IICRC Water Restoration Technician Certification

Last week, Green Man attended the excellent IICRC Water Restoration Technician training course at The National Flood School in Alton. Over the course of three days, the course outlines all aspects of professional flood response & restoration.

Day 1 – We began with looking at the different classes of water typically found in a flood situation. The different classifications are based on levels of contamination & potential risk.

This was followed by looking at insurance categories and how to ensure our initial assessments comply with the standard protocols of a possible insurance claim.

The correct use of moisture sensors & essential PPE was also covered.

Day 2 –  We next looked in detail at how to conduct the initial survey & ensure that a sufficiently detailed assessment of all potential flood damage is recorded. A Drying Plan is a key tool, but relies on accurate measurements taken correctly. This is exactly the area we need to make sure we get consistently right so that we can monitor how well we are recovering water from a flood.

In the afternoon, we began to get into the mathematics & science of Psychrometry.

Day 3 – On the last day, we looked in detail at permeance (how materials absorb & release water vapour), and practised using relative humidity graphs to establish to exact water content of a given area, enabling us to precisely deploy the correct number of dehumidifiers & air movers.

The afternoon was taken up with the IICRC exam. Because the IICRC is based in the USA, we will have to wait about a month until we get our results.

Fingers crossed…

IICRC Water Restoration Technician

Read more about our flood response & water restoration services here.

Communal Area Cleaning

Friday’s clean was a deep-clean of a large entrance mat in a smart commercial office premises. Our client had called to explain that someone had walked-in tar from the newly laid tarmac outside. Their scheduled cleaners had tried to remove without success.

Tar-stained office entrance mat

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The main issue here is that tar forms a hard residue that is difficult to breakdown. Standard cleaning solutions simply won’t penetrate tar. Our process was as follows:

  1. Remove surface dirt with industrial vacuum etc.
  2. Treat tar with a specialist solution to break down its structure
  3. Apply eco-friendly pre-spray
  4. Agitate
  5. Traditional rinse extraction

The result?

Tar-stained office entrance mat after cleaning

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After a reasonable dwell time & moderate agitation, the tar loosed well enough for us to extract. The carpet was a fairly tough synthetic, so everything lifted well. If this had been a wool carpet, we wouldn’t have been able to agitate so much and it would have been a lot harder to detach the tar.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t find the customer at the point we left, but we’re hoping they were happy with our work.

For more examples of our commercial work, click here.