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What are the names of products to address sanitizing my home from flood waters and preventing mold growth?

Posted: August 18, 2016

Best Products To Sanitize My Home From Flood Waters 1. Diluted Bleach (1 cup bleach to 1 gallon of water) is a good disinfectant and will help sanitize all surfaces that had Condition 3 flood waters. Agitating all surfaces with a scrub brush is necessary. 2. To remediate and prevent mold additional steps must be taken to remediate what’s “under” the surface of the contaminants....


Portable Generator Usage Tips

Posted: August 17, 2016

By: Paul LaGrange, LaGrange Consulting Many people turn to a portable generator for a temporary solution without knowing the risks. Each appliance should be connected to the generator with its own dedicated extension cord. Use the grounded type of extension cord. Do not combine multiple appliances on one extension cord with a splitter. Match the correct gauge extension cord and leng...


What about cabinets? Should they be removed?

Posted: August 17, 2016

What about cabinets? Should they be removed? Unfortunately, this is a question that is hard for people. I say, "ALL lower cabinets need to go". If someone says different, you are more than welcome to take your chances. Sheetrock wicks moisture, and in doing so it gets between the Rock and the back of the cabinet as well as below the cabinet. This is a perfect breeding ground for mold. M...


FAQs: Things to Know if your Home has been Flooded, By Guest Blogger, RJ Cavalier

Posted: August 16, 2016

We are excited to introduce our guest blogger, RJ Cavalier ! RJ has been an invaluable resource to many during the recent natural disasters. He is a tenured construction management professional with vast experience in remodel and new construction for both residential and commercial industries, and disaster recovery. His passion is missions work, both locally by serving his comm...


How do I know if I am hiring a good contractor or subcontractor?

Posted: April 3, 2016

When hiring a (sub)contractor, make sure to check our list of Home Improvement professionals. Check out other jobs that the contractor has completed and speak with past customers to see if they were satisfied with the contractor’s work. Ask the contractor for his contractor’s license number, which you can also find here: Louisiana Licensing Board for Contractors.   Also, req...


Well Water Safety

Posted: March 20, 2016

What You Need to Know to Protect Your Well Water What Private Water Well Owners Should Know to Protect Their Families: Private Well Water FACTS The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) has developed a brochure which includes information on how to prevent the contamination of your private well, and the importance of getting your well inspected, tested for bacteria or ...


NORMI FLOOD RESOURCES

Posted: March 19, 2016

Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI, offers important advice, tips and guidance for those affected by flooding. NORMI.org NORMI Mold & Flood Cleanup: www.Flood.NORMI.org NORMI Professional Guidance for DIY Projects:  www.normi.org/DIYGuidanceRemediation NORMIProETF.com Tips to Preserve Health During Disaster: www.normiproetf.com/PreserveHealthDuringDisa...


Tankless Water Heater

Posted: December 13, 2015

You have a new tankless on-demand water heater and you love the fact that it provides endless amounts of hot water (which is nice when you have a teenager in the house). Then the thought hits you… “How do I maintain this water heater? It doesn’t have a tank to flush out. It’s doesn’t have an anode rod. Is this going to require a call to the plumber?”  Don...


Louisiana PSC Finalizes Nonsensical Solar Cap Calculation

Posted: December 12, 2015

RELEASE from Alliance for Affordable Energy Louisiana PSC Finalizes Nonsensical Solar Cap Calculation Agrees to Continue Rule-making on Solar Net-metering Baton Rouge, LA – By a 3-2 vote, the Louisiana PSC voted to accept a nonsensical calculation of the country's second lowest cap on solar net-metering (0.5% of utility peak which is about 15,000 homes across the state). (Tech n...


Keeping It Real...I mean WARM!

Posted: October 21, 2015

By: Paul LaGrange, LaGrange Consulting As we begin heading into the colder season of the year, it is a great time to review the list of things to be done to get your heating system ready to perform at its best. A few tips to stay safe and get the most out of your heating system: Gas Heat: The best thing you can do for your HVAC system (winter and summer) is to regularly change the filt...


Chimney Safety and Building a Fire Tips

Posted: October 6, 2015

By: Paul LaGrange, LaGrange Consulting Building a fire properly keeps your chimney “healthy” by reducing the amount of creosote buildup. It also ensures that your marshmallows come out “toasted” instead of “hickory flavored” - a good fire has minimum smoke and maximum warmth. Here are some recommendations on how to get that done: 1. START WITH GOOD M...


Insulation for Walls & Attic

Posted: September 5, 2015

Open Cell Spray-In Foam Insulation  By: Paul LaGrange, LaGrange Consulting The best insulation to use for hot humid climates is open cell spray-in foam insulation. This foam seals all air leaks and insulates very well in the walls and at the roofline. Unlike other insulations, it is an air barrier, so air infiltration is greatly reduced when using spray foam insulation. Creating an un-vente...


Bleach does NOT kill MOLD!

Posted: August 22, 2015

BLEACH DOES NOT KILL MOLD, by D. Douglas Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI. A well-known expert in our area, when interviewed on a local New Orleans radio station, recently said, "When you have a mold problem, simply wash down the affected area with diluted bleach." We have seen FEMA handing out gallons of Clorox to flood-victims. Lowe'sand...


Thermostat ON or AUTO?

Posted: August 17, 2015

Thermostat Setting - ON versus AUTO Ever walked into your home and it feels like someone just took a shower? The air is heavy and muggy... If so, then you know the first thing you do is quickly google the number of your local AC repair company. Of course, your next thought, "Please don't let this be an major expensive fix". When your technician ar...


Energy Loss Through Recessed Lights

Posted: June 29, 2015

Each non-IC rated recessed light that is not insulated or air sealed creates a nearly two square foot thermal hole in your ceiling.  Additionally, since these lights get very hot, they create a natural draft, pulling air through them.  Each light should have a type X sheetrock box built around it with minimum of 4" of clearance, which should be air sealed for airtig...