There was a spell, not that long ago, when a home saturated by water basically had to be torn apart and rebuilt. Roof components, floor panels, wall 2×4’s, paneling and any other covering could not be returned to service, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and costly remedy.
The renters were dislocated for a long period and life was chaotic.
Contemporary water damage restoration has grown up out of this background.
Still now, some scenarios are beyond restoration and require dismantling and rebuilding.
However, the on-going improvement in technology, equipment, experience, and observable science has made restoration much less costly and much less time consuming for the structure owner.
Water Damage Classroom Training
A modern certified restoration firm and technicians have availability to the highest competent and state of the art training
. These schools are carried out around the region by the Major Restoration Associations
and often sponsored by Technology Companies
. Students receive in depth training on the most up to date Drying Procedures, water removal and Techniques. When the attendee shows the proper degree of skill, he or she is honored with Credentials to affirm his or her ability to perform. Yearly education is required to keep certification valid.
How To Assess the Flood Damage
Certified training involves assessing the damage. This means the certified technician is able to competently assess a flood catastrophe. A flooded building 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 extracting the water that is in eye site will not produce satisfactory or healthy results. To restore properly, all the water must be extracted.
This water that is out of site, invisible to the naked eye, can be found by the Certified 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 water damage restoration company is recommended, and I would say Essential.
Drying What Can Not Be Seen
If you have a washing machine overflow and pours five gallons of water on your floor, you may be safe to call a carpet cleaner and just remove, 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 requires knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
It is possible to dry a house too quickly and cause twisting of structural components. Charting the progression of drying by measuring and comparing humidity levels is another element in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.