In January, 2010, The ReuSe People of America (TRP) rolled out their new new TRP Kitchen & Bath Deconstruction and Removal Program.
For the same cost as traditional smash-and-discard demolition, Advanced Restoration Corporation, a DKI Member Company, and The ReUse People will remove your kitchen cabinets and appliances, leave the project in a clean dust free condition and provide a tax-deductible receipt for the donated reusable items.
Here is how it works:
You call Eric Martin at (631) 831-2005 and request a Kitchen Removal Order Form
The form is immediately e-mailed or faxed to you.
You complete the form, computing the easy cost formula to calculate total removal costs.
You send the completed form back to TRP by email or fax.
TRP calls to arrange a site visit to finalize agreement and schedule work. (Removal can usually be completed in one day.)
A specially-trained TRP crew shows up on the agreed upon day, completes the work, leaves the kitchen ready for cabinet and appliance installation, and presents you with the donation receipt.
The donation will generally cover the entire cost of removal! How much better can it get? With its nonprofit status and 16-plus years of deconstruction and kitchen-removal experience, TRP is the only company that can offer this sweet a deal.
If the project involves a very large kitchen with expensive cabinets and appliances, an appraisal may be required (appraisals are mandatory for donations of $5,000 or more). TRP will provide you with a list of independent appraisers.
The TRP-Certified Deconstruction Contractor for Long Island, Advanced Restoration Corporation, building deconstruction crews cover finished floors and openings to other rooms with plastic or other appropriate protective materials to minimize dust. If you want additional work done while our crew is there (for example, removal of wall coverings, windows, finished floors or recessed lighting), TRP will provide you with a separate quotation for the work.
Strong winds hit the New York area this weekend, causing property damage to some homes and businesses throughout parts of Long Island.
Falling trees and limbs cause hundreds of millions of dollars of damage each year, as well as personal injuries and deaths. Windstorms and ice storms are leading causes of such damage and injuries.
Tree-related damage is usually apparent. Limbs crashing through a roof or onto automobiles or power lines are hard to miss. Sometimes the damage is so severe that entire homes are destroyed. This is especially likely to happen when large trees are torn out of the ground and topple onto a house, crashing through the structure or knocking it off its foundation.
Some trees are also notorious for aggressively sending out roots that can damage the foundation of a house, buckle sidewalks or plug up septic systems, forcing homeowners to spend thousands of dollars for repairs.
The kinds of trees in a yard, their proximity to a house and the care they receive all affect safety and the potential for damage or personal injury.
Some potential problems are easy to spot. These include:
-Cracks in the trunk or major limbs. -Hollow and decayed trees. -Trees that look one-sided or lean significantly. -Branches hanging over the house near the roof. -Limbs in contact with power lines. -Mushrooms growing from the bark, indicating a decayed or weakened stem. -V-shaped forks rather than U-shaped ones. V-shaped are more likely to split. -Crossing branches that rub or interfere with one other.
Tree care professionals, including arborists, can also examine trees for more subtle signs of trouble and take care of any problems, such as the need to cut down a tree or prune limbs that might be too big, too high, or too dangerous for a homeowner to take down. Arborists can also help save trees and limbs.
Homeowners, though, represent the first line of defense. Regularly examine trees and check for damage or other trouble signs and take corrective action if necessary, either on your own or with the help of an expert.
Proper pruning Good pruning can prevent many problems. Prompt removal of diseased, damaged or dead plant parts helps limit the spread of harmful insects and disease, as well as reduce the possibility of future storm damage. Pruning can also have other benefits. For instance, pruning a dense canopy reduces its mass while permitting better air circulation and sunlight penetration. Pruning also helps provide proper shape and improves the health and vigor of the plant. Do not over prune, a practice called hat racking, as this will significantly weaken a tree.
Experts offer these pruning tips:
Check local tree regulations prior to pruning or tree removal.
Avoid pruning branches flush to the trunk. Doing so removes not only the limb but some of the trunk wood, opening the plant to possible decay or insect damage.
Begin by making a cut partway through the bottom of any limb to be trimmed, a few inches from the trunk. Then cut through the limb just above the first cut. This ensures that when the limb falls, it will not tear off a long strip of bark on the way down.
Finish by cutting off the few inches sticking out from the trunk. Be sure to leave the "branch collar," the swollen area of trunk tissue that forms around the base of a branch. Leaving the branch collar protects the main trunk from damage.
After a Storm The type of care you give after a storm should depend on a tree's age, the extent and type of damage.
To care for storm damaged trees:
Plan ahead before deciding what to do with fallen trees.
In general, it is best to reset only smaller trees, since large trees will be weakened and may fall again.
Decide what to do with tree stumps.
If you are going to leave them, cut them off flush with the ground.
If you plan to remove them, leave four feet of stump standing.
Removal will be cheaper and easier if stumps can be pulled out instead of dug out.
Cut off broken or torn limbs to avoid unnecessary bark stripping.
When straightened, uprooted trees will require bracing for a long time.
Before you reset a tree, cut, smooth and paint all jagged and irregular root breaks.
Water the tree well and fertilize.
Do not remove guy wires or braces for two years.
After repairing trees, continue to care for them. Check soil moisture regularly.
Prune a damaged tree just enough to balance the loss of roots.
Cut out broken, diseased and malformed branches to give the tree a desirable shape.
If you have property damage to your home or business and need assistance, please contact Advanced Restoration's staff at (800) 693-6263. Advanced Restoration Corporation serves Nassau and Suffolk County, and the New York Metro area.
The town of Babylon, NY (a Long Island suburb of New York City) has been chosen to participate in a prestigious Global Green Competition organized bySir Richard Branson.
The town is one of 15 municipalities worldwide chosen in the first wave the Carbon War Room’s Green Capital Global Challenge. The Carbon War Room is a non-profit organization aimed at identifying opportunities to cut costs and carbon emissions. It was co-founded by theVirgin Group’s Branson and six other entrepreneurs.
The challenge is a two-year program seeking to boost capital and resources into city-led efficiency initiatives. Babylon was chosen due to the popularity of itsLong Island Green Homesprogram, which provides low-interest loans to town homeowners who wish to make their houses more energy efficient. The program has been used an example for other municipalities to follow.
Along with Babylon, participant cities include Atlanta; Burlington, Vt.; Charleston, S.C.; Chicago; Gainesville, Fla., New York City; Portland, Ore.; San Francisco, Washington, D.C.; Toronto; Vancouver, B.C., Canada; London; Birmingham, England; and Copenhagen, Denmark.
The competition is aimed at driving the cities to find ways to reduce energy costs, create green jobs and improve the quality of life for their residents.
“In this time of uncertainty around the ability to resolve our governments to lead the planet to low-carbon prosperity, it is up to businesses and cities to step up and assume responsibility,” Branson said in a statement. “Mayors are the entrepreneurs of the civic world who realize their pivotal role in the fight against climate change.”
The challenged kicked off at the2010 Winter Olympicsin Vancouver, and will run until the summer of 2012. Results will be announced then in London, home of the 2012 Summer Olympics. A second wave of cities will also be named by the end of this year.
Babylon town officials said they were psyched to be able to participate in a program along with such big cities like London, Copenhagen and New York City.
“Working with Carbon War Room, we will establish program discipline, uniform loan products and demand drivers that will result in unprecedented market penetration of energy efficiency,” Babylon Town Supervisor Steve Bellone said. “To be doing this in the company of larger cities, like our neighbor New York, will be a major game changer.”
The 2010 Hurricane Season in the Atlantic Ocean will begin on June 1, 2010, and end on November 30, 2010. Atlantic hurricanes affect the eastern and Gulf coasts of the U.S. and the Caribbean nations. Those with interests in hurricane-prone areas must heed federal and state advice on preparedness, the season in general, and each specific storm in the season.
Latest 2010 Hurricane Forecast Predictions An Above-Average Hurricane Season:
* On April 7, 2010, Colorado State University issued its annual report on the year's hurricane forecast predictions.http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/04/07/forecasters-predict-above-average-atlantic-hurricane-season/6 University forecasters William Gray and Phil Klotzbach each stated that El Nino conditions will likely dissipate by summer. In addition they believe that the warm tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures will not drop and will remain at the current temperatures. These temperatures have reportedly been much warmer than usual. http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/04/07/forecasters-predict-above-average-atlantic-hurricane-season/7 Because of this phenomenon, Gray and Klotzbach indicate that the 2010 hurricane season will be above-average. Specifically, they said that the warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures will "lead to favorable conditions for hurricanes to develop and intensify.http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/04/07/forecasters-predict-above-average-atlantic-hurricane-season/8
The 2009 hurricane season was a relatively mild one for the United States, with only one hurricane and one tropical storm coming ashore. The position of El Nino near the South American coast and cool Atlantic waters inhibited storm growth. We cannot, however, count on the 2010 hurricane season being so uneventful. If El Nino draws away from the South American coast causing warmer waters in the Atlantic Ocean, conditions will be much more favorable to hurricane development.
For individuals in the paths of potential hurricanes, the keys to minimizing deaths and property damage are preparedness and heeding the instructions local officials. If a hurricane actually threatens your area, keeping current on the latest forecasts for the storm's path and preparing to evacuate is essential. This 2010 Hurricane Season page will follow the 2010 season from preparedness, throughout the season, and in the aftermath, offering up-to-date information and resources to keep you fully informed.
Early Predictions for 2010 Huricane Season
As we move further into the year 2010, hurricane predictors are turning their attention to the 2010 hurricane season. While the utility of long-range hurricane forecasts is debatable, weather experts continue to publish them.
At the University of Miami, Professor of Meteorology Ben Kirtman is looking into the relationship between the positioning of El Nino and the severity of hurricanes in the Atlantic basin. According to Kirtman, in 2009 El Nino was located just offshore of the South Ameircan coast, which led to a mild hurricane season. In contrast, under Kirtman's theory, if El Nino moves furher off the South American coast then it will not protect the U.S. coastlines and may support the formation of more and stronger storms.http://cbs4.com/local/el.nino.hurricane.2.1338052.html13
Accuweather.com released its early hurricane season forecast on March 12, 2010. According to Chief Long-Range Meteorologist and Hurricane Forecaster Joe Bastardi, the 2010 hurricane season will be busier than the 2009 season. Bastardi predicts that the 2010 season will bring 15 tropical storms and 5 hurricanes. He expects 2 or 3 hurricanes to make major landfall in the U.S. The Accuweather.com forecast is based on a weakening El Nino, warmer ocean temperatures, weakening trade winds, and higher humidity levels than in 2009.http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/news/story/25984/joe-bastardi-more-active-2010-1.asp18
NOAA will issue its initial forecast for the 2010 season on May of 2010.
2010 Hurricane Names
1. Hurricane Alex 2. Hurricane Bonnie 3. Hurricane Colin 4. Hurricane Danielle 5. Hurricane Earl 6. Hurricane Fiona 7. Hurricane Gaston 8. Hurricane Hermine 9. Hurricane Igo 10. Hurricane Julia
Earlier Warnings Issued This Year
The U.S. National Hurricane Center will announce storm watches and warnings 12 hours earlier than in previous hurricane seasons. The earlier lead time will give those living in coastal areas more time to prepare and evacuate. Officials can give more advance warnings and watches because of advances in tracking storms and forecasting their projected paths. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN056675320100105?type=marketsNews20
We have received hundreds of calls from people all over Long Island telling us they had and in some cases still have, water in their basement due to groundwater. As in most cases, it was not covered by their insurance company. Which means you have either cleaned it up yourself or paid a company like Advanced Restoration Corporation to mitigate the water damage for you.
The basement is now cleaned up and dried. But that brings up the million dollar question......what do you do with the basement now? If it was a finished basement that you used as living space and/or work space, how do you rebuild? Or do you leave it unfinished now not wanting to take on the un-budgeted expense of the reconstruction in the off chance of having to go through it all over again if we are hit with another series of severe storms. That is a choice every Long Island homeowner who was affected by these recent storms has to make. For the sake of this blog, we are going to assume that you have decided to go through with the reconstruction.
Let me start by stating that building materials can get wet. Sheetrock, carpet, and paint are all made with water at some point during their production processes. Usually after the materials are dried they are stronger and more durable than before they were wet. Wood can get wet. The lumber yards are exactly that. Yards. Giant lots of land used to store building materials before they are sold and used to construct homes and buildings. They are not called lumber garages. Chances are the studs that make up your house had been wet numerous times before the builder used them to frame your home.
It is not a question of if something gets wet is it unsalvageable. It is a question of how quickly you react when building materials do get wet. The faster the action the greater the chances of salvaging ALL the affected building materials.
There is something you can do that not many people have caught on to yet and none of the professionals on TV talk about just because they have yet to go through the experience of having their home saturated by water. You can rebuild with building materials that can withstand an intrusion of water.
Of course it is a bit more expensive to rebuild with this in mind and every homeowner is going to have see what works best for their budget and quality of life. But here are some things to think about when rebuilding your basement:
Install ceramic tile as your flooring. Carpet can get wet and be salvaged if dried timely and professionally, vinyl does not absorb the water but traps it underneath so that demolition is inevitable, the same with any type of wood flooring that would have to have a vapor barrier installed underneath The best choice to finish a floor in a basement short of polishing the concrete is ceramic tile. It is not a porous material so it does not absorb moisture and mold will not grow on the ceramic. (Mold will grow on the dirt that is on the ceramic tile but will not start eating the tile away like it would on a porous material like sheetrock or carpet.) And the grout allows the water vapor to escape from underneath the tile in the drying process. Put an area rug on top of the tile that is much easier to remove and have cleaned that typical wall to wall carpeting.
Do not use ANY vinyl. I know vinyl makes it very easy to clean and keep on top off but it is the worst material (short of asbestos) to use as a finished building material. Anything that vinyl covers that gets wet 99.9% of the time has to be removed. Vinyl acts as a vapor barrier that traps the moisture behind it and does not allow the building materials to dry. Which causes mold growth and usually increases the dollar value of the project. Use standard wood base trim or carpet cove base. They can both allow the walls to be dried in place or they both can be easily detached and reset once the drying process is over.
Use Concrete Board for the lower walls. Do not install regular gypsum drywall on the lower walls. Use concrete board that builders use in bathrooms to protect against moisture in the shower / tub areas. They come in 4' x 8' sheets. Just turn them on their side and install them on the lower 4' of the basement walls. The great value of cement board is does not rot, warp, grow mold, or deteriorate, when subjected to water.
* If you decide that you are going to install standard drywall on the lower walls please make sure that the sheetrock is elevated 1/2" to 3/4" off the ground and is not sitting directly on the concrete. If the drywall is resting directly on the concrete floor you will always have a transference of moisture from the concrete to to the dryer sheetrock which eventually will turn into a long term mold problem. See the picture below.
Use Only Flat Paint. Any semi-gloss, high gloss or even eggshell finishes creates a vapor barrier that does not allow the materials behind it to dry naturally in the event of an intrusion.
Use American Clay Earth Plasters as your wall finishes. American Clay Earth Plasters are a natural, environmentally friendly way to finish any interior. Non-toxic and made in the USA, these plasters are an alternative to cement, acrylic and lime plasters, offering superior color, richness, texture and depth not found with other finishes. They also help control the inside ambient temperatures in the room(s0 it is installed on the walls. They absorb excess moisture in the warmer months and release moisture n the environment during the colder dryer months. This also gives it the ability to permit the drying of the building materials it is installed over.
If you are in the Long Island and New York City areas and have any questions and/or need any assistance in dealing with your property damage claim please do not hesitate to contact Advanced Restoration Corporation. We are Disaster Kleenup International (DKI) Member company. DKI has over 150 member companies located throughout the United States. Click here to find one in your area.
Constant Contact recognizes Advanced Restoration Corporation for commitment to best practices in email marketing.
West Babylon, New York - April 23, 2010 - Advanced Restoration Corporation, today announced that it has received a 2009 All-Star Award from Constant Contact®, Inc., a leading provider of email marketing, event marketing, and online survey tools for small organizations. Advanced Restoration Corporation was selected for meeting Constant Contact's best-practice standards for the use of Email Marketing throughout 2009.
"Constant Contact provides an excellent marketing resource that allows Advanced Restoration the ability to effectively communicate with our clients," said Gary Matzelle, Marketing Director, Advanced Restoration Corporation. "The marketing tools provided by Constant Contact have helped to build and reinforce our company's brand and image."
Advanced Restoration received a 2009 Constant Contact All-Star Award for demonstrating best practices in the effective use of Constant Contact Email Marketing in the following areas:
Frequency of campaigns
Click through rates
"Our customers work hard to build strong relationships with their customers through email marketing and some, such as Advanced Restoration Corporation, truly excel in this effort," said Gail Goodman, CEO, Constant Contact. "We created our All-Star Awards to highlight those customers who are passionately committed to following our best practices as they work to improve their customer communications. We're proud of the role we play in helping Advanced Restoration be successful and we look forward to continuing to assist the company with its marketing efforts."
### About Constant Contact, Inc. With more than 350,000 customers, Constant Contact, Inc. is a leading provider of email marketing, event marketing, and online surveys for small businesses, nonprofits, and member associations. Founded in 1995, Constant Contact helps small organizations grow stronger customer relationships by delivering professional, low cost, easy-to-use online tools backed with award-winning support, education and personal coaching. Constant Contact is a publicly traded company (Nasdaq: CTCT) with offices located in Waltham, Mass.; Loveland, Colo.; and Delray, Fla. To learn more, please visit http://www.constantcontact.com/ or call 781-472-8100.
About Advanced Restoration Corporation As a preferred vendor for multiple insurance companies, Advanced Restoration Corporation is a leading service provider in the property damage restoration industry. With a combined 75 years experience, Advanced Restoration is a family-owned and operated disaster response/property damage restoration company specializing in fire and smoke damage, water damage and mold remediation. Advanced Restoration services Long Island and the New York Metro area. To learn more, please visit http://www.advancedrestoration.com/ or call (800) 693-6263.
The Long Island Chapter of the US Green Building Council will host its third-annual Building Green Gala on April 28, 2010, at the Long Island Marriott and Conference Center in Uniondale. At this event the USGBC-LI will honor Michael Dowling, President and Chief Executive Officer at North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, for his visionary leadership in implementing healthier, more environmentally responsible building standards and practices at his organization's facilities across Long Island and New York City. Leslie Segrete, star designer and host of The Money Pit radio program and soon to appear on $100 Makeover on the A&E television network, will be the MC for the event.
"Our Gala is a celebration of green building on Long Island. There is no better individual to recognize than Michael Dowling of the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System. Mr. Dowling has spearheaded programs to have 22 North Shore-LIJ projects registered for LEED certification. This is proof of his commitment and leadership in the green building sector," said Art Desin, USGBC-LI Gala Committee Chair.
"At the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System we have been advocates for green building and creating energy efficient facilities for many years. Our organization has registered over twenty projects for USGBC LEED certification, and we are consistently working to enhance our system's 14 hospitals and numerous other facilities. We share a philosophy with the USGBC that sustainable and efficient building practices benefit individual organizations as well as the region as a whole. Being recognized by the USGBC is an honor and highlights our organization's continuing commitment to green building," said Michael Dowling, President and Chief Executive Officer at North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System.
"The USGBC-LI Annual Gala is an opportunity for us to bring to people's attention our green building mission, and those individuals that share in our Mission for the benefit of all Long Islanders. We are dedicated to working to enhance our quality of life by improving the structures we build, and the environment in which we all live, work and play. We salute Mr. Dowling's decision to allow the USGBC's LEED Rating System guide the design and construction of all work throughout the Health System," said Vince Capogna, LEED AP and USGBC-LI Chapter Chairman.
Gala sponsorships and raffle donation opportunities are available. The deadline for sponsorships is Friday, April 16th. For information about the Gala sponsorships, raffles or to purchase tickets, contact Dawn Strain at (516) 719-7101 or register here.
Advanced Restoration Corporation is proud to partner with The Reuse People (TRP) on all our Building Deconstruction projects to make the Long Island Community theLeader in Building Deconstruction and Building Material Reuse in New York and throughout the country.
By partnering with us, The ReUse People are able to expand into the Long Island market to promote Building Deconstruction and the salvage and sale of reusable building materials while diverting construction and demolition (C&D) waste from our overburdened landfills.
These services are among the first steps in the green building process. Furthermore, tax-deductible donations of reusable materials to TRP, a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation, provide a faster payback and better return-on-investment than any other product or service offered by the green building industry on Long Island.
How The ReUse People (TRP) Started
The ReUse People (TRP) started in April, 1993, with a drive for building materials to help the flood victims in Tijuana, Mexico. The drive, Project Valle Verde, was planned and coordinated with the mayors of Tijuana and San Diego, the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, the County Board of Supervisors, San Diego Gas and Electric Company, Waste Management, and the Building Industry Association.
On April 23 and 24, contractors, other private companies, public agencies and the citizens of San Diego donated over 400 tons of building materials valued at $1.2 million. Twenty-seven tractor trailers crossed the border carrying this material in an unprecedented demonstration of bi-national cooperation and assistance.
The success of Project Valle Verde demonstrated the need for used building materials and the impact of this need on our already overused and over committed landfills.
The ReUse People started as Building Materials Distributors in San Diego in 1993 and, due to a name conflict with an existing corporation, the name was soon changed to The ReUse People.
Who Benefits from Our Partnership On Long Island?
All of us through a better environment on Long Island
Low income families who cannot afford to buy new building materials
Building deconstruction can also lead to the creation of new jobs and businesses
Building owners by virtue of tax donations
Architects, builders and contractors through better service to their clients
Reduced unemployment strengthens the Long Island economy directly as well as indirectly in areas such as retail sales and housing
While we obtain reusable building materials from a variety of sources, our own deconstruction efforts and those of over 30 TRP-Certified Deconstruction Contractors throughout the country contribute over 90 percent of them. Whether you are an architect, general building contractor, building owner, or government agency on Long Island we stand ready to provide you with a package of benefits including:
Environmentally sound demolition (We like the words building deconstruction)
Building materials salvage
Advanced Restoration Corporation's skilled building deconstruction technicians
Tax donations for all the materials donated to The ReUse People (TRP)
Lower overall project costs
The assurance that someone, somewhere reuses the salvageable building materials generated from your project(s) on Long Island
The ReUse People (TRP) President - Ted Reiff
Prior to founding The ReUse People (TRP) in 1995, Ted Reiff was managing partner with an investment banking firm that provided financial services to young technology companies. Now, in addition to guiding TRP's national expansion program, he consults with private companies and government bodies on a variety of demolition and waste diversion projects. A graduate of Ohio State University and a licensed demolition contractor, Ted served three terms as board president of I Love a Clean San Diego and is an advisor to UrbanHabitat Chicago.
The ReUse People (TRP) Long Island Regional Manager - Mike Yurish
Mike holds a B.S. degree in environmental science from SUNY Purchase, New York, and has been an amateur deconstructionist for some 20 years. He serves on the board of directors of the ReCONNstruction Center in New Britain, Connecticut, and is a licensed realtor and appraisal trainee in New Jersey. A resident of Connecticut, Mike currently works as a senior print technician for a major printing company.
Advanced Restoration Corporation - Eric Martin
Eric Martin has been in the family business for over 16 years. He is certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in Water Damage Mitigation and Advanced Structural Drying as well as holding his certification by the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) in Mold Remediation. Eric has worked in New York City for 8 months after 9/11 cleaning up the building surrounding Ground Zero. He also worked in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. A Green Risk Professional from Vale Training Institute he is also a member of the Communications Committee from the U.S. Green Building Council's Long Island (USGBC-LI) chapter in charge of handling USGBC-LI's social media accounts.
Advanced Restoration Corporation is proud to partner with The Reuse People (TRP) on all our Building Deconstruction projects to make the Long Island Community theLeader in Building Deconstruction and Building Material Reuse in New York and throughout the country.
What a beautiful weekend we just had on Long Island. The Storms of March 2010 are behind us. Those of us in the insurance industry are slowing down a bit catching up on all our paperwork, riding the crest of the wave down to the end of its journey. It felt like Spring for the first time for me this weekend.
On Sunday, I drove out to Sag Harbor, New York out on the East End of Long Island in the area most notably known as The Hamptons. I went to inspect a home that was at the end of its use. The new owners purchased the house, basically for the land, and plan to build a new one in its place.
But what do you do with the old house? Just because the home is at the end of its life cycle, does not mean the building materials that make up the house are at the end of their usage. But since the advent of "mass production" the acceptable way to get rid of the old homes on Long Island (and the rest of the country) was to knock it down or "demo" with a bulldozer and dump all the construction and demolition (C&D) waste in the landfills. But there are other "greener" more cost-effective practices that can benefit the homeowner, the environment, and the Long Island community.
I inspected the house with a representative of The Reuse People (TRP). TRP is a Non-Profit Organization based in California with branches all over the United States. TRP keeps reusable and recyclable building materials out of overburdened landfills by promoting building deconstruction and channeling the building material back into the marketplace through donations and sales at its network of retail outlets. TRP works closely with local building deconstruction contractors to try and salvage up to 80 percent of the building materials (varies depending upon age and type of materials) during the building deconstruction process. These services are among the first steps in the green building process.
The house is a roughly 2,000SF ranch with an unfinished basement, attic, and small detached garage built in 1981. The previous owner had used it as a rental property and the house was not in the best of condition. The kitchen cabinets and wood floors were not salvageable due to water damage and type of materials. The wood floors today come in short pieces and are less valuable than longer older pieces. They are also very hard to piece back together. The single-pane wood windows and hallow core doors did not have much value either. Also the brick fireplace was relatively new and made with much stronger mortar than older masonry work. Because the mortar is much stronger, it is hard to clean the brick and reuse the material in a future construction project(s).
Building deconstruction is more labor intensive due to the care our deconstruction technicians must use when deconstructing the reusable building materials to save their value. We take the ultimate care in deconstructing, handling and packing the reusable building materials because too much breakage can disrupt the whole economics of the project and have one unhappy building owner or homeowner. A 2,000SF house takes five deconstruction technicians four weeks to deconstruct.
The representative of The Reuse People estimated the total value of usable building materials at roughly $20,000. That means the homeowner would get a tax deductible donation (percentage would depend on building owner or homeowner's income tax bracket) when he or she donated the reusable building materials to The Reuse People for distribution and resale in their network.
Below is a comparison of the cost of both Building Deconstruction vs. Demolition for this particular project in Sag Harbor, Long Island.
For this house, it is more cost effective to demolish the house than it is to perform any soft stripping or building deconstruction because there is very little value in the minimal reusable building materials we could have salvage from the home. In today's economy, like most of the Long Island green building industry, cost is still the driving factor over "the right thing to do".
Below is a list of building deconstruction projects that The Reuse People have worked on and the total dollar value of reusable building materials salvaged from each project.
Newport Beach, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
The list of soft stripping and building deconstruction project above that have overseen by The Reuse People throughout the United States prove that building deconstruction on Long Island can be a cost effective green building alternative to demolition if there is value in the reusable building materials.
It is Advanced Restoration Corporation's earnest desire to make the Long Island Community a Leader in Building Deconstruction and Building Material Reuse in New York and throughout the country. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding our Soft Stripping or Building Deconstruction Services on Long Island.
Long Island, New York City and the rest of New York and the Northeast was devastated from the recent flooding caused by torrential rain, wind, and storm damage. A majority of flooded basements across Long Island were caused by ground water due to over-saturation of the earth. Insurance companies do not cover groundwater under their policies.
You need to have a separate Flood Insurance if you fall into the Flood Coverage Area. And that only covers property damage to structures that are above grade. Basements are not above grade so they would be excluded from those policies.
That means there were many homeowners throughout Long Island and New York City that had flooded basements that were not covered by their insurance policy.
For some people this is too much. There are a lot of people in hardship right now across Long Island due to the economic times we live in. If they did not hire a professional restoration company or water damage cleanup company like Advanced Restoration Corporation, a DKI Member Company, they had to extract / remove the water themselves or rely on friends and/or family to help them out.
But just because the water is removed or extracted, that does not mean the job is over. The wet porous building materials need to be removed, or dried along with the structural wood members and concrete so their moisture content levels are reduced to regional acceptable standards.
And some people will just ignore the water in the basement or the leaky roof, thinking it will dry out on its own. And technically, everything that gets wet will eventually dry, if it can. And not every water intrusion causes severe mold contamination. It all depends on the size of the area and the lenght of time the area has been wet without receiving any attention.
At this point you should ask yourself this:
How long will it take? Can the wet building materials dry out before mold contamination can occur (usually 48-72 hours in optimum conditions)?
If wet building materials are not addressed in a timely fashion then the problem magnifies exponentially over time until it becomes a much bigger and more expensive issue.
Please do not hesitate to Contact Us for any assistance or guidance if you have or even think you have a mold issue in the Long Island and New York City areas. We would be more than happy to speak with you.
Mold Removal / Mold Remediation Services Long Island & New York City
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When Disaster Strikes, Advanced Restoration Is Ready to Respond 24 Hours A Day, 7 Days A Week.
You are guaranteed to speak with one of our knowledgeable, caring team members, day or night. Our immediate response to your property damage claim helps minimize the damages to the structure, contents, and ease the sometime catastrophic effect that a disaster may have on an owner or occupants.
Our company is dedicated to serving our clients with courteous and prompt service. We take the utmost pride in the craftsmanship of our work. As certified specialists in water mitigation and fire/smoke restoration, we have the knowledge, expertise and experience to deal with all types of property damage. Our professional staff is also trained in all aspects of mold remediation and damage appraisals.
Do You Have A Flooded Basement Due to the Recent Storms of 2011?
Our Disaster and Emergency Response Teams serving Long Island and New York City can minimize your property damage and help get your home or business back to normal.
Choose Building Deconstruction. The Green Alternative to Demolition on Long Island
Advanced Restoration Corporation is proud to partner with The Reuse People (TRP) on all our Building Deconstruction projects to make the Long Island Community the Leader in Building Deconstruction and Building Material Reuse in New York and throughout the rest of the country.
We are the TRP-Certified Building Deconstruction Contractor on Long Island.
The Long Island Insurance Golf League has been the place to golf and network for the Long Island Insurance Community for over 25 years. Insurance Agents, Brokers, Adjusters, and Claims Managers of all handicaps are all welcome to participate.
The Insurance Golf League is a 9 Hole League that plays every Wednesday from April through August. An end of the year we hold an 18 hole outing complete with dinner to celebrate the year and league awards will be handed out.