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The last step to water damage restoration

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Here at SERVPRO, we believe it’s important for our community to understand the principles that outline the work we do. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a standards developing organization for the inspection, cleaning, and restoration industries. SERVPRO of Northwest Portland and all other restoration companies follow the standards and guidelines put forth by the IICRC. The standards manual for water damage restoration is the S500.

To learn more about the IICRC, visit our previous blogs on the S500 series The certification firm every restoration professional uses, The importance of safety and health on a restoration worksite, The importance of documentation on water damage worksite, The steps to mitigating water damage, and The fourth principle of water damage restoration.

In this series, we are outlining the principles of water damage restoration work, the first three being Safety, Documentation, and Mitigation. This blog is regarding the third principle outlined in the S500.

S500 Principle 5: Complete the restoration and repairs.

When the restorer’s inspection confirms that moisture content or level of the structure and contents has reached the drying goals, the drying services are done.

The restorer is now ready to begin restoration services - this includes any repairs needed to return the property to its preloss condition. Some restoration companies will do the reconstruction themselves, while others will only go so far before recommending a building owner contact a general contractor.

Many restoration companies will perform demolition before a contractor steps in. This serves a few purposes - it enables the restorer to confirm all structure materials are properly clean, dry and absent of odor from the damage event; it also can be a necessary process of removing the wet material, as materials such as drywall become unsalvageable once waterlogged or contaminated. 

As for us at SERVPRO of Northwest Portland, we work closely with a construction team that operates under our roof, separate from our water team but well versed in working with our team. This provides a seamless restoration process and gives our customers the option to choose a restoration that feels like a One-Stop-Shop.

If you experience water intrusion in your home or business, trust SERVPRO of Northwest Portland to handle your needs. Call us any time or day at 503-283-3658.

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