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IICRC Standards For Determining Dry Times

7/4/2019 (Permalink)

IICRC certification training manual by trainer Mark Cornielius of Emergency Mitigation Technician Academ.

SERVPRO of The Woodlands/Conroe is a trusted community partner to the North Houston area specializing in water mitigation and the restoration of residential comes, commercial buildings and municipal facilities.  We established our business in 2004 and have been proudly serving the Lone Star State for over 14 years.

Education is an important part of core mission to provide safe and reliable service to the community.  As part of our commitment to being the best in the industry we host regular IICRC certification training programs at our facility.  IICRC is the national industry standard for the restoration industry.  The IICRC is comprised of community members, government agencies, scientists and restoration professionals like SERVPRO.

The IICRC standard for determining if water mitigation services are appropriate include:

  • Can it be dried?  Building materials are comprised of several materials including wood, organic material, concrete, stone, ceramic and other such materials.  Each material has it's own unique characteristics including how it absorbs and disperses moisture.  In many cases SERVPRO can dry building materials to get that back to preloss conditions, however sometimes materials cannot be dried.  Some materials that cannot be dried include weak, overly pours and manufactured materials.  These materials can include MDF, particle board and vapor barriers including vinyl.  It is our first priority to determine the materials effected in the loss and determine if they can in fact be properly dried.

  • Is it economical to dry it?  In some cases materials my be too far saturated or damaged by the loss.  Our second objective is to determine if it is cost effective to dry the material and restore it back to it's original condition, or is it more economical to replace the material all together.

  • Can the item be restored to preloss conditions?  In some case the material can be dried, and it is economical to do so, however it may be determined that even with the drying and restoration process the material will never be back to preloss conditions.  Although we have done a great job of understanding complex materials, like hardwood floors, and in most instances we can save hardwood floors from water damages - in other instances there is no way for us to prevent warping or cupping.  In these cases we cannot proceed with restoration and must give the recommendation that the material be remove and replaced completely. 

Hiring the right restoration company is key when you want to properly manage your water loss.  We always recommend asking if the firm you choose is IICRC certified and if their technicians are also certified.  

SERVPRO is committed to being IICRC certified and that is why we encourage and give the opportunity for all of our entry level employees to participate in the IICRC Water Restoration Technician certification training program.  It is also a corporate requirement that all Crew Chiefs be IICRC certified to ensure that all of our supervisors have the most up to date industry knowledge and proper training to provide our customers with outstanding service and great quality workmanship. 

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