When the insurance adjuster came out to check the floor on a recent project, he inquired why we were still drying when the floor seemed to be dry. An insurance adjuster is likely more skilled and experienced in water damage repair than a homeowner dealing with an emergency cleanup service for the first (and preferably last) time. The sincere question of said adjuster prompted this article because if someone who is supposed to be professionally educated and experienced in this field does not understand what dry means, it stands to reason that the in-distress homeowner does not know and can reasonably question the time and effort we expend in performing a professional water damage restoration.Do you want to learn more? Visit Why Should I Hire Professionals For Water Damage.
Let’s be honest: money is always a factor. From a strictly fiduciary and cost accounting standpoint, anybody might reasonably conclude that removing water from a building can be done by simply renting a machine from a store, utilising a shop wet vacuum, or calling any carpet cleaning business listed in the phone book. This sensible and cost-controlling assumption is accurate since any of the aforementioned water removal techniques should be able to remove the surface layer of water, but NONE of them can remove the water that has entered the flooring, foundation boards, or drywall. Unfortunately, moisture that isn’t removed by these techniques is often the underlying trigger for expensive structural deterioration and may foster mould development. While this strategy to save money is understandable and appreciated, it is unneeded in many instances since a professional water damage restoration business can perform such job for little to no expense to the homeowner.
A professionally trained and intra-industry certified company will know the industry established dry standard for the region they serve and will ensure that the moisture content of the affected area is dried to the established drying standard and not to a level that looks, feels, and smells like mould. The advantage is simple: the risk of structural damage is reduced, and the risk of mould development is reduced, saving the homeowner thousands of dollars in home repair and medical expenditures.
So, what exactly does the term “dry” imply? When does anything get dry? Even in the desert, there is moisture if you know where to seek and how to extract it, therefore dry does not imply a moisture level of zero. Dry refers to a point in the intra-industry drying standard when the moisture content is declared to be dry in the context of water damage repair. Each area has its own set drying standard due to its distinct environment. Although the outline of each area is beyond the scope of this essay, anybody who is interested may simply discover the established drying standard for their location online. A skilled water damage restoration firm will dry to this stage, or even beyond, to guarantee your property is restored to its pre-loss state. Then, and only then, may your flooded house or building be declared dry.
As this essay has shown, there is a lot that goes into a water damage restoration service… much more than meets the eye. Now that you have a good idea of how much time, money, and risk you can save by hiring a professional water damage restoration company, you know that your fiduciary responsibility and cost-cutting goals are best served by hiring a professional water damage restoration company whenever water damage occurs.