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ICS 50th: Rob Hanks

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Rob Hanks is the President of Bridgewater LLC.


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ICS 50th: Bill Foulds

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Bill Foulds is a 30-year veteran of the industry. He currently serves as president of the Association of Rug Care Specialists (ARCS).


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ICS 50th: Bill Bane

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Bill Bane is the owner of Bane-Clene Corp., which recently celebrated 50 years in business. He shared many of his memories in a special tribute in the February ICS.


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ICS 50th: Barry Costa

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Barry Costa has been involved in the industry since the early 1970’s. He’s an educator and consultant in carpet installation and repair, water damage restoration and cleaning.


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A Look at the Latest Tools for Wall and Cavity Drying

By Gordon Hanks
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In the early days of my carpet cleaning career, responding to a call for water damage restoration meant we would extract water from the carpet and perhaps place one or two air movers blowing under the carpet.


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A Solvent Situation: Gum Gone Bad

By Jessika James
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“Jessika, I received a phone call from a commercial carpet cleaning project I was on last week and they want me to replace the carpet. Please help me!”


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Advertising on Angie's List: Is it Worth it?

By John Braun
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You’ve probably seen the national commercials from Angie’s List. Angie Hicks, company founder, says on the commercial, “No company can pay to be on Angie’s List, so you can trust what you’re reading.” But do you prospects believe this? And better yet, is it worth it to you to advertise on Angie’s List?


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Diversification: Pressure Washing

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Welcome to the first entry of a new feature here in ICS Cleaning Specialist, where we’ll examine services that you can add to your cleaning and/or restoration business to further diversify yourself from the competition, while ideally increasing your profits.


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Non-Invasive Moisture Meters: Fast, Efficient and Hassle-Free

By Kelvin Rynhart
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It is important for a water damage restoration specialist to establish the source and extent of the moisture damage that has occurred. The best way to achieve this is with a moisture meter.


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Test Yourself: Seven Tough “Taking Stock” Questions for Business Owners

By Steve Toburen
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Ano Nuevo, vida nueva” is a very old Spanish proverb that translates, “a new year, a new life.” And even in our modern times, many feel that a new year on the calendar means a new start, a better life ahead.


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Have a limited marketing budget but realize the importance of neighborhood marketing? Try doorknob hangers, a low-cost, yet highly effective way to drum up more business. In this episode, John Braun discusses the value of this tactic as well as what you should include on the materials you're hanging.
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2014 September

The September issue of ICS features stories on moisture detection, disinfectant services, neighborhood marketing, then we discuss the last level of being phenomenal, and cool products.

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