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.

 

Sycorp Calc Android Google Play Advanced Restoration Insurance Adjuster Apps        

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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.

(Credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

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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Mobile App to Aid In Case of Disaster On Long Island & New York City

Posted on Thu, Jun 07, 2012 @ 09:21 AM

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The FEMA App contains preparedness information for different types of disasters, an interactive checklist for emergency kits, a section to plan emergency meeting locations, information on how to stay safe and recover after a disaster, a map with FEMA Disaster Recovery Center locations (one-stop centers where disaster survivors can access key relie

f services) and Shelters, general ways the public can get involved before and after a disaster, and the FEMA blog. Terms of Use for the FEMA App: http://www.fema.gov/app.

Click on the FEMA logo to download the FEMA app for Android.  Available on Apple's iOS too. 

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State Farm Insurance Mobile Apps to Help Their Long Island Customers

Posted on Wed, Jun 06, 2012 @ 10:06 AM

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But it always seems that the Insurance Industry is always slightly behind the curve when it comes to technology.

Even though its still very early, the mobile app market is starting to revolutionize the way insureds communicate with their insurance company and/or insurance agent.

Mobile Apps are also starting to compliment the jobs of insurance carriers, insurance adjusters, insurance agents and the companies that service the Insurance Industry here on Long Island and throughout New York.  .

We have found a few mobile apps that we would like to share with you that we feel might be of interest to the Long Island Insurance Community.

Specifically for the Property & Casualty Sector...

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 Pocket Agent®

With Pocket Agent, you can find an agent, report an insurance claim, do your banking, get roadside assistance and much much more...

What comes from having a good neighbor right in your pocket?

Convenience at your fingertips.

Now State Farm services and unique mobile features are closer than ever and there to help you in any and every way possible.

With Pocket Agent®, our free Android app, you can find an agent, report a claim, make a bank deposit, do your banking, get roadside help and a whole lot more! Now whenever and wherever you need us, State Farm is there for you.

Application Features

Some of the Pocket Agent® features are only accessible to registered statefarm.com® users. Register Today!

  • Pay Insurance Premium – Have a mobile lifestyle? Pay my Premium now gives you an easy way to pay your State Farm® insurance premium using Pocket Agent® for Android.
  • Claims Center – Document a claims checklist with the push of a button. Registered users can submit a claim and check claim status.
  • Bills & Payments – Convenient way to pay your insurance premium and/or bank bills.
  • Take and submit pictures using your camera and record accident details and vehicle damage.
  • My Insurance Card** – Can’t find your insurance card? Now your policy information is at your fingertips!
  • Check the balances of State Farm Bank® and Mutual Fund accounts.
  • My Agent – Contact your State Farm agent or find one close-by.
  • On The Road – Search for tow trucks, taxis, locksmiths, and rental cars by current location or zip code.
  • Locate a State Farm® Select Service® Repair Facility*.
  • Search for State Farm agents by current location or zip code.
  • Other claimants and other vehicles – This feature adds sections on the claim form for the other parties involved in the accident, including name, insurance information and vehicle information.
  • Describe the Scene – This feature allows users the ability to make free-form notes in addition to filling out the claim form information.
  • Password Reset – Users can reset their State Farm password on their mobile device.
  • MyTime Deposit® - Making a deposit to your State Farm Bank® account is as easy as point-and-shoot. Just endorse the check, enter the amount, and take its picture. (Compatible with Android OS 2.1 and above) Learn More
  • View State Farm Bank Deposit and Credit Card transaction history.

Click here to Get Apple's iOS App Here

 

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