There was a time, not that long ago, when a house inundated by water basically had to be torn apart and rebuilt. Roof components, hardwood floors, wall studs, wainscoting and any other covering could not be salvaged, but had to be replaced. This was an in depth and costly cure.
The homeowners were dislocated for a long time and life was chaotic.
Up to Date water damage restoration has matured out of this setting.
Still today, some scenarios are beyond restoration and need dismantling and rebuilding from scratch.
However, the steady advancement in technology, equipment, experience, and observable science has made restoration much less costly and much less invasive for the building owner.
Water Damage School
A modern qualified restoration company and technicians have access to the most relevant and up to date training
. These training sessions are conducted throughout the country by the Major Restoration Associations
and often sponsored by Technology Companies
. Students receive in depth training on the most current Drying Procedures, efficient water removal and Techniques. Once the technician displays the required degree of competence, he is honored with Credentials to affirm his know how to perform. Yearly continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Learning How to Inspect the Damage
Certified training involves assessing the damage. This means the certified technician is able to competently assess a flood catastrophe. A flooded office will have water in all kinds of places. Water 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 site will not produce satisfactory or healthy results. To restore properly, all the water must be removed from the structure.
Unseen Danger of Hidden Water
This water that is out of site, not visible to the naked eye, can be located by the Certified Professional using modern 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.
If you have a clothes washer overflow and floods a few gallons of water on your floor, 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 calls for knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
It is possible to dry a structure too rapidly and cause twisting of structural components. Charting the progression of drying by measuring humidity levels is another tool in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.