IICRC Publishes Revised Water Damage Restoration Standard

May 13, 2021 IICRC Publishes Revised Water Damage Restoration Standard

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) has published a revised standard for water damage restoration.

The fifth edition of ANSI/IICRC S500 Standard for Professional Water Damage Restoration describes procedures and precautions for performing water damage restoration in residential, commercial, and institutional buildings. The updated standard details the health effects of exposure to microbial contamination, administrative and risk management procedures, equipment best practices, and more.

“I am confident the ANSI/IICRC S500: 2021 release will help many in the water damage restoration profession,” said Brandon Burton, IICRC standards chairman. “The changes made were an effort to take an already well-established and respected standard one step further in clarity, while addressing many changes in our continuously growing and maturing industry. Although the changes made can be found in each section of the document, the greatest efforts were made to the organization and flow of the standard.”

IICRC is an ANSI-accredited standards-setting body for the flooring inspection, floor covering, and specialized fabric cleaning and disaster restoration industries. Organized in 1972, IICRC currently represents more than 5,700 certified firms and 54,000 certified technicians in 22 countries. For more information, visit