One way of ensuring you receive all of this (and more) is by hiring a firm that is certified by the Institute for Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).
You might be tempted to hire a non-IICRC certified company, especially if you’re getting a cheaper quote, but this is definitely the wrong move. Want to know why? Here are five very good reasons.
1. Insurance liability
Hiring a firm without water damage certification from the IICRC can lead to all kinds of issues with liability. If that firm causes damage to your property, you may not be covered by your insurance. That means a lot of hefty repair bills later down the line.
2. Professional workmanship
In order to receive certification from the IICRC, a remediation contractor must go through formal training and pass all associated tests. By doing so, they prove they are capable of undertaking work in the field. If you hire a non-IICRC certified company to repair water damage in your property, you only have their word that this training has taken place.
3. Unique problem-solving
Water damage often brings with it new and unique problems. These in turn require new and unique solutions. Because contractors and companies with IICRC water damage certification are required to keep up-to-date with their training, they can provide new and varied solutions that you might just need. Meanwhile, non-certified contractors may be trying to fix the problem with outdated and unsuitable fixes.
The IICRC vets all companies for honesty and integrity before offering certification. This means that by choosing a certified provider you’re getting the services of an honest and transparent company, one that really is here to help and not here to rip you off.
5. Complaint procedure
A firm certified by the IICRC has to have a formal complaints policy in place complete with arbitration procedure. This means that if any problems arise, you’ll know where to go for assistance. Non-IICRC certified firms do not have to conform to this, which means they can simply take your money and run.
SOS Restoration is certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. If your property has suffered water damage and you’re based in or near Oakland, California, allow us to rectify the situation. Our trained professionals are ready and waiting to provide the assistance you require. Call us on: (510) 646-1700