There was a spell, not that long ago, when a building inundated by water basically had to be torn apart and rebuilt. Roof sheathing, floor panels, wall studs, paneling and any other covering could not be returned to service, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and very costly remedy.
The business personnel were displaced for a lengthy time and life was chaotic.
Modern water damage repair has grown up out of this setting.
Still now, some scenarios are beyond restoration and demand dismantling and starting over.
However, the continued improvement in technology, equipment, experience, and observable evidence has made restoration much less expensive and much less extensive for the home owner.
Water Damage Education
A Contemporary professional restoration business and technicians have availability to the most competent and modern training
. These classes are conducted around the country by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification
and often sponsored by Technology Companies
. Students receive detailed training on the most up to date Drying Procedures, efficient water removal and Techniques. When the attendee shows the quality degree of skill, he receives Credentials to prove his know how to perform. Yearly education is required to keep certification valid.
Certified training involves assessing the flood. This means the water damage 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 standing water that is in eye site will not produce satisfactory or professional results. To properly restore, all the water must be extracted.
Training to Find Unseen Water
This water that is out of site, not visible to the naked eye, can be found by the Certified Professional Technician 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 professional water damage restoration company is advisable, and I would say Essential.
Drying What Can Not Be Seen
If you have a washer overflow and floods a few gallons of water on your carpet, it may be safe to call a carpet cleaner and just suck up, 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 calls for knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
It is possible to remove moisture from a building too quickly and cause buckling of structural components. Charting the progression of drying by measuring humidity levels is another tool in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.