Archive for the ‘Flooding’ Category

NORMIProETF Offers FREE Air Purifiers to Flood Victims

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Abita Springs, LA

September 20, 2016

 

The NORMIPro Environmental TASC Force (www.NORMIProETF.org) has announced they have created a “GoFundMe” account to collect funds to purchase and install air purification equipment in the homes of flood victims in the Baton Rouge, LA area.

 

“Nearly 140,000 homes were affected by the recent flooding and are, as we speak, in the middle of re-building.  What they need is a better quality home and air purification technologies will provide that luxury,” said Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI.  “The NORMIPro ETF is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) so all donations are totally tax deductible.  We will be able to help a lot of people.”

 

Donations can be made to www.FloodVictims.NORMI.org and will pay for the MCI™ Multi-Cluster Ionization technology and installation of this equipment in homes of applicants.

 

For more information, contact support@normi.org or call NORMI at 877.251.2296

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.

Top Ten Tips to Avoid Structural Mold from Flooding

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

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

May 31, 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.

Top Ten Tips to Avoid Structural Mold from Broken Pipes, Ice Dams, and Flooding

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

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

January 28, 2015 (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 involved in providing training and certifications for mold and indoor air quality professionals.

Taking the necessary steps to avoid structural mold growth will not only preserve the integrity of a building 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 Katrina.

Disaster 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 by using 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 will begin 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 become big 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 toxic mold, water damage and flood resources, please see www.Flood.NORMI.org or to locate a certified mold inspector, assessor or remediator in your area, log onto www.NORMIPro.com or call 1.877.251.2296 and follow us at www.Facebook.NORMI.org

Top Ten Tips to Avoid Structural Mold from Recent Flooding

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 02, 2014 (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 involved in providing training and certifications for mold and indoor air quality professionals. Taking the necessary steps to avoid structural mold growth will not only preserve the integrity of a building 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 Katrina.  Disaster area residents must be proactive, act quickly, and use proper personal protection equipment when implementing the following ten steps:

1)      Remove standing water—remove wet carpets, rugs, draperies, personal belongings (if possible) and  exterior mulch against the foundation walls, etc., to allow the subflooring and foundation to dry

2)      Dry the structure out as quickly as possible—this is the most important thing you can do as structural mold will begin to form in the first 24-48 hours.  Remove water-saturated sheetrock 18 inches above the highest watermark to increase structural drying

3)      Turn up the heat and use a dehumidifier—when drying out a structure and/or its contents, reduce the indoor humidity to less than 60% and use heat to speed the drying process. Hot, dry air dries things faster than cold moist air

4)      Circulate the air—turn on fans and dehumidifiers or open windows if there is no electricity to get air moving around to increase drying

5)      Don’t seal it up until its dry—siding, sheetrock, and flooring repairs should be done only after the substrates are completely dry. Only use plastic to prevent further water damage.

6)      Don’t use bleach—it is an effective sanitizer but will not remove mold at its root. The mold will look like its gone but it won’t be

7)      Check your attic—undetected roof leaks can become big structural mold problems later

8)      Inspect windows on the outside of the structure—check for possible water seepage through the caulking/seals

9)      Use the sun to your advantage—if you can, move it outside. Let nature do its job

10)  Spray the structure with an enzyme cleaner—as soon as the structure is dry to kill any organism such as mold and bacteria. Use sanitizers on any portion of the structure contaminated by sewage or flood waters. 

 

For more information on water damage and flood resources, please see www.Flood.NORMI.org or to locate a certified mold inspector or remediator in your area, log onto www.normipro.com or call 1.877.251.2296. 

CONTACT:

Doug Hoffman, CEO

877.251.2296

mediaalert@normi.org

NORMIPro Environmental TASC Force Seminars a Success

Monday, June 24th, 2013

EFT Seminars

Lance Eisen, educating our attendees.

On June 19th and 20th the NORMIPro Environmental TASC Force hosted two Free Public Seminars and a CMI contractors class in Monmouth County NJ. It was well attended by members of the public and officials from several non-profit and government organizations. Channel 12 News covered the event.

We noticed a lack of credible information and consistent direction for the victims of Super Storm Sandy in the NJ/NY Metro area. Many untrained and uninsured contractors have been offering quick, but inadequate solutions to the desperate property owners. Victims of Super Storm Sandy are continuing to be victimized by unqualified contractors because of the lack of contractor regulations and a feeling of urgency to resolve problems as quickly as possible. The uncertainty caused by the stress of decision-making is causing emotional stress and other health issues for the victims. Without the proper information, homeowners don’t know whether to hire a contractor, repair it themselves, wait for the insurance adjuster, or wait for the government to release funds. When help does come, a homeowner with faulty information is unable to defend themselves against the inadequate solutions being offered.

Public education, contractor training, and consistent regulations are desperately needed in the industry. Our goal is to help the agencies supporting the disaster recovery efforts and the law makers in achieving these goals. The best tool in the disaster recovery process is information.

We want to thank all of the attendees that were at the events on the 19th and 20th, and again extend our support to the agencies working with the recovery efforts.

Top Ten Things to Avoid Toxic Structural Mold from Flooding

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

June 22, 2013 (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 involved in providing training and certifications for mold and indoor air quality professionals. Taking the necessary steps to avoid structural mold growth will not only preserve the integrity of a building 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 Katrina. Disaster area residents must be proactive, act quickly, and use proper personal protection equipment when implementing the following ten steps:

1) Remove any standing water—use a pump or a wet vac.
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.
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 with the use of a commercial wet/dry HEPA vacuum, followed by wiping, scrubbing, scrapping or sanding for complete removal.
5) Don’t use bleach to clean mold—it is an effective sanitizer but will not remove mold at its “root”. The mold will look like its gone but it won’t be.
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 will begin 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 60 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.
8) Check your attic—undetected roof leaks can become big structural mold problems later.
9) Inspect windows on the outside of the structure—check for damaged caulking and seals that could lead to future water leaks.
10) Don’t seal it up until its 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 or to locate a certified mold inspector or remediator in your area, log onto www.normipro.com or call 1.877.251.2296.