Archive for August 2017

Major Flood Damage in Texas: Safely Returning Home for Cleanup

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The devastating major flood damage seen in Houston and other areas of Texas is appalling.  Many people are no doubt anxious to return to their homes and begin cleanup. However, homeowners must be aware that the hazards from this event do not go away when the water drains out of their home. There are significant health and safety risks, both immediate and long-term, associated with river or ocean flooding.

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Sewage Remediation Suggestions for Effective Cleaning

Recently, IET worked on several projects where sewage remediation contractors had difficulty achieving a sufficient level of cleanliness or sanitation to pass a “clearance” test. This would apply to contamination associated with a sewage backflow or other IICRC Category 3 “black water” event.  These projects are, by their very nature, challenging.  This article attempts to provide some sewage remediation suggestions for more effective and efficient project completion, addressing the areas where IET has often observed remediators having difficulty accomplishing.    Read more

Sewage Testing Methods after Remediation for Fecal Contamination

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Sewage Testing of Presence/Absence (P/A) for Indicator Organisms vs. ATP Measurement

Indoor Environmental Technologies (IET) uses two sewage testing methods for contamination in Post-Remediation Verification inspections. The goal is to determine whether remediation has been successful and the areas tested have been returned to a sanitary condition:

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