Property Restoration History
This is a labor of love. We are working to track down and piece together elements of the history and rise of the property restoration industry. This effort will include aspects of carpet cleaners becoming water damage mitigation specialists, the evolution of fire damage restoration, integration of insurance claims repairs, and the emergence of what we now call property restoration professionals.
We are working to track down and share the people, innovations, movements, and stories from the evolution of the property restoration industry. The goal of this site is to be a collection of shared memories, photographs, videos, audio segments, documents, relics, and stories. We want to learn from and honor our past and we need your help. Please reach out if you have something to add or a lead on an interesting fact.
Recent Additions to the PRH Library
A funny story about the early days of the Restoration Industry Association (RIA)
Building a Bridge from Restoration's Founding Fathers to the Modern Restorer
Article co-authored by Pete Consigli and Jon Isaacson in CleanFax Magazine exploring the restoration industry’s history and how we can use it to make the future better.
Claude Blackburn on the Keep It Clean Podcast
Claude Blackburn joins Dane Gregory to discuss his early days as a carpet cleaner, meeting Ed York and Lloyd Weaver, and the development of Dri Eaz into and industry leader.
Questions About The Development of Industry Standards
Cliff Zlotnik and Pete Consigli join Jeff Cross to discuss questions and controversies in the development and revisions to the industry water (IICRC S500) and mold (IICRC S520) standards as well as the formation of the Restoration Industry Watchdogs.
The Early Years of Water Damage Restoration (1970s & 80s)
Cliff Zlotnik, John Downey, Ken Larsen, and Pete Consigli join The DYOJO Podcast to discuss the early days of property restoration. Topics include early organizations, Ed York, Lloyd Weaver, Marty King, and many other nuggets of property restoration history.
The Founding Fathers of Restoration
Link to an article from Cleaning & Restoration (C&R) Magazine from March 2007 written by Pete Consigli
- Martin "Marty" L. King
- Lloyd Weaver
- Cliff Zlotnik
- Claude Blackburn
Pete Consigli, Resident Historian & Technical Advisor
Pete Consigli has been in the cleaning, restoration, and IAQ industry for nearly five decades. He contributes to trade publications and standards development and participates in industry events. Consigli is a founding father of the WLS certification designation and has been a facilitator and advisor to the program since its inception in 1999. He is an honorary member of RIA, an IAQA Hall of Fame inductee, and a recipient of RIA’s Martin L. King award. The RIA recognized him in 2021 by naming its new scholarship program, the Pete Consigli Education Scholarship, in his honor.
Jon Isaacson, Historian in Training
Jon Isaacson, known as the “Intentional Restorer,” is a contractor, an author, and the host of the DYOJO Podcast. Jon speaks, writes, and coaches start-up phase owners and growth-minded restoration professionals through his organization, The DYOJO. Isaacson is the author of the Be Intentional book series for restorers.