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Is there a need to worry about asbestos poisoning?

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Is there a need to worry about asbestos poisoning? Disaster Restoration Information & News

If a structure is 25 years old or newer, is there a need to worry about asbestos poisoning?

By: Created by Mark Gibson 


Yes there is. The United States is one of very few major industrialized countries where asbestos is not banned entirely in all of its forms. It continues to be a part of gaskets, friction products, roofing materials, fireproofing materials, vinyl floor tile and a list of other building products that are used daily.

These products pose no danger as long as they stay in good condition. But cutting, sanding or damaging them can result in the release of asbestos. Since contractors might disturb these materials on a regular basis due to the type of work they do, they need to be aware of the dangers and possible liability.

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Why do Companies Overspend?

7/6/2017 (Permalink)

Why do Companies Overspend?

Ben Lapscher

The main purpose of a business is to increase shareholders value, providing increasing profits and return on the invested capital. In order to improve profitability and increase shareholder value, companies can pursue three basic strategies: a) Increase Sales, b) Reduce Costs of Goods and/or c) Reduce Expenses. Each of these strategies has its advantages and challenges, however, the third one, Reduce Expenses, has one clear benefit. Every dollar saved goes directly to the bottom line. As Benjamin Franklin would say: "A penny saved is a penny earned".

Executed with care, expense reduction won't affect the quality of product or service provided, contributing to maintaining sales with higher profitability. A reduction in energy consumption, payroll processing or liability insurance will not affect the product/service. However, it will help increase business profits very rapidly.

Despite this clear advantage of the Expense Reduction strategy, many businesses still overspend in many categories. Our experience shows that 100% of the companies we have been involved with, have at least one expense category where they consistently overspend, even those running a tight ship. It seems logical to think that keeping an eye on expenses should be a must for every company. Given that this is not the case, the next logical question is why isn't this happening? The purpose of this article is to explain the reasons behind this fact.

From: Americas Community Center - People Working Together

You can read the complete article at http://www.americascc.org/single-post/2017/05/12/Why-do-Companies-Overspend

Firework Safety Tips

7/1/2017 (Permalink)

  • Obey our local laws regarding the use of fireworks
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance description before igniting 
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities. Never give firework to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks. 
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings  and vehicles.
  • Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak  in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

From: Copied from We Are Weston - Mary Molina Macfie

The HEPA Story

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

During World War II, the Atomic Energy Commission needed a filter that would remove and capture radio-active dust particles that would present a health hazard to researchers working on the Manhattan Project, the classified U.S. government project that developed the atomic bomb. That's why the HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter was created.

The HEPA filter was especially designed to protect the human respiratory system. Since it's made of ultra-fine, glass-fiber materials, it captures microscopic particles that can easily pass through other filters. It'll filter out 99.97% of the 0.3-micron particles in the air. Particles that size are near 300 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair, and 25 to 50 times tinier than we can see. To a HEPA filter, catching a one-micron particle (1/1,000,000 of a meter) is alike to stopping a cotton ball with a door screen.

HEPA filters are viewed as the top form of air filtration. Hospitals, laboratories, even NASA spend thousands to millions of dollars to create those contamination free environments called clean rooms that help to eliminate almost all foreign elements, infectious agents, heavy metal particles, and other unwelcome impurities.  For those reasons, HEPA filters are widely used.

Unlike other filters, a HEPA filter will actually get more efficient the dirtier it gets. They're not like a sieve which only strains out particles that are larger than the spaces between fibers. Instead, the particles stick to individual fibers as they contact or pass the fibers. As the HEPA fibers collect more particles, there’s more surface area for new particles to interact. Thus the HEPA filtration efficiency increases.

So does that mean you’ll never have to replace the HEPA filters in your air scrubbers? Since they can get a little pricey, that would be welcome news. However, as a HEPA filter collects more contaminants, a pressure drop develops. This decreases the units CFM and also increases motor strain. With lower airflow, air changes per hour decrease as well. So even though the filtration efficiency increases, the overall effectiveness of a unit will decrease.

Then how often should you replace one? It depends on a number of factors:

   • size and concentration of airborne contaminants
   • temperature
   • humidity
   • length of use

The average life span is 800 hours, so still much longer than prefilters. And when you do replace it, be sure it’s from the manufacturer of your unit, because for it to be efficient, it also needs to fit perfectly or else unfiltered air can get around it. You also shouldn't replace it with one labeled, “HEPA-Type”, which is a cheaper version that will allow many more particulates to pass through.

By: The Lowdown - Disaster Restoration Information & News . Issue 285

Mark Gibson
Freelance Writer
Independent Sales Rep - Green leaf Writing

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ISSA Partners With Cleaning For A Reason

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning ISSA Partners With Cleaning For A Reason Cleaning!

ISSA Partners With Cleaning For A Reason

ISSA, the worldwide cleaning association, has adopted Cleaning For A Reason, the nonprofit organization that offers free house cleaning to women battling cancer. Through the partnership, ISSA hopes to assist the charity in achieving its long-desired goal of outreach expansion.

“I can’t think of a more worthy cause or better fit for ISSA than Cleaning For A Reason,” says ISSA Executive Director John Barrett. “We can’t remove a woman’s cancer, but we can wipe away one of her worries.”

ISSA and Cleaning For A Reason are sending the message that “help is on the way” for more women so they can focus on their health. With this advancement, ISSA will bring new resources and capabilities, and in turn, more influence and exposure to Cleaning For A Reason as a whole.

“We are so honored to be joining ISSA,” says Cleaning For A Reason President and Founder Debbie Sardone. “We will be able to take our outreach from the United States and Canada to other places worldwide. This means more women will benefit from our mission, and we can’t thank ISSA enough for making that happen.”

On a Mission
As more and more women are being diagnosed with cancer, more lives are being turned upside down. Easing the burden of a messy environment while minimizing tasks for these women is Cleaning For A Reason’s mission. The organization has more than 1,200 maid services that donate free house cleaning to cancer patients. Since 2006, the nonprofit’s partner maid services have volunteered their time to clean for 25,000-plus women—services valued at over US$6.5 million. ISSA is dedicated to working alongside Cleaning For A Reason to make these already extraordinary numbers grow exponentially.

The efforts of Cleaning For A Reason have not gone unnoticed. The organization has been featured on national television as recently as last month and has gained widespread recognition. It was even described by Oprah in 2009 as “an invaluable gift to women undergoing cancer treatment.“

The Perfect Pair
The partnership is not just a change for Cleaning For A Reason, but rather, an expansion of core values shared by both organizations.

The ISSA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of ISSA, was created to raise and provide funds for cleaning industry-related scholarships, research grants, and other programs that promote the value of clean and the industry’s role in protecting human health. Cleaning For A Reason is a perfect fit with this mission.

By CleanLink - The Professional Cleaning Industry's Premier Online Resource

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Independence Day

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Independence Day celebrates the birthday of the United States of America. Founded July 4th 1776, with the signing of the Declaration of Independence, America is celebrating it’s 241st birthday this year (2017)

The 4th of July is a time for the Red, White and Blue. A time for Picnics, Parades and Marching Bands. A time for Beaches, BBQs and “Bombs Bursting in Air.” 

Did you know…
that America’s second president John Adams was the first to light the fireworks spark for Independence Day when he said the holiday ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade — and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other”? Nothing says 4th of July like fireworks, so be sure to catch an awesome pyrotechnic display.

SERVPRO of Sunrise wishes you a happy and safe 4th of July weekend!

Cancer News to Cheer About

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

General Cancer News to Cheer About Cancer News to Cheer About!

Stay Healthy

This year nearly 1.7 million Americans will learn they have cancer. Our head-to-toe guide to the latest research can help. By Catherine Winters

Here's some good news: Death rates from cancer have dropped 25 percent over the past two decades, according to the American Cancer Society. And across the country and around the world, researchers are studying new ways to prevent, detect, diagnose and treat the disease.

"We already cure a lot of cancers," says Daniel F. Hayes, M.D., president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), which presented new research at its annual meeting this month. "There is so much more hope than there used to be." Here is a sampling of the latest news in cancer research gathered from the ASCO meeting, medical journals and labs.

  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Skin Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer

Visit Parade.com/Cancer for more ewes about women's cancers.

SERVPRO and SERVPRO of Sunrise proud supporters of The American Cancer Society. Call us at 954-748-7887

Tropical Storm Cindy forms nears Louisiana while Bret churns in Atlantic

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Tropical Storm Cindy formed in the Gulf Tuesday afternoon when the disturbance being watched by the National Hurricane Center was measured with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. Cindy joins Tropical Storm Bret, which formed a day earlier in the Caribbean.

Neither are a direct threat to South Florida, but the fact the normally quiet June could see two tropical storms is highly unusual for the Atlantic hurricane season, forecasters say.

Whether it’s a sign of things to come this season remains to be seen, but NOAA’s prediction of a busier-than-normal hurricane season is ringing true so far.

Here’s what’s going on in the tropics on Tuesday:

A tropical storm warning was in effect for the entire Louisiana coast and a portion of the Texas coast near Houston, as Tropical Storm Cindy sits stationary in the northwest Gulf of Mexico

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm-force conditions are expected.

Despite sitting still now, Cindy is expected to approach the coast of southwest Louisiana sometime Wednesday.

However, tropical storm-force winds were anticipated to start hitting the Louisiana coast sooner than that, beginning on Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The Houston and Galveston area was also under a tropical storm watch, which means tropical storm conditions were possible.

The system is also forecast to bring 6 to 9 inches of rain, with a maximum 12 inches in some areas, to southeastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle through Thursday.

“Rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches can be expected farther west across southwest Louisiana into southeast Texas through Thursday.”

South Florida was initially expected to see some rain from the storm’s outer bands, but the storm has since shifted west, diminishing those chances, the National Weather Service Miami-South Florida forecast office said.

Meanwhile, the Atlantic hurricane season’s second tropical cyclone, Tropical Storm Bret, continues to move westward into the eastern Caribbean Sea. A tropical storm warning was in effect for parts of the Venezuela coast.

Bret, however, isn’t expected to last long, and by Wednesday is expected to become a tropical depression. Conditions were such that Bret would likely be torn apart as it moves farther west, forecasters said. Bret was no threat to Florida.

By: Brett Clarkson Contact Reporter

Sun Sentinel

Handwashing with cold water just as good as hot water for killing bacteria

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Handwashing with cold water just as good as hot water for killing bacteria Green means Clean!

Study Targets Handwashing Claims

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that washing hands with warm water is actually more effective at removing germs than cold water is. As a result, the FDA requires that water temperature in restaurants, cafeterias, and other food service establishments is between 100 and 108 degrees Fahrenheit, according to reports from MedicalNewsToday.

But, previous research has drawn attention to the fact that there is not scientific evidence to back up the claim that hot water is required to kill off germs during hand washing. And now, new research suggests that cold water might do the trick just as well as hot water.

Study Targets Handwashing Claims

The new study examined the effect of various factors, such as soap volume, water temperature, lather time, and the handwashing efficacy of the soap as formulated on the product.

At the beginning of the study, the participants used 1 milliliter of non-antibacterial soap for a 5-second lather time at a water temperature of 98.6°F.

The researchers examined the effects of hot and cold water handwashing on 20 volunteers, consisting of 10 men and 10 women. Each test was replicated 20 times over a period of 6 months. During this time, the participants washed their hands in water that was 60.8°F, 78.8°F, or 100.4°F.

The volume of soap used also differed, with participants washing their hands with 0.5 milliliters, 1 milliliter, or 2 milliliters of soap.

Overall, using an antimicrobial soap did not prove to be that much more effective than using regular soap. Lather time, however, significantly improved efficacy in one scenario.

Importantly, water temperature did not have a significant effect on reducing bacteria. Whether it was 100.4°F or 60.8°F, the researchers did not detect any difference in bacteria reduction.

Additionally, the study revealed that even washing hands for as little as 10 seconds is effective enough for removing germs. The findings are particularly important, given the FDA's regulations on water temperature for safe food handling and concerns around energy waste.

SERVPRO Storm Response!

6/15/2017 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO Storm Response! When Disaster Strikes!

In 2016, SERVPRO’s Commercial Large Loss Division activated 15 Storm Sites. Even though we saw a decline in managed events, the estimated revenue for 2016 increased almost 60 percent due in large part to the Louisiana floods and Hurricane Matthew. This does not happen every year. In fact, Matthew was the first hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Hurricane Arthur in 2014.

What does this mean for SERVPRO®?

As we cannot forecast the number of major storm events nor rely on hurricanes year after year, it
is vital we identify each and every opportunity in an effort to quickly determine capacities and respond with resources to help “keep it green”.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) report on every weather event throughout the year from winter storms, to hurricanes, to flooding, and everything else in between. They gather this data from a multitude of sources
and are even able to capture the estimated property damage from each event. In 2016, NOAA reported close to 1,000 weather
events totaling more than $13.8 billion dollars in property damage from January to September. Flooding alone resulted in an estimated $9.9 billion dollars.

There is no such thing as a storm too small!  

If you need help, our office SERVPRO of Sunrise and SERVPRO Storm Teams will respond. As we all strive to create happy customers.

Call 954-748-7887

By: Casey Watkins from SERVPRO e-Zine