There was a time, not that long ago, when a building damaged by water basically had to be ripped apart and rebuilt. Roof components, 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 expensive solution.
The occupants were forced to leave for a long period and life was chaotic.
Modern water damage restoration has matured out of this background.
Still today, some situations are beyond restoration and demand demolition and rebuilding.
However, the steady betterment in technology, equipment, experience, and observable science has made restoration much less costly and much less time consuming for the house owner.
Water Damage Pro Training
Today’s professional restoration firm and technicians have access to the most competent and modern training. These classes are carried out around the area by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Attendees receive detailed training on the most up to date Drying Procedures, water removal equipment and Techniques. Once the trainee displays the proper degree of skill, he or she receives Credentials to prove their skill to get the job done. Continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Training involves assessing the damage. 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 sucking up the standing water that is in view will not produce satisfactory or quality results. To restore properly, all the water must be extracted.
Training to Detect Unseen Water
This water that is hidden, not visible to the naked eye, can be located by the Certified Professional using up to date technology such as hygrometers and infrared. These tools and the knowledge to use them are not accessible to the untrained homeowner or property manager. Therefore, calling in a team of professionals is recommended, and I would say Essential.
Drying What Can Not Be Seen
If you have a washer overflow and floods a few gallons of water on your flooring, 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 out a building too rapidly and cause warping of structural components. Charting the progress of drying by measuring and comparing the measure of humidity is another element in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.