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Why Should Water Restoration Be Handled By A Professional?

Learning to perform professional water restoration is best accomplished by taking the right classes and becoming certified. The IICRC, or Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, has created programs and approved instructors that are in charge of training many of the technicians that specialize in this field.

In order to provide reliable results, a technician must learn the effects of this type of damage and how they can be negated. This may include the repair or reinstallation of carpet that has been ruined as a result of the dampness. The Water Damage Restoration course normally takes 19 hours, not including the time it takes to complete examinations. The entire course is generally spread out over 3 days.

To become a Journeyman in Water Restoration the IICRC has created an approved combination of classes that provide all the necessary experience and training. Their base of knowledge starts with taking the course to become a Carpet Cleaning Technician or Commercial Carpet Maintenance technician. To become a Master, additional courses need to be taken after attaining Journeymen status. These include a class in Applied Structural Drying, and becoming a technician or specialist in Applied Microbial Remediation. Active service after gaining a certification is necessary to obtain it. For a Journeyman, it is only one year, but for a Master it is three years.

What is the usual procedure on a water restoration job? Each situation will be unique, so an assessment of the damage will be performed. There are 4 classes of damage, ranging from the least serious (1) to those that will require specialty drying (4). First, all the excess liquid is removed and specialty air-moving machines are used to promote evaporation of what is left. Dehumidification, temperature control, and monitoring are used to prevent the growth of mold.

After contacting a specialist, an inspection is done to identify the type of water that is causing the problem and any safety issues associated with it. There are three categories, which are determined by the likelihood to pose a threat if consumed by humans. Category 1 is deemed safe, Category 2 may cause sickness or discomfort, and Category 3 may cause serious illness or death. A quick response may prevent the category from changing from one category to a higher one to something dire as it becomes more contaminated.  
What are the benefits of being certified for this type of work? Being certified is a demonstration of proficiency, not only to potential clients, but to places of employment as well. In order to attempt to return a location to the condition it was in before the damage occurred, hands-on training under experienced individuals is necessary. Information ranging from the basic principles to more specific techniques and methodologies is taught and tested around the nation.

Since the United States has no set list of regulations on the procedures of restoration when it comes to water damage, hiring a professional with experience is crucial. Many people fail to realize the importance of understanding the science that is behind proper cleaning methods. Earning qualifications that are acknowledged within the industry not only create more adept technicians, but safer ones as well. Only someone with the proper training will know to look out for suitable structural integrity, shock hazards, and ventilation issues. An IICRC certified firm or technician will be well versed in the unique challenges that damages of this type cause. Their integrity and adherence to industry standards will have an impact on the quality of the work they perform.

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