Restoration Project Management
We regularly carry out consultancy works, conducting project audits, scoping of damage, dispute resolution and restoration project management of all types of losses. Managing both the restoration and building contractors to ensure that project costs and quality are controlled, before, during or after the project. This enables us to ensure that works are being, or have been completed in accordance with relevant industry standards and best practice guidelines.
Effective management of the event, controlling unnecessary strip out and the amount of drying equipment installed, reduces claim costs. For example, many will and do fully install drying equipment on water damaged sites at the first visit in order to attempt restoration of damaged areas.
We regularly conduct audits on projects, were there has been an over installation of drying equipment at the outset. This is undertaken due to the lack of understanding of the type of loss, the building environment and in our opinion to maximise sales revenue.
Fully installing drying equipment in situations were building materials require stripping out due to the type of loss, or the length of time that the building has been wet, e.g. Category 3 contaminated water situations is a waste of time and money. In these situations, stabilising the internal environment with dehumidification and hepa filtered air filtration devices to manage internal moisture loads and improving internal environmental air conditions, reducing the risk of secondary damage to unaffected content/structural items is far more efficient.
Contaminated building materials are then stripped in a controlled manner allowing us to effectively clean, sanitize and dry substructural materials. Once the strip out, cleaning, sanitizing is completed, drying equipment can be fully installed. By removing damaged wet materials quickly post event, we reduce the volume of material that requires drying. This in turn reduces the overall drying time and makes the overall process more efficient and cost effective.
Fully installing drying equipment in a property that has been affected by a Category 3 loss, or where the building structure has been wet for 2 days or more post-event, is a result of the lack of understanding of the built environment and the loss type. It also puts the building occupants at risk of harm due to microbial amplification. This practice known as in-place drying is no longer an approved process in the current version of the IICRC S500 professional water damage standard.
Any contractor who conducts this process is non-complaint with the correct protocols and procedures set out in the current versions of the IICRCC S500 water damage and S520 professional mould remediation standards, and also potentially places the occupants of the property at risk.