the area by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Technicians receive in depth training on the most up to date Drying Procedures, efficient water removal and Techniques. Once the trainee shows the required degree of competence, he is awarded Credentials to prove his or her 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 flood. 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. Some water 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 view will not produce satisfactory or quality results. To properly restore, all the water must be removed from the structure.
Training to Find Unseen Water
This water that is out of site, not visible to the naked eye, can be located by the Certified Professional Technician using up to date technology such as hygrometers and infrared. These tools and knowledge are not accessible to the untrained homeowner or commercial property manager. Therefore, calling in a professional is recommended, and I would say Essential.
Drying What Can Not Be Seen
If you have a washer overflow and pours a few gallons of water on your flooring, it may be safe to call a carpet cleaner and just remove, 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 demands knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
Drying Your Home With Control
It is possible to remove moisture from a building too rapidly 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.