There was a period, not that long ago, when a home inundated by water basically had to be torn apart and rebuilt. Roof components, floor panels, wall 2×4’s, wainscoting and any other covering could not be salvaged, but had to be replaced. This was an in depth and expensive cure.
The business personnel were forced to evacuate for a prolonged period and life was chaotic.
Modern water damage restoration has matured out of this setting.
Even now, some situations are beyond restoration and require dismantling and rebuilding.
However, the continued advancement in technology, equipment, experience, and observable evidence has made restoration much less expensive and much less invasive for the building owner.
Water Damage Classroom Training
A Contemporary professional restoration business and technicians have access to the greatest relevant and up to date training. These classes are carried out around the region by the Restoration Associations and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Technicians receive in depth training on the most up to date Drying Procedures, Efficient Water Removal Equipment and Techniques. When the attendee displays the quality degree of know how, she receives Credentials to prove her skill to get the job done. Continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Certified training involves assessing the damage. This means the certified technician is able to competently assess a wet home catastrophe. A flooded structure will have water in all kinds of places. Some will be in plain site and some will be hidden under floors and in wall cavities. Just extracting the water that is in site will not produce satisfactory or high quality results. To restore properly, all the water must be extracted.
This water that is hidden, not visible to the naked eye, can be found by the Professional using up to date technology such as hygrometers and infrared imaging. These tools and the knowledge to use them are not accessible to the untrained homeowner or property manager. Therefore, calling in a professional is advisable, and I would say Essential.
Drying Beneath The Surface
If you have a washing machine overflow and floods five 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 long enough to penetrate deep into the structure. 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 Structure With Control
It is possible to dry out a office too rapidly and cause warping of structural components. Charting the progress of drying by measuring the measure of humidity is another tool in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.