In reponse to Hurricane Florence's historic and catestrophic flooding, our Technical Advisor, Jeff Bishop, has some important information to share with our membership.
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Major Flooding - When to Go?
It seems that everywhere one turned during August and September, ’04, the news dominating the media, especially The Weather Channel, was all about the succession of hurricanes in Florida and their aftermath along most of the Eastern seaboard. Today, in ’05, the news media is filled with stories about hurricane Katrina and the plight of its victims in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Storm surge and tornados spawned by hurricanes have been particularly deadly and damaging...click to read
Storm-Damaged Building Procedural Evaluation
In their haste to respond to large-scale disaster work, too often restorers overlook administrative and coordination responsibilities, operating under the assumption that they will cover those issues as time permits. Too late, they discover that this results in confusion and lost productivity, as well as unnecessary waste and lost profit. There are specific steps required for maintaining storm-damage job organization and productivity in commercial or complex residential buildings. Many of these ...read more
Commercial Restoration Remediation Priorities
A large project is defined by IICRC S500 as those involving “commercial, industrial, institutional or complex residential” structures. Typically, the building has greater than 10,000 ft2, and it is supplied with three-phase, rather than single-phase electrical current. S500 goes on to say, “Large projects involve many building materials, components, systems and methods of construction [that are] different from those found in typical residential structures. Differences in large projects are especially apparent in the size and intricacy of mechanical and HVAC systems and electrical systems, the...continue reading
Categories, Classes, Conditions – What’s the Difference?
The issue under discussion is water “wicking” up walls, and its impact on the Class of water loss as defined by ANSI/IICRC S500-15 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration. Reason? The scope and cost of a loss can increase significantly when there’s a change from a Class 2 to a Class 3 or 4 loss. First, a quick review of ANSI/IICRC S500 standard language may be in order. Classes of Water Losses: The term “Class of water” refers to the initial determination of the amount of water present and the likely or anticipated rate of evaporation. Determining the Class of water is an essential part of calculating the amount of initial dehumidification capacity...read more
Preventing Cross Contamination
If you’ve read your OSHA Standards for General Industry (29CFR part 1910), as we do each night before falling asleep, you probably recall that, according to OSHA, there are two distinct ways to protect yourself and coworkers from disaster contaminants. They are engineering controls and PPE. Restoration companies are responsible for evaluating losses before beginning restoration. They must evaluate the job site for obvious or suspected hazards. Once identified, they must train employees about those hazards and how to avoid or at least mitigate them...click to read
Equipment Decontamination on Water Losses
Frequently, questions arise regarding cleaning and decontaminating equipment following a water loss. If the loss is a Category 1 or 2, is there still a need for decontaminating equipment that was used there? Most homes and commercial buildings have contaminants present in carpet and on flooring, and those contaminants are easily aerosolized with the movement of the air velocity created by air movers. After being aerosolized, those contaminants may be deposited both in and on the equipment creating the necessity of cleaning and decontamination...read more
For Questions or More Info...
We at SCRT are here to help and answer your questions. If you need more information or have a question, please email or call!
Jeff Bishop, MWR, MSR, CMR Administrator, Cleaning and Restoration Consulting
Society of Cleaning and Restoration Technicians - SCRT
Heather Mayeur - Administrator 303 White Oak Drive, Wilmington, OH 45177