When I write about water damage for any publication, we’re usually focused on issues that originate from inside the building envelope. This article will be about the top sources of moisture intrusion we, as restorers, see most often.  Before we dive into specifics, I think it’s important to m...

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To help delve a little deeper into the science of drying, here are my top “Level  2” questions we get from building managers, some  who, unfortunately, have had to use restoration services more than once. How does a moisture meter work? The science behind why a moisture meter works is ro...

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Managing Risk While Managing Cash by Marlone Madamba Jan 2019 issue of Building Management Hawaii Page 34 20 years ago when i started in property restoration we didn't have the litany of concerns that we do today. With most industries as they grow, the technical service elements become way more deta...

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When our Ops manager came to us saying he wanted to sacrifice his newly purchased home as a flood training center for our team by literally flooding the home himself, we thought he was crazy but also knew it was a rare opportunity to test our methods and industry standards.  After flooding th...

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While hardwood flooring is an aesthetically beautiful design choice in your home, they are notoriously difficult to dry if affected by a flood or water damage. Even if you think the wood floors LOOK dry after using a bunch of towels to sop up the excess water, the wood can still buckle later. ...

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It's now over a week since the flooding that heavily affected East Oahu and turned Kalanianaole Highway into a river of mud.  Many homeowners who were affected by the flooding of water and mud are still just beginning to deal with the extensive clean up that destroyed so much in its path. ...

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This is a question we are often asked at our call center before we ever send technicians out. Bottom line is that even in emergency situation, many people are still concerned about costs and rightfully so. Just to get a single family home safe and dry following a devastating flood costs on average...

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Flooding is the #1 Natural Disaster, yet only a small number of homeowners are covered by flood insurance. Unless your home is located in a zoned floodplain, you aren’t required to purchase flood insurance with your homeowners insurance policy which results in only about 18% of homeowners carrying f...

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If you have experienced a flood and your carpet was damaged, can it be saved? Well, that depends.  Because carpets tend to be highly permeable allowing for a high degree of evaporation, carpets are most often salvageable if the water source of the cause of the flood is a clean water source. H...

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Home disasters happen when you least expect it.  If you live in Maui and were in the middle of your Christmas shopping yesterday only to find that your home was affected by the record rainfall in Kahului, we’ve got some tips on what to do in the first 24 hours following a flood. Flood disaste...

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