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What does it mean to be IICRC Certified?

IICRC Certified Firm


If you’ve ever needed the services of a restoration and cleaning company, you may have noticed that their credentials include “IICRC Certification.” RAINING KATE’S is proud to be an IICRC Certified Firm. In fact, all of our team-leading techs are IICRC certified. So, let’s delve into what this means for you, our customers.



IICRC Certified Firm

What Does IICRC Stand For?

IICRC stands for Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certificate. IICRC is an accredited standards developer member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) ANSI is an accredited and highly-regarded overseer of the development of national consensus standards. ANSI also acts to verify that the standard’s developer has met the requirements for consensus, due process, and other criteria.

The adoption of an American National Standard (ANS) is entirely voluntary. However, various federal, state, or local authorities have selected some standards as regulations or codes. American National Standards are also deemed to be “state of the art” in the field of contamination control.

What Are IICRC Standards?

The IICRC Standards aim to develop general language and terminology that is industry-acceptable. This, in turn, enables a more universal discussion of procedures and concepts with respect to inspection, cleaning, and restoration. Both the insurance industry and the water damage restoration industries abide by the standards set by the IICRC.

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IICRC Certificate

IICRC Certificate

How Does a Restoration Company Receive an IICRC Certificate of Approval?

To quality, a restoration business must meet the following criteria:

  • Have at least one active IICRC Certified Technician on its staff.
  • Maintain all required insurance coverage and region-specific business requirements, such as a business license.
  • Agree to IICRC’s Code of Ethics and complaints policy.

What You Can Expect From a Raining Kate’s IICRC-Certified Technician?

Becoming an IICRC-certified technician means successfully completing several rigorous training courses. Then you need to pass an exam to demonstrate that you meet the IICRC’s standard-setting requirements.

As a RAINING KATE’S customer, IICRC-certification means you will receive the highest possible level of cleaning and restoration work. RAINING KATE’S IICRC-certified technicians will uphold the Institute’s foundational values of integrity, responsibility, excellence, expertise, and respect in every service they provide.

When you need the services of our Austin based,  IICRC-certified company, RAINGING KATE’S is available 24/7 to handle your emergency.

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Appliance Leaks – A Common Cause of Water Damage
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Water Damage from Appliance Leaks Are Very Common!

People often assume about the water restoration industry that most of our calls come after heavy rains and natural disasters. While this is true, most are surprised to find out that much of our day to day work comes from leaking or broken appliances.
Dishwashers installed incorrectly silently leak gallons of water from the bottom, leaking refrigerators leak water for weeks sometimes months without notice, and a broken water heater can slowly leak or suddenly dump standing water all throughout your home. A leaking appliance can do real damage to your home or commercial property.
We often receive a call when a customer detects a musty smell or discovers a wet spot on their drywall. Most people call believing they have caught an appliance leak problem when it started only to find out water has been living in their walls for much longer, silently wreaking havoc on their home or business.
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IICRC Certified Firm

If you detect an appliance leak, do not underestimate the damage it may have already caused!

These slow appliance leaks can cause significant damage over time. Water finds its way under cabinets, through walls and down hallways, under carpet, pools in dark closets, and soaks insulation. These are the dark porous spaces where mold thrives!
As restoration experts, we are trained to track the appliance leak to its source and dry every area within its path. If you detect water damage from a leak, do not underestimate the damage it may have already caused. Call the professionals at Raining Kate’s. We are available 24/7 to come out for a free estimate. We will perform leak detection with all professional moisture detecting equipment. You will always get an honest estimate from us while we also deliver the highest standard of customer care.

Need to File An Appliance Leak Insurance Claim?

Water damage as a result of an appliance leak is typically covered under home owners insurance policies. Our billing team specializes in working with insurance and our technicians know how to do the job right, so as to not make costly decisions that will result in work not covered by your insurance. No insurance? That’s okay too!

Raining Kate’s technicians are IICRC Certified. They are trained to safely and effectively perform water damage restoration services according to ANSI/IICRC S500 Water Damage Restoration Standards. Contact us for residential and commercial water damage and leak detection restoration services.

If you need residential or commercial flood cleanup services after an appliance leak, then we invite you to call the leading team in the area: Raining Kate’s. You can reach us anytime at (512) 772-1394
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Dangers of Mold
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Dangers of Mold Growth

It can ruin your favorite fruit, but it can also be dangerous when left to fester.

Everybody knows that mold is unpleasant and the word makes us cringe. But, do you know exactly what mold is and why it’s bad? Mold is a type of fungus and it can be found everywhere.

Mold is in the air that we breathe and it can be found on daily household surfaces. Most people think that mold is only black, but it can also be purple, green, orange, and white. It can ruin your favorite fruit, but it can also be dangerous when left to fester.

Mold loves wet, warm, and damp environments. It can enter your home through a leaky roof, through leaks behind a shower or appliance, water trapped behind cabinets and baseboards, or any place flooding has occurred.


Restoration professionals locate and dry the water, before mold ever has a chance to grow.

If mold is left untreated, it can cause serious medical issues. Mold can cause minor allergic symptoms for people, such as, sneezing, red and itchy eyes, and a stuffy nose. But, more serious conditions, like respiratory issues can also occur. If mold is allowed to grow in a home or place of business, the mold spores that are released into the air can actually implant themselves into one’s lungs.

Elderly people, young children, or those with a weakened immune system are most likely to be affected. Mold can also cause asthma to develop in some people. Not only is mold displeasing, but it can also have major long term health effects.


Water Damage Is Not Always Easy to See – Floods come in all shapes and sizes, and not all of them result in inches of water on the floor where you can see. Leaky appliances can slowly leak water into your walls for months, dishwashers can dump gallons of water behind your cabinets and inside the walls, leaky pipes can lead mold to grow behind sinks and showers. That is why it is so important to get a professional water restoration company out as soon as possible to find and dry water where it has traveled, before it can cause much further damage.

Mold Growing Behind Couch

Completed Water Mitigation

Raining Kate’s is available 24/7 for Water Damage Restoration and Mold Removal services.

Because every flood is different, we will walk through your home or business with our expert water detection equipment to track the path of water as a result of flooding. We will consider several different factors in order to create a customized plan and we will discuss all options and steps for your approval before we ever start working. Raining Kate’s has the highest standard for customer service and believes in providing fair and honest estimates for all of its commercial and residential clients.

Services We Offer

We are available to take your call 24/7 for your Water Damage and Mold Remediation needs.

Common Household Flood Causes

  • Water Heater Burst
  • Refrigerator & Ice Maker Leak
  • Pipe Leak
  • Overflowing Toilets, Sinks, and Tubs
  • Sewage Floods
  • Dishwasher Overflow

Storm and Disaster Restoration

  • Hail Damage
  • Flash Flooding
  • Creek, River, or Lake Overflow
  • Hurricane
  • Pipes Burst (result of a Freeze)
  • Tornado
If you need residential or commercial flood cleanup services, then we invite you to call the leading team in the area: Raining Kate’s. You can reach us anytime at (512) 772-1394.