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Finding Help For Fire Or Water Damage In Your Home

Fire and water damage can both devastate a home and leave problems behind that only trained professionals can properly deal with. Restoration technicians are some of the busiest people around, as they must be on call around the clock, frequently working in hazardous and unpredictable conditions and lending a lot of manpower and equipment to the task. Restoration professionals are particularly busy during hurricane season, as floods, lightning, and high winds can wreck entire neighborhoods in a matter of hours. It’s important, then, that restoration crews have the training they need to operate in highly demanding settings.

Who can help fire and water damage restoration professionals improve their skills?

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) offer dozens of courses in a variety of fields, including classes focused on restoration practices. For restoration technicians, the relevant courses are the Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) course, the Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) course, and the Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) course. The WRT and FSRT instruct students in essential fundamental concepts, while the AMRT builds on the WRT and introduces advanced mold, bacterial, and viral cleanup techniques.

During the WRT, students are tasked with working in a variety of settings, including losses caused by floods, sewage backflows, and burst plumbing. Students will learn how excess moisture affects a building, where the moisture is likely to infiltrate and gather, and how to remove it as quickly as possible. The WRT also introduces structural drying methods so that professionals will be able to return the building to an inhabitable state.

The FSRT addresses the common problems caused by unchecked flames and how they can be dealt with. Once the flames die down, the primary threat is the acidic ash and noxious smoke. The only way to eliminate both is with a thorough cleanup in the building, top to bottom. The FSRT will show professionals how to best approach this process and ensure there is no lingering threat to the building. The FSRT prepares professionals to handle flame-based disasters of any size, and assess the integrity of the worksite for safety reasons.

Before students can take the AMRT, they must complete the WRT. That’s because the AMRT builds off of the WRT’s concepts and shows professionals how to better handle the microbial threats that may lie in wait inside contaminated moisture. Floods and sewage backflows contain some nasty bacteria and viruses, some of them capable of causing life-threatening diseases. Mold is also a pressing concern, especially along the Gulf Coast, and can cause health problems in children and people with weakened immune systems.

By the time fire and water damage restoration professionals complete the IICRC’s restoration courses, they will be ready to handle themselves in dangerous settings. Technicians can’t afford to be liabilities when working in such risky conditions, and IICRC training will ensure that won’t be the case. Instead, educated professionals will be an asset to a restoration firm and will be able to hit the ground running in their new career.

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