Experienced water damage cleanup techs!
When water damage strikes you need a trained and certified water restoration and remediation technician at your side with a water extractor and a dehumidifier to start the clean up right away. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is an institute that has set high standards in our industry. This organization holds classes that focus on training with the latest techniques and technologies, ensuring an experienced technician for the job.
The technician that enters your home or business will have many years of schooling. We require our staff to be trained in two areas before they can lead a job. The first class required is the Water Damage Restoration Technician course. In this course staff will be taught the basic fundamentals for restoration. They learn the proper placement of the air movers and dehumidifiers and how they work. How much equipment will be needed for the affected area(s), and a host of Educational information involved in water removal. The second class is the Applied Structure Drying course. This is the advanced class in which the technician will be involved in purposely flooding a home and restoring it back to a pre-loss condition. This is a test that is performed in front of IICRC instructors.
Drying a structure is not as simple as one might think. There is actually a science to it. You must understand that it is easy to clean up the water you can see, but what about water you can't see? This is where the problem lies. With specialized water detection meters you can see water damage that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Ensuring nothing is missed. There are a few common types of meters used, the first one being the SurveyMaster protimeter. This meter is designed to detect moisture on a points scale ranging from 0 to 99.9. It is a penetrating and non-penetrating moisture meter meaning it has two functions. The first function would be to use the pins to penetrate into the material to get an accurate moisture content level reading .The second function is the non-invasive reading, up to three quarters of an inch into material getting an accurate moisture content reading. (All building materials have a dry standard. The standard is different from one building material to another. This is where proper training is critical. Reaching dry standard after water damage is very important. This avoids having any ongoing damages). The second most common meter used in our industry is the Extech hygrometer. This meter is designed to allow us to get proper humidity readings. High humidity causes condensation which leads to severe secondary damage. By monitoring the humidity, we can use a mathematical formula to give us a grains per pound which tells us how many grains of moisture per pound of air we are dealing with and if proper progress is being made.
There are three different categories of water damage. Category one is water that came from a potable water source. Some examples of sources for this type of damage are ice-maker lines, dishwasher supply lines, water spigots or an over flowing bath tub. Category two is referred to in our industry as gray water, a non-potable water source. For example a fish tank or a sump pump, are sources that have potential contamination and are considered unhealthy. Category three would be judged as the worst of the worst, “black water”, which can be very dangerous if not treated right. This would be water that has backed up from a sewage collection system or sewage drains. Toilet over flow that contains feces is also on that list. Categories one and two can evolve to the next class if left untreated.
Every water loss is unique, but each case will be assigned to one of four classes. Classes are determined by the severity of damage. Class one would be considered very light damage, as in an unfinished basement or a small room with a small amount of fresh water in the carpet and pad. Class two can be recognized as a whole room being affected by water. This affects building material such as carpet, pad and subfloor. With moisture wicking up the drywall, less than 12 inches. Class three can be applied if the water has come from above, having heavy saturation to ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet, pad and subfloor. Class four can be classified as the worst amount of damage where specialized equipment needs to be implemented. Liquid has passed through different materials and has become trapped or bound between layers, making for a more difficult drying situation.
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