There was a period, not that long ago, when a office inundated by water basically had to be torn apart and rebuilt from scratch. Roof sheathing, hardwood flooring, wall 2×4’s, sheet rock and any other covering could not be restored, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and costly solution.
The renters were displaced for a extended period and life was chaotic.
Contemporary water damage repair has grown up out of this background.
Even now, some circumstances are beyond restoration and need demolition and starting over.
However, the continued betterment in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable knowledge has made restoration much less costly and much less invasive for the office owner.
Water Damage Education
A modern qualified restoration business and technicians have availability to the most competent and advanced training. These classes are carried out throughout the region by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Technicians receive detailed training on the most up to date Drying Procedures, water removal equipment and Techniques. Once the trainee displays the quality degree of know how, he is awarded Credentials to affirm his know how to perform. Yearly continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
How To Assess the Flood Damage
Restoration training involves assessing the flood. This means the certified technician is able to competently assess a flooded building catastrophe. A flooded building 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 professional results. To properly restore, all the water must be extracted.
Training to Find Unseen Water
This water that is hidden, invisible to the naked eye, can be detected by the Certified Professional Technician using modern technology such as hygrometers and infrared. These tools and knowledge are not accessible to the untrained homeowner or commercial property manager. Therefore, calling in a professional is recommended, and I would say Essential.
Removing Moisture from Saturated Wood, Sheetrock, and Hardwood
If you have a washing machine overflow and spills five gallons of water on your flooring, it may be safe to call a carpet cleaner and just remove, 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 calls for knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
Drying The Structure 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 and comparing humidity levels is another tool in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.