S500 Committee Petition:
To IICRC S500 Committee,
As a professional in the water damage restoration industry I have signed this petition because I reject the standard for air mover placement proposed in the Draft of the IICRC S500. The proposed standard change would reduce the use of air movers, especially in residential structures to a point that drying would be significantly prolonged. This will create conditions favorable for microbial amplification placing occupants' health and property at unnecessary risk. It will also unnecessarily increase the cost of restoration to insurers and other materially interested parties.
I specifically request the following:
current standard for air mover usage as this is a time tested and proven standard.
I do not see any reason to change the existing standard. If any change in air mover usage must be proposed, it must not be based purely on personal opinion but rather must be based on exhaustive controlled testing. Additionally, any change, especially a reduction from the current standard must be based on peer reviewed conclusions since rapid air flow is such a critical element to proper drying.
Remove all reference to reduction of air mover usage during the 'falling rate drying period'.
I have come to this conclusion due to third party testing and my personal experience. The proposed reduction in air mover usage will prevent me from being able to make appropriate decisions that will effectively dry projects in a reasonably safe amount of time. This change will cause financial damage to my clients, insurance companies and restoration professionals.
Remove any language that suggests that air flow can hinder the drying process.
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