Hiring An IICRC Firm?

Can you risk having repairs done by an unqualified contractor?

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a globally recognized organization that sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industry. Established in 1972, the IICRC is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that professionals in the field adhere to the highest levels of expertise and ethical conduct. The IICRC develops and maintains industry standards for a wide range of services, including carpet cleaning, water damage restoration, fire and smoke restoration, mold remediation, and more.

One of the primary reasons to hire a contractor that is IICRC certified is the assurance of quality and competence. The certification process involves rigorous training and examination to ensure that individuals possess the necessary knowledge and skills to perform their duties effectively. IICRC certified professionals are equipped with the latest industry techniques, tools, and methodologies, ensuring that they can deliver top-notch services that meet or exceed industry standards.

When you hire an IICRC certified contractor, you should be able to trust that they understand the best practices in their field. The IICRC regularly updates its standards to reflect advancements in technology and changes in the industry. This commitment to staying current helps ensure that certified professionals are knowledgeable about the latest techniques and equipment, allowing them to provide efficient and effective solutions for various cleaning and restoration needs.

Another crucial aspect of IICRC certification is its emphasis on ethical business practices. Contractors who hold IICRC certifications are committed to a strict code of ethics, promoting transparency, honesty, and fair dealing with clients. This commitment not only builds trust between the contractor and the client but also ensures that the contractor operates with integrity in all aspects of their business.

Furthermore, some insurance companies recognize and value the IICRC certification. Hiring an IICRC certified contractor can streamline the claims process, as insurance providers often prefer working with professionals who adhere to industry standards. This can lead to a smoother and more straightforward resolution of claims, saving both time and resources for the property owner.

 As with any certification, just like a Doctor with his or her certifications and licenses, it doesn’t mean every contractor is equally skilled, qualified, or completely honest. It is highly recommended that you ask for references, talk to clients the contractors have worked for, and be sure they are the right fit for the services you need. We highly encourage you to not only insist on the company be IICRC Certified but insist that at least one of the key people on that staff have a Triple Master. IICRC ‘Master’ Certification is recognition of the successful completion of a specific track of IICRC courses. The IICRC offers 3 main ‘Master’ certification course tracks. Master Textile, Master Water, & Master Fire & Smoke. Successfully completing all 3 Master tracks gives you ‘Triple Master’ status.

Hiring a contractor with IICRC certification offers many benefits. From ensuring a high level of expertise and adherence to industry standards to promoting ethical business practices, IICRC certification is a mark of quality and professionalism. When dealing with cleaning or restoration challenges, choosing an IICRC certified contractor can provide peace of mind and confidence that your property is in capable hands.

Author: R.A. Wagner,  Chief Operating Officer 

   Alpha Omega Recovery, LLC