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What Do You Do When Flood Recovery Leads to Discovery of Hidden Mold?

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What Do You Do When Flood Recovery Leads to Discovery of Hidden Mold? The Great Flood of 2016 sure has complicated things. I know that’s not exactly news – that applies to every day life things like having to find temporary housing while figuring out how to repair homes and businesses, or whether or not to sell homes as-is and start over, handle insurance claims – you name it. And…

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Spring Training is Here – Mold Problems & Major League Baseball Will Soon Follow

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Spring Training is Here – Mold Problems & Major League Baseball Will Soon Follow Mold problems and Major League Baseball are coming back! Major League Baseball teams will start Spring Training workouts this week. If you’ve read The World’s Most Interesting Engineer, you know I have two recurring themes when I write about mold. The first is recurrence. Mold problems often return if we only clean up the mold and do not correct…

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Matt Risinger Interviews Wynn White About Mold

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Matt Risinger Interviews Wynn White While attending this summer’s Building Science Corporation Summer Camp, Matt Risinger interviewed Wynn about mold. For those of you who don’t know Matt, he’s a custom builder from Austin, and his projects range from complex renovations to custom building. His project approach is simple – do it right, the first time, with the right materials. He’s fun to hang around with and has some terrific…

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Common Asbestos Management Plan Violations

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What are the most common asbestos management plan violations? Regulatory agencies are stepping up their game when it comes to visiting school sites to inspect asbestos management plans. They’re finding the same asbestos management plan violations in almost every asbestos management plan they review. This post will cover the most common asbestos management plan violations they’re finding – and how to fix your asbestos management plan before they visit your…

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Mold Certificates and the Baton Rouge Flood of 2016

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Mold Certificates and the Baton Rouge Flood of 2016 The Baton Rouge Flood of 2016, now called by some as “The Great Flood of 2016” certainly left a mess. Mold problems as a result are a hot topic – and rightly so. There are a lot of good contractors and consultants out there helping with projects. But there are some who are taking advantage of the situation. I’ve seen advertisements…

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Respecting Your Elders – Especially When it Comes to Building Science

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Respecting Your Elders – Especially When it Comes to Building Science How many times has someone (usually older than you) told you to respect your elders? Probably more than a few. And if you’re like me, you probably rolled your eyes plenty of times because you were a young know it all who didn’t need any help or the benefit of experience shared by an older person. This post got…

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Environmental Response Work and Baton Rouge Flood of 2016

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Environmental Response Work and Baton Rouge Flood of 2016 The Baton Rouge Flood of 2016, now called by some as “The Great Flood of 2016” certainly left a mess. Mold problems as a result are a hot topic – and rightly so. But there are plenty of other environmental problems awaiting homeowners, business owners, schools, and everyone else. Baton Rouge Flood recovery is going to take some time – response work,…

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Temporary Building Problems – A Permanent Reminder of a Temporary Feeling?

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Temporary Building Problems – A Permanent Reminder of a Temporary Feeling? The great musical sage Jimmy Buffet wrote a song called “Permanent Reminder of a Temporary Feeling”, an expression many of us like to use from time to time. Although the song tells a different story than something facilities and maintenance related, temporary buildings have become just that – a permanent reminder of a temporary feeling. In many cases, an…

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Can Asbestos Abatement Contractors Hire the Air Monitoring Firm?

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Can Asbestos Abatement Contractors Hire the Air Monitoring Firm? Traditionally, school systems have hired independent firms to perform asbestos air monitoring and abatement contractor observation. Some school systems are now requiring asbestos abatement contractors to provide asbestos air monitoring and abatement contractor observation on their asbestos abatement projects. I’ve recently heard some school systems are procuring asbestos air monitoring services through the abatement contractors in an effort to cap their asbestos air…

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Do You Have Time to Convert Your Asbestos Management Plans to the AAC-8 Format?

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Do You Have Time to Convert Your Asbestos Management Plans to the AAC-8 Format? The AAC-8 (Required Elements for Asbestos Management Plans for School and State Buildings) takes some getting used to. Last week, we visited the Louisiana School Facility Managers Association meeting in Marksville. We got to talk with school personnel from all across the state about what’s going well for them, and also what’s giving them trouble. Since we’re primarily known…

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