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HomeAdvisor 2015 “Best of HomeAdvisor Award”

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Abita Springs, LA

May 7, 2015

We are pleased to announce that thirteen of our NORMI members have been honored by HomeAdvisor with the “Best of HomeAdvisor Award”!  HomeAdvisor is the premier lead-sourcing program in the construction industry and NORMI members are encouraged to take advantage of the lead-sourcing they provide which benefits their individual business and the public.

“I am so proud of these entrepreneurs who have been certified with us, connected to us and provided outstanding service to the public,” remarked Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI (National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors).  These folks are doing exactly what we encourage them to do and have proven successful following our model.  Congratulations to them for their dedication to providing the best service in the industry!”

HomeAdvisor said, “Thank you for being a partner of HomeAdvisor. We value our relationship, and we look forward to continuing to develop and grow our partnership in the coming year.

“We are pleased to announce that 13 pros in your network have received the ‘Best of HomeAdvisor Award’ for 2015! This distinction recognizes top industry professionals based on quality, service and value in the HomeAdvisor network. These members were chosen because they exemplify superior work practices, are committed to first-rate service and provide a fair value for the work they’re performing. Only the top pros in the HomeAdvisor network are bestowed this prestigious award!”

Recipients of the 2015 Best of HomeAdvisor Award are:

Curtis Roberts Mold Inspection

Green Way Solutions

AirTech Solutions 4U

MicroClean Technology, Inc.

Integrity Air Quality Solutions

Residential Air Quality

Jose Technologies, Inc.

A Healthier Home, LLC

Environmental Services Group Carolinas, LLC

Pure Air Solutions, LLC

The Best Restoration, LLC

Gnl Enterprises, LLC

DMC Environmental Service

For more information regarding training and certifying with NORMI, see www.NORMI.org, contact us at support@NORMI.org or cal 877.251.2296  NORMI is an approved training/certifications provider for multiple states and offered thirteen certifications.

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

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

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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

UVC fights Ebola with Air Purification Equipment

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Abita Springs, LA  October 18, 2014

With the current concern about Ebola transmission, the question is once again raised about the value, effectiveness and efficacy of ultra-violet component technologies on destroying the DNA of micro-organisms and, subsequently, keeping surfaces clean.  Xenex, a company selling sanitization products into the medical industry (see video here) has perfected equipment that destroys all types of bacteria and mold utilizing the same technologies used in high tech air purification equipment.  UVC (germicidal wavelength) has been proven over and over again with peer reviewed studies, clinical and field studies to do the job every time!  Now this same technology is available to the public…not in big box stores but through NORMI trained professionals.

“We have known for years how effective UVC technology is on killing mold and bacteria in the air and on surfaces,” said Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI, “so we have made it an integral part of our training and actually been instrumental in developing new technologies that utilize these components in inexpensive home and office units.  I’m a big believer in the concept of active air purification and have said, on many occasions, that the only people who need these products are people who breathe.  Personally, I can’t imagine going into a hospital setting today without some kind of air purification protection.  We are passionate about fixing this problem and our training could be more timely in the midst of all this concern about Ebola.”

NORMI offers training on this technology at Best Training School under the umbrella of the NORMI Certified IAQ Specialist including an IAQ Basics 101 for free.  The public needs to know the value of technology like this to keep air and surfaces clean.  There are many companies who offer UVC technology but NORMI has specific training on the trademarked MCI™ Multi-Cluster Ionization technology sold in an array of products for home, office and hospital use at the Best Living Systems website.

For more information on this and other trainings, call NORMI at 877.251.2296 or email support@normi.org

 

Bleach Does Not Kill Mold

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

mold

Mold Growth on a Wall

What should you do if you have a mold problem in your home? Many homeowners and experts alike would suggest treating the area with diluted bleach (active ingredient sodium hpochlorite). However, there is one problem with this suggestion. Bleach does not kill mold. The idea that bleach kills mold is one of the most common misconceptions encountered here at NORMI. Bleach is a powerful oxidizer, and can sanitize surfaces covered in certain kinds of bacteria. However, it is not the product to use on surfaces covered in mold.

We first noticed a problem while working with roofers to kill mold growing on shingles. We used a combination of surfactants, detergents, and bleach to lightly spray on the roof. It worked very well initially, but we found that the mold grew back within two years.

Since then, the “Journal of Forest Products” commissioned a study by Oregon State University on the efficacy of bleach on mold. They found that the stains caused by the mold will disappear, but the microflora remains. Essentially, the unsightly discoloration is gone, but if the surface has enough moisture and organic material the mold will be able to grow back in larger qualities than before. This is the reason why that same mold spot keeps appearing in your shower, no matter how many times you clean it off.

NORMI recommends using green technologies like natural enzyme cleaners instead. When you use the right kind of anti-microbial, the mold and the underlying bio-slime will be removed permanently. As an added bonus, you and your household won’t be exposed to the dangerous fumes from bleach.

NORMI to Hold Free Seminars for New Jersey Residents

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

(New Orleans) NORMIProETF (The NORMIPro Environmental TASC Force), a not-for-profit 501(3)c will hold FREE seminars on Wednesday and Thursday nights, June 19th and 20th from 7:00-8:30pm at Monmouth County Library (Headquarters) located at 125 Symmes Drive, Manalpan, New Jersey. These are open to the public and each will cover a different subject.

On Wednesday evening the 30 minutes presentation will be on “How to Protect Yourself” from the threats associated with mold and bacteria contaminated building materials which need to be removed from the site. Those with suppressed immune systems are especially vulnerable to long term effects and should know how to evaluate the damage before proceeding with do-it-yourself cleanup.

On Thursday evening the 30 minutes presentation will be on “Techniques for Safely Removing Mold” from contaminated sites and precautions that should be taken by do-it-yourself property owners. Each seminar will be followed by a Q&A with a panel of experts on hand to answer specific questions in these areas.

Following the presentation, Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI (National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors) will moderate a Q&A from the audience. The panel of speakers will include experts from the area who have been trained in the evaluation and removal of mold and bacteria contaminated materials and provides resources that include accurate and timely information regarding these subjects.

NORMI is committed to the safety factors involved with the rebuilding of New Jersey area after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. With contractors pouring into the city, the importance of certified and licensed mold professionals is at an all time high due to the potentially severe health effects from inexperienced individuals.

On Thursday, July 20th from 9am-4pm NORMI will conduct a Certified Mold Inspector course at Holiday Inn Hazlet located 2870 Highway 35 South, Hazlet, New Jersey. The cost of the one-day course is $149.

For more information contact NORMI 877-251-2296 or www.NORMI.org or Best Training School 888.856.4803 or www.BestTrainingSchool.com to register for the one-day course. The Monmouth Library can be reached at 732-431-7500 x 7242. Go to www.NORMIProETF.org to contribute.

About NORMI
The National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors serves as a cooperative network of first responders in the war against indoor air quality and mold problems.
NORMI classes train and certify students in the process of assessment and screening for household mold and toxic mold, evaluating mold problems, the damage caused by mold and other air and water quality issues. This solution-based training offers suggestions to solve problems that have been identified by the assessor. NORMI has become the nation’s premier certifying agency for indoor air quality and mold professionals by providing the very best education, training, and support to enhance awareness of problems and solutions that benefit public health.

Top Ten Tips to Avoid Structural Mold from Flooding

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

December 2, 2012 (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) Remove all mold growth on building materials by mechanical means—such as sanding or complete removal.
10) 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 http://www.NORMIPro.com or call 1.877.251.2296 or www.NORMIProETF.org at 1.877.751.3500

A Dozen DOs & DON’Ts for a Healthy Flood Cleanup

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

December 5, 2012 (Abita Springs, LA)—To ensure a healthy flood cleanup, identify the tasks you can do yourself and then locate qualified professionals to do the ones you can’t, recommends Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (www.NORMI.org) and author of Mold-Free Construction. Recognizing if you are in a high-risk health group is the first step in protecting your health when your home, workplace, or school has become water damaged from flooding, explains Kurt and Lee Ann Billings, authors of the book MOLD: The War Within, which details lessons learned from Katrina.
Many people are completely unaware that their health histories put them in a high-risk category for exposure to structural molds until it is too late and they are already sick, which is exactly what happened to the Billings family. Prevention of health-risking exposures is paramount when in a wet-building environment because the species of mold that grow on it also produce toxic poisons called mycotoxins. By being aware of the following DOs and DON’Ts, flood area residents will be able to make informed, health-focused decisions.
1. Do find out if you or a family member fall into one of the CDC’s high-risk groups for mold, which include but are not limited to the following:
• Infants and children
• Elderly people
• Pregnant women
• People with respiratory conditions, such as allergies or asthma
• People who are immune-compromised or who have weakened immune systems
• People who have undergone recent major surgeries
• People who take immune suppressing medication, including oral or nasal steroids

2. Don’t perform remediation tasks if you fall into one of the CDCs high risk groups. To best protect your health and property, hire a trained mold professional.
3. Do take the CDCs high-risk group warning seriously. The health of a seemingly 200 lb. strapping young man in his 20s or 30s can become compromised when exposed to mold even if he only has a health history of allergies.
4. Don’t, especially if you fall into one of the CDCs high risk groups, live, work, or go to school—if at all possible—in a structure that has been flooded or suffered water damage until it has been properly remediated and passed final clearance testing.
5. Do wear personal protection equipment (PPE) when entering a mold-contaminated structure for even a short duration of time.
6. Don’t think that personal protection equipment (PPE) is going to be enough to protect you if you are in a high-risk group. Studies show that spores and spore fragments easily penetrate N-95 and N-100 facemasks.
7. Do use a HEPA air purifier to reduce indoor airborne mold spore counts.
8. Don’t use any air purifier as a long-term solution instead of proper remediation.
9. Do use a HEPA air purifier that is sized properly for each room.
10. Don’t expect the HEPA filter to last as long in a mold- and bacteria-contaminated environment as it would under more normal conditions.
11. Do at least create a “clean” sleeping room if a HEPA air purifier can’t be placed in each room.
12. Don’t think that a clean sleeping room is as good a solution as sleeping somewhere else that did not experience water damage.
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 or www.NORMIProETF.org at 1.877.751.3500.

47th Tip of 50 by Kurt Billings

Friday, November 30th, 2012

This is a reprint of an article posted by Kurt Billings, co-author of Mold: The War Within. Thanks to Kurt for his recommendations. Please check out his Facebook page for a ongoing educational blog.

TIP OF THE DAY:

Day 47 of Our 50 Days of Fun—no sugar/no grains. Building a house or making repairs to an already existing house can be a daunting task. There are so many choices to research and decisions to make. Even more overwhelming,  is trying to make sure that the choices we make will result in a mold-free structure for years of problem-free living.

Preventing structural mold in our homes and work places is imperative to maintaining a healthy quality of indoor air. Many structural mold problems begin innocently enough—a threaded pipe under the sink becomes unscrewed causing water to leak into the cabinet, a crack forms in the wax ring under the toilet allowing water to leak into the flooring and subflooring, or blowing rainwater enters under a front or back door where the weatherstripping has become cracked and dried with age. Other times, structural mold is a direct result of errors made in the design stage or during the construction process.

How do we, as mere lay people—non contractors—protect ourselves and our properties from these all-too-commonly occurring maintenance and construction mishaps? It’s not likely we can become experts in all phases of the remodeling or building processes, but some helpful tips from someone who is an expert in mold-free construction can give us the shortcut to knowledge that will work for our tight-schedules.

Such invaluable tips can conveniently be found in the book, Mold-free Construction, which is authored by Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI). His straight-to-the-point advice is drawn from his years of experience as a professional in the building industry with certifications and licenses as a general contractor, roofing contractor, plumbing contractor, indoor air quality consultant, mold inspector and remediator. As the head of NORMI, Mr. Hoffman is a uniquely qualified expert to guide us, the property owners, through the process of creating a mold-free structure.

In Mold-Free Construction, Mr. Hoffman addresses the decisions property owners face in all facets of the building process and details the impact each decision has on the goal of creating a mold-free structure:

• Lot selection, grading and drainage
• Foundation considerations
• The “dry-in” stage
• Plumbing considerations
• Roofing considerations
• HVAC considerations
• Indoor air quality considerations
• Finishes and furnishing considerations

The best time to educate ourselves regarding the many subspecialties in home construction and remodeling is before design and construction begins. We can’t rely on budget-focused general contractors or time-pressed crews. We have to become knowledgeable ourselves about the details that make a difference in creating a mold-free home or workplace. We don’t want to learn the hard way—as it can not only put our pocketbooks in peril but also our health in distress.

Mold-Free Construction is now available on Kindle for only $4.99; and Amazon Prime members can “borrow” it for free. Just click on this embedded link:

 

Mold-Free Consruction Promoted By Expert Author

Friday, November 16th, 2012

REPOST from Kurt Billing Facebook Blog
TIP OF THE DAY:

Day 47 of Our 50 Days of Fun—no sugar/no grains. Building a house or making repairs to an already existing house can be a daunting task. There are so many choices to research and decisions to make. Even more overwhelming,
is trying to make sure that the choices we make will result in a mold-free structure for years of problem-free living.

Preventing structural mold in our homes and work places is imperative to maintaining a healthy quality of indoor air. Many structural mold problems begin innocently enough—a threaded pipe under the sink becomes unscrewed causing water to leak into the cabinet, a crack forms in the wax ring under the toilet allowing water to leak into the flooring and subflooring, or blowing rainwater enters under a front or back door where the weatherstripping has become cracked and dried with age. Other times, structural mold is a direct result of errors made in the design stage or during the construction process.

How do we, as mere lay people—non contractors—protect ourselves and our properties from these all-too-commonly occurring maintenance and construction mishaps? It’s not likely we can become experts in all phases of the remodeling or building processes, but some helpful tips from someone who is an expert in mold-free construction can give us the shortcut to knowledge that will work for our tight-schedules.

Such invaluable tips can conveniently be found in the book, Mold-free Construction, which is authored by Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI). His straight-to-the-point advice is drawn from his years of experience as a professional in the building industry with certifications and licenses as a general contractor, roofing contractor, plumbing contractor, indoor air quality consultant, mold inspector and remediator. As the head of NORMI, Mr. Hoffman is a uniquely qualified expert to guide us, the property owners, through the process of creating a mold-free structure.

In Mold-free Construction, Mr. Hoffman addresses the decisions property owners face in all facets of the building process and details the impact each decision has on the goal of creating a mold-free structure:

• Lot selection, grading and drainage
• Foundation considerations
• The “dry-in” stage
• Plumbing considerations
• Roofing considerations
• HVAC considerations
• Indoor air quality considerations
• Finishes and furnishing considerations

The best time to educate ourselves regarding the many subspecialties in home construction and remodeling is before design and construction begins. We can’t rely on budget-focused general contractors or time-pressed crews. We have to become knowledgeable ourselves about the details that make a difference in creating a mold-free home or workplace. We don’t want to learn the hard way—as it can not only put our pocketbooks in peril but also our health in distress.

Mold-free Construction is now available on Kindle for only $4.99; and Amazon Prime members can “borrow” it for free. Just click on the below link:

http://www.amazon.com/Mold-Free-Construction-ebook/dp/B00A6C4W4M/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1352751473&sr=1-1&keywords=mold+free+construction

A Dozen DOs & DON’Ts for a Healthy Hurricane Cleanup

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

October 31, 2012 (Abita Springs, LA)—To ensure a healthy hurricane cleanup, identify the tasks you can do yourself and then locate qualified professionals to do the ones you can’t, recommends Doug Hoffman, executive director of the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (www.NORMI.org).  Recognizing if you are in a high-risk health group is the first step in protecting your health after a hurricane—especially if your home, workplace, or school has become water damaged, explains Kurt and Lee Ann Billings, authors of the book MOLD: The War Within, which details lessons learned from Katrina.

Many people are completely unaware that their health histories put them in a high-risk category for exposure to structural molds until it is too late and they are already sick, which is exactly what happened to the Billings family. Prevention of health-risking exposures is paramount when in a wet-building environment because the species of mold that grow on it also produce toxic poisons called mycotoxins. By being aware of the following DOs and DON’Ts, hurricane area residents will be able to make informed, health-focused decisions.

  1. Do find out if you or a family member fall into one of the CDC’s high-risk groups for mold, which include but are not limited to the following:
  • Infants and children
  • Elderly people
  • Pregnant women
  • People with respiratory conditions, such as allergies or asthma
  • People who are immune-compromised or who have weakened immune systems
  • People who have undergone recent major surgeries
  • People who take immune suppressing medication, including oral or nasal steroids

 

  1. Don’t perform remediation tasks if you fall into one of the CDCs high risk groups. To best protect your health and property, hire a trained mold professional.
  2. Do take the CDCs high-risk group warning seriously. The health of a seemingly 200 lb. strapping young man in his 20s or 30s can become compromised when exposed to mold even if he only has a health history of allergies.
  3. Don’t, especially if you fall into one of the CDCs high risk groups, live, work, or go to school—if at all possible—in a structure that has been flooded or suffered water damage until it has been properly remediated and passed final clearance testing.
  4. Do wear personal protection equipment (PPE) when entering a mold-contaminated structure for even a short duration of time.
  5. Don’t think that personal protection equipment (PPE) is going to be enough to protect you if you are in a high-risk group. Studies show that spores and spore fragments easily penetrate N-95 and N-100 facemasks.
  6. Do use a HEPA air purifier to reduce indoor airborne mold spore counts.
  7. Don’t use any air purifier as a long-term solution instead of proper remediation.
  8. Do use a HEPA air purifier that is sized properly for each room.
  9. Don’t expect the HEPA filter to last as long in a mold- and bacteria-contaminated environment as it would under more normal conditions.
  10. Do at least create a “clean” sleeping room if a HEPA air purifier can’t be placed in each room.
  11. Don’t think that a clean sleeping room is as good a solution as sleeping somewhere else that did not experience water damage.

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.