Today we’re going to discuss what IICRC training means for you. As a customer it is important to make sure that you work with a qualified professional. In order to do this a training standard must be set. This standard is set by the IICRC. Working with an IICRC certified technician helps make sure the work you have done in your home meets basic practices.
Training in water damage restoration teaches the proper concepts and techniques for repairing destruction caused my a water loss. When you work with a company that is IICRC certified this means that they have technicians who have gone through at a minimum, a 19 hour intensive course that teaches them to repair disastrous situations with proficiency.
During these classes a set of core concepts are taught. They include extraction, psychrometry, air movement machines, dehumidification, and excessive moisture removal techniques.
Extraction is the first step. Proper removal of excessive moisture helps prevent mold and bacterial growth. It will also lower the risk of a water loss causing structural damage. Extraction removes the majority of the water in a water loss and sets the stage for the rest of the process.
Psychrometry is the science behind drying. A good technician must have a solid understanding of how water acts if they are going to be any good at getting rid of all the moisture. Using psychrometry will help the technician analyze the drying process with precision so they can update and adapt the tools they are using for a more efficient drying.
Air movement or flow is vital to getting rid of the remaining water. IICRC classes teach the technician how to properly place air movement machines so that the optimal results are met. Without proper air flow the moisture will take longer to be removed which increases your chances of secondary damages.
Dehumidification goes in tandem with air movement. While the air is being circulated it is important to remove the moisture in it. Doing this will speed up drying times and decrease the chances of mold or bacterial growth.
After all of this training advanced techniques will also be covered. Some water damage jobs are bigger than others, and drying large losses can be challenging. Learning how to properly remove water during this type of job can save a building from structural instability and health issues.
So when you see a company is IICRC certified that means that they’ve got you covered. Not all water restoration companies are the same, and some will do a better job than others. But a current IICRC certification is a good place to start. Before you buy any service it is a good idea to get references and a quote from the company you choose to do your water removal.