David Oakes

David Oakes has worked in the cleaning and restoration field since 1973. He consults for both restoration contractors and insurance companies and has served as an expert witness in state and federal court. Oakes is an RIA Certified Restorer, holds multiple IICRC certifications, and is an IICRC approved instructor, teaching restorative drying classes, among others. He is currently chairman of the ANSI/S540 2021 Consensus Body and serves on the IICRC Field Guide for Safety and Health for Disaster Restoration Professionals and the Harmonized Industry Glossary Committee.

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Quick Guide to Smoke, Heat, and Pressure Damage

Information in this infographic provided by David Oakes in Identifying Fire, Smoke, and Heat Damage. Physically burned materials are only one part of damage done...

Patience Rewards Hardwood Floor Drying

By David Oakes There is no question that the appearance of a wet hardwood floor can go from bad to worse during the drying process....


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