Why Your Water Damage Company Must have IICRC Certified Technicians

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.

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