Potential Hazards In Your DIY Project
This man is restoring his drywall after it has been damaged.
The summer is here and you have decided to take on a home DIY restoration project. It is true that doing your own restoration project can save you time and money. However, it is important that you know the potential hazardous risks that can be found in your home.
When beginning a repair project it is important that you look out for the following:
Collapsing ceilings and falling objects- If the water damage in your home was caused by water leaking from the upper floor down to the lower floor this can cause the ceiling to become weak and collapse.
Asbestos and lead-If you reside in an older home it is possible that the paint found in your home may contain traces of lead and asbestos.
Mold- Mold can be found anywhere in your home depending on your homes condition.
Crawlspaces and confined spaces-Crawl spaces don't provide much room for movement and can contain toxic gases.
Chemicals-The improper storage and misuse of chemicals can cause harm.
Electrical- Wires that are exposed can cause electrical shock and potential fires.
I hope that after reading this article you are more aware and prepared to look out for the dangers involved when taking on a restoration project and you do what is necessary to protect yourself.
IICRC Certified Firm
We are an IICRC Certified Firm
SERVPRO of Pike/NE Monroe Counties is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.
IICRC Certified Firms Must:
- Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
- Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
- Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
- Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
- Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.
The IICRC Develops the Standards for the Restoration Industry
The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.
Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.
About SERVPRO of Pike/NE Monroe Counties
SERVPRO of Pike/NE Monroe Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.