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   Sewage, floodwaters and condensation from air conditioners contain infectious organisms that pose a serious health threat to workers and occupants.  In flood situations, dead, decaying animals may also be present and pose a health hazard.  Even a clean water source may pose a problem if the wa...
02/09/2010
   Storm-damaged structures might be weakened and pose hazards.  Floods and earthquakes can cause considerable damage to a building foundation or to the bearing partitions under and around a structure.  Storm surge and wave action from a hurricane can undermine foundations or damage pilings in pi...
02/08/2010
   Mixing water and electricity creates a potential for disaster, and electrical hazards lurk everywhere on the typical water damage job site.  Water that comes into the building from above, such as from a roof leak or from water pipes in the attic is likely to intrude into the wiring system.  Fl...
02/08/2010
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When your valuable documents become damaged extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the damage does not destroy the document. Though many types of documents cannot be fully restored to preloss condition, it is possible to save a great deal and help minimize additional damage.  Depending on...
02/01/2010
Q.        What is asbestos? A.        Asbestos is the common name for a group of minerals.  When the fibrous material is separated from the rock during the mining process, the fibers are incorporated into manufactured items.  The asbestos is mixed with binding materials such as epoxy, magnesium o...
01/27/2010
Well, I'm planning my second CE class.  The first one went off without a hitch despite the storms (literally flooding).  We were able to get the last of the 20 outside teams out of our office just in time to put together our very first class.  We had a pretty decent turnout.  I'm looking for any ...
01/27/2010
* Limit movement in the area to prevent further damage. * Keep hands clean.  Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork. * Wash both sides of leaves on indoor plants. * Change HVAC filters and tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from g...
01/22/2010
More than 1.6 million fires are reported each year in the United States.  It's a sobering statistic, especially when you consider the more than 3,600 people who lose their lives in these fires. Everyone knows smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, but many homeowners forget to ensure the...
01/21/2010
Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time.  The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property.  The two primary components of a proper water restoration are: 1) fas...
01/18/2010
How do you know your pipe is frozen? After a bitterly coldnight, you turn on your tap and instead of a steady gush of water you get asickly trickle followed by...nothing. Since water expands when it freezes - andpipes don't - a frozen pipe is in danger of bursting. It needs to be thawed. First yo...
01/12/2010
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