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Water damage clean up is a dirty job, but it is also one that requires great skill. Without this skill, a restoration firm is liable to cause even more problems, so a homeowner should only select a firm that has the proper training needed to tackle the job completely. As any homeowner who has been through a water-based emergency knows, finding the right crew within hours can be tough. There is no time to waste when a flood or sewage backflow wrecks the home, as most items will deteriorate within a couple days.

Organic materials saturated through with contaminated fluid will require disposal. Salvageable items will be set aside, and everything else disposed of. Hundreds of gallons of  water will  need to be removed from the building. Everything will need to be dried as soon as possible to preserve their integrity. Molds, bacteria and viruses will need to be killed off to prevent lasting health complications. Water damage clean up is tough and takes a varied skillset to do right. It’s not practical for a homeowner to verify that a particular firm has all of these skills, so it’s best to find a firm that has certification in the area. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is the most respected training organization in the restoration field. Any technician that has proven themselves to the IICRC is a technician that cares about their reputation. And a technician that cares about their reputation is one that will work hard and work smart to get your home back to normal.

Source: IICRC