There was a time, not that long ago, when a structure degraded by H2O basically had to be torn apart and rebuilt. Roof components, floor panels, wall 2×4’s, paneling and any other covering could not be restored, but had to be replaced. This was an in depth and costly cure.
The homeowners were dislodged for a extended time and life was chaotic.
Modern water damage restoration has grown out of this setting.
Even today, some scenarios are beyond restoration and need demolition and rebuilding from scratch.
However, the steady improvement in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable science has made restoration much less expensive and much less invasive for the office owner.
Water Damage School
A modern qualified restoration company and technicians have access to the most competent and up to date training
. These classes are conducted 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 technician displays the quality degree of competence, she receives Credentials to affirm his or her skill to perform. Yearly education is required to keep certification valid.
Learning What to Look For
Certified training involves assessing the flood. This means the certified technician is able to competently assess a flooded home catastrophe. A flooded home 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 eye site will not produce satisfactory or professional results. To restore properly, all the water must be removed from the structure.
This water that is out of site, not visible to the naked eye, can be detected by the Professional using up to date technology such as hygrometers and infrared imaging. These tools and knowledge are not accessible to the untrained homeowner or property manager. Therefore, calling in a professional water damage restoration company is advisable, and I would say Essential.
Drying Beneath The Surface
If you have a washing machine overflow and pours ten gallons of water on your carpet, you may be safe to call a carpet cleaner and just suck up, 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 requires knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
It is possible to dry a building too quickly and cause twisting of structural components. Charting the progress of drying by measuring and comparing humidity levels in the building is another element in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.