ANSI/IICRC S500 Standard for Professional Water Damage Restoration

Standard describes the procedures to be followed and the precautions to be taken when performing water damage restoration in residential, commercial, and institutional buildings, and the systems and personal property contained within those structures. This Standard assumes that the determination and correction of the underlying source or cause of the water intrusion leading to the water damage is the responsibility of the property owner and not the restorer, although the property owner may contract with the restorer or other specialized experts to perform these services.

Additional information about S500 - 2021

Water damage restoration consists of the following components for which procedures are described in this Standard:

  • Principles of Water Damage Restoration
  • Microbiology of Water Damage
  • Health Effects from Exposure to Microbial Contamination in Water-Damaged Buildings
  • Building and Material Science
  • Psychrometry and Drying Technology
  • Equipment, Instruments, and Tools
  • Antimicrobial (biocide) Technology
  • Safety and Health
  • Administrative Procedures, Project Documentation, and Risk Management
  • Inspections, Preliminary Determinations, and Pre-Restoration Evaluations
  • Limitations, Complexities, Complications, and Conflicts
  • Specialized Experts
  • Structural Restoration
  • Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Restoration
  • Contents Evaluation, Restoration, and Remediation
  • Large or Catastrophic Restoration Projects
  • Materials and Assemblies

S500 Consensus Body Chair: Chris Taylor                    S500 Consensus Body Vice-Chair: Brandon Burton

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The IICRC is seeking volunteers from the following stakeholder categories: flooring manufacturers, chemistry manufacturers, maintenance equipment manufacturers, commercial maintenance service providers, professional maintenance technicians, flooring inspectors, sales and support professionals, architectural specifiers, building managers, distributors, and end users.

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