There was a time, not that long ago, when a structure inundated by water basically had to be torn apart and rebuilt. Roof sheathing, flooring, wall studs, drywall and any other covering could not be returned to service, but had to be replaced. This was an in depth and costly cure.
The tenants were dislocated for a long time and life was chaotic.
Modern water damage restoration has grown out of this setting.
Even now, some circumstances are beyond restoration and need dismantling and rebuilding from scratch.
However, the steady advancement in technology, equipment, experience, and observable evidence has made restoration much less costly and much less invasive for the real estate owner.
Water Damage Education
A Contemporary certified restoration company and technicians have access to the highest competent and advanced training
. These classes are conducted around the country by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification
and often sponsored by Technology Companies
. Technicians receive in depth training on the most current Drying Procedures, water removal and Techniques. Once the technician shows the quality degree of competence, he or she is awarded Credentials to affirm his or her know how to perform. Yearly continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Certified training involves assessing the flood. This means the water damage technician is able to competently assess a flooded building catastrophe. A flooded home will have water in all kinds of places. Some water 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 eye site will not produce satisfactory or professional results. To properly restore, all the water must be extracted.
Water That is Out of Site
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. These tools and the knowledge to use them are not accessible to the untrained homeowner or property manager. Therefore, calling in a professional is advisable, and I would say Essential.
Drying What Can Not Be Seen
If you have a clothes washer overflow and floods ten gallons of water on your floor, 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 calls for knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
It is possible to remove moisture from a house too rapidly and cause buckling of structural components. Charting the progression of drying by measuring the measure of humidity is another tool in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.