There was a period, not that long ago, when a house damaged by H2O basically had to be ripped apart and rebuilt. Roof sheathing, flooring, wall 2×4’s, drywall and any other covering could not be returned to use, but had to be replaced. This was an in depth and expensive remedy.
The business personnel were displaced for a extended time and life was chaotic.
Up to Date water damage repair has grown up out of this setting.
Even today, some circumstances are beyond restoration and need tearing out and rebuilding from scratch.
However, the on-going betterment in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable knowledge has made restoration much less costly and much less invasive for the structure owner.
Water Damage Professional Training
A modern qualified restoration business and technicians have availability to the highest competent and modern training. These schools are conducted around the region by the Restoration Associations and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Technicians receive detailed training on the most current Drying Procedures, water removal and Techniques. When the attendee shows the proper degree of skill, he or she receives Credentials to prove his ability to get the job done. Yearly education is required to keep certification valid.
Certified Inspection Skills
Restoration training involves assessing the damage. This means the certified technician is able to competently assess a flood catastrophe. A flooded home 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 standing water that is in site will not produce satisfactory or high 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 found by the Professional using modern technology such as hygrometers and infrared imaging. These tools and knowledge are not accessible to the untrained homeowner or commercial property manager. Therefore, calling in a team of professionals is advisable, and I would say Essential.
Removing Moisture from Saturated Wood, Sheetrock, and Hardwood
If you have a clothes washer overflow and floods ten 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 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 out a office too quickly and cause buckling of structural components. Charting the progression of drying by measuring and comparing humidity levels in the building is another element in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.