Articles by Jim Holland

Moisture Meters

Moisture meters are an important and effective tool for inspection and restoration professionals, though curiously enough they do not directly measure moisture content.
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Ways to Beat the Heat

Q: We are located in the South. When performing mold remediation, the standards call for closing off the supply vents and returns located in the work area. The problem is that it can get really hot in the work area, especially in the summer.
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Understanding Drying Systems

Q: I'm interested in diversifying into water-damage restoration. What additional equipment do I need to get started? Do I need any special equipment for sewage or mold jobs?
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Biocide Use and IICRC Standards

Q: I recently read that the IICRC S500 Water Damage Restoration Standard and the IICRC S520 Mold Remediation Standard are in conflict about whether the use of biocides is appropriate.
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Stop Restoration From Leading to Mold Problems

Q: I am hearing stories of more water-damage restoration contractors being sued for causing or contributing to mold problems in buildings that they have dried. Are there any practical steps I can take to protect my business?
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Electronics Restoration

Q: When people talk about electronics restoration, what exactly are they referring to?
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Inspecting Wall Cavities for Mold

Q: The S520 highly recommends that I perform an inspection of the property so that I can make a preliminary determination of whether or not there is mold growth. How can I inspect inside wall cavities without contaminating the air?
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HVAC System Sampling and Cleaning in Mold Remediation Projects

Q: I have recently been involved in several mold remediation projects. It is not clear to me when the HVAC system does and does not require sampling, and when during the process of remediation I should have the system cleaned.
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Blast Cleaning

An environmental consultant has recommended blasting with soda or some other media for mold remediation. I've never used this type of process. How does it work and are there any problems I should be aware of?
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Moisture Meters and Thermography

One of the main ways moisture creates a temperature differential is through evaporative cooling. As liquid water evaporates from a surface, the surface becomes cooler. The faster the evaporation, the lower the temperature created.
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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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Grow Your Business and Improve Operations with New Payment Technology

Attend this free webinar to learn how new developments in payment technology can help you close more jobs, increase upselling opportunities and improve operations.


While winter is considered the "slow season" for carpet cleaners, it can also be a season of great opportunity. In this episode of The Hitman Advertising Show, John Braun offers advice for keeping revenue consistent during the cold weather months so you're thriving - and not just surviving - the winter.
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ICS Cleaning Specialist Magazine


2015 Jan/Feb

The Jan/Feb ICS issue features content on cleaning services during the winter time, commercial cleaning, rug cleaning, new with rugs, marketing for restoration and new products.

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Janitorial Work

In addition to residential and commercial carpet cleaning, do you do any janitorial work on the side?
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The Carpet Cleaner's Book of Unlimited Success! (ebook)

Don’t worry about the recession or about your competition.  Now you can be the owner of over 400 ways for carpet cleaning professionals to make more money and get more jobs!

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