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Morriss W. Johnson (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2005 - 05:42 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

We have a nasty (no pun intended) boy's locker room project that sustained fire, smoke, and water damage. Unfortunately we have convinced the Owner that the smoke damage clean up should be rolled into the proposal (bid) package. Searching through Google returns plenty of companies and a couple or three association/institutes; namely Association of Specialists in Cleaning and Restoration (ASCR International), the National Institute of Disaster Restoration (NIDR), and Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). However, a search of their web sites returns very little technical information.

Surely there is someone out there in "specification land" that has encountered this situation before. Any help in locating a guide specification/technical requirements for proper cleaning of smoke damage would be greatly appreciated.
Lynn Javoroski
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Username: lynn_javoroski

Post Number: 249
Registered: 07-2002
Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2005 - 06:13 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

When I wrote a specification for duct cleaning at our airport (Mitchell International), I cited a reference seemingly similar to the NIDR Guidelines for Fire & Smoke Damage Repair. Because it was a public project, I could not require that the contractor be a member of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, but I could require that the contractor adhere to the standards established by that institution. They were very cooperative and gladly sent me a copy of their requirements/standards so that I could reference it intelligently.

I'd suggest a similar approach here. If it is a private project, you could require membership; it's another level of confidence that the contractor will perform to the established standard.

You're dealing with non-standard, performance and results oriented specifications for which there probably are no established tests other than those that are established by the particular industry. But these industry groups have a vested interest in the performance of their members. They are trying to validate themselves and their work. I'm reasonably sure they'd be willing to help you write your specification.
Anne Whitacre, CCS CSI
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Username: awhitacre

Post Number: 263
Registered: 07-2002
Posted on Monday, October 31, 2005 - 11:54 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

just to raise a question: if there is fire and smoke damage, is the Owner's insurance carrier involved in the restoration? I have not had a project where this has been an issue, but I did have smoke damage from a faulty furnace in my house a few years ago and my insurance carrier covered the work -- but more importantly, had very specific restoration specialists they employed to do the work in order for it to be covered. I would think at the very least, you would want someone with a several -years track record of insurance-approved smoke and fire restoration work that has been documented.

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