What exactly is "Remediation" ?

Restoration and remediation are the terms used to describe the process of repairing a building with water damage, mold contamination or fire damage.

This is a relatively new industry, 10 – 15 years old. The critical difference between renovation and restoration is the fact that water damaged buildings are hazardous to your health.

At this time the Canadian Building Code does not deal with mold or water damage. Due to the high incidence of mold infected buildings this will probably change in the future.

The governing body for the insurance industry in North America for mold and restoration is the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC). The IICRC has protocols for all types of mold, water and fire damage work.

A simple overview of a mold damage situation could be a leak from a deck, roof or wall. The moisture has a chance to saturate the wood structure. Within 48 hours mold will start to grow. Between 2 – 7 days the mold spores will multiply rapidly and will contaminate the air. Mold spores can cause health hazards such as sore throat, coughing, headache. Only the fittest will not be affected.

Over the last several years I have been seeing more and more renovations in older homes turn into "sick house" jobs due to mold contamination.

To meet this new demand in the marketplace, I have taken various courses and become certified with the IICRC.

"Water Damaged Restoration Technician(WRT) 2010"

"Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) 2011"

I have been asked to consult on many water damage sites in the last 5 years and as a result have performed and completed several restoration projects. The following are some examples.