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Best Tools and Practices for Flood Damage Drying and Cleanup

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

Today, remediating flood damage and drying a structure is a formalized process driven by extensive research and sound scientific principles. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) has established criteria to classify types of water damage as well as compiled best practices to achieve effective, efficient results. The remediation process is implemented using industrial-grade equipment engineered specifically for professional water damage recovery. These standardized procedures and tools ensure consistent results that meet industry guidelines for successful remediation.

Water Damage Classification

The IICRC divides water damage incidents into three levels, depending on the source of the water:

  • Category 1: Clean water from a source such as a ruptured water supply pipe.
  • Category 2: Gray water – Water soapy or dirty from a washing machine overflow, leaking dishwasher, etc.
  • Category 3: Black water – Toxic water from a sewage backup, outdoor flooding or other contaminated source.

IICRC Best Practices and Tools

  • Verify the house is safe to enter.
  • Identify the source of water and stop the flow.
  • Start industrial-grade dehumidifiers and run continuously to prevent secondary water damage from high indoor humidity.
  • Perform baseline moisture measurements using moisture detectors, hygrometers, infrared cameras and other technology to establish extent of water infiltration.
  • Remove saturated furniture including mattresses, cushions and other absorbent materials from the house. Take steps to protect furniture and other objects still left inside.
  • Mop up or vacuum pooling water from hard surfaces.
  • Use high-volume directional air movers to accelerate drying of flooring, walls and ceiling.
  • If Category 1 water damage, utilize professional extraction equipment to remove water from carpeting and pad. For Category 2, remove pad and dispose before extracting water from carpet. For Category 3, dispose of both pad and carpeting.
  • Remove absorbent building materials that are saturated and cannot be dried, such as drywall and ceiling tiles.
  • Apply biocide to all wet surfaces to prevent microbial growth including mold.
  • Repeat moisture measurements at intervals to track drying process and determine when drying goals have been achieved.
  • Replace any saturated building materials with new material.
  • Clean and disinfect the area of the premise affected by water.

What is an IICRC Certified Professional (and How do They Protect Homes?)

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

mold damageThe benefits of an IICRC certified professional are in place long before you actually require qualified expertise in water damage recovery or mold remediation. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a non-profit industry organization that tests and certifies the knowledge and skills of personnel who will arrive at your door on the day you need competent service to deal with a water damage incident or mold contamination. At what will likely be a stressful and confusing time, you’ll appreciate the experience and technical skills brought to the scene by employees who are trained and IICRC certified. Another of the benefits of an IICRC professional is the fact that every step of the recovery process will be performed according to published IICRC standards — the accepted industry criteria for water damage recovery and mold remediation.

Water damage recovery firms that employ workers with IICRC certification have invested in a process that ensures consistency and professionalism. Employees must attend classes and seminars and accumulate a specific amount of actual field experience, then pass comprehensive exams in basic water restoration or mold remediation. To move up to the next level, a candidate for journeyman certification must be certified for water damage recovery as well as carpet cleaning and carpet repair and installation. To earn master certification, applied structural drying, advanced microbial remediation, and health and safety certification are added to journeyman requirements.

Effective damage recovery entails much more than just removing water from the home. The restorers with IICRC certification are well-versed in the techniques to fully dry a home all the way down to the substructure, returning the house to its condition prior to water damage. All are trained and have the onsite experience to seek out and locate all moisture sources, limit the spread of damage in the house, effectively dry all types of building materials and carpets onsite, and evaluate and remove active mold growth.

Make sure you receive the benefits of an IICRC certified professional by contacting Rytech, Inc. for water damage and mold remediation services.

The Rytech Approach to Water Damage

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Water damage striking your home is a messy, chaotic event. Rytech brings order to the confusion with an organized approach and a proven track record of water damage mitigation. Using standardized, state-of-the-art methods and technology, a trained Rytech team arrives on the scene fully equipped to deal with whatever damage water might inflict. As a nationwide leader in water damage and mold remediation since 1995, we’ve seen it all and successfully remediated any and every scenario you can imagine. When water damage brings stress and uncertainty, Rytech restores your home as well as your sense of confidence and control.

  • water damage specialistInstant contact and fast response. No matter when you call Rytech, you won’t get a recording or be put on hold. You’ll speak immediately to trained personnel fully prepared to respond to your immediate concerns. If you elect to make an appointment, you’ll get a follow-up call from a water damage technician certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification). The technician can answer any immediate questions, brief you on what to expect, and dispatch a team of water damage specialists to your location.
  • Complete evaluation and no-surprises estimate. After arriving at your home, a systematic evaluation of the extent of damage will be conducted. The team leader will update you on how things stand as well as answer any questions about what comes next. He’ll review the recovery plan with you and discuss any issues or concerns you might have before beginning any work.
  • Systematic approach and verified results. As soon as you give the go-ahead, the water damage recovery work begins. Because time is of the essence to control the on-going spread of water inside a structure as well as the long-term effects of mold contamination, the crew of technicians is fully equipped and ready to take action immediately. At each stage of the recovery process, the drying process will be monitored and confirmed using technology to ensure that it meets standards for water extraction and moisture elimination.

Contact the professionals at Rytech for more information about our proven, predictable techniques for successful water damage mitigation.


What to Expect from Your Mold Remediation Appointment

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Maybe you wonder what you’re getting into. You have some reason to suspect your home might be contaminated by mold. Perhaps you had water damage in the past that wasn’t properly remediated — or other damp conditions exist — and resultant mold growth is now evident somewhere. Or maybe someone in the house is experiencing unexplained allergy-like symptoms that could be a reaction to airborne mold spores (See your doctor first, as it might be any number of other things.)

shutterstock_165329198So you’ve done your due diligence and identified a reputable local mold remediation firm certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Now what?

Here’s what to expect from your initial mold remediation appointment:

  • Prompt response. An appointment will be set up for a pre-determined day and time for an IICRC-certified mold specialist to visit your home.
  • Preliminary inspection. A visual inspection of the premises is the first step. Mold is shy and tends to grow in unseen spaces. An experienced technician knows its hiding places and has specialized equipment to visually access tight spaces unseen by the naked eye. Areas where water damage has occurred in the past or where chronic moisture is present are always suspect. So are damp, dark zones like the basement, crawl space and attic.
  • Sampling and testing. Air samples are taken to detect spores and any suspicious fungal growth will be tested to identify the exact type of mold. After the inspection, you’ll receive a written report of test results as well as a recommended treatment plan.
  • Mold removal. The mold remediation process consists of physically removing all growing mold and disinfecting affected surfaces with EPA-approved fungicides. Where mold has penetrated building materials like drywall, infected segments may be cut out and replaced. To clear the house of residual reproductive spores, the premises will be cleaned with high-efficiency vacuums and the HVAC filters replaced.
  • Follow-up. To confirm the results of the remediation, air samples may be taken at some interval after the treatment.

The specialists at Rytech, Inc. are ready to answer all your questions about a mold remediation procedure.

What is the IICRC and How Will it Protect You?

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Anyone can claim to be a qualified water damage recovery contractor. Some of those who do, unfortunately, have no credentials whatsoever to prove it. The IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) is the governing body for the water damage recovery and mold remediation industry. Restoring your home’s value and reclaiming precious possessions from damaging water inundation, safeguarding your indoor environment from toxic contamination — these are not endeavors for the amateur or inexperienced part-timer. IICRC certification proves the water damage specialist you hire is a qualified, trained professional who is fully informed on standardized procedures and equipped with the necessary technology to do the job.

iicrcWater damage recovery and mold remediation contractors who have invested the time and commitment to earn IICRC certification are proud to display it. Here are some other ways that hiring an IICRC-certified contractor protects you:

  • Access to the most up-to-date methods and technology. The IICRC conducts research to update the science and practice of water damage recovery, keeping member contractors fully current on the latest state-of-the-art practices.
  • Proven standardized procedures. The IICRC formulates and publishes the standards of practice for the recovery industry. This ensures you get service that conforms with consistent, proven techniques utilized throughout the industry — not makeshift methods or cut corners.
  • Trained, qualified specialists. The IICRC trains, tests and certifies water damage and mold remediation technicians. Basic skills, as well as areas of advanced specialization, are included in the curriculum. To maintain certification, technicians must update their knowledge with continuing educations such as annual seminars and training.
  • Consistent business practices. The IICRC promotes a high standard of organized and efficient business procedures that protect the consumer. These include requirements for contractors to be fully bonded and insured, standards for issuing accurate estimates and a procedure for resolving any issues that may arise after the project.

Rytech, Inc. is proud to be an IICRC-certified provider of water damage and mold remediation services. Let us know if we can help.

Why Your Water Damage Company Must have IICRC Certified Technicians

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

When a recovery team knocks on your door after water damage occurs, you want to know a thing or two about the people you’re letting into your home to restore a normal, healthy and safe indoor environment. You’ve probably already met with the contractor or company representatives, researched their track record and feel confident about their reputation. But how about the people who’ll be doing the actual work inside your house? How do you assess qualifications and professionalism?

iicrcWhat Can Go Wrong? (A Lot.)

Water damage recovery and mold remediation incorporates critical standardized techniques and technology. A flooded or contaminated home isn’t the place for on-the-job training of totally unskilled, inexperienced workers. Expensive damage can be made even more costly when improper or makeshift methods are utilized. Long-term consequences like mold and structural damage can manifest months after an unqualified recovery workforce leaves behind a job not well done.

Certified and Qualified

If your contractor employs IICRC-certified technicians, you know immediately they’ve invested time and expense to ensure that workers are fully trained and meet industry criteria for knowledge and hands-on skills. The IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) is the industry organization that sets standards for water damage recovery, mold remediation and other residential and commercial services. The IICRC literally wrote the book on water damage — published IICRC standards are now the accepted guidelines for training in recovery and remediation techniques, as well as the basis for ongoing research to constantly refine techniques. Today, over 50,000 IICRC-certified technicians are employed by more than 6,000 recovery firms worldwide.

The Water Damage Curriculum

Training and certification of technicians ranges from courses in basic skills such as water extraction techniques, the properties of moisture and water damage and operation of equipment and technology utilized on the job. This foundational instruction then expands to more focused training in specialized skills like applied microbial training, advanced structural drying and mold mitigation. Certain fundamental training and seminars must be taken annually in order to maintain certification.

Rytech Inc. is an IICRC-certified company that employs technicians trained and certified to IICRC standards.