There was a time, not that long ago, when a structure saturated by H2O basically had to be ripped apart and rebuilt from scratch. Roof components, hardwood flooring, wall 2×4’s, sheet rock and any other covering could not be returned to service, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and expensive remedy.
The occupants were dislodged for a prolonged time and life was chaotic.
Contemporary water damage repair has grown up out of this setting.
Even now, some circumstances are beyond restoration and require dismantling and starting over.
However, the steady improvement in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable knowledge has made restoration much less expensive and much less invasive for the structure owner.
Water Damage Classroom Training
A modern certified restoration company and technicians have availability to the greatest relevant and state of the art training. These classes are conducted around the region by the Restoration Associations and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Technicians receive detailed training on the most up to date Drying Procedures, Efficient Water Removal Equipment and Techniques. Once the technician shows the required degree of skill, she is honored with Credentials to affirm his or her skill to perform. Yearly education is required to keep certification valid.
Restoration training involves assessing the flood. This means the certified technician is able to competently assess a flood catastrophe. A flooded structure 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 sucking up the standing water that is in view will not produce satisfactory or quality results. To restore properly, all the water must be removed from the structure.
The Danger of Hidden Water
This water that is out of site, invisible to the naked eye, can be located by the Certified Professional Technician using modern technology such as hygrometers and infrared imaging. These tools and the knowledge to use them are not accessible to the untrained homeowner or commercial property manager. Therefore, calling in a professional is recommended, and I would say Essential.
Drying the Structure
If you have a washing machine overflow and floods five gallons of water on your carpet, you may be safe to call a carpet cleaner and just extract the water, 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 structure too quickly and cause twisting of structural components. Charting the progression of drying by measuring and comparing levels of moisture is another element in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.