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Industry Standards: What They Are and Why We Need Them
01/21/2015

Restoration technician with logos of restoration industry certification companies

When you purchase two pounds of ground beef in Boston, it weighs the same as two pounds of ground beef purchased in Seattle. A 2x4 has the same measurements no matter where it is sold. The standardization of measurements seems simple, straightforward, and obvious. The standardization that we take for granted has not always been the case. We have common standards on how to measure money, time, and dimensions because of thousands of years of accumulated laws and agreements.

Everyone has at some time experienced the inconvenience associated with a lack of clear standards. The most obvious case is clothing. Different manufacturers size clothing differently, and it can be difficult to pick the correct size without trying on clothing.

While clothing can be returned, an improperly built house or car can cause bodily harm. This is why we have building codes and licensed contractors, plumbers, and electricians.

How do Industries Regulate Themselves? 

Some industries or aspects of industries are not currently regulated by federal, state, or local laws. How can companies in unregulated industries communicate their standards to customers?  How can customers know what services and goods are high quality? Some industries have solved this problem by developing industrywide standards upheld by third party organizations to certify goods and services. Some examples of this include the National Association of Realtors Multiple Listings Services or the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch sustainability program.

Industry Standards for Restoration Services

The restoration services industry has third party organizations like the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) that provide standards, best practices, trainings, and certifications for cleaning and restoration services companies. Industry standards are particularly important in the restoration services industry because customers are unlikely to know much about the technology and techniques of the industry. The consequences of choosing an inexperienced or disreputable restoration company can mean loss of possessions, damage to a building’s structure, and lost money on ineffective services.

Water and Mold Remediation

In the case of Water and Mold Remediation Services, Superior Cleaning and Restoration follows the IICRC’s standards and best practices for water and mold remediation. The IICRC stands for Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. The IICRC standards include reliable restoration practices, principles, and research based on decades of experience, scientific research, and case studies.

Overall, it means peace of mind for the consumer. A water remediation or mold remediation job performed according to the IICRC standards will be performed by trained experts, proceed in the correct order, and use approved techniques, equipment, and cleaning solutions.

Fire Remediation

Superior Cleaning and Restoration technicians are IICRC certified in fire and smoke restoration and are RedStar certified for fire and smoke restoration services. Like the IICRC, RedStar is an independent third party organization that provides trainings for fire and smoke remediation practitioners. Once a home or business has suffered from a fire, even a minor one, it is at serious risk for smoke damage. Obtaining prompt and proper fire and smoke remediation services can save metal fixtures, sensitive electronics, clothing, and soft furnishings.

Following industry standards in water remediation, fire/smoke remediation, mold remediation, biohazard cleaning, and asbestos abatement is critical to preserving possessions, building structure and surfaces, and occupant’s health.

Superior Cleaning & Coit Cleaning and Restoration in Woodinville, WA holds a Construction Contractor, General license (SUPERI 973KR).

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