Following any water damage event, it is important that restorers fully understand the type of loss that has occurred, the building environment and what is/is not affected. If any structural material has been wet for more than 48 hours post event, the IICRC S500 standard dictates that microbial survey of the affected areas must be conducted, in order determine the extent of the damage that has occurred.
Therefore, a detailed survey of the affected building and materials within is critical, in order to determine what has been damaged as a direct/indirect result of the initial incident.
Recent research has indicated that following a water loss, and with the correct conditions for growth, microbial amplification can occur within 8-10 hours after a water loss.
Water damage falls into 3 categories as defined in the current version of the BSR/IICRC S500 Standard for Professional Water Damage Restoration. Due to the potential for bacterial/microbial amplification to occur, each category can move upwards from one to another. E.g: Category 1 – can quickly develop into Category 2, Category 2 can become Category 3. This in turn changes the scope of the project and the works required to complete restoration in order to achieve a successful outcome.
As a result of the above and in order to determine the correct project scope, it is important to know the exact time that the loss occurred, the amount of time that the structure has been wet since the event occurred. Failing to do so will result in incorrect project scoping at the outset, leading to potential structural and health related problems after restoration has been completed.
By using Pircsa, you have the peace of mind, and an assurance that the correct process is being adhered to from the start to the end of the project. This in turn reduces the risk of scope creep, increased claim costs and ensures that the potential for risk of harm to health of building occupants is effectively managed.