Principle 1 – Provide for the Safety and Health of Workers and Occupants
The first responsibility of the technician when arriving to the water damage site is to identify and eliminate safety hazards.
Principle 2 – Document and Inspect the Project
The technician must evaluate the extent of the water mitigation and be able to measure the amount of moisture absorbed by materials to properly scope the work to be done. As dying is attempted on the water damage, the technician must verify that anticipated progress is being achieved. Due to the number of variables present that affect the drying of materials, progress cannot be assumed. The technician must inspect and monitor frequently.
Principle 3 – Mitigating Further Damage
While mitigating the water damage, drying decisions are made based upon critical information the technician obtains during the initial assessment. The inspection not only checks the extent of moisture intrusion, but also considers the potential for additional water damage.
Control the Spread of Contaminants
Secondary damage such as microbial growth can cause structural components to lose its integrity by potentially impacting indoor air quality. The technician will identify and health concerns arising from the water intrusion and pre-existing conditions. The technician will contain contaminants to prevent the spread to unaffected areas of the structure.
Control Moisture Intrusion
The source of water intrusion must be stopped, and any further moisture intrusion must be controlled for the restorative drying effort to return the structure and contents back to equal or better conditions.
Principle 4 – Clean and Dry Affected Areas
The technician will execute cleaning procedures when soils and debris must be removed to expedite the drying process.
The technicians will manipulate and control as many factors as possible in their drying system to produce the most efficient drying. Once as much as possible water has been extracted, evaporation of remaining moisture is enhanced by:
• Lowering humidity in the affected air.
• Increasing airflow across wet surfaces.
• Controlling temperature of air and surfaces.
• Using outside air when possible.
• Creating a drying chamber.
• Adjusting or removing equipment when necessary.
• Removing items that should not be dried.
• Saving items that can be dried in place.
• Using specialized tolls to dry difficult areas.
Principle 5 – Complete the Restoration
The technician’s job is not done until all affected materials are clean, dry, and equal or better in appearance and function than they were before the loss occurred.
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