Restoration

Ask Steve: What’s the Best Way to Handle Back-Stabbing Contractors?

I formed a strategic partnership with a quality structural contractor in my area
By Steve Toburen
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Here are some things to look for in a structural contractor strategic partner:


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Pin, Pin-less and RH: Weighing Your Moisture Meter Options

By Grete Heimerdinger
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Visible signs of water damage and moisture intrusions are easily recognized.


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RFID to ATP to GPS and More: Innovation and Advances in Cleaning and Restoration

Thermal imaging, ATP testing, RFID and GPS: How they can help your business
By Eric Fish
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By now, you should know the value of carrying a thermal imaging camera in your restoration toolbox, as it allows you to see exactly where the water is and exactly how far it has spread in a particular water loss to better assess the situation.
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Moisture Meters: Continuing to Change for the Better

This article will focus on change in products for detecting and tracking moisture
By Gordon Hanks
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The focus of this issue is innovation. We tend to associate change with innovation and progress. 


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Just Ask Jess: What's the Difference Between a Refrigerant and LGR Dehu?

Both of pieces of equipment are excellent tools
By Jessika James
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The main difference is the technology used to dehumidify the air passing through the unit. 


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The Industry Innovators

We profiled Kurt Bolden, Jeremy Reets, Keith Studebaker and Cliff Monson for a look at how some of today’s most popular cleaning and restoration products came to fruition.
By Eric Fish
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When we were putting together the ICS 50th anniversary issue last February (www.icsmag.com/50), I remember speaking with Claude Blackburn about his early days in the industry.


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Are You in the Know? Examining Industry Training Programs

Here’s an overview of four of the biggest training programs in the industry, told from the perspectives of the people who have attended the courses and seen their businesses benefit accordingly
By Eric Fish
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You might have heard the quote, “Those who can’t do, teach.” That’s hardly the case in the cleaning and restoration industry.


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Women in Cleaning and Restoration

This feature will highlight several of these women who are – and are continuing – to shape the industry as we know it.
By Eric Fish
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Traditionally in the carpet cleaning industry, it’s the women who are the target customers, not the owners, cleaners and educators. But women are playing a more prominent role today than ever before in the cleaning and restoration sectors.


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Bio-Hazard/Trauma Cleaning: On the Job with Dan Bowen

A lack of proper training and certification, Bowen says, is one of the biggest problems with the field as it is today
By Eric Fish
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Like so many others today that are involved in bio-hazard, trauma and crime scene cleaning, there’s a personal tragedy that ignited Dan Bowen’s interest and involvement in the field.


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Carpet Cleaning vs. Carpet Restoration

There's a difference between carpet cleaning and carpet restoration.
By Jessika James
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A friend just bought an Asian food café and the loop-pile nylon carpets haven’t been cleaned in about 2½ years. There are heavy food soils and the walkways are matted with grease. What can I do to clean the carpet?


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The 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition

A look in photos at the 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition, which was held from April 24-26 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center and Spa in Frisco, Texas.

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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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