The IICRC or Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification is the professional organization that most water damage restoration firms are members. The IICRC is the largest water damage organization in the world as well as the most recognized. Every year there are new techniques and drying methods introduced to the industry and the IICRC keeps technicians up to date with its certification and continuing education.
According to the IICRC water damage website:
To return your home or business to the safe, attractive condition it was in before a disaster, the IICRC recommends that you do not attempt to treat water or fire, smoke and odor damage yourself. A far more realistic solution is to hire a certified restoration firm for professional advice and assistance.
Restoring a disaster-damaged home or business is a complex and challenging process that may involve multiple services, and several contractors and subcontractors. There isn’t just one criterion for selecting a certified restoration firm to restore your home or business. Several combined factors must be considered:
Formal education in specific restoration as well as health and safety training
Certificate(s) of continuing education on new techniques and technology
Technician certification through a recognized industry organization
Experience – including a wide range of restoration options
Insurance – worker and liability
After the fire trucks are gone, after a water source is fixed or eliminated, the damage has only just begun. Without rapid response from trained restoration professionals, both the scope and cost of a loss increases dramatically.