There was a period, not that long ago, when a office inundated by H2O basically had to be ripped apart and rebuilt. Roof components, floor panels, wall studs, sheet rock and any other covering could not be restored, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and costly cure.
The occupants were forced to leave for a prolonged period and life was chaotic.
Up to Date water damage restoration has grown out of this setting.
Still today, some scenarios are beyond restoration and require demolition and starting over.
However, the on-going improvement in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable science has made restoration much less costly and much less time consuming for the real estate owner.
Water Damage Training School
Today’s qualified restoration company and technicians have availability to the highest competent and state of the art training. These schools are conducted throughout the country by the Certification Schools and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Attendees receive detailed training on the most current Drying Procedures, water removal and Techniques. Once the student shows the required degree of competence, he or she receives Credentials to prove her know how to perform. Yearly continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Learning What to Look For
Restoration training involves assessing the flood. This means the certified technician is able to competently assess a flood catastrophe. A flooded office 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 view will not produce satisfactory or high quality results. To restore properly, all the water must be removed from the structure.
The Danger of Out of Site, Out of Mind
This water that is hidden, invisible to the naked eye, can be detected by the Certified Professional 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 property manager. Therefore, calling in a team of professionals is advisable, and I would say Essential.
If you have a clothes washer overflow and spills a few gallons of water on your flooring, 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 requires knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
Drying The Building With Control
It is possible to dry a office too rapidly and cause warping of structural components. Charting the progress of drying by measuring and comparing humidity levels is another element in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.