How The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification Protects You

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In a crisis, you may not have time to check references and ask for referrals for your chosen disaster clean-up team. An easy way to ensure you will be working with a reputable company is to choose one that has been approved by The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). This is a certification organization that ensures access to only trusted and trained professionals who specialize in cleaning and restoration. The IICRC has established a system of certification that requires members to meet and maintain certain standards. Taking a moment to look for this simple stamp of approval ensures you will be working with a professional, trustworthy restoration and cleaning company.

Companies qualify for membership in the IICRC because they maintain certain standards. They understand the importance of education and training. Like many state, "If you do it right, you can help a lot. If you do it wrong, you can have problems." Companies that are certified must also provide proof of their insurance, offer a written customer complaint policy, and ensure that all their technicians are licensed, or are in the process of being licensed. The IICRC has also established a code of ethics by which all members must abide. The members of the IICRC range from mold remediation specialists to flooring inspection professionals, as well as companies that handle a combination of the services.

Who Gets Certified?

In existence since 1972, the IICRC has created, established and promotes high standards and ethics. It was also their intention to enable technicians and companies to communicate with one another, and to provide the consumer with a database of reputable companies. More than 4,600 certified companies are in the IICRC, and 43,000 certified technicians in over 30 countries. All companies that have been officially certified by the IICRC are listed in their online database. By locating and working with a technician or company approved by the IICRC, you'll be assured you'll receive high quality, professional service.

In addition to emergency cleanup services, companies approved by the IICRC, offer general cleaning services. When in need of a specialist cleaning procedure such as upholstery or carpet cleaning, you can choose a company with the high standards required to be a part of this professional organization. The IICRC's consumer referral service enables people to located trained, certified technicians and restoration specialists. The IICRC has done the background research for you; so during times when you are simply looking for basic maintenance on your home, as well as times of crisis or emergency, you can count on those affiliated with the IICRC.

How You Benefit

All companies certified by the IICRC, guarantee they will return your home or place of business to its original condition. It is recommended that you not attempt clean up fire or water damage on your own. Smoke and odor damage requires special tools and skills, and hiring a certified restoration specialist guarantees you will get the service you deserve.

In a time when you need the rapid response of qualified, professional, trustworthy individuals, you may not have the presence of mind to ask for referrals. By using IICRC's database of certified professionals, you will be sure you are contacting qualified, experienced individuals.

Gary Trevano is a writer for Yodle, a business directory and online advertising company. Find Your Guide to Dealing With Home Emergencies or more Home Care articles at the Yodle Consumer Guide, The Yodler. Also check out How The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification Protects You

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