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Puff Backs and Your Home

Posted on Fri, Oct 15, 2010 @ 01:16 PM

What You Need to Know
Although puff backs are primarily caused by oil burners, they are still often perceived as overlooked problems at home. Malfunctions that cause the combustion chamber inside the oil burner to explode are triggered by an oil burner that isn’t functioning properly. Due to the oil vapors which are present inside and the fast ignition of the built-up gases, explosions could be caused. This may seem like a harmful and frightening situation. However, if the fumes made by the malfunctioned gas burners revert back to the vents and air ducts in your home, this becomes even more dangerous. This will lead to poor indoor air quality and can heavily affect the air circulation as well.

Anything that comes into contact with the fumes will be covered in petroleum based particles and soot when that malfunction happens. There is a misconception that puff backs basically mean that dust is being blown back. However, the proper definition is that it is a release of oil-based particles that can do much more damage compared to dust.

When it comes to puff backs, there are primarily two ways they can spread: either they spread rapidly or they can spread gradually. Often times, puff backs manifest themselves as dark circles that appear on your ceilings, walls and furniture. This makes it hard to notice there is actually an on-going problem happening. You might even think that they are just finger prints from dirty fingers. Though it may seem like dirt or dust, when you try removing it, you will realize that it is actually oil-based and cannot be removed easily.

On the other hand, there are also times when puff backs are extremely rapid. In just a short span of time, this may cause severe damage to your property and your house as well. When this happens, you will notice that everything will start to get covered by soot and you should take the necessary precautions since a potential explosion can occur.

How to Handle Puff Back Situations
Keep in mind that you need to act quickly so that you can minimize the damage if you notice any sort of puff back. When it comes to restorations in terms of what has been damaged by puff back residue and soot, the best thing to do is to hire a restoration service professional. However, if you don’t have the means to hire a professional restoration service, there are still a few ways you can handle the situation yourself. Always remember to wear a protective mask and the right disposable clothing so you can prevent direct contact with the toxic soot.

Checking the furnace and the oil burner is the very first thing you should inspect. Testing if these things are working properly should be your priority since this may very well be the primary source of the problem. In the event you don’t know what to do in terms of how to inspect the furnace or oil burner, it is highly recommended that you seek the help of a professional technician. Eliminating the source of the problem before treating its effects should be one of the first things you should do. The malfunctioning oil burner is the main source of the problem and you should be able to distinguish this as you go through the motions. From here, you can take the necessary steps to remedy the problem.

If you have a gas leak inside your house, it can lead to higher levels of carbon dioxide that can be extremely hazardous to your family’s health. This situation may also be considered as a puff back. The carbon dioxide levels must be tested if you are experiencing dizziness or nausea when you are inside your house.

Installing carbon dioxide monitors is advisable so that the carbon dioxide levels can be tested frequently. When you notice carbon dioxide levels increasing slowly, this is a clear indicator of a gradual puff back and this need to be addressed until it worsens. Make sure you take the initiative and inspect if there are any problems with your oil burners or if there are any gas leaks when you start seeing that the levels of carbon dioxide in your house are rising.

Puff Back Restoration Services
Professional puff back restorations offer various services, including specialized vacuuming services. Since ordinary vacuums cannot clean puff backs, professional services use a heavy duty vacuum to remove the soot from the surface and store it instead of allowing it blow out into the air. Another service would be structural cleaning, which restores your house to its original state if the whole house or parts of it is affected by puff backs. The extreme options would be demolition or a complete shut down if the majority of the property is affected.

Upholstered furniture and carpets are prone to soot since it is an oil-based material. Hence, this will make it difficult to remove on your carpets and upholstered furniture. Restoration services should be able to remove the soot using their specialized methods. Moreover, since a smoky odor may be emitted by puff backs as well, puff back restoration services apply odor removal processes to eliminate the odor from the affected areas. If a puff back adheres to your clothes, the best thing to do would be to ask restoration services to wash and dry clean them so they can be restored to their original state. Even if you think you can wash the clothes on your own, you may not have the cleaning agents and the necessary appliances to clean the clothes well.

Preventive Tips on How to Deal with Puff Backs
When it comes to puff backs, the best thing to do is to implement preventive measures. To be able to make sure that you won’t fall victim to puff backs, it is highly advisable to make routine checks on your oil burners and furnace. Acting immediately by getting in touch with a restoration service as soon as possible to minimize the extent of the damage is another important thing to do if you find yourself in a dire puff back situation.

It is highly recommended that you expand your knowledge about puff backs and puff back services even if you already have the basics about them. Since you already know what to look out for and what to do when a puff back situation arises, you should be able to handle the situation effectively and efficiently. Always remember that if you find yourself having a soot or puff back problem, a puff back restoration service is just a phone call away.

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Disaster Kleenup International's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Press Release

Posted on Thu, Sep 09, 2010 @ 05:08 PM

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Advanced Restoration Corporation is Proud Participant in Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 

(Wood Dale, IL, September 9, 2010) – Disaster Kleenup International, Inc., North America's largest disaster restoration contracting organization, today announced that DKI Member Company, Advanced Restoration Corporation of West Babylon, NY, is a proud participant in the popular ABC Series, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, surprising the Lutz family of East Setauket, NY. 

Unable to have children of their own, loving couple Grace and John Lutz gave their hearts to 18 adopted kids in all, including seven with Down Syndrome. After the couple passed away, their daughter, Kathleen, gave up her career and gladly came home to take care of six siblings who currently range in age from 20 to 25 years old. Everyone agreed that putting the kids in a group home or institution was not an option. It was a good plan, until Kathleen suddenly and unexpectedly had a grand mal seizure, and was diagnosed with inoperable cancer. Her brother, John Jr., was next at bat, sacrificing his successful career as a gymnastics coach to move home and care for his sister and siblings. Kathleen’s health is now stabilized and both brother and sister care for their family as a team. 

The crumbling condition of the Lutz’s 40-year-old home has become a concern. The electrical was unsafe, water leaked everywhere and there was mold and rotting wood. Everybody in town loves this charming and special family. Unfortunately, their home is at a point where band-aids are not enough. They need their home to be a safe permanent one, with everything to accommodate their special needs. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition stepped in and worked to replace their house with a brand new home that allows them to finally be together again in a safe environment. 

Advanced Restoration Corporation assisted by providing drying and cleaning services, including dehumidification and round-the-clock monitoring and labor, to expedite the drying of the drywall, primer, and paint in the interior and exterior of the home. The project was completed the week of June 20, 2010 in East Setauket, New York. 

Advanced Restoration Corporation has been providing insurance restoration services throughout the state of New York since 1990 and has been a Member of DKI since 2009. 

DKI is the selected dry down and cleaning vendor for Season 8 of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Founded in 1974, DKI assists insurance carriers, commercial and residential clients with restoring properties damaged by fire, water, wind and mold. The Emmy award winning reality program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, is now entering its 8th season. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.

 

 

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About Advanced Restoration Corporation

Advanced Restoration Corporation, a DKI Member Company, is a family-owned and operated full service emergency response property damage and disaster restoration company. Advanced Restoration Corporation has a combined 75 years experience in dealing with fire & smoke damage restoration, building deconstruction & building material reuse, & , and emergency board ups & roof tarping. Advanced Restoration Corporation services Long Island (Nassau County, NY; Suffolk County, NY, the Hamptons & East End) and the New York City areas. For more information about Advanced Restoration, visit their website at www.AdvancedRestoration.com or call the company at (800) 693-6263.

 

About DKI

Disaster Kleenup International, Inc., headquartered in Wood Dale, IL, is the largest disaster restoration organization in North America. DKI member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to our consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about Disaster Kleenup International, Inc., visit our website at www.disasterkleenup.com or contact Michele Donahue at (630) 741-7262.

 

About “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”

The Emmy award winning reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” now entering its 8th season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced by Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.

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Hurricane Alerts: Watch vs. Warning...Know the Difference

Posted on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 @ 11:37 AM

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Hurricane Earl, the second major hurricane of 2010, is moving away from the Northern Leeward Islands.  Residents along the U.S. East Coast should follow Earl closely to see what impacts the hurricane will bring Thursday and Friday.  Long Island may be impacted by Earl and current weather conditions call for a 30-40% chance that Suffolk County will face a Tropical Storm come this Friday, September 3rd. 

What is the differnece between Watches and Warnings? 

  • TROPICAL STORM WATCH: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are
possible within the specified coastal area within 48 hours.
  • TROPICAL STORM WARNING: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected somewhere within the specified coastal area within 36 hours.
  • HURRICANE WATCH: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible within the specified coastal area. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.
  • HURRICANE WARNING: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected somewhere within the specified coastal area. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.
  • For more information on hurricanes and emergency preparedness, please click here.

     

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    Air Quality Action Day is Forecast For NY Region

    Posted on Fri, Jul 16, 2010 @ 12:33 PM
    URGENT!
    An Air Quality Action Day is forecast in our
    region for today (Friday, July 16, 2010).

    The New York State Department of Transportation has declared that today (Friday, July 16, 2010) is an Air Quality Action
    Day in the downstate metro area due to forecasted high levels of
    ground-level ozone pollution in parts of the region (please visit
    the Clean Air NY Web site for more information
    http://www.cleanairny.org/LocalAirQuality/Default.aspx). While
    today is still a day when people can go about most of
    their normal activities, such as going to work, driving may be
    one of the most polluting activities that you do today, and we
    encourage everyone to leave their cars at home if possible.

    Ground-level ozone is a respiratory irritant that can trigger
    asthma attacks and aggravate emphysema, bronchitis and other
    respiratory ailments. Children, people with pre-existing
    respiratory or heart conditions, people doing strenuous outdoor
    work or exercise and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to
    the effects of ozone.

    Here are several simple steps you can take on Air Quality Action
    Days to prevent pollution:

    Combine errands into a single trip, rather than separate trips.
    This can help save time and reduce the amount of pollution
    emitted from your vehicle.
    Take the subway, bus or train when possible.
    Postpone unnecessary trips. Avoiding motor vehicle trips on Air
    Quality Action Days will prevent the formation of air pollution.
    Refuel your vehicle in the evening when it's cooler outside.
    Avoid letting your vehicle idle, such as at the fast food or bank
    teller drive-thru.
    Postpone using gas-powered gardening equipment such as lawn
    mowers on Air Quality Action Days. Wait for a day when air
    quality is better.
    Forward this message to your family and friends.

    To learn more about improving air quality or if you were
    forwarded this message and want us to send updates to your own
    e-mail address, visit CleanAirNY.org or call 1-877-ILUVAIR
    (1-877-458-8247).

    Clean Air NY is sponsored by the New York State Department of
    Transportation in support of regionwide air-quality efforts.

    511NY is New York State's official traffic and travel info
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    My Response to Editorial on Town of Brookhaven's 'Blight into Light'

    Posted on Thu, May 20, 2010 @ 05:11 PM

    Dear Supervisor Mark Lesko,

    I have just finished reading the Cablevision Editorial on your "Blight into Light" project for the Town of Brookhaven.  Let me commend you on a great idea and the amazing job you have done in only a short time in office.  I hope other town leaders follow you down the path of sustainability sooner rather than later.   

    My only concern with your plan is what are you going to do with the old homes and buildings?  How are they going to be removed?  The "Blight into Light" project is great for the revitalization of these neighborhoods and the Long Island community but I feel there will be a blight on the "Blight into Light" projects if current demolition practices are used to remove the old structures from these communities. 

    Traditional bulldozer style demolition hurts the very Long Island Community that you are trying to revitalize.  Buildings, like everything, have a life-cycle.  When a building is no longer fit for use and has to come down, does this happen just as all of its parts and components wear out?  Most old buildings have some systems and building materials with useful lives.  The trick is efficiently identifying the materials and getting them out of the building.  When redeveloping a Long Island property, it is difficult to see the old buildings as anything but obstacles.  Also, it is important to consider whether their contents and/or components may actually be resources that have net value.

    Current demolition practices are not sustainable.  They are also not in the best interest of Long Island and our environment.  They hurt our community by over-burdening our already fragile landfills with valuable building materials that are not at the end of their life cycles just because the homes and buildings they make up are.  Those same building materials can benefit a fellow Long Islander who might not be able to afford brand new building materials. 

    Building Deconstruction and Building Material Reuse on Long Island is the systematic dismantlement of building materials and building components, specifically for re-use, recycling, and waste management.  It differs from demolition where a site is cleared of its building materials by the most expedient means and a majority of the demolished materials are hauled to a landfill for disposal.  Building Deconstruction is new by name, but not by practice, as the recovery and reuse of building materials in order to build new structures is as old as buildings themselves.  Reuse of materials might be considered one of the "original" green building techniques, along with the use of local materials.  In the pre-industrial era, building material conservation was driven by the high intensity of the labor effort required to harvest and prepare them.  Reuse of materials provided an economic advantage. In the mid-to-late 20th century, the emergence of machine-made and mass-produced materials, chemically complicated materials, and the relatively low cost of oil allowed this basic idea of "waste not, want not" to fall from usage in the creation of the built environment. 

    We live in a different world now.  The cost of oil is out of control and puts a heavy burden on some Long Island families who have to pay the increasing gas prices.  And there is no end in sight to our dependence on foreign oil.  Dumping fees are continually going to rise.  Especially as the number of landfills decrease because of capacity issues and remediation is needed on the sites that are still in use.  The reusable building materials from your "Blight into Light" projects could be worth a significant tax write-off when donated to a not-for-profit organization on Long Island like The ReUse People (TRP) and receive a tax-deductible receipt to help offset the overall cost of the "Blight to Light" projects.  These services are among the first steps in the green building process and provide a faster payback and better return-on-investment than any other product or service offered by the green building industry on Long Island.

    The ReUse People and their Long Island TRP-Certified Building Deconstruction contractor, Advanced Restoration Corporation, aim is to recycle or reclaim for reuse up to 80% of the structure rather than dumping the materials into Long Island landfills for the next generation of Long Islanders to deal with.

    I truly believe Sarah Lansdale, the Executive Director of Sustainable Long Island, when she said, "With the attention and focused resources provided by elected officials such as Supervisor Lesko, we can revitalize our communities and ensure that Long Island is prosperous and beautiful for generations to come."  Please Supervisor Lesko I implore you, don't leave a blight on the "Blight into Light" projects, choose building deconstruction and building material reuse over current demolition practices and help me turn it into a force for the sustainable development and future of Long Island. 

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    Learn How EPA Lead Regulations Impacts New York Insurance Industry

    Posted on Sun, May 16, 2010 @ 09:14 PM
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    New York DKI Member Companies Host Seminars On How the New EPA Lead Regulations Will Impact the Insurance Industry on Long Island and New York City.

    In April 2010, new rules on lead contamination developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) went into effect for contractors that disturb painted surfaces in buildings constructed prior to 1978. These Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RPR) regulations require all contractors to:

    • Become an EPA certified firm
    • Have certified lead renovators on staff
    • Check painted surfaces to determine if they contain lead
    • Utilize specific types of engineering controls, containments and work practices
    • Perform specific cleaning tasks, verification and test their work area

    Unfortunately, these new EPA Lead Regulations will have a major impact on the Insurance Industry on Long Island and New York City.  Insurance Companies, Insurance Agents, Insurance Brokers, and Insurance Adjusters will all have to adjust to the new regulations that are now required of restoration contractors on property damage claims in structures built before 1979.

    Please visit New York DKI Member Company Website for the Lead Seminars

    Register In Advance.  Registration is Mandatory.

                                                    On the Web:     http://www.dki.li/

                                                    By Phone:         1-800-734-9947

                                                    By Email:   emartin@advancedrestoration.com

    Dates: Thursday June 17th, 2010 @ Westchester Hills Golf Club

               Friday June 18th, 2010 @ Brookville Country Club

    Time:  Registration @ 8:30am

                Seminar @ 9am - 1pm

                Lunch @ 1pm - 2pm

    Continental Breakfast and Snacks Served

     
    New York DKI Member Companies are fully trained and certified to handle ALL lead issues that may arise on property damage claims. 
     
     
    About New York DKI Member Companies – The New York Disaster Kleenup International (DKI) Member Companies sponsoring the seminars on the new EPA Lead Regulations service Long Island and New York City.
     
     

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    Disaster Kleenup International (DKI) is a network of the leading, independent property damage restoration contractors across North America.  DKI member companies provide full service to their customers: Emergency response, water damage mitigation, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, returning damaged property to pre-loss condition fast and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to their consumer, insurance, and corporate customers.

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    About Dr. Michael Pinto: CSP CMP CEO Wonder Makers Environmental, Inc.

    dr. michael pinto wonder makers ceo,epa lead certified trainerWonder Makers Environmental, Inc., a manufacturing and environmental consulting firm that specializes in identification and control of asbestos, lead, IAQ, mold, industrial hygiene, and chemical problems. Mr. Pinto is the author of over 150 published articles and several books including, Fungal Contamination: A Comprehensive Guide for Remediation. He completed doctoral course work in environmental engineering and holds numerous certifications in the environmental and safety areas including Certified Safety Professional and Certified Mold Professional.

     

    Dr. Michael Pinto Wins Restoration Industry Association’s (RIA) Martin L. King Award 
     
    Given annually, the Martin L. King Award recognizes an individual's exceptional service and dedication to the restoration industry. Pinto was honored for his efforts as an industry instructor on a variety of environmental and restoration topics, his monthly column in Cleaning & Restoration magazine as well as articles in other industry publications, his innate ability to take complex issues and distill them down to their essential points, his unwavering efforts to consistently advocate for "doing things right," and for supporting the industry and practices that truly do "make it better" for everyone.
    Martin King, CR, ASA, RIA's technical advisor and creator of the Certified RestorerSM program said, "In this instance, instead of honoring the recipient with this award, the award is honored by its recipient."
     

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    TRP Kitchen & Bath Deconstruction Program a Win-Win For Long Island

    Posted on Wed, May 12, 2010 @ 03:41 PM

     

    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:

    1. You call Eric Martin at (631) 831-2005 and request a Kitchen Removal Order Form
    2. The form is immediately e-mailed or faxed to you.
    3. You complete the form, computing the easy cost formula to calculate total removal costs.
    4. You send the completed form back to TRP by email or fax.
    5. TRP calls to arrange a site visit to finalize agreement and schedule work. (Removal can usually be completed in one day.)
    6. 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.
    7. 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.

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    Were You Impacted by the Heavy Winds on Long Island?

    Posted on Mon, May 10, 2010 @ 11:18 AM

     

    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.  

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    Town of Babylon to Compete In Global Green Challenge

    Posted on Sun, May 02, 2010 @ 03:28 PM

     

    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 by Sir 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 the Virgin 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 its Long Island Green Homes program, 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 the 2010 Winter Olympics in 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.”

    by Michael H. Samuels LI Business News
    Published: April 28, 2010

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    2010 Hurricane Season Forecast

    Posted on Wed, Apr 28, 2010 @ 09:10 PM
     
    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


    Eight Major Hurricanes Expected


    * Colorado State University's forecasters, Gray and Klotzbach, have also reported that eight hurricanes are expected for the 2010 season.http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/04/07/forecasters-predict-above-average-atlantic-hurricane-season/9 Four of the season's hurricanes are expected to strengthen and become major hurricanes. This means that these four, if they do in fact become major hurricanes, would ultimately receive a rating of at least a category 3 storm.http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/04/07/forecasters-predict-above-average-atlantic-hurricane-season/10 Category 3 storms are defined by the Saffir-Simpson scale. The Saffir-Simpson scale indicates that such a storm must have winds of at least 111mph; and that these winds be sustained for a period of time.


    15 Named Storms in Total

    * Including these predicted eight major storms for 2010, Gray and Klotzbach have reason to believe there will be a total of 15 named storms.http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/04/07/forecasters-predict-above-average-atlantic-hurricane-season/11 Because the eight are included in this number, this would mean that seven of the storms during 2010 will be large enough to be officially named and yet not large enough to be considered a major hurricane. These seven additional storms, then, would each be rated at a level of category 2 or below if Gray and Klotzbach's predictions turn out to be correct. http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/04/07/forecasters-predict-above-average-atlantic-hurricane-season/12

    Hurricane Information
     
    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


    One of the most eagerly anticipated forecasts comes from Dr. William Gray and Dr. Phillip Klotzbach of Colorado State University's Tropical Meteorology Project. Issued on December 9, 2009, their initial forecast calls for a busier 2010 season than in 2009.http://www.baldwincountynow.com/articles/2009/12/13/local_news/doc4b2171607d043750595889.txt14 For the first time, they are predicting a range in the numbers of storms rather than a single number. They expect 11 – 16 named storms, 6 – 8 hurricanes, and 3 – 5 major hurricanes.http://typhoon.atmos.colostate.edu/forecasts/2009/dec2009/dec2009.pdf15 On April 7, 2010, June 2, 2010, and August 4, 2010, the CSU team will adjust this long-range forecast as the weather conditions become clearer.http://hurricane.atmos.colostate.edu/Includes/Documents/Forecast_Schedule.html16 In their early forecast for 2009, Drs. Gray and Klotzbach over-estimated actual the number of hurricanes that formed.http://www.tampabay.com/news/weather/hurricanes/2010-hurricane-season-predictions-scatter-all-over-the-map/106016517

    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

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