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The following article was written by Rod Hoff and appeared in the Nov 2010 issue of “Indoor Environment CONNECTIONS”.

“Are you a water damage restoration technician, an energy auditor, a home inspector, an environmental consultant or are you involved in any way with building diagnostics?  If so, you have come to appreciate how vital it is to have good documentation as evidence of your findings, decisions, and processes.  For example, if you are a water damage technician it would be important to follow the IICRC S500 standards, page 28, par 8.4 “Thorough project documentation and recordkeeping are important to the development of a water damage restoration plan and the execution and completion of a successful restoration project, especially if there is a need to review or reconstruct the restoration process or project at some time after completion.  It is recommended that restorers attempt to obtain pertinent project information developed before, during and after their involvement in the project.” [underscore mine]

Some say: “I appreciate documentation but in the real world, time is money and I can’t afford to take the time to write down everything I should.  I’ll take my chances and worry about it later”.  That constitutes a huge risk that can come back to bite you.  Jim Holland of Restoration Consultants, in the capacity of an expert witness, sometimes finds that the biggest weakness of some restorers is the lack of good documentation.  Remember, a good restoration job with poor documentation can have the same results as a legitimate tax deduction without proper receipts.  It’s not a problem until you have to defend yourself.  more….

How’s your comfort level in thermography?
(The above comments represent my opinion).

Rod Hoff / Restoration Consultants Inc
Thermography Instructor / IR camera sales
3284 Ramos Circle, Sacramento CA 95827
toll free 888-617-3266 ext 301
fax 916-736-1134

Provider of Fluke TiS, TiR, TiR1, Ti, Ti25, TiR27, Ti27, TiR29, Ti29, TiR32, Ti32, TiR3, and TiR4 infrared cameras.


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Rod Hoff is a Thermographer and instructor with Restoration Consultants, Inc. He teaches a two-day IR class in moisture and building envelope investigations. A graduate from Florida State University, with a degree in education, he received his formal training in Thermography from Snell Infrared and Restoration Consultants, Inc.

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