Why do I need to use a professional water damage restoration company?

November 12, 2020

If you’re the unlucky victim of a water damage event, you’re going to need to engage a certified water damage restoration company to quickly and professionally treat the damage.

Certified professionals work in accordance with the relevant standard to assess and mitigate damage. Flood Response holds water damage restoration certification with the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification). IICRC develops and maintains a number of standards in consultation with industry professionals around the world. Certification also requires that technicians continue their professional development and industry involvement through training, conferences, workshops or webinars.

Professional restoration companies will use specialised equipment at each stage of the drying process to reduce the impact of water damage.

To assess water damage, certified water damage technicians will use a range of moisture detection equipment such as thermal cameras, moisture sensors and penetrative moisture detection probes. These tell the technicians exactly where the water has travelled so that an effective drying plan can be developed. A drying plan will include the approach to drying, how much drying equipment will be required, how regularly progress should be monitored, and how long drying is expected to take.

To treat water damage, technicians will use equipment to create air movement and reduce humidity in the air. There are many types of machines, but the most common ones are air movers and dehumidifiers. Check out our blog on drying equipment needed to treat water damage for more information.

If water damage isn’t appropriately and professionally treated, it can lead to secondary damage such as mould and mildew growth. It can also cause decomposition and weakening of building materials that are not water resistant.

If you’ve experienced a water damage event, contact the team at Flood Response.

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