There was a time, not that long ago, when a building saturated by water basically had to be torn apart and rebuilt from scratch. Roof sheathing, hardwood flooring, wall 2×4’s, wainscoting and any other covering could not be restored, but had to be replaced. This was an in depth and costly solution.
The owners were dislodged for a long period and life was chaotic.
Modern water damage repair has grown out of this background.
Even now, some situations are beyond restoration and need tearing out and rebuilding from scratch.
However, the steady improvement in technology, equipment, experience, and observable knowledge has made restoration much less expensive and much less extensive for the house owner.
Water Damage Hands on Training
A modern qualified restoration company and technicians have availability to the greatest relevant and up to date training. These training sessions are conducted throughout the region by the Restoration Associations and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Technicians receive detailed training on the most current Drying Procedures, Efficient Water Removal Equipment and Techniques. When the attendee displays the required degree of skill, she receives Credentials to affirm her skill to get the job done. Continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
How To Assess the Flood Damage
Certified training involves inspection. This means the water damage technician is able to competently assess a flooded home catastrophe. A flooded building will have water in all kinds of places. Some will be in plain site and some will be out of site under floors and in wall cavities. Just extracting the standing water that is in view will not produce satisfactory or quality results. To properly restore, all the water must be removed from the structure.
This water that is out of site, not visible to the naked eye, can be located by the Certified Pro 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 professional is advisable, and I would say Essential.
Drying the Structure
If you have a washing machine overflow and floods five gallons of water on your flooring, you 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 requires knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
Drying The Home With Control
It is possible to remove moisture from a structure too rapidly and cause buckling of structural components. Charting the progress of drying by measuring levels of moisture is another tool in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.