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Flood Restoration Services Should Have Certifications

Those requiring flood restoration services are amidst a stressful time and are hoping to minimize the damage the water leaves behind. Whether there is a small amount of water in the corner of a room, or standing water throughout, it is imperative that the homeowner works with a certified technician trained and educated in treating all types of water damage.

A technician that can thoroughly address such an event  will many times sign up for a certification track set up by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). When a property owner is putting their space and belongings in the hands of a trained professional, they should be able to have confidence in the end result. The coursework required to achieve both the Journeyman and Master level certifications will prepare an individual or company for any flood restoration services they are hired to provide.

The IICRC has set industry standards in place that have become the basis for the education and training obtained on the path to certification. Known as the S-500, this comprehensive guide provides realistic regulations for all aspects of water damage renovation. This includes but is not limited to loss assessment, drying principles, and the categorization of the types of liquids and levels of destruction they can cause. Most companies in the industry choose to follow the highly regarded S-500 standards in order to remain competitive and current on procedures and technology related to water damage restoration.

Due to the widespread recognition of the IICRC's standards and overall direction within the industry, it is important for individuals to fulfill the requirements of the certification track the organization oversees. At the Journeyman level, this translates to at least one year of active service and the fulfillment of a 19-hour course. The topics covered include the impact of water on residential and commercial property, the various aspects of the drying process, and the means for addressing issues such as contamination and backflows should they arise. Following completion of this course, technicians are to attend a 6-hour class covering the process of carpet refurbishment and reinstallation following water damage. If a student is interested in pursuing the Master level of certification, the requirements are a bit more extensive, but will set them apart from others in the flood restoration services industry. To achieve this higher status technicians must maintain their certification for at least three years and complete a 21-hour course covering further drying processes and problem solving, including additional coursework in applied microbial remediation, safety, and structural drying.

By completing either level of certification, an individual or company can advertise their official standings and affiliation with the IICRC if they become a certified firm. Customers can have the confidence in knowing that the work they receive is because of the training and expertise gained from the Institute. In addition to being based upon extensive research and professional consultation, the IICRC’s curriculum is under the strict guidance of a highly regarded industry-related organization. The knowledge that a certified technician can bring to a job is instrumental in returning any property to its previous condition.

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