Articles by Jim Holland

The Remediators' Dilemma

Q: According to the IICRC Standards, when is pre-remediation sampling necessary?

A: In order to answer that question, you need to make the distinction between mold and sewage damage remediation.
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When is Dry Really Dry?

Q: I recently restored a water-damaged carpet that later had a musty odor. The building owner had me clean it again and the odor came back after a couple of days. I thought that molds couldn’t grow if the carpet was dry. What else could be causing the odor?
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Don't Get Sandbagged by Moisture

Q: I recently inspected a sandbag-constructed home with a concrete/stucco-type coating on both the exterior and interior of the building. The building was constructed around the mid 1960s. The indoor relative humidity was almost 100 percent, and the walls pegged my moisture meter. 
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Do I Really Need an IR Camera?

Q: I’ve noticed some of our competitors using infrared cameras. I’m interested in buying one, but I am not sure that there is a real advantage in having to spend so much money on something that I can accomplish with a moisture meter.
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Biocides and the S520

Q: Why does the IICRC S520 Mold Remediation Standard forbid the use of biocides?
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Wind-Driven Rain and Category 3

Q: I’ve noticed that the current version of the S500 now includes wind-driven rain as part of Category 3. Does that mean that wind-driven rain is always considered contaminated?
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Taking on Expansive Clay Issues

Q: We were asked to dry a crawlspace that had been flooded. We have now been accused of damaging the interior of the building by over-drying, causing it to shift on its foundation. Is this possible?
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MRSA: Should You Be Worried?

Q: One of our employees has raised the issue of working on a job site where one of the occupants had MRSA. I am concerned about what we should do to protect our workers. Are there any guidelines that will help us?
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Defining a Normal Fungal Ecology

“Normal fungal ecology” is a term that was arrived at by consensus while developing the First Edition of the IICRC S520 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation. It was intended to describe an indoor environment that was not contaminated.
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The Effects of Time - From Category 1 to Category 3

Q: Is it correct to assume that a Category 1 water loss that is not attended to for 4 to 7 days or more has changed from a Category 1 to a Category 3

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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.


Arguably, sending out a client newsletter is the No. 1 key to a reliable cleaning business. In this episode of The Hitman Advertising Show, John Braun covers the true value of mail newsletters, how to send them, how often to send them and more.
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2014 October

The October issue of ICS features stories on the 2015 ICE Expo, differentiation, deodorizing, upholstery cleaning, facebook advertising, up-selling, rug cleaning, the rug tour, and cool products.

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