6 Summer Plumbing Tips

Many people overlook the importance of plumbing maintenance in the summer because most of their focus is on pipes not freezing in the winter.  But water use is higher in the summer with outdoor activities, increased shower use, watering of plants, etc.  So here’s an important checklist of maintaining your plumbing in the summer months. […]

Tips For Sealing Leaks

Sources of air leaks in your home. Areas that leak air into and out of your home cost you a lot of money. The areas listed in the illustration are the most common sources of air leaks. Air leaks can waste a lot of your energy dollars. One of the quickest energy– and money-saving tasks […]

Detecting Air Leaks – Part 1

You may already know where some air leakage occurs in your home, such as an under-the-door draft, but you’ll need to find the less obvious gaps to properly air seal your home. For a thorough and accurate measurement of air leakage in your home, hire a qualified technician to conduct an energy assessment, particularly a blower door test. […]

Detecting Air Leaks – Part 2

BUILDING PRESSURIZATION TEST If you are having difficulty locating leaks, you may want to conduct a basic building pressurization test to increase infiltration through cracks and leaks, making them easier to detect: Turn off all combustion appliances such as gas burning furnaces and water heaters on a cool, very windy day. Shut all windows, exterior […]

Sewer Gas Exposure

What is Sewer Gas? Sewer gas is a complex mixture of toxic and non-toxic gases that can be present at varying levels depending upon the source.  It is formed during the decay of household and industrial waste. Highly toxic components of sewer gas include hydrogen sulfide and ammonia. Sewer gas also contains methane, carbon dioxide, […]

Getting What You Pay For – Part 4

Concluding our 4 part blog on the differences that can attribute to contractors having varying estimates for the same project, we’ll not only focus on the totals for the example job, but also a type of material.  After the complete cleaning of an attic, the final step is encapsulation.  Encapsulating is sealing the surface with […]

What is a Claims Adjuster?

Someone who investigates insurance claims to determine the extent of the insuring company’s liability. Claims adjusters may handle property claims involving damage to structures, and/or liability claims involving personal injuries or third-person property damage. A claims adjuster reviews each case by speaking with the claimant, interviewing any witnesses, researching records (such as police or medical […]

Getting What You Pay For – Part 3

For Part 3, we’ll discuss the difference between contractor #1 and #2 by using equipment as the example.   Contractor #1, like many contractors in the restoration business, have very old and even used equipment.  And a couple very important pieces of equipment when completing a mold remediation project are HEPA vacuums, air scrubbers and […]

Emergency Exit Plan For Fires

If you become aware of a fire or hear a fire alarm, the first priority is getting out safely. Once clear of the building and in a safe location call 9-1-1. * Take ALL fire alarms seriously and leave the building immediately. Do not stop. * Feel door handles. If they are warm, do not […]

Getting What You Pay For – Part 2

Continuing with our blog and using the differences between Contractors #1 and #2, this time we’ll focus on employees. Still using the pricing for an attic, which was Contractor #1 coming in at $5,500, while contractor #2 is charging $8,900. Contractor #1 has two employees both of which have no previous training and haven’t any […]