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RainSoft of Corpus Christi – Stop Mildew, Mold, and Fungus After a Flood

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Cleaning Up After a Flood

EPA Flood Cleanup Fact Sheet and American Red Cross Repairing Your Flooded Home

During a flood cleanup, the indoor air quality in your home or office may appear to be the least of your problems. However, failure to remove contaminated materials and to reduce moisture and humidity can present serious longterm health risks. Standing water and wet materials are a breeding ground for microorganisms, such as viruses, bacteria, and mold. They can cause disease, trigger allergic reactions, and continue to damage materials long after the flood.

Avoid Problems from Microbial Growth

Remove Standing Water

Standing water is a breeding ground for microorganisms, which can become airborne and be inhaled. Where floodwater contains sewage or decaying animal carcasses, infectious disease is of concern. Even when flooding is due to rainwater, the growth of microorganisms can cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. For these health reasons, and to lessen structural damage, all standing water should be removed as quickly as possible.

Dry Out Your Home

Floodwaters affect a home three ways:

  1. The water damages materials. Wallboard will disintegrate if it remains wet too long; wood can swell, warp, or rot; electrical parts can short out, malfunction, and cause fires or shock.
  2. Mud, silt, and unknown contaminants in the water not only get everything dirty; they also create a health hazard.
  3. Dampness promotes the growth of mildew, a mold or fungus that can grow on everything. The following steps work on all three of these problems. It is very important that they be followed in order.

Lower the Humidity

Everything will dry more quickly and clean more easily if you can reduce the humidity in the home. There are five ways to lower the humidity and stop the rot and mildew. But you’ll  have to delay using some methods if you have no electricity.

  • Open up the house. If the humidity outside is lower than indoors, and if the weather permits, open all the doors and windows to exchange the moist indoor air for drier outdoor air. Your body will tell if the humidity is lower outdoors. If the sun is out, it should be drier outside. If you have a thermometer with a humidity gauge, you can monitor the indoor and outdoor humidity. On the other hand, when temperatures drop at night, an open home is warmer and will draw moisture indoors. At night and other times when the humidity is higher outdoors, close up the house.
  • Open closet and cabinet doors. Remove drawers to allow air circulation. Drawers may stick because of swelling. Don’t try to force them. Speed drying by opening up the back of the cabinet to let the air circulate. You will probably be able to remove the drawers as the cabinet dries out.
  • Use fans. Fans help move the air and dry out your home. Do not use central air conditioning or the furnace blower if the ducts were under water. They will blow out dirty air, that might contain contaminants from the sediment left in the duct work. Clean or hose out the ducts first.
  • Run dehumidifiers. Dehumidifiers and window air conditioners will reduce the moisture, especially in closed up areas.
  • Use desiccants.Desiccants (materials that absorb moisture) are very useful in drying closets or other enclosed areas where air cannot move through. Desiccants like those listed below are usually available at hardware, grocery, or drug stores.
    • Chemical dehumidifier packsused for drying boats and damp closets.
    • Cat litter made of clay.
    • Calcium chloride pellets used for melting ice in the winter. Hang pellets in a pillow case, nylon stocking, or other porous bag. Put a bucket underneath to catch dripping water. Close the closet or area being dried. Be careful. Calcium chloride can burn your skin. It will also make the air salty, so do not use this product near computers or other delicate equipment.
  • Call a contractor. There are contractors who specialize in drying out flooded buildings. They have large fans and dehumidifiers that can dry out a house in a few days. Look in the yellow pages under Fire and Water Damage Restoration or under Dehumidifying. Be careful about contractors who inflate prices after a disaster and about out-of-town contractors who inflate prices after a disaster and about out-of-town contractors who request payment in advance.

Be patient. Drying your home could take several weeks. Until your home is reasonably dry, damage caused by mildew and decay will continue. The musty odor will remain forever if the home is not thoroughly dried out well.

The complete Red Cross Repairing Your Flooded Home Guide

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A five-minute shower uses only 10 to 25 gallons and Other Facts About Water

Water Trivia Facts | EPA

  1. Only 3% of Earth’s water is fresh water.  97% of the water on Earth is salt water.
  2. The water found at the Earth’s surface in lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, and swamps makes up only 0.3% of the world’s fresh water.
  3. 68.7% of the fresh water on Earth is trapped in glaciers.
  4. 30% of fresh water is in the ground.
  5. 1.7% of the world’s water is frozen and therefore unusable.
  6. Water covers 70.9% of the Earth’s surface.
  7. Water can dissolve more substances than any other liquid including sulfuric acid.
  8. More than 25% of bottled water comes from a municipal water supply, the same place that tap water comes from.[i]
  9. A ten meter rise in sea levels due to melting glaciers would flood 25% of the population of the United States.
  10. There is more fresh water in the atmosphere than in all of the rivers on the planet combined.
  11. If all of the water vapor in the Earth’s atmosphere fell at once, distributed evenly, it would only cover the earth with about an inch of water.
  12. Water boils quicker in Denver, Colorado than in New York City.
  13. Approximately 400 billion gallons of water are used in the United States per day.
  14. Nearly one-half of the water used by Americans is used for thermoelectric power generation.
  15. In one year, the average American residence uses over 100,000 gallons (indoors and outside).
  16. It takes six and a half years for the average American residence to use the amount of water required to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool (660,000 gallons).
  17. It takes seven and a half years for the average American residence to use the same amount of water that flows over the Niagara Falls in one second (750,000 gallons).
  18. American residents use about 100 gallons of water per day.
  19. Americans use more water each day by flushing the toilet than they do by showering or any other activity.[ii]
  20. In 1900, 25,000 American’s died of typhoid. By 1960, thanks to the use of chlorine in water treatment, that number dropped to 20.[iii]
  21. At 50 gallons per day, residential Europeans use about half of the water that residential Americans use.[iv]
  22. Residents of sub-Saharan Africa use only 2-5 gallons of water per day.[v]
  23. The average faucet flows at a rate of 2 gallons per minute.  You can save up to four gallons of water every morning by turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth.
  24. Taking a bath requires up to 70 gallons of water.  A five-minute shower uses only 10 to 25 gallons.
  25. A running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day.
  26. The New York City water supply system leaks 36 million gallons per day.[vi]
  27. If you drink your daily recommended 8 glasses of water per day from the tap, it will cost you about 50 cents per year. If you choose to drink it from water bottles, it can cost you up to $1,400 dollars.[vii]
  28. There are approximately one million miles of water pipeline and aqueducts in the United States and Canada, enough to circle Earth 40 times.[viii]
  29. The first water pipes in the US were made from wood (bored logs that were charred with fire).
  30. The first municipal water filtration works opened in Paisley, Scotland in 1832
  31. A gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds.
  32. A cubic foot of water weighs 62.4 pounds
  33. An inch of water covering one acre (27,154 gallons) weighs 113 tons.
  34. Water vaporizes at 212 degrees F, 100 degrees C.
  35. It takes more water to manufacture a new car (39,090 gallons) than to fill an above ground swimming pool.
  36. It takes more than ten gallons of water to produce one slice of bread.[ix]
  37. Over 713 gallons of water go into the production of one cotton T-shirt.[x]
  38. 1000 gallons of water are required to produce 1 gallon of milk.[xi]
  39. Roughly 634 gallons of water go into the production of one hamburger.[xii]
  40. Water is the only substance found on earth naturally in three forms: solid, liquid and gas.
  41. At 1 drip per second, a faucet can leak 3,000 gallons per year.
  42. Water makes up between 55-78% of a human’s body weight.

[i] Reader’s Digest, [ii] Florida Water Environmental Association, [iii]  Florida Water Environmental Association, iv] World Water Council, [v] World Water Council, [vi] New York Times, [vii] New York Times, [viii] Florida Water Environmental Association, [ix] Water Footprint Network, [x] Water Footprint Network, [xi] Water Footprint Network, [xii] Water Footprint Network

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Filtered Water A Greener and Cheaper Choice Than Bottled Water

The Environmental Benefits of Filtered Water

by  • September 23, 2012 • Greener Ideal

The popularity of bottled water is understandable – those snow-topped mountains and sparkling tropical lagoons on the labels do a lot to help sell the idea that bottled water is pure and clean. But don’t be fooled by a fancy label; about half of the water bottled for consumers comes straight from the tap.

Perhaps an even greater cause for concern is the effect bottled water production has on the environment.

The downside of bottled water

Ironically, bottled water not only wastes water in production, it wastes other resources, as well. As one expert pointed out, about a half a pound of greenhouse gases are produced, just to bottle and transport a one-liter bottle of Fiji water to another part of the world.

Some other drawbacks to consider:

  • It takes three times the amount of water to manufacture the bottle as to actually fill it
  • Though most water bottles are recyclable, only one out of six is recycled
  • In a single year, the United States consumes millions of barrels of oil just in the manufacture of water bottles
  • It takes just a few minutes to drink the contents of a plastic bottle, but about 1,000 years for it to biodegrade

A greener alternative

Most communities have clean, safe drinking water. If you have concerns about your tap water, ask your local water utility company for a report. With the right water filter, you can remove pollutants from tap water and make your water taste and smell better. And unlike bottled water, filtering tap water is actually good for the environment. Not only does it decrease the need for expensive and wasteful bottled water, home filtration is virtually pollution free. One filter can clean hundreds of gallons of water which means less trash in the landfill and less fuel used to transport water to and from your home (and  to and from the bottling company).

With so many advantages to using a home filtration system you may wonder why you’ve ever purchased bottled water to begin with. There’s no doubt that it’s convenient, and an occasional bottle isn’t going to destroy the ozone layer. Cutting down on bottled water, or cutting it out completely, is good for your health, good for your budget and good for the environment. Don’t buy the hype or the bottle. Drink clean, safe filtered water from home and you’ll be doing yourself, and the planet, a big green favor.

And don’t forget that simply consuming less water for other household tasks can save a lot of water, too.

Reduce your water consumption by using it wisely:

  • Run the dishwasher or washing machine only when there’s a full load
  • Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth
  • Install a low-flow shower head – or better yet, take a bath, which uses less water than a shower

The actions you take every day in your home can either harm or help the environment. So start making small changes that, over time, could lead to a healthier environment.

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Tap Water Being Served at Presidential Inauguration After DC Water Complaint

In response to a letter from the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority stating concerns about the serving of expensive bottled water vs. DC tap water at the Presidential Inaugural ceremonies, Senator Charles Schumer confirmed with his own letter that tap water would be available. He further stated that DC tap water is used every day in the offices at the Capitol as a drink choice as well as to make coffee and tea.

Tap water is an affordable alternative to expensive bottled water. The letter from DC Water further states that tap water costs about a penny per gallon compared to bottled water which costs about 100 times more.

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Mold in Your Home? Here How to Control it.


If mold is a problem in your home, clean up the mold and get rid of the excess water or moisture. Fix leaky plumbing or other sources of water. Wash mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water, and dry completely. Absorbent materials (such as ceiling tiles & carpet) that become moldy may have to be replaced. Learn more

Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors.
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Using natural, light-based processes-ultraviolet (UV) and ozone, the Airmaster Ultra reduces odors from pets, cooking and other household sources, leaving behind fresh, clean air. It also reduces many common airborne bacteria and molds.

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Hydration Essential for Extreme Heat and Athletics

High school football: Heat, drought put emphasis on hydration

Mark Ambrogi | indystar.com Jul. 29, 2012

Park Tudor School junior football player Chris Elbrecht never wants to experience an ice bath again.

“I was shivering like crazy,” Elbrecht said. “It was one of the worst things.”

Yet it was likely an experience he couldn’t live without. That ice bath followed a serious dehydration incident during a game last season and might have saved his life, said his father, Chris Elbrecht Sr.

With a majority of high school sports practices beginning today, Elbrecht’s story serves as a reminder of how important hydration and the relatively cheap and easy precaution of having access to an ice bath at practices and games are with temperatures expected above 90 degrees throughout the next week.

Near the end of the first half of Park Tudor’s opener on a warm evening last August, Elbrecht crumbled to his knees on the sideline. He was playing receiver and defensive back, and on punt and kickoff returns. Elbrecht had come off the field feeling lightheaded and thought he was just dehydrated.

But it was far more serious than he originally thought.

“My body temperature was getting really high and going up quickly,” Elbrecht said. “Everybody reacted quickly. They knew they had to cool me down quick.”

After seeing an article in The Indianapolis Star two weeks earlier, then-coach Scott Fischer had consulted with athletic trainer Betsy Bradley about having ice baths available on the sideline. The school bought two kiddie pools for the ice. When Bradley diagnosed Elbrecht with heat exhaustion, she insisted hebe put in an ice bath instead of rushing him to a hospital.

The first 5 to 10 minutes are crucial in determining whether someone survives heat stroke brought on by exertion, making the kiddie pool a better option than an ambulance.

Thirty football players have died due to heat-related injuries the past 10 years, including five high school athletes last year, according to a study by the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research at the University of North Carolina. That’s an increase over 22 the previous 10 years despite the fact that these athletes could almost certainly be saved for $25: the cost of a kiddie pool and some ice.

Park Tudor was running low on ice — the athletic department staff didn’t realize a 700-person tailgate before the game depleted the campus’ supply, something athletic director Brad Lennon said would not happen again — so police officers went to a nearby gas station convenience store. Elbrecht, who lives in Cicero, went into hyperthermia after the ice bath “but once I got my body temperature up, I started feeling better,” he said.

Despite the life-threatening incident, Elbrecht’s treatment allowed him to return to practice a few days later and he played in the next game.

“I’ve learned you can’t just drink when you’re thirsty, you have to hydrate all through week,” Elbrecht said.

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Drought Affects Health in Surprising Ways

7 Surprising Health Effects of Drought

Jul 18, 2012 | 2:31 PM ET | MyHealthNewsDaily Staff

With more than half the U.S. currently in drought, concerns have mounted over the consequences of the arid climate on the country’s crop yields. But droughts have far reaching effects beyond the farm, including many effects on human health, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Here are seven potential health concerns that occur with drought:

Bad air

Droughts can reduce air quality and compromise the health of people with certain conditions, according to the CDC. During a drought, dry soils and wildfires increase the amount of airborne particles, such as pollen and smoke.

These particles can irritate the airways and worsen chronic respiratory illnesses, such as asthma, the CDC says. Poor air quality can also increase the risk of respiratory infections, such as bacterial pneumonia.

Valley fever

Drought increases the risk of people catching the fungal infection coccidioidomycosis, or valley fever, the CDC says. The disease is transmitted when spores in the soil become airborne and are inhaled. The condition causes a range of symptoms, including fever, chest pain, coughing, rash, and muscle aches, the CDC says.

The condition is more common among people living in the Southwest than other parts of the U.S., but it is relatively rare — one study reported that 0.04 percent of people in Maricopa County, Ariz., were infected in one year.

Germy hands

In a drought, people may feel the need to reduce hand washing and other hygiene practices to conserve water, the CDC says. This may increase the spread of infectious diseases, such as acute respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses.

“Conservation efforts should not hinder proper sanitation and hygiene,” the CDC says. People can install low-flow faucet aerators to reduce water use while still maintaining proper hygiene, the agency says.

Mental health effects

Those whose livelihood is directly tied to the water supply — including farmers, horticulturalists and nursery owners — may suffer adverse mental health effects during a drought, according to the CDC.

“Financial-related stress and worry can cause depression, anxiety, and a host of other mental and behavioral health conditions,” the CDC says. Studies have found an increased rate of suicide among people living in farming areas during droughts, the agency says.

Unhealthy eating

Reduced rainfall can limit the growing season for farmers, and further reduce crop yields by creating ideal conditions for insect infestations that damage crops. This can bring increases in food prices, or shortages of certain foods, potentially leading to malnutrition, the CDC says. Read the complete article at myhealthnewsdaily.com

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Water Tested for Arsenic in Ohio

Ohio to survey arsenic in water

By Spencer Hunt |The Columbus Dispatch Monday July 9, 2012 8:27 AM

A government-led effort to find Ohio’s arsenic “hot spots” in groundwater is taking its first steps in Licking County.

State and county health officials plan to hand out sample bottles to residents at a Tuesday-night workshop and offer free lab tests to determine whether the poisonous metal is in their well water.

The test results will serve a broader public need, providing the U.S. Geological Survey and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency with information on where arsenic could pose a health threat.

“We’re trying to fill in our understanding of which parts of the state and which settings are most vulnerable for arsenic,” said Mary Ann Thomas, a geological survey hydrologist.

Officials say they hope the public can help tailor a statewide program in which Ohioans pitch in to identify where this hazard exists. A second workshop is scheduled for Aug. 14.

“What most people aren’t aware of is at lower levels, it’s not an acute poison, but it can be a chronic one,” said Bob Frey, the health-assessment chief at the Ohio Department of Health.

People who drink water contaminated with arsenic for years are at higher risk of developing skin, liver, bladder and lung cancers. In 2001, the U.S. EPA lowered its safe drinking-water standard for arsenic from a concentration of 50 parts per billion to 10 parts per billion.

Frey said the EPA would have lowered the safe concentration to 0 parts, but arsenic is so common in water across the United States that it would be impossible to get rid of all of it. Under certain chemical conditions, arsenic can leak into groundwater from soil and minerals. read complete article…

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Texas Restaurants Conserving Water

Are you going to drink that glass of water? Restaurateur launches campaign to conserve precious Texas resource

06.22.12 | 11:13 am

“I wish I could take a picture of every water glass bussed off a table that’s still full or half full,” says Mimi Del Grande.

She is referring to all the water that restaurants waste when they automatically serve patrons water. And she should know. Del Grande is the wife of celebrity chef Robert Del Grande and one of the original partners in Schiller Del Grande Restaurant Group.

Of course she’s not alone, but she is certainly one of the stalwarts when it comes to “free” water.

Last March, some Houston diners got a little schooling in water when 36 local eateries participated in UNICEF’s World Water Week, a fundraising effort for the Tap Project that brings clean water to children around the world. During World Water Week, restaurant patrons were asked to pay $1 for that glass of tap water to help the project and they were informed about the lack of clean drinking water around the world. Nearly one billion people lack access to clean water.

You want tap water? Cough up a buck for charity. Any charity. Because someday, not that far away, it might be you who needs clean drinking water.

I thought that was the greatest thing since the invention of queso, I just was shocked that only 36 out of thousands of local restaurants participated. And I wish it could go on year-round.

You want tap water? Cough up a buck for charity. Any charity. Because someday, not that far away, it might be you who needs clean drinking water.

According to the Texas Water Development Board’s 2012 State Water Plan: “In serious drought conditions, Texas does not and will not have enough water to meet the needs of its people, its businesses, and its agricultural enterprises.”

And even if we don’t face another drought like last year’s, by 2060 the region’s population will almost double while our existing water supplies will be less. The Water Plan contains recommendations at a cost of $12 billion for the Houston area (called Region H) and part of that plan is increased conservation.

“When it was really bad last summer we did ask restaurants to only serve water on request,” says Greater Houston Restaurant Associationexecutive director Katie Clark. “We made a request in our membership newsletter, but we don’t have any policy on it. It’s hard because patrons are just used to the way it’s always been.”

At least in Houston.

In New York City there is a regulation that stipulates water in restaurants is only to be served upon request. Other cities have similar ordinances (Houston does not) but they aren’t always followed.

“Every time I go out to eat anywhere, even in California where they have restrictions, they are pouring water like crazy,” says Del Grande.

“I grew up in a very dry Riverside, California,” she adds. “Where we had droughts all the time. We used to take our used water out to water our plants and it was illegal to wash our cars.” Anyone remember Chinatown, the Jack Nicholson film about the California Water Wars in the ’20s and 30s?

And by the way, Texas is currently battling both Mexico and Oklahoma over water rights.

“Americans think they have a god given right to water on the table,” says Del Grande. “Seventy percent of the world doesn’t have access to enough fresh water. It’s just bad juju.”

So Del Grande instituted a water-on-request policy at all of the Schiller Del Grande restaurants. Some other eateries, like Giacomo’s cibo e vino, have notes on the menu saying water is only served on request, but Del Grande took it a little farther. The menu at Alto Pizzeria reads: “Please help us save our most precious resource. Water served upon request.”

So how’s that working out?

“The backlash I have gotten on this you would not believe,” Del Grande sighs. “Particularly at RDG, the customers were getting really mad at the waiters.”

“The backlash I have gotten on this you would not believe,” Del Grande sighs. “Particularly at RDG, the customers were getting really mad at the waiters.”

Which is why some of her waiters continue to bring big glasses of water whether you ask for it or not.

“You know people who order a glass of ice tea and a glass of water aren’t going to drink all the water,” Del Grande says. “It takes three glasses of water to wash one glass so you’re not wasting one glass, you’re wasting four.”

And yet we continue to do so. Wasting a precious resource that is itself wasting away as droughts get worse, subsidence reduces some of our water sources and our population continues to climb.

So what’s the answer? Education. Del Grande is hoping to produce some YouTube videos and wants to push the effort with other restaurants. She’s so passionate about it she would love to work on the issue fulltime, but she can’t.

So, in the meantime, next time you sit down at a restaurant table, tell your waiter you don’t want tap water. And if the bring it before you can decline, please ask them to recycle the water.

After all, it is one of our most precious resources.

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