Water Extraction – Part 2

Controlling microbial activity at a restoration site may require the use of chemical agents.  The EPA has defined three levels of biocidal activity:  Sanitizer:  a cleaning or disinfecting treatment designed to reduce the number of pathogenic microorganisms to a safe level.  This is the lowest level of biocidal activity. Disinfectant:  A solution designed to destroy […]

Water Extraction – Part 1

The most effective way to speed the drying process is to remove as much of the water in a liquid state as possible during the extraction phase.  Poor extraction will significantly slow the drying process. Extraction and evaporation with dehumidifcation are the only ways water can be removed from a wet structure.  During the extraction […]

Types of Mold Inspections

Here’s a brief summary of the different types of mold inspections that can be performed to determine whether or not mold exists in a property. Air Sampling:  Air samples can be used to gather data about mold spores present in the interior of a property.  These samples are taken by using a pump that forces […]

Hoarding

In this photo, we show an example of hoarding. This picture clearly indicates how there is no room to walk through without having to push items back and forth. Not only is this uninhabitable, but it also is a fire risk. Most of the items in this home were either trash, covered in mold or […]

Gross Filth Conditions

Many people are aware of hoarding conditions, especially after the popular television show, but few are aware of another condition called, Gross Filth. This involves the cleaning and decontamination of an uninhabitable space which includes fecal matter, bodily fluids, excessive rubbish, expired food, potentially infectious materials, hazardous items, boxed items, mold, etc. This does indeed […]

Ice Damming – Part 2

Solutions The damage caused by ice dams can be controlled in 2 ways: Maintain the entire roof surface at ambient outdoor temperatures or build a roof so that it can’t leak into sensitive building materials if an ice dam forms. Cold roofs make a lot of sense. Here you let the cold outdoor air work […]