Flood waters arrive.. what to do?

This is an informative article by Dr. Harriet Burge entitled Floods, Mold and Rats.

Link to Story


“Questions linger over mold tests” (Article)

Interesting article about air test results from a prior remediation cleanup. According to the article Stachybotrys was found in the indoor test but was still cleared. It unfortunately does not say how many spores were found. Many inspectors will pass a containment when one to two spores of Stachy are present.


Parents Fear Mold At School Making Students Sick (Article)


Mold remediation companies tested in Arizona. (Article)

mis-120604-self-in-crawlspace_small.jpgHere is another story of a local news station going undercover and checking out mold remediation companies. The key to the story is located in the last line..  “Consumers who think they may have mold should first have it tested. The test usually costs between $100 and $400 and it takes a couple days to get the results back.” I couldn’t agree more… having a third party inspector out to inspect and test who also DOES NOT PROFIT from remediation is the best way to protect yourself as a consumer.



Mold remediation companies tested.


I came across this article and I think it is worth your time to read… especially if you are considering hiring a remediation company to remove mold without the consultation of an independent party, in particular a mold inspection company who has no vested interest in clean-up. While the majority of remediation companies are ethical, a homeowner without some knowledge can be taken advantage of. As I mentioned above.. always good rule of thumb to get multipe opinions and seek out help from and inspector who will not profit from remediation. The article also includes the EPA’s “Ten things you should know about mold.”
– Andy

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A pipe breaks in your home… who do you call?

Below is a short article written by a good friend and business associate in the Restoration/Remediation business here in Southern California. This article does a great job of explaining the Restoration process when you unexpectedly find water in your home.

“What is Restoration?” by Susan Griffith, Marketing Director for Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling.
Paul Davis Web site.

A pipe breaks. It not only floods your homes but it you live in a condominium or townhouse, it could do damage to the unit next door and the unit below. Now you have a real mess on your hands. Call a restoration professional. For the better restoration companies, applied structural drying techniques are utilized; they are the preferred way to help homeowners.

Good restoration company workers are trained in the use of psychometrics – the scientific standard for monitoring and control of water damage. These standards can reduce the cost of water damage claims by at least 35 percent. The use of this equipment will result in rapid recoveries. The industry standard has changed recently from drying out a home in a non-controlled environment to focusing on significantly controlling the environment with state-of-the-art airflow and heat temperature equipment, plus extraction, air movement and evaporation, dehumidification and temperature control.

Reputable restoration company staff members have professional certifications through IICRC, which is the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. This is an extensive training program that provides them with special skills to handle losses.

Restoration technicians are trained to measure and provide documentation to show that the unit has been dried properly. The final documentation includes a psychrometry log, a moisture content log, a drying calculation work sheet and an equipment dehumidifier requirement worksheet. Restoration technicians document the drying process using thermo-hygrometers which allow them to measure the moisture in the air, or specific humidity.

A guaranteed drying time in just three days can be achieved in four areas:

· Extraction: Extracting water quickly is the key to drying an area properly.

· Air Movement / Evaporation: Air movement will turn water into vapor and is used in conjunction with humidity and temperature control.

· Dehumidification: Humidity is measured in grains per pound of air. Various dehumidification tools may be used depending on the conditions.

· Temperature Control: Managing the temperature ensures the complete drying of wet building materials and allows dehumidifiers to work efficiently.

These alternative drying methods allow water losses to be dried in the shortest time. This will help minimize the cost – not only in the cost of the equipment being on site but for the electricity to run the equipment.

Thank you Susan for the contribution.