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Why an IICRC Flood Restoration Company Is Right For You

The aftermath of a flood is always a challenging time. Even if the damage was relatively minor, failure to perform adequate mitigation and damage recovery could mean that you and your family could be suffering from the damage’s aftereffects for years:

  • Mold, mildew, and other fungal and bacterial growth
  • Damage to your home’s structural components
  • Secondary damage due to termites or other pests that are attracted to hidden water damage
  • Health impacts, including asthma, allergies, and dozens of other conditions

When your home has been damaged by a flood, the best way to ensure that it has been completely and correctly restored to its pre-flood condition is to entrust your repairs to a damage restoration company that has the experience, skills, and tools needed to do the job right the first time. But how will you know who to trust?

Since 1972, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) has offered certifications in commercial and residential cleaning, recovery, and inspection. Choosing an IICRC-certified flood restoration company helps you rest easier, knowing that your water damage repair is being done correctly and using all applicable best practices.

What Is IICRC?

In the US, most commercial and industrial standards are maintained by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). In addition to publishing its own standards, ANSI also designates a number of other standards organizations to be the publishers of and certifying bodies for standards that are specific to a particular industry.

In the realm of commercial cleaning and disaster cleanup and recovery, IICRC is ANSI’s designated standard bearer. Comprising experts from across the industry, IICRC is a worldwide nonprofit organization that establishes standards and guidelines for water damage and flood restoration companies.

What Standards Does IICRC Set for Flood Restoration?

IICRC sets standards for every aspect of flood restoration, from mitigation (removing excess water) to assessing and remediating mold growth following a flood. These published standards are thorough and require IICRC-certified restoration firms to go beyond repairing surface damage and assess the total impact of a property’s flood damage.

In addition to specific practice standards, IICRC also maintains service standards for IICRC-certified firms. In order to carry an IICRC certification, a company must:

  • Obtain and maintain liability insurance.
  • Provide customers with a written complaint policy and document follow-ups for every complaint.
  • Have a formally trained technician present at every job site.
  • Provide accurate estimates, status updates, and other information to their customers.
  • Meet the high standards of integrity set out by the IICRC.
  • Provide their employees with ongoing continuing education about restoration practices.

Why Choose an IICRC-Certified Flood Restoration Company?

Just because the water is gone does not mean that the flood is over. As mentioned earlier, negative impacts from a flood or other water damage may lie dormant for years before becoming a problem.

Anticipating the potential problems and taking steps now to prevent issues in the future requires a team that is well-versed in every aspect of floor restoration:

  • Water removal/mitigation
  • Drying out wet structure and finishing materials
  • Demolition and disposal of damaged property
  • Repair of salvageable property
  • Mold detection and removal
  • Property decontamination if sewage or untreated water was involved

When you entrust your flood restoration to an IICRC flood restoration firm, you can rest easy. Your team will be well-versed in both general best practices for water damage repair and specific techniques that will help them keep you and your family safe once you’ve moved back into your home.

IICRC firms all carry robust liability insurance, protecting both you and them in the event of an accident during the restoration work. The workers will all use the appropriate safety measures to keep both your family and their team safe.

But most of all, you’ll know that you’re working with dedicated professionals who have received training in new processes and best practices. These professionals can draw from an immense knowledge base of specialized experts who can offer guidance on everything from leather restoration to wood floor repair.

If a Flood Has Caused Water Damage in Your Home, Contact AfterCare Restoration Right Away to Begin Mitigation and Restoration. We’re IICRC-Certified and Ready to Help: 215.515.1000

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