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Q.        What is asbestos? A.        Asbestos is the common name for a group of minerals.  When the fibrous material is separated from the rock during the mining process, the fibers are incorporated into manufactured items.  The asbestos is mixed with binding materials such as epoxy, magnesium o...
Well, I'm planning my second CE class.  The first one went off without a hitch despite the storms (literally flooding).  We were able to get the last of the 20 outside teams out of our office just in time to put together our very first class.  We had a pretty decent turnout.  I'm looking for any ...
* Limit movement in the area to prevent further damage. * Keep hands clean.  Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork. * Wash both sides of leaves on indoor plants. * Change HVAC filters and tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from g...
More than 1.6 million fires are reported each year in the United States.  It's a sobering statistic, especially when you consider the more than 3,600 people who lose their lives in these fires. Everyone knows smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, but many homeowners forget to ensure the...
Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time.  The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property.  The two primary components of a proper water restoration are: 1) fas...
How do you know your pipe is frozen? After a bitterly coldnight, you turn on your tap and instead of a steady gush of water you get asickly trickle followed by...nothing. Since water expands when it freezes - andpipes don't - a frozen pipe is in danger of bursting. It needs to be thawed. First yo...
Amid the economic turmoil of the current recession, one local business says its franchise system reported solid growth in 2009. SERVPRO of  Norcross, which is part of the nationwide system of more than 1,500 franchises, said 2009 year-end system-wide revenue hit the $1 billion mark for the first ...
Everyone wants to keep their homes and workspaces warm during the winter.  In an effort to keep heating costs down, many residents and employees will turn to alternative heat sources, such as fireplaces, wood-burning stoves and portable space heaters. When used and maintained as directed, these m...
It's that time of year again - time to make promises to yourself about your health, life and career goals.  As you list your resolutions for 2010, you owe it to yourself, your vendors, your customers and your family to make one last promise - to review your business continuity plan. Just how quic...
Cold Weather can have a huge impact on businesses and homes that aren't prepared.  Heavy precipitation, freezing temperatures and damaging winds can all have a negative impact on your property.  To help avoid costly and time-consuming damages due to the weather, consider the following tips while ...

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