There was a period, not that long ago, when a house damaged by H2O basically had to be ripped apart and rebuilt. Roof components, hardwood floors, wall 2×4’s, sheet rock and any other covering could not be salvaged, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and very costly solution.
The owners were forced to evacuate for a lengthy period and life was chaotic.
Modern water damage repair has matured out of this background.
Still now, some scenarios are beyond restoration and demand demolition and rebuilding from scratch.
However, the steady improvement in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable science has made restoration much less expensive and much less time consuming for the structure owner.
Water Damage Professional Training
A Contemporary professional restoration business and technicians have access to the most relevant and modern training
. These schools are conducted around the area by the IICRC
and often sponsored by Technology Companies
. Attendees receive detailed training on the most current Drying Procedures, water removal and Techniques. When the student shows the quality degree of competence, he is honored with Credentials to affirm her ability to get the job done. Yearly education is required to keep certification valid.
Restoration training involves assessing the flood. This means the certified water damage technician is able to competently assess a flooded building catastrophe. A flooded structure will have water in all kinds of places. Water will be in plain site and some will be hidden under floors and in wall cavities. Just extracting the standing water that is in view will not produce satisfactory or high quality results. To properly restore, all the water must be extracted.
The Danger of Hidden Water
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. These tools and knowledge are not accessible to the untrained homeowner or property manager. Therefore, calling in a team of professionals 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 flooring, it 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 demands knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
Drying The Real Estate With Control
It is possible to dry out a building too rapidly and cause buckling of structural components. Charting the progress of drying by measuring the measure of humidity is another element in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.