Flood Damage >> Water Damage

Many of our buildings have been affected by the heavy rains and flooding that occur every spring and summer. The purpose of this article is to help building owners minimize structural and cosmetic Water Damage. It contains general advice that was written to cover a wide variety of buildings with varying degrees of flood damage. If you suspect that your building could have some structural damage, contact a qualified structural engineer or architect to completely assess the situation and suggest remedies.

  1. A description of the many tax credit programs for rehabilitation of historic structures, there's free technical publications available through your local historic preservation office and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the telephone numbers you can call for more assistance, and additional resources are provided online. Once you are able to return to your Water Damage building, the first tasks will likely be to remove mud and debris and to inspect the building for water damage. Saving your building, no matter how valuable, is not worth losing your life or risking permanent serious injury.
  2. Please observe these safety precautions, do not walk through the flowing water, do not drive through a Water Damage area, stay away from the power lines and downed electrical wires, make sure that your electricity is turned completely off. If any of your electrical wiring was submerged, have it inspected before turning your power back on, look before you step, floods deposit mud which makes most of the walking surfaces very slippery, be alert for gas leaks and carbon monoxide exhaust kills. If you have to use electrical generators or charcoal cooking grills, make sure they are properly vented.
  3.  Clean everything that got Water Damage, floodwaters carry sewage and toxic chemicals. Hose down your concrete and the masonry walls and scrub all of your surfaces with disinfectant. Throw away any food and medicine that came in contact with floodwater. Wear your protective clothing and make sure the building is properly ventilated while you're working inside. Remember to follow local health code guidelines concerning your preventative shots or vaccinations. No other "element" is as destructive to your buildings as water damage. After the building has been saturated and after the Water Damage recede, it is important that the drying process will begin immediately.
  4.  Most of the flood damaging effects of water, such as rot, rust, and mold, can be minimized by reducing both interior and exterior moisture levels. The very least damaging drying process appears to be one that will begin by using only the ventilation. To speed the evaporation process, interior air must be vented to the outside of the building. The best way to do this is to open all of the windows and doors and allow the moisture to finally escape. Fans could be used to speed Water Damage evaporation by moving the interior air and exhausting the humid air to the outdoors. Using heat or dehumidification too soon can bring damage to your building.

Mildew

Bathroom Tip Places that are often or always damp can be hard to maintain completely free of mold. If there's some mold in the shower or elsewhere in the bathroom that seems to reappear, increasing ventilation (running a fan or opening a window) and cleaning more frequently will usually prevent mold  read more..

Lead Paint Abatement Training

The standard requires that hand washing facilities be provided where occupational exposure to lead occurs. In addition, change areas, showers (where feasible), and lunchrooms or eating areas are to be made available to workers exposed to lead above Lead Paint Removal Lead Paint Abatement Training the PEL. 

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Basic Facts About Bats And Bat Exclusion

Little Brown Bat Did You Know? Bats are the only mammals that can fly. They are insect-eating machines, eating thousands of mosquitoes and other flying insects in a single night. Bats use echolocation (rapid pulses of sound that bounce off an object) to detect and Animal Damage Basic Facts About Bats And Bat Exclusion catch insects.   read more..

Smoke Damage

First responders that come across what they suspect to be a working meth lab or who might be responding to an incident need to take extra special precautions before they enter the Meth Lab Cleanup Smoke Damage site. They should never enter the meth lab or touch anything outside the meth lab, like chemical containers   read more..

How To Remove A Fire Smoke Smell From Furniture

Guidance on protecting workers in offices and similar indoor workplaces from wildfire smoke has been developed by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), in consultation with technical staff from several other California agencies. This document (attached as Appendi  read more..

Asbestos Siding Removal

Asbestos siding was installed on thousands of homes in the early to the middle 1900s. This siding looked almost like concrete, some of it had texture that had lines running vertically, the bottom of the tile looked kind of wavy. Some people call it asbestic, which is just another form made of   read more..

California Asbestos Tile Removal Requirements

Identifying hazardous materials before starting work on a project site protects worker health and safety, building occupants, and the financial viability of the project. Doing this up front can help you choose the appropriate inspectors, consultants and contractors and avoid costly change orders or  read more..

Leaking Shower Caused Wet Carpet

Molds are types of fungi that are found everywhere. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on Water Damage Leaking Shower Caused Wet Carpet surfaces that are wet. 

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Toilet Smells Like Sewer Gas

Sanitary Sewer Odor Complaints If you have a sewer odor in your home, first look for the source in the bathrooms, kitchen or basement. Pour a gallon of water down the drains and sinks that are not used often. You can also pour a household disinfectant in all drains. If this does not solve the proble  read more..

FEMA Maps

Are lenders required to escrow flood insurance payments? Yes. If a lender, its servicer, or a Federal Agency lender requires the escrow of taxes, insurance premiums, fees, or any other charges for a loan secured by improved residential real estate or mobile homes, it shall also require the escrow of  read more..