Monthly Archives: November 2012

Mold Remediation: Getting Rid of Mold After Flooding

 

Getting Rid of Mold requires knowledge of what mold is, where it exists, how to detect it, why it proliferates and the consequences of living with it. Then we can properly dispose of it so we can enjoy healthy indoor living. There are many myths related to mold some created by suppliers of mold products & contractors that want your money. When unsure of mold facts go to Centers for Disease control and prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/mold.

What is mold: Mold is an essential component to our ecosystem that provides decomposition of many organic substances necessary to plant, animal and human life. Mold multiplies by producing spores which circulate in the air. When the spore contacts a moist surface it clings to it and mold develops. In an indoor environment, airborne mold spores can cause health problems to the occupants. Air quality is a key factor to healthy living, and often when houses are sealed for temperature control, the lack of ventilation can cause a build up of humidity and serious air quality problems, especially if mold is present. (more…)


Save Money on Flood Repairs After Flood Damage

Getting your house in order after a hurricane isn’t an easy process, but it’s necessary to get your life back on track. Flood repairs and restorations aren’t cheap, however you can save money by cutting back on unnecessary repairs while you recover from natural disasters. Here’s a guide to saving money while working with your local contractor to restore your home.

Severe storm damage is expensive to replace, but budgets can be modified according to specific circumstances. (more…)


Green, Yellow and Red Cards & Hurricane Electrical Safety Repair

Due to severe flooding from Hurricane Sandy, homes and businesses throughout New York City have suffered electrical water damage. Electrical panels, wires, outlets and appliances have all been affected, and as a result, these homes and businesses are without power.

New York City’s Department of Buildings (DOB) has been working feverishly to inspect buildings ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. They’ve placed green, yellow or red placards on buildings to inform residents of their building’s condition.

Green: No restriction. No apparent structural hazards were observed; you are not restricted from entering and re-occupying your home.

Yellow: Restricted use. Property is damaged; entry limitations are specified on each posting.

Red: Buildings tagged with a red placard are not safe to enter. Property is seriously damaged and is unsafe to enter or occupy.

In the event your block doesn’t have obvious and apparent structural damage, one single green placard, may be posted in a prominent location. If your home is on a block and it doesn’t have a placard, then your home has not been inspected or inspections didn’t determine any apparent structural hazard. Call 311 for more information.

Also, as of November 13, homeowners can sign up for NYC Rapid Repairs. NYC Rapid Repairs is a new program that sends contractors and inspectors into neighborhoods impacted by Hurricane Sandy. They’ll be able to make quick and efficient repairs to damaged homes. Visit DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-62103362, to get a FEMA ID number. Once you have your FEMA ID, visit NYC.gov or call 311.

Getting Power Back to Homes with Green or Yellow Cards

If any electrical wiring, receptacles or equipment were submerged in water during the storm, you are required to hire an NYC-licensed electrician to inspect equipment prior to use. In most cases, any electrical components that have come into contact with salt water must be removed and replaced due to the fact that dried salt conducts electricity. Licensed electricians can disconnect affected wiring to allow unaffected areas to be used in service again. Licensed electricians should file completed, signed and sealed Self-Certification Forms directly with LIPA.  (more…)


Home Electrical Safety After Hurricane Sandy

 

Hurricane Sandy has already come, rocked New York City, and left but the aftereffects of her wrath are an everyday experience for you right now. Cold, flooded out and possibly in the dark, you’re still trying to make sense of everything that happened – and get the lights on while you’re at it. Your survival rests beyond simply getting back into your home and cleaning out damage. You must ensure home electrical safety. Power outages and floods from Hurricane Sandy can cause electrical hazards which, left unchecked, can cause severe injury or death. (more…)