Archive for August, 2016

Best Living Systems Donates EnzyMagic to Flood Victims

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Enzyme CleanerAccording to the Red Cross, “The catastrophic flood devastating Louisiana is now the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy four years ago.”

One of the worst outcomes after any flood, especially of the magnitude of the recent Louisiana flooding, is the water damage done to the homes after the waters subside. The resulting mold and mildew can make a home almost unlivable. One of the best ways to rid a home of these harmful organisms is to use an enzyme cleaner that kills mold at the source. One of the best on the market is EnzyMAagic201 sold by Best Living Systems.

Fortunately for LA homeowners, Best Living Systems recently donated $1600 worth of product to assist in the cleanup of their homes after this natural disaster. This will enable them to remove the threat of mold growth in their homes at minimal cost. We encourage any other businesses in the area to also do what they can to assist these individuals reclaim there homes!

 

Hire a Pro or get a Con.

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Abita Springs, LA  08/25/2016

OK, I got your attention.  Yes, that’s strong language and, of course, not everyone who is not a professional is a con artist but somewhere between these two extremes is the well-intentioned handyman who kinda knows how to fix the problem, sorta.

In these times of disaster recovery, we are fortunate to have so many faith-based organizations and wonderful neighbors who want to help.  Sometimes the State even suspends licensing laws to help expedite the re-building of a devastated area.  We are blessed to have so many people with a heart to serve.  However, this doesn’t replace the role of the professional.

“Well, Mr. Hoffman,” I hear, “there is so much work to be done that there are not enough professionals to go around…THEN what do you do?”  That is the question.  And the reality is true that there is so much work to be done that finding a professional is virtually impossible…you probably know because you’ve tried.  Renting dehumidifiers, buying enough good chemicals, hauling away the debris all become challenges each and every day.  WHAT is the answer.  We think we have one!

There are TWO guidelines that are incredibly helpful in knowing how to do the work.  The IICRC S-520 (which can be purchased online as an electronic book) and the NORMI DIY Mold Removal Guide (downloadable at www.NORMI.org) are valuable resources and they don’t take long to learn!  YOU could become your own Project Manager and know more than most about how to do this work.

There have been some “trusted” institutions who have recently foolishly suggested that it’s necessary to hire a professional, someone trained and certified in Mold Assessment and/or Mold Remediation.  So you hire a professional to cut your hair, work on your car and educate your kids.  Why would you trust your most valuable physical asset (the investment you’ve put in your home) to an amateur.  Get informed now.

Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI

For more information on NORMI, go to www.NORMI.org, call 877.251.2296 or email support@normi.org

Ten Tips to Avoid Structural Mold from Flooding

Monday, August 15th, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nonprofit Contact Person: Doug Hoffman
877.251.2296 ext. 876 mediaalert@normi.org

August 15, 2016 (Abita Springs, LA) – A few simple steps can save property owners thousands of dollars of damage due to structural mold growth, according to Doug Hoffman, executive director of the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (www.NORMI.org), a nonprofit organization that trains and certifies indoor air quality professionals. Taking the necessary steps to avoid structural mold growth not only preserves the integrity of a structure but also the health of its occupants, further explains Kurt and Lee Ann Billings, authors of the book MOLD: The War Within, which details lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina. Flooding area residents must be proactive, act quickly, and use proper personal protection equipment when implementing the following ten steps:
1. Remove any standing water using a pump or a wet vac. If the water damage is from a broken pipe, be sure to turn off the water supply.
2. Remove wet carpets, rugs, draperies and personal belongings. Clear mud and debris from floors and foundation walls to allow the subflooring and foundation to dry.
3. Remove and discard water-saturated sheetrock and insulation 18 inches above the highest watermark to increase structural drying. Remove water-damaged flexible ductwork and water-damaged insulation around metal ductwork.
4. Remove all mold growth on remaining structural building materials by mechanical means or complete removal if necessary. The easiest and most effective way to initially clean mold from structural building materials is to use a commercial wet/dry HEPA vacuum, followed by wiping, scrubbing, scrapping or sanding for complete removal.
5. Don’t use bleach to clean mold. Bleach is an effective sanitizer but it will not remove mold at its “root”. The mold will look like it’s gone but it is not; it will only grow back.
6. Use sanitizers on any portion of the structure contaminated by sewage or flood waters.
7. Dry the structure out as quickly as possible as structural mold begins to form in the first 24-48 hours. As soon as the above removal steps are completed, turn up the heat, circulate the air with fans, and use a dehumidifier to keep the indoor humidity below 50 percent. Hot, dry air dries things faster than cold moist air. If there’s no electricity, open windows and doors to get air moving to speed up the drying process, if weather permits.
8. Check the attic as undetected roof leaks can later cause structural mold problems.
9. Inspect windows on the outside of the structure, checking for damaged caulking and seals that could lead to future water leaks.
10. Don’t seal it up until it’s dry. Siding, sheetrock, and flooring repairs should be done only after the substrates are completely dry. Confirm moisture content by using a moisture meter.
For more information on water damage and flood resources, please see www.Flood.NORMI.org, www.NORMIProETF.org or to locate a certified mold inspector or remediator in your area, log onto www.NORMIPro.com or call 1.877.251.2296.