What is IICRC Certification, and Why Being Bonded and Insured Is So Important

You may have heard or seen us mention our IICRC Certification and that we\'re bonded and insured. But what does that really mean?

IICRC stands for Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification -- they are the certification and standard-setting non-profit organization that was established for the inspection, cleaning, and restoration industries. The IICRC is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) member and accredited standards developer. Both businesses and individual technicians can be IICRC certified, but a certified business must also employ a certain number of certified technicians. Certifications range from a wide range of technical services from Applied Microbial Remediation to Water Damage Restoration. Being certified means that the business and technicians are trained on the standards of various restoration and remediation techniques that are officially recognized as being safe and effective by the IICRC.

Being 'bonded and insured' is a phrase you may hear more frequently in commercials for various contracting services. Essentially it means that the contractor has both liability insurance and a surety bond. The insurance covers the liability should the contractor themselves get injured while on your property, or suffer losses from the job. Restoration and remediation can be hazardous work, so it\'s a good thing for your contractors to be insured. Bonded means that the business had to prove its trustworthiness to a bonding company. The bond covers costs related to any unexpected damage to the customer\'s property caused by the contractor or any reason related to a customer filing a claim against the contractor. So, being both bonded and insured covers the bases of potential conflicts or problems that could arise between the customer and the contractor.

Being IICRC certified, bonded, and insured also shows that your contractor is committed and invested in their quality of work, safety, and accountability for your job. We are proud to say that Distinctive Restoration is IICRC Certified, bonded, and insured!