‘Not Just a Guy with a Fan and a Mop’
I thought you were just a group of guys with a fan and a mop.
Well, no. An expert in the restoration business isn’t just a guy with a fan and a mop. In fact, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a certification and standard-setting nonprofit organization for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. They offer certification for individuals in the restoration business. This certification requires a combination of classroom training and a student demonstration of understanding and proficiency of the course material. Certification indicates a high level of expertise in a wide variety of restoration situations, based not only on the extent and materials damaged, but also the categories or types of liquid involved in the destruction.
Technicians interested in obtaining an IICRC learn the uses of different types of machinery and equipment used in the measuring and extraction of water in each type of situation. This machinery may include extraction machines, de humidifiers, fans, dryers, and a variety of generalized and specialty blowers. Plus, they need to know how to calculate the most effective size and angle in a variety of situations, for example, they need to be able to calculate the CFM (cubic feet per minute) of air movers necessary within the space of each structure.
They learn the use and application of different types of tools, including moisture measurement tools such as hygrometers and infrared probes. These can tell a tech the amount of moisture in the air and in the dwelling structure.
They also learn the Psychometrics: the study of moisture in the air, whether it’s humidity, dew point, or a combination. It's important to know the different factors at play in order to determine the best approach for the dehumidification process.
Evaporation and dehumidification applications are also presented. Sometimes, various combinations of tactics must be used, since different elements compound the approach to restoration; damage caused by broken pipes, for example, requires different processes than damage caused by flood water, back flow, or something else, flood irrigation, for example.
Techs are presented with the extraction concepts to remove or dry excessive moisture. Not only do they learn how to preserve structural integrity, but also how to handle mold growth and other environmental health issues. They are taught to assess and treat types of damage to different materials within the same building, such as rust (metal), mold, laminated surfaces, walls, subfloors, brick, wood structures, drywall, and carpeting--starting from the roof all the way to the basement.
Finally, they also learn odor control and chemical options, whether they’re caused by bacterial contaminants, mold, urine, smoke, or even fuel.
So, sure, we realize we look like just some guys with a fan and a mop. But, we’ve made sure that we have the best education, equipment and experience to treat all of the potential damage to your home or business if you need us.