The issue comes up during instruction quite frequently. In mold classes, water restoration seminars, fire cleanup presentations, and forensic restoration training; it is variations of the same thought. What takes precedence in our business when we run into materials that may be regulated under various health and safety standards? Of course, the standard answer from many instructors is that all restoration work must cease when there is a question about the presence of regulated materials. But, is that really the case? What if such a  response puts workers or occupants at even greater risk than that posed by the regulated hazards? What truly takes precedence? Read more here:

Mold Basics - Three Critical Components to Remediation

Please enjoy this helpful PDF from our Information Series:

"Mold Basics: Understanding the Three Critical Components of Every  Fungal Remediation Project".

Superbugs - Part 2

An Emerging Superbug: Candida Auris

Healthcare facilities in several countries have reported that a type of yeast called Candida auris has been causing severe illness in hospitalized patients. In some patients, this yeast can enter the bloodstream and spread throughout the body, causing serious invasive infections. This yeast often does not respond to commonly used antifungal drugs, making infections difficult to treat. Patients who have been hospitalized in a healthcare facility a long time, have a central venous catheter, or other lines or tubes entering their body, or have previously received antibiotics or antifungal medications, appear to be at highest risk of infection with this yeast. (From
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CDC's September update:

Why Restoration Professionals Should Avoid Using Bleach

This information is still timely, even after 12 years!

There are many situations in which restoration professionals may think that use of bleach as a cleaner/sanitizer is effective. Indeed, there are certain restoration projects, such as sewage backflows, floods, and even mold remediation, where individuals have been taught to use bleach as part of their restoration protocol. This history is supported by continuing references in publications put out by numerous organizations including the EPA, American Red Cross, Salvation Army and others. The use of bleach as a “disinfectant” seemed to reach new heights over the past few months as semi-truckloads of the chemical were donated for disaster relief efforts in the Gulf states following hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Click here to read more of this article.

30th Anniversary Throwback Thursday

As promised on our 30th Anniversary, here is our first blast from the past!   Kids these days are calling these posts Throwback Thursdays ...