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Clear Your Storm Drains

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Clear your storm drains! We are expecting cold rain and snow. Cleaning the storm drains and basins around your home(s) and business(es) can be a great preventive measure in anticipation of rain to prevent flooding! With the fall foliage now falling steadily, storm drains throughout the Capital Region are covered and water cannot pass through the leaves. This is a recipe for flooding folks! 

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We Are Now Proud Members of NYRCI and ICRA

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Tuesday, October 27, 2015

We at MacFawn Fire and Flood Restoration are delighted to announce that our membership applications for both NYRCI (New York Rug Cleaners Institute) and ICRA (International Cleaning and Restoration) have been accepted and approved. These prestigious membership appointments are essential to maintaining the course of education and professional development that industry leaders must take in order to stay current on application and practice in any given service domain.

Historically, NYRCI has been a leader in the field of Restoration. Founded in 1918 after WWI, NYRCI developed way to clean carpets, rugs and upholstery without using the harsh and unreliable processes  that defined the industry. With collaboration and education, NYRCI meets regularly throughout the year to discuss new technology and chemical processes that are aligned with the mission of maintaining best evidenced practice and putting theory into practice.

ICRA is a leader in the field of Cleaning and Restoration. Comprised of six organizations: CRA, PACR, MCRA, MCPCA, SCRT and NYRCI. Collectively ICRA offers international leadership in creating and maintaining educational programs that are aimed to deepen the understanding of scientific principles behind industry applications as well as support the development of  and strengthen relationships within industry communities. Offering in-depth knowledge on assessment techniques, cleaning techniques and more, ICRA stands as a pillar in the Cleaning and Restoration Industry. 

MacFawn Fire and Flood Restoration's mission is to be a pillar in the Albany Area, offering the best service at the best prices with the most educated personnel in the area and industry. 

New York State Department of Labor Approved Training Providers for Mold Licensing

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The following training providers have been approved by the New York State Department of Labor for licensing in the new Mold Program. This list is updated as providers are approved. This information is located at the New York State Department of Labor site. For a more accurate list of providers, be sure to check their site. This will be updated as often as we are contacted by the DOL with any new providers. COMING SOON: LICENSED ASSESSORS 

Mold Assessor Training Course (32-hour course) 

Cats Home Inspection School, LLC

  1. Mold Remediation Contractor Course (24-hour course) 
  2. Mold Abatement Worker Course (16-hour course) 

Mold Legislation Changes and What it Means

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Monday, October 19, 2015

With 2016 quickly approaching, people are asking what exactly the new Mold legislation means for them? For clients and contractors alike it means one extra step in exchange for a great deal of protection that imparts a sense of checks and balances. At MacFawn Fire and Flood Restoration, we have been using this standard for decades which calls on a third party inspector to come in and assess a remediation job for the scope of damage that will be addressed by the contractor and then later on, after he work is complete, conducts clearance testing.

Currently, the standard of practice initiates an Industrial Hygienist to go to the site that remediation work will be conducted and work through baseline testing. This includes taking air and surface samples in addition to delineating the space of the affected area(s). With the new Mold Legislation, an Assessor will also provide a value to the work that will be completed for the client to compare with the Remediator/ Contractor estimate(s). This ensures that the client is getting a fair estimate and that the work is done correctly! 

The Mold Legislation that will be in effect in January 2016 also prohibits Assessors from having any affiliation with the Remediation Company to bypass any conflicts of interest that either individual may have. The licensing and training are also tailored for each respective position. The Contractor, the Assessor AND the Service Providers (a.k.a. Workers) all are mandated to have Licensing and Certification through the Department of Labor specific to their position and scope of work. 

MacFawn Fire and Flood Restoration is currently busy getting their employees the training that is necessary to comply with the New York State Legislation and we are proud to report that we will absolutely be in full compliance with the licensing requirements set forth by New York State DOL buy the end of the year in advance of the changes! As such, you can rest assured knowing that any work we are called upon to complete will be done honestly and accurately! 

The Capital Region in the Running

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

(Albany) A Revitalization Initiative is currently in effect that some have deemed the 'Upstate Hunger Games' in which the Capital Region and the other six regions outside of Manhattan compete for funding with comprehensive plans to boost their economies. One of the plans that have been discussed, targets transportation needs amongst the counties throughout the Capital Region. The Albany Mayor has provided that Capital Region residents engage in quite a bit of commuting. As such, targeting transportation as a way to revitalize the Upstate economy, making it easier to travel throughout the region, would indeed have a profound effect on the economy. 

Recently, CDTA announced plans to introduce a contra-flow traffic system in downtown Troy in addition to constructing a major CDTA hub downtown. This would exemplify the essence of the type of transportation needs that could be met with funding as large as what is being offered to the top three candidates of this Upstate Hunger Game race for $500M in Economic Development and state funding. 

The winners will be announced in December. In the meantime, the contestants will present their plans next week to Lt. Govenor Kathy Hochel and NY Secretary of State Cesar Perales. We watch and wait! 

It is Time to Winterize

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Friday, October 09, 2015

We have had an overwhelming number of calls within the past couple of weeks as the seasons change here at MacFawn Fire and Flood Restoration and one of the most salient issues that have come into the forefront of thinking is winterization. There are a number of ways one can save on energy and heat expenses throughout the winter, but more importantly the average cost of a cracked pipe that leads to flooding is $9,000.00 USD; an expense that if you generally steer clear of claims with your homeowner's insurance at the risk of a rate increase, is not one to reckon with. 

We recommend winterizing in phases. Start with the basics. Seal your windows to reduce airflow from outside one by one. Once they are sealed, if you still feel a draft, look into window quilts that will act as a secondary barrier to the seal. Window quilts are an investment, but a good one! 

After your windows have been properly sealed, do a walkthrough and seal any other areas that are allowing air from the outside into your structure. Check the foundation for any cracks or holes and around the windows and trim for any areas that may need to be re-caulked. 

Start Phase II when you have cleared your home or business for any residual areas of airflow from the outside. The next most important task one can engage in is to insulate your pipes an plumbing. If you don't know which portions of plumbing are those which process water flow, there are great tutorials online that show you what's what in the wonderful world of plumbing. A good rule of thumb is to select the smaller pipes first. These generally are waterlines and they are usually in the walls. If they however are exposed and not protected with some kind of insulation within the wall(s), it is absolutely a good idea to insulate. There are a number of different types of plumbing insulation that will wrap around the cylindrical piping easily and protect the pipe from any residual airflow. In areas of your home or business that are not heated or are 'under-heated,' there is a much greater risk of water inside freezing, expanding and hence cracking the pipe (which will ultimately lead to flooding of the areas in close proximity. 

New York State News: A Revitalization of the NYS Fair

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Tuesday, October 06, 2015

(Syracuse)  Governor Cuomo announced in early September that the NY State Fairgrounds will be undergoing the biggest renovation in the history of the fair. An estimated $50 million in grants and funding will used in efforts to continue investing in the Upstate NY Tourism industry. Cuomo made a poignant remark about how often residents of downstate; Manhattan particularly- plan their vacations Upstate, and for this to continue, Upstate must satisfy the niche industry with attractions and aesthetics that will make people want to travel to Upstate NY.

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A grand entryway will welcome guests to the facilities. The entryway is planned for unveiling by August 2016

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Plans to reinvent the Onondaga Performing Arts Center as ‘Lakeview Amphitheater’ are underway. The development will compliment the day facilities; giving travelers, tourists and guests the opportunity to have evening plans after a day at the expo, fair, seminar or the like at the new facilities.

The primary components the construction and renovations that will soon be underway are impressive. The reinvention of the fairgrounds will include: A brand new, state-of-the art 100,000 sq. ft. expo center that will be open YEAR ROUND and hold 4500,  a WORLD CLASS equestrian center, an open RV Park with many amenities and expansion of midway from 12-16 acres. Chevy Court will be redesigned  with new seating and a new stage that will accommodate 30,000 spectators.  A ‘New York Experience,’  space which can be used for theatre productions and seminars, will also be constructed with the idea that this space will bring in events from all over the state, boosting tourism even more. A new entryway that will reflect modernization and sophistication will be constructed and seated on an attractive street-scape that will illuminate the facilities before tourists even arrive. The NY State Fair has also contracted Super Dirt Week to a long term annual return  for many years to come. The current Onandaga Amphitheater will be re-imagined as Lakeview Amphitheater, which is adjacent to the Fairgrounds with goals of bringing in tier one performers.

It is estimated that these expansion efforts will create 853 new jobs in the tourism industry. The construction is planned to start in March 2016, with many aspects of it to be completed by the opening day of the fair.