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Hiring for Water Damage Restoration

Water damage can be difficult to remedy due to the natural properties of water to disperse amongst your home once a leak or flood has occurred. The most important part of any restoration from water damage is making sure it?s restored back to pre-loss condition. Any flooded parts of your home that go unnoticed can cause severe damage over time, so it?s important your contractors use a procedural standard. There are two governing standards for water damage restoration set forth by IICRC and the RIA.

The most common procedural standard is the S500, which is used by the IICRC as the recommended care. The S500 method is the result of extensive research, inspection, and consultation from thousands of water damage restoration cases. There is a wide range of technological uses for cleaning up damage caused by water, and the S500 method insures that the tech being used is up to date, and the procedure follows all federal and state laws.

The IICRC has developed a certification program to make sure your contractor is able to complete the restoration services. They vary widely by type of damage, but it?s important to ask your company if they have certified technicians in the following areas for your specific needs.

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT)
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD)
  • Commercial Drying Specialist Technician (CDS)
  • Health and Safety Technician (HST)
  • Odor Control Technician (OCT)
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT)
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    The IICRC offers the ?Cleantrust? program for the above technicians, which requires a certification at one of their approved schools. Technicians must also complete ongoing education if they would like to keep their certification. If you have severe damage caused by flooding this will most likely be the route you have to take. Minor water damage cases can often be handled by an individual contractor, but if it?s a large damaged area you?ll have to use a professional service technician to avoid any long term damages.

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