Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

AUG 2018

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5) The 35'-high house had no gutters. 6) The drainage was all pitched toward the foundation. 7) The roof was installed with no tar - paper between the plywood and shingles. 8) The house had five air handling units complete with ductwork and returns, and all were infested with black mold. 9) The 5 ½" x ¾" galvanized screws holding the deck to the house had cor - roded to the point of replacement. Here is what we did: 1) We had a professional and licensed cable locator sweep the property for all cables, wires and piping. 2) We had all the air handlers and duct - work scrubbed and put back in brand new condition. 3) We hired and used a black mold reme - diation company to run the lead point position. Each section of the house had to be in - dependently supported, demoed and re- constructed from scratch. Most windows and doors were replaced as the rot and extensive corrosiveness had taken them beyond repair. Four carpenters worked 14 weeks, 6 days per week. Two ma - sons worked 20 days, 2 painters, 20 days each and a roofer with 2 men worked for 15 days. The Big Picture It has never been acceptable to patch around areas affected by black mold, hide the issues and problems and move on. But, for many years that's how the problems were dealt with. Now, with local, state and federal agen - cies fully engaged in finding, monitoring and remediating these issues and prob - lems, you want them on your side. Just as important, you want to do the right job for the client and your reputation. I photograph each job each day from the very first to the very last day. My cam - era is the best tool I have and I use it a lot. If you don't or can't do the demo and reconstruction of the woodwork, find the best possible people available. Also, use a good, licensed (in the state that the job is in), pesticide company and technician. Take the burden, liability and responsibility and put it all on the people that are specially permitted and insured for the specialty jobs. I carry all the necessary licenses and insurances, and I made sure that the sub- contractors were fully licensed and in - sured for their disciplines. Remember, you're not just protecting the client, you're protecting yourself, your business and employees. LC DBM 20 LC DBM Above Part of a deck had to be cut away from the house in order to replace all the damaged wood. The 6" x 1\2" galvanized wood screws attaching the deck to the house had eroded down to about 70% their normal width. Above At a residence in southeastern New York state, mold and mildew were discovered after some boards were taken off at the start of a small renovation job. The remediation work included removing rotted siding that had originally continued all the way to grade, and replacing the bottom portion of boards on this side of the house with stonework. Left Where wiring conduit and piping entered the house, the holes were sealed with silicone epoxy and waterproofing.

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