There was a time, not that long ago, when a structure inundated by H2O basically had to be ripped apart and rebuilt from scratch. Roof components, floor panels, wall 2×4’s, wainscoting and any other covering could not be returned to service, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and very costly remedy.
The owners were dislodged for a extended period and life was chaotic.
Contemporary water damage restoration has matured out of this background.
Still today, some scenarios are beyond restoration and need dismantling and rebuilding from scratch.
However, the steady improvement in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable science has made restoration much less costly and much less time consuming for the building owner.
Water Damage Training
Today’s qualified restoration company and technicians have access to the greatest relevant and up to date training. These training sessions are carried out throughout the region by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Technicians receive detailed training on the most up to date Drying Procedures, Efficient Water Removal Equipment and Techniques. When the student displays the quality degree of skill, he receives Credentials to affirm their ability to perform. Yearly continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Training involves assessing the flood. This means the certified water damage technician is able to competently assess a flooded building catastrophe. A flooded office 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 water that is in view will not produce satisfactory or professional results. To restore properly, all the water must be extracted.
The Danger of Hidden Water
This water that is out of site, not visible to the naked eye, can be located by the Certified Pro using modern technology such as hygrometers and infrared. 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 advisable, and I would say Essential.
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 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 calls for knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
It is possible to remove moisture from a office too quickly and cause twisting of structural components. Charting the progress of drying by measuring humidity levels is another element in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.