There was a spell, not that long ago, when a structure inundated by water basically had to be ripped apart and rebuilt from scratch. Roof components, sub floor, wall studs, drywall and any other covering could not be returned to service, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and expensive remedy.
The renters were dislodged for a extended period and life was chaotic.
Modern water damage repair has matured out of this setting.
Still today, some scenarios are beyond restoration and demand tearing out and starting over.
However, the continued improvement in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable science has made restoration much less costly and much less invasive for the office owner.
Water Damage Hands on Training
Today’s certified restoration business and technicians have availability to the greatest relevant and up to date training. These classes are carried out around the region by the IICRC and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Students receive detailed training on the most current Drying Procedures, water removal equipment and Techniques. When the technician shows the quality degree of skill, he is awarded Credentials to affirm his or her skill to get the job done. Yearly continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Learning How to Inspect the Damage
Training involves assessing the flood. This means the certified technician is able to competently assess a flooded building catastrophe. A flooded building 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 sucking up the water that is in site will not produce satisfactory or quality results. To restore properly, all the water must be removed from the structure.
This water that is hidden, not visible to the naked eye, can be detected by the Certified Professional using modern 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 the Structure
If you have a washer overflow and pours ten gallons of water on your carpet, it may be safe to call a carpet cleaner and just remove, if it doesn’t sit too long. 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 a structure too fast and cause warping of structural components. Charting the progress of drying by measuring humidity levels in the building is another element in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.