Water damageIn the greater Phoenix area if you have a water loss and want someone to investigate the extent of damage without taking apart your home or business call Derrick A. Denis @ Clark Seif Clark (480) 460-8335.  Clark Seif Clark uses high tech equipment like a $26,000 thermal imaging camera to detect hidden water.

Derrick is an Environmental Consultant & Industrial Hygienist, and V.P. of Indoor Env. Quality (IEQ) for Clark Seif Clark, Inc. (CSC)

among his certifications

• Council-Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant (CIEC)
• Certified Indoor Air Quality Professional (CIAQP)
• Water Restoration Technician (WRT)

There is currently no licensing of water damage or mold remediation companies or individuals in Arizona at this time.

However anyone that does the work should follow the following 2 documents

IICRC S500
Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration

IICRC S520
Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation (new document due out this year)
The clean up company should have a:

WRS WATER REMEDIATION CERTIFICATION and/or
WRT WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATION

as well as
MRS (MOLD REMEDIATION CERTIFICATION ) and/or
Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT)

I’ve been in this business for over 12 years and have seen some contractors that have cut every corner they could get away with, I have had insurance companies push contractors to cut corners to keep the cost of the loss to a minimum.  I have seen changes in the industry that many professional organization don’t agree with, but still the practice flourishes because of expediency and cost.

For instance there are many companies using heat or chemicals to kill mold.  Aside from the effectiveness in certain conditions whether mold is alive or dead it is still an allergen and should be physically remove from the premises.  Check out   http://iicrc.org/consumers/care/mold-remediation/   that says “The mold must be physically removed from the structure. Attempts to isolate mold or remove signs of mold on the surface are not adequate. Note that bleach alone cannot kill mold.”

I know removing the physical mold can be expensive and intrusive, however you health could lie in the balance.  This could mean removing drywall and insulation.  To get to the drywall removing counters and cabinets may be necessary.  The Rule Is that you need to remove organic materials 2 feet beyond the last sign of water damage (even a water stain), so a simple leak under your bath room sink could mandate that you remove the 5 feet of drywall (1 foot wet plus 2 feet in both directions) at least 2 feet up from the floor.  Additionally wood sub-floor could be effected.

Lately some insurance companies have gone to “home depot” pricing where what ever they need to replace they will cost out the item based on home depot prices and quality not so good if you have a high end custom home.

We live on a planet where over 71% of its surface is covered by water.  Even in the deserts of Arizona water can be a problem.  So the #1 Rule  Control ALL WATER IN AND AROUND YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS to prevent water related damages.