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Water Crisis in Flint Continues as Lead and Legionella Issues Have Residents on Edge
Water Crisis in Flint Continues as Lead and Legionella Issues Have Residents on Edge
2/11/2016 9:39:22 AM
Earlier this month, officials in Michigan began laying out their plans to address the water crisis in Flint. This follows an earlier declaration of a state of emergency for Genesee County and an ongoing multi-agency investigation into the water contamination that exposed thousands of people to elevated levels of lead.  The lead crisis began when the water utility began …
Winter Storms Create Ice Dams Resulting in Water Damage and Mold Growth
Winter Storms Create Ice Dams Resulting in Water Damage and Mold Growth
2/10/2016 2:09:45 PM
Last month brought the Blizzard of 2016 to much of the East Coast. The storm dropped from six inches of snow in Georgia to almost 27 inches in New York’s Central Park. Some parts of the Northeast received up to 40 inches of snow. For New York City, it was the second highest snowfall amount in recorded history.  All of this snow can mean problems for residential and …
EXHIBITOR Magazine’s EXHIBITORLIVE New Product Showcase Finalists Announced
EXHIBITOR Magazine’s EXHIBITORLIVE New Product Showcase Finalists Announced
2/9/2016 2:00:00 PM
Exhibitor Media Group, the award-winning leader in trade show and corporate event marketing education, today announced that 59 new products will debut at the upcoming EXHIBITOR LIVE 2016, the industry’s top-rated conference and exhibition for trade show and corporate event marketing, as part of its New Product Showcase. The New Product Showcase is the launching pad for the …
Media’s Focus on Lead in Drinking Water Reminds Residents of Puerto Rico of Potential Hazards
Media’s Focus on Lead in Drinking Water Reminds Residents of Puerto Rico of Potential Hazards
2/8/2016 5:14:08 PM
For the past several months, the national media has closely covered the growing tragedy of lead poisoned children and adults in Flint, Michigan.  Corrosive water used to supply drinking water was the culprit as it leached lead from old water service lines and plumbing fixtures.   According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Although the main sources of …
Flood Risks, Property Damage and Indoor Environmental Concerns
2/8/2016 2:01:23 PM
According to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a flood is a general and temporary condition where two or more acres of normally dry land or two or more properties are inundated by water or mudflow.   There are many natural and manmade conditions that can result in a flood.  They include hurricanes, overtopped levees, outdated or clogged drainage systems and the …
Furnace Maintenance for a Comfortable Indoor Environment and to Prevent Potential Property Damage
Furnace Maintenance for a Comfortable Indoor Environment and to Prevent Potential Property Damage
2/8/2016 10:57:28 AM
Many residential and commercial properties rely on furnaces to provide a warm and comfortable indoor environment during cold weather.  Like all systems in a building, a furnace requires preventive maintenance to ensure that it is working properly and efficiently, is not a safety hazard, and is providing good indoor air quality (IAQ).    A large percentage of homes in North …
Jersey Shore Properties Spared by Hurricane Sandy Damaged by Strong Winter Storm
Jersey Shore Properties Spared by Hurricane Sandy Damaged by Strong Winter Storm
2/5/2016 8:28:13 AM
In late January, a powerful winter storm pounded the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast with record snowfall in many areas and a storm surge that inundated some coastal communities. An area particularly hard hit were the beach communities along parts of the Jersey Shore.  Some area residents are now faced with worse damage to their homes and businesses than was caused by Hurricane …
Home Repairs and Potential Asbestos Exposure Concerns
Home Repairs and Potential Asbestos Exposure Concerns
2/4/2016 4:05:19 PM
Recently,  The Spokesman-Review  published an article about the need for people with home repair projects to be on the lookout for asbestos. The article was in response to several powerful wind storms that damaged thousands of roofs and eaves in the Spokane area. Both residential and commercial properties built up until the 1970s often contain materials that have asbestos, …
altE Announces its 5th Annual Solar Installer Conference
altE Announces its 5th Annual Solar Installer Conference
2/3/2016 7:17:10 PM
altE, the leading distributor of solar panels and solar power equipment in the Northeast, announced the 2016 altE Solar Installer and Dealer Conference will be held February 23-24, 2016 at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough, MA. The two day event will include even more solar and wind power product manufacturers exhibiting during the trade show than in years past and an …
Tips to Avoid Renting a Moldy Apartment in Los Angeles
Tips to Avoid Renting a Moldy Apartment in Los Angeles
2/3/2016 2:21:52 PM
By some estimates, there are over 550,000 apartments in Los Angeles that make up over 40% of all housing in the city. These apartments are managed by landlords and professional management companies and range from low income apartments to luxury living accommodations. As is the case with virtually any type of building, water damage and elevated humidity levels can result in …
GPSTrackIt.com Steps Up with Hardware Promo To Combat 2G Networks Shutting Down
2/3/2016 2:11:06 PM
As of the end of 2016 2G networks will be gone. Upgraded users with 3G/CDMA in place ensure seamless operation far into the the future, as well as preparing and opening the opportunity for new innovative services that are now being developed.   As the 2G network ending date is December 31st, 2016, some carriers are already ending 2G service in some major markets or …
Leading Corporations Find EXHIBITORLIVE a Strategic Marketing Weapon as Attendance and Exhibition Increases
Leading Corporations Find EXHIBITORLIVE a Strategic Marketing Weapon as Attendance and Exhibition Increases
2/1/2016 11:54:42 AM
Exhibitor Media Group, the award-winning leader in trade show and corporate event marketing education, today announced that its EXHIBITOR LIVE 2016, the industry’s top-rated conference and exhibition for trade show and corporate event marketing, is showing an increase in registered buyers compared to this time last year. EXHIBITOR LIVE is currently showing a ten percent …
Water Damage from Faulty Water Heaters Can Cause Mold and Other Indoor Environmental Concerns
Water Damage from Faulty Water Heaters Can Cause Mold and Other Indoor Environmental Concerns
2/1/2016 9:55:46 AM
Across the United States and Canada, there are tens of millions of water heaters in residential and commercial properties. Hot water is one of the modern conveniences many people take for granted with a simple turn of the tap providing a warm bath, shower or hot water for washing dishes and clothes.   Millions of water heaters are sold in North America each year to replace …
Flood Risks, Property Damage and How to File an Insurance Claim
Flood Risks, Property Damage and How to File an Insurance Claim
2/1/2016 7:45:27 AM
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) defines a flood as a general and temporary condition where two or more acres of normally dry land or two or more properties are inundated by water or mudflow.   Many conditions can result in a flood: hurricanes, overtopped levees, outdated or clogged drainage systems, and the rapid accumulation of rainfall. Flooding can cause …
Buffalo Laboratory Receives CDC ELITE Certification for Legionella Testing
Buffalo Laboratory Receives CDC ELITE Certification for Legionella Testing
1/29/2016 10:13:21 AM
EMSL Analytical, Inc. is proud to announce that its Buffalo laboratory received CDC ELITE certification for  Legionella  testing. EMSL now has 13 CDC ELITE laboratories within its network of facilities across North America, which is more than any other laboratory in the United States.   “We are very proud of EMSL Buffalo and our other 12 laboratories that are now CDC …
New Study Finds C. diff Infections Dramatically Increase Hospital Stays and Costs
New Study Finds C. diff Infections Dramatically Increase Hospital Stays and Costs
1/27/2016 10:42:03 AM
A new study recently published in the  American Journal of Infection Control  provides some remarkable insights into the health of patients and costs associated with healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) due to  Clostridium difficile  ( C. diff ).  The study examined over 170,000 patients from 2009 through 2011 who had been discharged from hospitals across the United …
Detroit’s Building Demolition Program Raises Lead Dust Exposure Concerns
Detroit’s Building Demolition Program Raises Lead Dust Exposure Concerns
1/25/2016 11:27:12 AM
In December, the  Detroit Free Press  published an article about Detroit’s ongoing efforts to demolish abandoned homes and buildings. The program has already removed thousands of unsightly and dangerous structures, but the article questions if the program is also creating potential health hazards due to clouds of lead dust.   Most of the buildings being razed are old and …
Online Drone Training and Coaching Available to Businesses
Online Drone Training and Coaching Available to Businesses
1/25/2016 11:00:00 AM
Aerial Information Systems Corporation (AISC) has launched an online training and coaching program for businesses wanting to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones. With less restrictive flight rules on the horizon in the United States, many companies are wanting to know how they can improve or expand their businesses with UAVs. But while the opportunities seem …
Legionnaires’ Disease Increases in Flint along with Water Safety Concerns
Legionnaires’ Disease Increases in Flint along with Water Safety Concerns
1/22/2016 9:26:13 AM
In the two years after Flint, Michigan changed the source of their drinking water from Detroit’s water system to the Flint River, there has been an increase in Legionnaires’ disease in the county. As of November 2015, over 87 cases were reported, including the deaths of 10 residents.   Legionnaires’ disease occurs when aerosolized water containing  Legionella  is inhaled …
Earthquake Believed to Have Burst Pipe Causing Water Damage and IAQ Concerns at a School in Reno
Earthquake Believed to Have Burst Pipe Causing Water Damage and IAQ Concerns at a School in Reno
1/21/2016 12:24:22 PM
A relatively minor December earthquake is believed to be responsible for extensive water damage to Pine Middle School in Nevada. Shaking caused by the earthquake is thought to be the reason a water pipe broke that subsequently flooded approximately 95% of the school’s first floor. The water was reportedly one to four inches in depth at one point and caused widespread damage …