Property Damage & Disaster Restoration Blog: Long Island & New York City

Sycorp Calc: Apps to Help the Insurance Adjuster

Posted on Tue, Nov 26, 2013 @ 12:36 PM
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Sycorp Calculater For Android & iPhones

The Sycorp Calc app provides quick and easy access to a number of calculations used in Restoration, Construction, HVAC and Indoor Air Quality industries. Easy to use, quick access for use on job sites. Great for water technicians, supervisors, and insurance adjusters. Based on IICRC formulas.

Instant calculations and optimized screens mean fast calculations.

 

Calculations include: 

  • Water Damage Restoration - dehumidifiers and air movers needed on a job based on Class of Loss and size of area. Also how many gallons of water in a given area.
  • Psychrometric calculations: Calculate Grains per pound (GPP) specific humidity, dew point, grain depression
  • Heating/Cooling: how many BTU's needed to heat or cool an area to a specific temperature
  • Indoor Air Quality: How many HEPA air units needed for specific Air Changes per Hour (ACH)
  • Power: how many kW are needed for equipment and cost to power. Also power required for given amount/type of equipment
  • Includes Manufacturer specs on latest models of dehumidifiers and HEPA Air Filter/Negative Air Machines
  • Also includes Definitions for common terms and acronyms.
  • Pro version also available with additional features such as multi room input, air movers by Linear feet, Class 4 calculations, email info, and more.

 

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Rebuilding Long Island After Hurricane Sandy by Vince Capogna

Posted on Sat, Dec 08, 2012 @ 08:08 AM
The Long Island Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC-LI) has long upheld that it’s not about buildings… it’s about people. We believe that buildings have a profound effect on the lives of the people that live, work and play in them. As advocates for ‘green building,’ most of our work has been focused on energy efficient and environmentally responsible building. Green building, as we define it holistically, considers not just the structure, but the entire infrastructure as well. Accordingly, we bring into the conversation issues pertaining to the larger goals of sustainability and resilience as relating to location, transportation, design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction. Resilience is the measure of a system to buffer negative climate effects while main-taining its structure and function (IPCC 2007). While every effort must be made to pinpoint and address weakness, it will never be possible to eliminate all potential vulnerability. Green building must therefore incorporate strategies that both foster sustainability and enable resilience in the wake of inevitable future climactic impact.

Planning for climate variation and potential natural disasters by increasing the adaptive capacity of a system invariably involves a measure of uncertainty. Had any ‘panel discussion’ prior to October 29th attempted to pinpoint Long Island’s vulnerability and need, it would have engendered as many divided opinions as panelists. Both the areas of susceptibility and the level of vulnerability would have been cause for countless additional meetings. For her part, Hurricane Sandy has rendered the need for any such debate moot. Sandy found those vulnerabilities and exposed them for all to see and bear. If there can be any silver lining, it may be that we can catalog the scope and nature of the vulnerabilities across all sectors (residential and commercial buildings, transportation, commerce, etc.) with great accuracy. If there is to be any hope that such future disaster can be mitigated, it lies in our ability to respond in a manner that is measured not by reacting consistent with past behavior but instead one that is measured directly against that which Sandy has presented us, to the extent possible. Responding at this moment assum-ing that the future will be similar to the past would be unconscionable. Blindly fol-lowing past standards, codes or practices is not the answer.

Sandy has devastated hundreds of homes because those houses our neighbors called home were no match for her wrath. Unfortunately, a study this past February co-authored by noted MIT climate scientist Kerry Emanuel suggests that the combined effects of climatology change as relating to storms may cause the present NYC 100-yr surge flooding to occur every 3-20 years. Storm surges are responsible for much of the damage and loss of life associated with landfalling hurricanes. Where houses were destroyed or will be cause for demolition, they should be rebuilt in a manner that considers and addresses the level of destructive forces in-flicted on them. The response must be proportionate.

It’s not about buildings… it’s about people – our families, our friends and our neighbors.


Vince Capogna
Executive Director
U.S. Green Building Council - Long Island Chapter

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NFL & Port Jeff Sports Donate Helmets to Long Island Football League

Posted on Mon, Aug 06, 2012 @ 12:29 PM

Most people think the story of the NFL is one of the rich getting richer, and the rest getting less. 

While that may be true in most cases, the news that the league is donating over four dozen Schutt helmets to a financially challenged football league on Long Island, left many local football fans feeling good about its new-found charity work in the area. 

The Bellport youth football league, an organization that has been ravaged by budget cuts, was in desperate need of new helmets and equipment as they headed into their 14th season, and the NFL came through in the clutch by donating 50 brand new Schutt models to families that have fallen on tough economic times. 

Fan's Take 

Bellport, a small community in Suffolk County, NY, has a population of less than 3,000, and they have long been known as an "under-served" community with high crime and unemployment rates. 

Youth league football is perhaps the top way to keep young Bellport children and teens off the streets and out of trouble, but the lack of new equipment made the on-the-field dangers just as extreme. 

Hats off to the NFL for doing something positive for the young kids here on Long Island. In the wake of Junior Seau's suicide and the increased awareness of the long-term health consequences of concussions, many parents here on Long Island are worried about signing their children up for football. 

The new, safer helmets donated by the NFL will certainly help put those concerns to rest. The only problem I saw with this situation was the fact that the NFL is only donating 50 helmets even though the league has 150 kids. Essentially, that would have left 100 kids with old helmets, and just 50 with brand new ones. That wouldn't have been fair at all. 

Luckily, Port Jeff Sports stepped up to the plate by providing 100 brand new Rawlings Momentum helmets, discounted to $50 apiece, which created the opportunity for every child in the league to have a new helmet.

 

13,000 New Helmets 

Jerry O'Hara, who coaches one of the teams for 11-year-olds on which his son, Sean, plays, said, "This is phenomenal because there's a lot of needy families and times are hard." 

The NFL lockout of 2011 left many football fans with a bad taste in their mouths, as owners and players both came away from the situation looking greedy, but the league working to take steps to promote safety while contributing funds to youth league football, is a great march in the right direction. 

According to a statement issued by the NFL, and as reported by Newsday.com, the goal is to have 13,000 hand-me-down helmets, 10 years or older, traded in for new ones this year. "This program is part of our focus on player safety at all levels of the game," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in the statement. 

I give some serious props to the NFL for helping out the children of Long Island who want to pursue football, and for lending a helping hand to the local families that have fallen on hard times. 

Eric Holden, a lifelong New York Jets fan and supporter of the NFL, has been covering Long Island high school sports since 2009.

Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.

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Travelers Insurance and Weather.com Present: My Friends' Weather

Posted on Thu, Aug 02, 2012 @ 09:40 AM

When the Weather Is Bad,

Where Are the People You Care About?

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My Friends' Weather is a groundbreaking service that connects the weather to the people in your life brought to you by Travelers Insurance Company and The Weather Channel.

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See friends and family who may be affected by Breaking Now weather news, so you can be first to warn them and stay in touch. It's easy to sign up through Facebook. Learn more below.

See Who's At Risk Due to the Weather

With My Friends' Weather, you can see who's at risk when a Breaking Now Alert is activated on Weather.com.

Once you have signed up with your Facebook account, Breaking Now weather alerts will include your friends and family who live in the affected area.

These people will only show for you, and only when you are logged into Facebook.

Easy Sign-Up

Have a Facebook account? It's a snap to sign up for My Friends' Weather.

1. Go to the My Friends' Weather app page on Facebook and log in. On that page, click the link that says "Visit Website."

2. Then click "Allow" on the permissions box that pops up. The next time a Breaking Now Alert is active, the red bar will display any friends who live in the affected area.

You can also sign up when a Breaking Now Alert is active. Click the "See Friends" link on the bar to sign up.

When you click, you'll be presented with a Facebook permissions box.

We only ask for the information we need for My Friends' Weather.

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Stay in Touch with Friends

Once you have signed up, you can share the Breaking Now news with friends - click on a friend in the red bar, or click to see more friends.

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Click a friend to share the Breaking Now Alert directly to the friend's Facebook timeline.

You can add a comment, too. Your message and the Breaking Now Alert will appear on your friend's Facebook timeline, with a link back to weather.com for more information.

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If you comment on a friend's weather or notify a friend about a Breaking Now Alert, thatactivity ("notified a friend," for instance) will appear on your timeline, but we do not expose the person you shared to, nor your comment.

Questions? Feedback?

Visit the Weather.com Help Center for answers to your questions about the Travelers Insurance sponsored My Friends' Weather.

And they would love to hear your feedback on My Friends' Weather, so tell them what you think.

 

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Allstate(SM) Mobile by Allstate Insurance Company

Posted on Tue, Jul 24, 2012 @ 08:57 AM

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Wherever you are, you’re in Good Hands with Allstate®.

Allstate(SM) Mobile is your insurance on the go—offering everything you need, from policy and claim information to bill pay and accident support, in the palm of your hand.

Use the Allstate(SM) Mobile app to:

Make a Payment – Pay your bill anytime using your Visa, MasterCard®, Discover®, or American Express® credit and debit cards.

Access My Insurance Information – View your Auto, Motorcycle, and Property policies, as well as agent contact information.

Use the Accident Toolkit – Follow the step-by-step accident checklist to record driver and witness info, capture photos at the scene, and submit a claim.

File a Claim – Whether it’s minor damage or a major accident, you can quickly and easily submit a claim and include photos from the Accident Toolkit. 

Check Claim Status – Have your claim details, payment history, and claim representative contact information with you at all times. 

Get a Quote – Answer only a few key questions and receive a ballpark estimate on an auto insurance policy without giving your name or email address.

Wherever you are, you’re in Good Hands with Allstate®.

If you’re having any problems downloading or using this app, please contact us at [email protected].

Also available for iOS through Apple's iTunes.

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IRIS US Introduces Web-Based Analytical Tools For Risk Managers

Posted on Mon, Jul 23, 2012 @ 03:57 PM

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Combined U.S. RE and Campbell Consulting initiative results in a singularly useful, essential set of analytical tools for risk management.

Pearl River, N.Y. – July 23, 2012 — Mr. Marc Piccione, Senior Vice President, U.S. RE Companies, and Mr. James Campbell, President, Campbell Insurance Consulting, today announced the introduction of IRIS US (Insurance and Reinsurance Intelligence Source),a powerful new web-based analytical tool that provides insurance and reinsurance professionals with extraordinarily useful and essential insights into key exposures in catastrophe prone areas.

IRIS US, a joint initiative of the two companies, U.S. RE and Campbell Insurance Consulting, has created an easy to use analytical environment that allows the user to interact with data from public sources at succinct levels of detail to gain insights into markets unlike any other tool in the market today.

IRIS US has concentrated initially in three target areas: Florida, Texas, and more generally, in the Severe Weather sector in North America. Mr. James Campbell stated “Throughout my professional insurance experience, I have come across several sources of publicly available data and used it to gain an edge in understanding insurance markets. Knowing how useful this data can be to insurance and reinsurance professionals, we decided to create several databases of pertinent information and build a system of reports, dashboards and mapping tools and serve it up in a state of the art web analysis platform. The market response has been outstanding!”

According to Mr. Piccione, IRIS US reports have the advantage of being designed by accomplished reinsurance and insurance professionals: “As experienced reinsurance and insurance professionals, our team knows precisely what our colleagues require in analyzing risk and strategizing on how to best position their business in Cat prone regions,” he said.

IRIS US, marks a first in a series of planned cooperative ventures between the two companies in the risk management fields to expand U.S. RE’s other product suite, including presently the U.S. Risk Optimizer and U.S. RE Risk Manager tools.

According to Ms. Anya Kutsina, Managing Director of U.S. RE Analytics: “We are continuing to create products and services to the industry to enhance the business of reinsuring. It is our belief that, without these advanced tools, our clients and theirs will not have the kind of risk management data that makes for the best decision making. We are committed to providing the highest intelligence standards to our insuring and reinsuring partners.”

For further information contact:

Mr. Marc Piccione (845) 920 7100 or Mr. James Campbell (804) 749 3126
or visit www.irisus.net

Article originally appeared on InsuranceNewsNet.com

 

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How Humidity Can Cause Property Damage to Your Home or Building

Posted on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 @ 09:06 AM

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By Steve Graham, Networx

Humidity doesn’t just make you uncomfortable. It also causes problems and health hazards at every level of the home. Here is a bottom-to-top summary of some of the dangers of high humidity, and some solutions for each problem.

Underground problems

Humid weather simply exacerbates moisture problems that are often a concern in crawl spaces and basements. Moisture from the ground works with moisture from the humid air to generate condensation on walls and other surfaces, and create muggy basement smells and atmospheres. In turn, this can translate to mold and mildew issues. To avoid these problems, it is important to take steps to minimize moisture below the main floor of the home.

If humidity is an issue in any season, foundation vents should be left open all year to help the foundation dry out as much as possible. On the other hand, close basement windows and doors to keep out humid summer weather.

If humidity is an issue for a basement, insulate basement walls and run a dehumidifier. Rigid foam insulation is one good option, as it is essentially waterproof. However, it must be covered with drywall or another fire barrier. Attach a humidistat to the dehumidifier to control the humidity levels.

Crawl spaces should be covered with polyethylene or other thick, solid vapor barrier to keep moisture from the ground from creating bigger problems. Crawl spaces with moisture barriers also should have one square foot of vent area for every 1,500 square feet of crawl space area, according to Michigan State University (MSU) researchers. Crawl spaces without moisture barriers should have one square foot of venting per 150 square feet of space.

 

Mechanical system problems

Humid weather can also leave condensation on water pipes and toilet tanks. Again, this condensation can also lead to mold and mildew problems. If the toilet tank regularly beads with condensation, consider installing waterproof insulation inside the tank. Also wrap insulation around water pipes to minimize condensation.

 

Flooring problems

Moving up from the basement, the floor is the next likely victim of humidity problems. Mold and mildew can get into wood flooring or carpets, and may be hard to completely remove. It is best to avoid such problems by reducing humidity. Air conditioning systems reduce humidity while reducing the temperature, if they are installed correctly.

 

Mildewed carpet should be cleaned with an electric shampoo machine. If musty odors develop on carpet, either replace the entire carpet or have it professionally cleaned and dried off-site. Replace musty or damp padding.

If mildew develops on wood flooring, scrub it off with trisodium phosphate or quaternary disinfectants, then rinse and dry thoroughly, and add a mildew-resistant paint.

 

Storage Problems

Humidity can also wreak havoc on clothes, food and other stored items. Dry foods can draw in moisture and quickly go stale if humidity exceeds 60 percent. Cans may rust and leak in humid weather. Damaged or swollen cans should be tossed out. If humidity is an issue, keep stored food in an air-conditioned space.

 

Reduce humidity damage to clothing with chemical absorbents or through proper ventilation. Use silica gel packets or other moisture-absorbing materials if you plan to tightly close all closet doors and trunks. The other option is to leave closet doors open and use fans to improve air circulation. Also separate clothes within each closet to allow airflow between items.

 

Wall problems

Humid air can also build up in walls, which can become soggy over time, and may even attract mold and mildew. Interior and exterior paint can also bubble and peel under extended humid conditions.


To minimize such problems, boost wall insulation and consider vapor-retardant paints. Also caulk or weather strip all gaps and cracks around the walls, baseboards, doors and windows. According to MSU researchers, such sealing work can minimize moisture problems in walls.

 

Attic problems

Finally, attics can get hot and uncomfortably damp in humid weather. Be sure to properly ventilate the attic. If the attic does not have a vapor barrier (which may not be a necessity in many cases), it should have one square foot of venting per 150 square feet of attic, according to MSU research. For areas with vapor barriers, one foot of venting per 300 square feet of attic is acceptable.

Humid weather can cause a variety of home problems and hazards, but they can all be prevented or remedied with some care and diligence.

 

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National Weather Service Alerts Headed to Smartphones

Posted on Mon, Jul 02, 2012 @ 10:13 AM

From CNet.com

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  June 28, 2012 4:09 PM PDT

Smartphone users will soon get a severe weather alert from the National Weather Service.

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Live in an area prone to flash floods, hurricanes, blizzards? Smartphone users will soon get a severe-weather alert from the National Weather Service, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The new nationwide emergency alert system, called the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), sends 90-character text messages to smartphones of people facing extreme weather conditions. Severe weather defined by the NOAA includes tornadoes, flash floods, hurricanes, extreme wind, blizzards and ice storms, tsunamis, and dust storms. Note that thunderstorms aren't on the list because they occur so frequently.

The text messages will pop up on smartphones, but they aren't traditional text messages. Because the alert system will be on smartphones, the signals will be triangulated so that weather alerts will be localized. The NOAA uses the example of a person from New Jersey traveling to California during an earthquake. That person would get an "Imminent Threat Alert" text message.

Only smartphones enabled to receive WEA messages will get them. Wireless carriers that support the service include AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, Bluegrass Cellular, Cellcom, and U.S. Cellular. Check with individual carriers for coverage, as some do not offer nationwide service.

WEA messages aren't exclusively weather related; smartphone owners will also get emergency alerts from the Federal Emergency Management System (FEMA), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Department of Homeland Security, and local and state public agencies.

This story originally appeared on CBSNews.com.

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Keep Carpet Out of Landfill and Help Create Jobs On Long Island

Posted on Thu, Jun 21, 2012 @ 11:10 AM

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Long Island Carpet Recycling's cost-effective and environmentally friendly recycling service helps put people to work.

 

In these tough economic times, every opportunity to create employment and help the environment is important for businesses everywhere. Instead of throwing away used carpet, recycle it. Thiskeeps it out of the landfill, puts people to work, and generates revenue for your business. Green jobs are the future and we can all do our part.

 

Most carpet is made from oil. Over 3.5% of all waste disposed in U.S. landfills is carpet. And because carpet does not biodegrade, it will stay in landfills for generations. Carpet recycling reuses the 9 million barrels of oil wasted when carpet is disposed in landfills. 

 

With our wide service offering and fast, friendly customer service, Long Island Carpet Recycling is deeply committed to reducing landfill, recycling valuable material back into the manufacturing stream, and putting people to work.

 
Call or email us today to reduce your carpet waste.
 
 
Phone: 631-676-5161
 

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Clean Air New York Has Declared an Air Quality Action Day

Posted on Wed, Jun 20, 2012 @ 08:11 AM
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An Air Quality Action Day is forecast in our
region for today (Wednesday, June 20, 2012).

URGENT!!!!!

Here are several simple steps to take today to prevent pollution:

  • Combine errands into a single trip.
  • Postpone unnecessary trips.
  • Take the subway, bus or train instead of driving.
  • Avoid letting your vehicle idle, such as at the drive-thru.
  • Forward this message to family and friends.

The New York State Department of Transportation has declared that today, Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 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 tomorrow 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 people do tomorrow, 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.

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, visitCleanAirNY.org.

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

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