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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Why SERVPRO? We Are Scientists!

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

Our scientists have the knowledge and training to help you with a fire or water damage restoration.

Did you know there is a plethora of science involved in training a water and fire damage restoration technician at SERVPRO of Charlottesville? Who knew?

The Training is Rigorous

  • Initial franchise training
  • On-going web-based training with tests at the end of every training module
  • Stringent IICRC certification
  • Hands-on training on the jobsite
  • Lead-Safe training
  • Subrogation Training

The Science We Use Everyday


  • Amps and voltage, with a mathematical formula to determine the power requirements for a job.
  • GFCI’s (Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters) Important, since many of our jobs involve water.
  • Power distribution boxes that convert 240-volt circuits into 120-volt circuits. Knowing about this is critical to ensure they have the right amount of power to run the correct equipment to get the job done, without going beyond amp capacities.


  • Measuring the relative humidity, temperature of air masses and Dew Point
  • Creating negative pressure, and measuring it to confirm that it has been reached.
  • Condensation, temperature control and humidity control


  • Type of pump needed for different jobs, depending on factors: suction, lift, fluid-type, and hose length/width and type.
  • Type of extraction tools
  • Air-movers; which type for the job
  • Dehumidifiers; desiccant or refrigerant and where to place
  • Type of generator for the job. Is there electric power at the site?


  • Our products and determining the right EPA approved chemicals for the job, the correct temperature and ratio. Determine if it is nonionic, anionic, or cationic; If it is cationic, it will be incompatible with anionics.

This gives one an idea of the scope of our technicians’ knowledge and training. Among the many questions they contend with is ‘What’s the most efficient way to dry the particular job?’ Every job situation is different, and there is always something new to learn.

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