Why is IICRC Certification Important?

‘We are IICRC certified.’.  This phrase is commonly read or seen in most cleaning or restoration company websites. We are one of them. If you go over our site, you can read it in all areas.  But, what exactly is it? Why is IICRC certification important? Does it have any impact on how a job is done? Or, what process is used during the cleanup operation?  Let us discuss a little bit deeper the true meaning of it and the impact of it in the restoration industry.

 

WHAT IS IICRC?

As a consumer, we opt to find companies that value safety, integrity, excellence, and professional work standards. In most companies, there are certain organizations that are established to formulate professional work standards and provide continuous training and education. Same goes with the cleaning or restoration companies.  The IICRC has risen to do the job.

The  Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification also knows as Clean Trust, was established in 1972 to formulate health and safety standards and to manage the quality of work done by carpet and upholstery cleaners. It has evolved globally and eventually included all types of cleaning and restoration activities. It is comprised of more than 50,000 certified technicians and more than 6,000 Certified Firms around the world.

The Mission of the IICRC is to establish and advance globally recognized standards and certifications for the inspection, cleaning, restoration and installation industries.

The IICRC serves as an independent, certification body, that sets and promotes high standards and ethics, and advances communication and technical proficiency within the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. The IICRC also ensures that when consumers hire a Clean Trust-Certified Firm or technician, they have hired experts who will provide reasonable assurance that work will be completed in accordance with the industry’s “standard of care.”

 

As the mission itself says, the IICRC makes sure that the technicians and firms should continuously develop their skills and improve their knowledge to provide an advanced level of service.

WHAT IS INVOLVED WITH IICRC CERTIFICATION?

The IICRC program offers a broad range of courses and training to appropriately tackle all areas of the property. It ranges from technical aspects such as, cleaning of carpets or remediating mold damage, to the wider aspects of the restoration business.  A greater understanding of each area is very vital to perform the most efficient ways of restoring a flooded room. Technicians are required to take multiple training courses and seminars every year to stay updated on the new equipment and to learn new methods. It is also important to keep their credentials. Each course differs on their length and intensity.  After the training, the trainee must take a standardized examination and get a passing grade before he/she can start performing the job.

WHY IS IICRC CERTIFICATION IMPORTANT?

Almost all trading industries that regard the safety and health of the consumers are required to get licensing, for instance, electrical contracting and plumbing. However, water damage industry is one of the industries that are not obliged to get licensing, thus this situation makes it possible for anyone or everyone to put up their own firm, and do the job without proper training, knowledge, and skills. However, restoration or cleaning a flooded room is such a complex job! We have seen this situation hundreds of times. The possibility of causing more serious effects of water damage is higher when the job is not done according to the standards set and regulated. We don’t want you and your family suffer from the aftermath of water damage.

Acquiring the IICRC certification is not an easy task. It requires a lot of time and investment and only those companies interested in the long term success would go through the long process. These IICRC certified technicians and restoration companies use advanced and up-to-date techniques in doing the job. They value training and excellence, thus they pursue continuous education to present excellent service to the consumers. Being IICRC certified provides consumer reassurance that they can acquire high-quality service and that professionals will do the job well.  Aside from the high-quality of service promised to the consumers, certified technicians are committed to performing the job with professionalism and ethics. So, no matter how big or small the damage is, it is important to hire professionals or companies that are IICRC certified.

Our Technicians are indeed IICRC Certified

We at Superior Restoration value the importance of training and appropriate knowledge in doing our job. We can assure you that our technicians are Clean Trust certified. They are committed to perform at the highest standard during the process and even after the process. We make sure that the quality of service we provide is incomparable.

If you need help with water damage restoration or clean up, please call us today.

Plumbing issues

There are many items that we use every day such as shoes and our cars. Eventually after daily use they will start to wear but one thing that we use every day but don't often think of is our plumbing system. It's just one of those things that we expect work every time and when it doesn't we can be left without knowing what to do. Here are two plumbing issues that you can have that if not dealt with quickly can lead to major water damage in the future.

Clogged drains

Eventually you will have to deal with the drains clogged. The drains the shower for example can eventually accumulate so much hair and other materials that your shower starts to overflow. When it comes to drains leading and from your home tree roots and dirt can often be the issue. If not dealt with promptly these issues can cause major water damage.

High water bills

Generally speaking your water bills will be regular as clockwork that if you suddenly noticed a dramatic spike in your monthly bill you may be dealing with a leak somewhere in your house. To determine if you have a leak to observe your water meter and make sure that no one uses any of the water in your home during that time. After a few hours of observation if the water meter has gone down then there is a leak and you will need a professional plumbing company to handle the job.

Another sure indicators if you suddenly feel a squelching feeling under your feet on carpet or on tiled floors the floor can become extremely hot or extremely cold indicating that pipers burst underneath it.

Every few months you take your car in to have its oil changed. They change oil have a look under the hood inspect the car and generally give it a good going over. How often do the same thing for your plumbing in your home or business? Twice a year? Once a year? Never? You cannot do this too often! The more often you inspect your plumbing or likely able to stop the problem before it starts.

The average cost of the plumbing system failure is usually more than $5000 after reinsurance deductible was paid, according to the IBHS study. Potential indicators of planning include an increased monthly Water Bill, banging noise from the pipes, sudden unexplained rust stains on walls or ceilings, moisture in the walls are on the floors and of course signs of wet soil erosion near the foundations of the building. Any of these signs are more than enough reason to call him a water damage restoration company. You may have a potential water damage disaster on your hand and the faster you get dealt with the faster you can go back to business as usual.

One of the most common ways to experience sudden water damage is to have a faulty toilet. When flushing toilet always wait for the valve to completely finish refueling the tank on the bowl. If you don't the next time someone flushes the toilet it may overfill. You should also inspect the toilets tank and supply valves at least twice a year. You may also want to consider a toilet that uses less water when flushing this may save you hundreds of dollars a year.

Understanding water damage: knowledge is power

The thing about water damage is that it can be odorless and undetected if you don’t know what to look for. For a new couple in their new home a wavy floor isn’t a bad sign, it’d just awesome to have a floor to call your own. In reality it’s something to be concerned about, water has been under those floorboards and warped them. Now there’s a black mold growing under their and their new home is a new toxin in their life. This couple had no knowledge of water damage, its causes and results they were not in a position to make an informed decision about buying or renting their new home. When it comes to report damages should always be an informed position.

What damage comes in many forms and can range from the merely inconvenient to the dangerous and everything in between. Before inspecting a property that you wish to rent or buy you should inform yourself about what to look for when it comes to property water damage. A quick search on Google will give you a lot of information to work with and provide you with a general idea of what things to look out for.

If only damage remains a vague subject that you only have to deal with when it is an actual problem then it will always be a problem. If however water damage is something that you know how to confront and know what to do when it presents itself then it is no longer a problem but merely an inconvenience. Understand your enemy.

To clean or not to clean that is the question: the dishwasher and water damage

Of all the appliances in your kitchen your dishwasher is often the most disappointing. Unless you have a new top of the line model you probably have the dishwasher that came with the house. Generally speaking leaves are serviceable machines but no Phoenix's. When a dishwasher is functioning properly it can save you a great deal of time and effort. Generally however, dishwashers seem to fail in their one and only task. After a long session of washing the dishes you open up the washer only to find that the dishes are by no means clean. What causes this?

One reason for dishes to come out of the dishwasher dirty is that the water that is being used to clean them is itself dirty. If your water is high in mineral content and you do not have a salt water filter then your dishes may be caked in a white powdery substance. These are harmless minerals found in the water being pumped to your home but it is not aesthetically pleasing. This can be cured by the purchase and installation of a saltwater filter system.

Dishwashers also have an unfortunate habit of overflowing, though this is usually due to human error. In a vain attempt to make your dishwasher perform the function for which it was intended you may put too much soap in it. After a very short while the dishwasher will start to foam up and the soap will escape, usually onto the kitchen floor. If not dealt with quickly this can lead to long-term water damage. Sometimes doing things the old-fashioned way, washing dishes by hand, is the right way to go.

The unknown factor: unexpected water damage from unexpected sources

Water damage comes in many shapes and forms and often from sources you could never predict. The weather is often to blame for unexpected water damage but other factors cause it as well. Children for example have a wonderful way of causing water damage wherever they go, as do pets. Not all of this water damage can be prevented but it can often be dealt with.

And the weather often brings water damaging to our lives and usually never in small quantities. A sudden flood or violent rainstorm can wreak havoc upon our homes. One major factor in dealing with flooding is to purchase the right sort of home in the first place. If you choose a home that is situated in such a way that all the water from a flood would gather around the house then you are simply asking for trouble in the future. If you purchase a home that is sufficiently raised up that water runs away from it then this is very unlikely to become an issue.

If water leaking into your home from above is an issue then that you should see to your roof. If you are not able to deal with the heights you should hire someone to reseal your roof. A leaking roof can cause more damage than you think. The water may be coming down in one area but the leak may be sending water all over the place and that water may be causing damage in other parts of the house. The more water you can keep out of the house the better.

When it comes to children, pets and water damage there are very few ways to prevent this damage. As the children get older they will become more aware and less likely to cause damage but pets don't progress in this way. Be patient and if you have a plan for dealing with damaging mind already then when it happens it will not be a major issue but rather a minor inconvenience.

I’ve got water damage what I do now?

So you've discovered that you got water damage in your home or business, congratulations! You have done what most people only do after much delay and have confronted the issue head-on. Water damage is an issue that needs to be dealt with on the hop because if it's not it becomes a bigger and bigger issue in the future. What do you do now? The first thing you should do is to resist the urge to panic. Panic is our body's natural response to a situation that is beyond our control but water damage does not have to be beyond our control.

The first thing you should do when you discovered water damage that is beyond your ability to deal with is to contact a water damage restoration company. You may think that the first person you should call is your insurance but in reality should call a restoration company before insurance. There is a very good reason for this. The water damage restoration company will assess the damage and give you a list of costs. You can then present this list to your insurance company and be sure that everything that needs to be covered will be covered rather than vaguely tell them that you have had damage.

After you have contacted both the restoration company and the insurance it's time for you to take on the hardest job, being patient. Water damage is not dealt with quickly if it is to be dealt with properly. Do not try and rush proceedings because if the job is not done properly the water damage may persist and come back to haunt you.

Battling entropy: replace, repair, restore

Everything breaks down over time. Whether it is our bodies or the very house that we live in time is the great killer of all things. When it comes to appliances, hoses, pipes, conduits, sinks and all other plumbing apparatus in your home entropy spares none of this. It is a fact of the universe that order will descend into disorder if given enough time. Then comes the plumbing of your home how can you prevent its eventual decline? Follow these steps.

Sometimes the best thing you can do is replace the damaged item. If a pipe for example is damaged beyond repair the only thing you can do is replace it. When it comes to planning and the practical place is a poorly patched repair will cost you more than a replacement in the long run.

Sometimes you are able to repair the damaged item. In this case a well thought out and enacted repair may be able to deal with the issue perfectly well. A damaged pipe may be repaired and may serve you well for years to come.

Sometimes an item was damaged before by water and is now able to be restored to its former glory. In cases like this be sure you aren't taking on project that is doomed to failure. Sometimes you can restore wooden flooring that has been water damage and sometimes it is far too far-gone to be restored. Pick your battles well.

Water damage does not have to be the end. With careful planning and the relevant knowledge you can reverse or even eliminate the effects of water damage on your life.

A sinking feeling: water damage and your waterbed

If there's one thing that a great deal of human effort and a great deal of science has been dedicated towards its a good nights sleep. Countless hours of an expended trying to create the perfect sleeping experience. From memory foam mattresses to adjustable beds and of course to the waterbed. Water beds are a strange contraption that feels a bit funny at first but can give you many restful night's sleep. One major problem with waterbeds is their main ingredient, water. If your bed ever becomes seriously punctured you may be in for a great deal of water damage. The average waterbed contains gallons upon gallons of water and if that becomes released you will have a miniature tsunami in your bedroom.

How do you prevent your waterbed from becoming punctured? Prevention is by far the best method. Keep anything sharp away from the surface of the bed and this applies especially to house cats. If you notice a small puncture then drain the bed as per the manufacturers recommendation. It is far better to drain the bed in a controlled situation and then to have the puncture suddenly become worse and have Niagara falls to deal with.

If your bed becomes puncture and starts to leak on your floor you may not notice it immediately. If left unattended water damage could become permanent and extremely costly. The instant you noticed water leaking from your bed you should identify the source of the leak and see if it's something you can deal with yourself. It is not some you can do wish you should contact a water damage restoration company to help you with the repairs.

Water damage and the kitchen sink

The kitchen sink is one of the most often used but most of them collected parts of your home. Every day is piled high with dishes and filled with water but how often is it cleaned? How often is the sealant around sink repaired? How often is plumbing beneath the sink maintained? If the answer to any of these questions is not very often or never it may be time to take another look at your humble kitchen sink.

Common maintenance such as cleaning and sanitising the kitchen sink should be a regular occurrence in any home. The more often anything is used more often it becomes worn out or potentially damaged.

The caulking or sealant around your kitchen sink should be replenished every few years. This sealant breaks down over time and if not maintain will cause leaks to happen beneath the sink. Often these are not discovered early and can lead to the development of mould and mildew.

The plumbing beneath your kitchen sink takes a beating on a daily basis. It is often in perpetual use and often has things put down it that shouldn't be. Because of its situation in your kitchen and the fact that the plumbing is in the way if you, the homeowner, do not set aside time to maintain the plumbing you may have a major issue on your hands. Water damage takes very little time to happen and can become a major financial worry. Set yourself a time of receipt spectacle plumbing beneath your kitchen sink and make sure everything is in perfect working order. And ounce of prevention is worth a pound of repair.

Spills and thrills – the importance of the immediately cleaning up spilled liquid

We've all had this experience, walking through the house you have a full Of coffee in your hand and suddenly you over a child's toy that you were certain was somewhere else oven and legal and the liquid goes lying everywhere! Oftentimes we do not immediately clean up spills because something gets in the way or we consider that the spill is minor not to be bothered with that that can be a costly mistake. How can this be prevented?

Water damage in all its many varieties can be easily prevented but not so easily fixed. If the water has spilt out your bath that and you do not immediately dry the floor as much as possible some part of that liquid will seep in and could cause mould and mildew development. This can lead to not only expensive repairs also potential health issues. This can be doubly bad if you have hardwood floors as even a very small amount of water seeping into limp and cause them to warp and twist. Sometimes the hardwood floors can be repaired but often they need to be replaced.

One of the worst and most rapid causes of damage is a burst or otherwise broken pipe. If this happens inside your home you may have Greek deal of water flooding through your house that time stop in this case the first thing you should do is not going to investigate the pipe but rather to switch off the main supply of water to your house. After switching off the main supply you will be able to deal with the burst pipe.

When in doubt call in a water damage restoration company.