Property Damage & Disaster Restoration Blog: Long Island & New York City
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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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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:
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- 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.
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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.
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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 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 Urban Habitat 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 the Leader in Building Deconstruction and Building Material Reuse in New York and throughout the country.
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One of the worst things that can happen is having a pipe break or water heater malfunction that causes a water intrusion to flood your basement or saturate your home or office. Advanced Restoration's Disaster and Emergency Response Time minimizes damage that can be caused by a flood. Our water extraction services have assisted many homes and business throughout Long Island and New York City. We extract water due to:
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March 11 (Bloomberg) -- A slow-moving storm will drop as much as 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain on New York City starting tonight and lasting until next week, according to the National Weather Service.
Manhattan is forecast to receive about 3.5 inches, while other parts of the city may get a half-inch more, said Joe Pollina, a weather service meteorologist in Upton, New York.
"We do expect some urban flooding," Pollina said by telephone. "The city and parts of Long Island could see ponding on roadways, with roads closed due to flooding."
Flood watches and warnings extend from Long Island to Indiana, according to the weather service. Rivers and streams across the region, including Connecticut, the lower Hudson River valley and New Jersey, could swell their banks, Pollina said.
"It just seems to be a rather slow-moving storm," Pollina said. "It is just hanging around. Rain will start tonight, continuing through Sunday and we even have showers forecast through Monday. It doesn't dry out until Tuesday."
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Emergency preparedness is no longer the sole concern of earthquake prone Californians and those who live in the part of the country known as "Tornado Alley." For Americans, preparedness must now account for man-made disasters as well as natural ones. Knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count. Heavy snow is expected to hit the Northeast today.
Blizzards, heavy snow, freezing rain and sub-zero temperatures hit hard and frequently across the state. Even if you think you are safe and warm at home, a winter storm can become dangerous if the power is cut off. With a little planning, you can protect yourself and your family from the many hazards of winter weather, both at home and on the road.
BE AWARE OF THE FORECAST
- Winter weather advisory. Formerly called a "travelers' advisory," this alert may be issued by the National Weather Service for a variety of severe conditions. Weather advisories may be announced for snow, blowing and drifting snow, freezing drizzle, freezing rain (when less than ice storm conditions are expected), or a combination of weather events.
- Winter storm watch. Severe winter weather conditions may affect your area (freezing rain, sleet or heavy snow may occur either separately or in combination).
- Winter storm warning. Severe winter weather conditions are imminent.
- Freezing rain or freezing drizzle. Rain or drizzle is likely to freeze upon impact, resulting in a coating of ice glaze on roads and all other exposed objects.
- Sleet. Small particles of ice, usually mixed with rain. If enough sleet accumulates on the ground, it makes travel hazardous.
- Blizzard warning. Sustained wind speeds of at least 35 miles per hour are accompanied by considerable falling and/or blowing snow. This is the most perilous winter storm, with visibility dangerously restricted.
- Wind chill. A strong wind combined with a temperature slightly below freezing can have the same chilling effect as a temperature nearly 50 degrees lower in a calm atmosphere. The combined cooling power of the wind and temperature on exposed flesh is called the wind-chill factor.
BE PREPARED AT HOME
- Keep a battery-powered radio and flashlights in working order; stock extra batteries.
- Store food that can be prepared without an electric or gas stove.
- Stock emergency water and cooking supplies.
- Have candles and matches available in case of a power outage.
- Have sufficient heating fuel; regular fuel sources may be cut off.
- Have some kind of emergency heating equipment and fuel (a kerosene heater, a gas fireplace or wood-burning stove or fireplace) so you can keep at least one room of your house warm if power is cut off. (See the fact sheet "Staying Warm in an Unheated House.")
RIDING OUT A STORM AT HOME
If you are isolated at home, listen to the radio or television for updates on weather conditions. Conserve fuel by keeping your house cooler than usual and by temporarily "closing off" heat to some rooms. When emergency heating methods must be used, maintain adequate ventilation to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. (See the fact sheet, "Staying Warm in an Unheated House.")
Dress accordingly. Layer your clothing; many layers of thin clothing are warmer than single layers of thick clothing. If you need to go outdoors or the heat is off indoors, wear mittens; they are warmer than gloves. Wear a hat; most body heat is lost through the top of the head. Cover your mouth with scarves to protect your lungs from directly inhaling extremely cold air.
If shoveling snow isn't critical, don't do it. If you must shovel snow, take your time and lift small amounts. Over-exertion can bring on a heart attack - a major cause of death during and after winter storms.
Stay safe and stay warm!
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