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Two Drying Methods
Restorers use the information obtained during evaluation of materials to help select the best drying method for the job. Generally, there are two primary approaches to promote ...
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Written Proof?
Are you keeping good records showing that your equipment is set up and working properly? Are you showing that your equipment rental has been earned? Here are some areas to focus ...
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Are Your Meter Readings Accurate?
You count on your thermo-hygrometer to provide you with accurate information. But errors do crop up, and here’s why they might be happening:  Insufficient acclimation time ...
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Keep your Rover HVE Rovin’
A little proactive maintenance can go a long way to keep your Dri-Eaz Rover High Volume Extractor in top operating condition. There are components you should inspect regularly, ...
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Indoor Air Quality Part 1: Why Should You Care?
Ask yourself: how often does at least one of the following conditions or tasks exist on a restoration job? Contamination (sewer, mold, or flooding) Drying carpet or ...
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Indoor Air Quality Part 2: Something is in the air. And it’s not good.
As discussed in Part 2 [link], controlling air quality is critical to the successful restoration of the indoor environment. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at specific ...
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Make a Better First Impression
One of the least expensive ways to improve your business success and build customer loyalty is through courtesy and professionalism. Factors that influence a property owner’s first ...
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Keeping Your Moisture Meters Calibrated
Does your moisture meter keep getting out of whack? Relative humidity probes like thermo-hygrometers are prone to loss of calibration and should be checked frequently, but there ...
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Make Dwell Times Work for You
Dwell times are among the most important statements on all disinfectant labels. The amount of time you should wait after application,, And some labels may not refer to "dwell time" ...
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Exercising Caution During Flood Water Clean Up (Part 4)
Part 4 of our 4-part “Exercising Caution During Flood Water Cleanup” series Following Industry Standards First response contractors (FRCs) should carefully review the IICRC ...
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Exercising Caution During Flood Water Clean Up (Part 3)
Part 3 of our 4-part “Exercising Caution During Flood Water Cleanup” series The Importance of Industry Standards Industry standards set the criteria or best practices for standard ...
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Exercising Caution During Flood Water Clean Up (Part 2)
Part 2 of our 4-part “Exercising Caution During Flood Water Cleanup” series Risks in Floodwaters Flood and standing water make disease more likely occur. Floodwaters will likely ...
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Exercising Caution During Flood Water Clean Up (Part 1)
Part 1 of our 4-part “Exercising Caution During Flood Water Cleanup” series The hurricane has past, the weather is clearing and the water is receding. That’s when the hazards ...
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When Documenting Drying Progress, Compare Apples to Apples
Those of you who have taken an ASD course have most likely encountered the four "knows" of drying: What's wet? How wet is it? Is it drying? Is it dry? When left unanswered, these ...
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To Mix or Not to Mix - That Is the Question!
In the cleaning and restoration industry, it seems many people have a deep-seated desire to be a bit of a chemist or cook, mixing different chemicals to see what happens and how ...
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Are You Asking the Right Questions?
Your initial phone conversation with a customer is crucial. You want to ask the right questions to get the clearest picture of the situation possible. Make a checklist and ask ...
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When Walls Won't Dry
If you have a wall drying system in place, but aren't making progress after 24 hours, you may need to reevaluate your approach. Any of the following techniques may help you address ...
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Winterizing Dri-Eaz Dehumidifiers
Our Dri-Eaz service expert Kyle Anderson offers time-tested tips for protecting your valuable dehumidifiers from freeze damage. Kyle, what’s the most important tip to care for ...
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What to do when chemical products freeze
What happens to chemical products that get chilled or frozen? Most of them survive it rather nicely and others - not so well. In general, a product frozen by extreme temperatures ...
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When Temps Rise, So Can the Odors
When warmer weather approaches, it's a good time to review how higher temperatures affect odor generation. First, volatile compounds - the source of most odors - are more easily ...
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Tips for Using 4-PRO Dehumidifier Filters
FILTER CHANGES The 4-PRO Filter ensures proper dehumidifier operation and protects occupants and workers in four ways: 1) cellulose mesh captures larger particles; 2) electrostatic ...
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The Importance (and Profitability) of Regular Dehumidifier Maintenance
It’s all too easy to overlook proper and regular dehumidifier maintenance, but this can lead to downtime and in some cases costly repairs.    Planned maintenance begins with—a ...
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Crawlspaces: Are You in Compliance?
Unless you have taken a 40-hour HAZWOPER course, you may not realize that Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) considers crawlspaces to be a "confined space" and ...
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A Little Tip That Can Save You from Big Embarrassment
This is one of those no-brainers that can really catch you off guard. When you arrive at a plumbing-related water loss job, your first task is to locate the building's main water ...
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Fire and Smoke Remediation: Structural Cleaning
Choosing the right restoration cleaning products depends on the material composition, surface texture, the nature of residue and the severity of soot contamination. Clean ...
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Improving Adjuster Communications
Successful relationships whether at home, work or with clients start with good communication. Keeping the lines of communication clear between you and insurance adjusters can be ...
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What Causes Urine to Glow Under UV Light?
Most of you have probably used a UV light to detect urine spills in carpets, upholstery and flooring. But why does urine glow like that? And more importantly, why do urine spots ...
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Disinfectant Spray Plus vs. Bleach
We get a lot of calls about using bleach to disinfect surfaces after a flood or other water intrusion. Just say no to bleach! Mediclean Disinfectant Spray Plus (MDSP) is the much ...
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Are You Making Your Disinfectant Ineffective?
Cleaning and restoration professionals know that EPA-registered disinfectants must be used exactly according to label directions. This is repeated so often that people become immune ...
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How Bioenzymes Work
Many industries use enzymes and bioenzymes, and it's helpful to understand how they work. Enzymes are complex molecules, typically proteins, that make biochemical reactions occur ...
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What Makes Flood Waters So Dangerous
With devastating floods, some dangers are not obvious. The news media show people, including children, walking or driving through flood waters. But flood water is dangerous. Refresh ...
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Your Mission: First Destroy, then Protect
Professionals who use disinfectants know that a disinfectant's primary function is to destroy pathogenic microbes (tiny life forms that cause disease). These microbes cause disease ...
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Ready for the Freeze? Winterizing your Dehu
Cold winter weather presents special challenges to dehumidifiers – particularly when the temperatures in your vehicles or unheated storage areas begin to dip below freezing. If ...
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Optimizing Dehumidifier Placement
Having enough dehumidification is one thing, but proper placement of dehumidifiers on the job is equally important. Start with plenty of airmovers to promote sufficient evaporation ...
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Versatility: The Key to Efficient Drying Systems
Top restoration professionals manipulate and control as many factors as possible in their drying systems to complete a drying job as soon as practical. It helps save money for ...
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We Can Dry It, But Should We?
Drying science has advanced to the point where almost any material in a structure can be dried. Since everything can be dried, the critical question in restorative drying is should ...
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All Airmovers Are Not Created Equal
While all airmovers move air, the way they direct the air determines their best application. This is especially true in cleaning and restoration environments, where efficient drying ...
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What Does a Ratio Mean?
A common method for expressing dilution rates is through ratios, but sometimes knowing the ratio isn't enough information. For example, does a ratio of 1:8 mean use one part concentrate ...
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