Water Damage #101 takes a close look at United Fire & Water Damage of LA and their 19 years in the restoration industry. Case studies include a 5 story La Quinta Inn water damage event, Hurricane Gustav Damage at a Baton Rouge based computer services business, and a few others. We look at what caused the losses, what secondary damages occurred as a result, and how we returned each project to a pre-loss condition.
Flood Room Facility – We walk students through an actual flooded structure at our warehouse facility. We have working plumbing in the facility, and we show what a failed or inappropriately installed supply line will do to a property. We flood then show students the steps necessary to dry it out and return it to a pre-loss condition. This includes moisture identification and documentation, extraction methods and tools, different types of drying equipment including – centrifugal and axial airmovers, refrigerant and desiccant dehumidifiers, injecta dry and mat drying systems, and more.
We go through the principles of drying in a building or structure – removal of excess moisture, or extraction, evaporation, ventilation or dehumidification (or both on occasion) and how heat plays a large role in modern restoration techniques. We also study the different classes and categories of water damage – from fresh water to gray and black water.
We provide a section on some of the tools that we use in the restoration industry – from centrifugal and axial air movers, refrigerant and desiccant dehumidifiers to AFD’s – air filtration devices – or airscrubbers, ozone machines and hydroxyl generators. We also look at moisture identification tools including infrared cameras, and penetrating / non-penetrating moisture meters.
And we take a look at phycrometry – the science behind getting a structure effectively dried out. We discuss GPP or grains per pound – otherwise known as specific humidity, and why knowing this information is vital in getting a water damage project completed successfully.
Our Water Damage classes are held in Baton Rouge multiple times per quarter. See our website for upcoming dates.