Heat Illness Detection & Prevention.

Working In Extreme Heat Has Its Consequences!

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched its fourth annual Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers. This campaign is designed to raise awareness as well as educate workers and employers about the dangers or working in hot weather. It aims to provide resources and guidance that enables both workers and employers to address these hazards. This article features the components of OSHA’s campaign by explaining what heat illness is, who is effected and what can be done to prevent it. (Provided by osha.gov)

 Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez states that “Heat related illness can be fatal, and employers are responsible for keeping workers safe.” He says that by taking just a few easy steps including “frequent water breaks, providing shade and allowing employees ample time to rest” can help to prevent heat related illness. It is calculated that in 2012 there were 31 heat related worker deaths and 4,120 heat related worker illnesses. Learn how to detect the signs of heat related illness and how to prevent it.

What is heat illness?

 The body normally cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating isn’t enough. Body temperature can rise to dangerous levels if precautions are not taken such as drinking water frequently and resting in the shade or air conditioning. Heat illnesses range from heat rash and heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke requires immediate medical attention and can result in death.

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 How can heat illness be prevented?

Employers should establish a complete heat illness prevention program to prevent heat illness. This includes: provide workers with water, rest and shade; gradually increase workloads and allow more frequent breaks for new workers or workers who have been away for a week or more to build a tolerance for working in the heat (acclimatization); modify work schedules as necessary; plan for emergencies and train workers about the symptoms of heat-related illnesses and their prevention; and monitor workers for signs of illness. Workers new to the heat or those that have been away from work and are returning can be most vulnerable to heat stress and they must be acclimatized (see box).

To prevent heat related illness and fatalities:

  • Drink water every 15 minutes, even if you are not thirsty.
  • Rest in the shade to cool down.
  • Wear a hat and light-colored clothing.
  • Learn the signs of heat illness and what to do in an emergency.
  • Keep an eye on fellow workers.
  • “Easy does it” on your first days of work in the heat. You need to get used to it.

If workers are new to working in the heat or returning from more than a week off, and for all workers on the first day of a sudden heat wave, implement a work schedule to allow them to get used to the heat gradually.

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Remember these three simple words: Water, Rest, Shade. Taking these precautions can mean the difference between life and death. For further information on The OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Campaign and to find out more about what heat illness is and how to prevent it visit the Occupational Safety & Health Administration webpage.

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How To Protect Your Home From Leak & Moisture Damage.

Safeguard Your Home & Your Belongings!

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When a well-built home is properly maintained water is a benefit and a pleasure. On the other hand, uncontrolled water in our homes can cause damage, expense and considerable inconvenience. It can lead to mold growth, rotting wood and structural damage. It can also lead to the loss of irreplaceable personal belongings.

 Protecting your home by preventing leaks before they even begin by ensuring proper maintenance of you roof and regular inspections. The other aspect to protecting your roof from leaks and moisture is the roof system itself. The two products we will be discussing are GAF’s Weather Watch® Leak Barrier and Tiger Paw™ Roof Deck Protection.

WeatherWatch® Leak Barrier

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Create a 100% watertight seal that keeps water out of the most vulnerable areas of your roof (at the eaves and rakes, in valleys, around chimneys, etc.). WeatherWatch™ will help protect your home in the following ways:

  • Protect your home by preventing costly repairs due to wall or ceiling staining
  • Help prevent leaks due to water damming in your gutters, wind driven rain, and in the North, ice dams.

 

Why Choose WeatherWatch® Leak Barrier?

  • Looks Better: Fiberglass reinforcement helps resist wrinkling and buckling – lays flat under shingles.
  • Meets Building Codes: In the North, where leak barrier MUST be used.
  • Peace of Mind: Benefits from the same warranty term as the asphalt shingle it is applied under, up to a maximum of 30 years.
  • Helps Eliminate Waste: Special Adhesive allows for one-time repositioning, but aggressively adheres over time.
  • Safer Installation: SlipGuard™ granular surface improves footing.
  • Dependable: Self-seals around nails or metal roofing fasteners.
  • Saves Labor: Split-back release film peels off in layers for faster installation and greater homeowner value.

 

 

 

Tiger Paw™ Roof Deck Protection.

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Roof deck protection should protect you rhone by providing a critical extra layer of protection between your shingles and your roof deck. It helps prevent wind driven rain or water from infiltrating under your shingles. In addition TigerPaw™ will help protect your home in the following ways:

  • Helps to reduce damaging moisture that can become trapped on your roof deck.
  • Provides longer lasting leak protection than conventional “felts” (which can rot or become brittle before your shingles reach their useful life.)

 

Why Choose TigerPaw™ Roof Deck Protection? 

  • Better Looking Roof: Tiger Paw™ Roof Deck Protection resists wrinkling and buckling that can “telegraph” through your roof shingles and detract from its finished appearance.
  • Special Moisture-control Design: Helps remove nearly twice as much damaging moisture from your roof deck as the leading synthetic non breathable underlayment.
  • Durable Construction: Non-asphativ, polypropylene construction for long lasting performance.
  • Peace of Mind: Up to a Lifetime ltd. warranty when installed on Lifetime Shingle Roofs.

Get Your Free Estimate Today!

If you are in the Puget Sound region of Washington State and are in need of roofing services contact Chase Construction North West, Inc. today. We are Master™ certified contractor through GAF. We have been providing our region with expert commercial and residential roofing services for over 13 years. We provide services in Seattle, Tacoma, Federal Way, Renton, Auburn and all of the surrounding cities.

Fill out our free estimate form or call us today at 253-445-8950. You can also visit GAF.com  and look for GAF Factory Certified Roofing Contractors in your area.

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DecTec™ In Puyallup, WA

New Roof Deck Membrane In Puyallup, WA.

Chase Construction NW, Inc. had the opportunity to transform a deck on a beautiful home in Puyallup, WA. We removed the previous extremely aged and weathered decking membrane and replaced it with a brand new waterproof walkable single ply roof deck system DecTec™.

DecTec™ systems feature unique fiberglass reinforcement which provides maximum fire resistance. Its commercial grade PVX roof membrane meets North Americas building codes and includes a 20 year manufacturing warranty. DecTec™ membranes are low maintenance which entails a low life cycle cost and a higher ROI.

 

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If you live in Puyallup, WA or any area of the Puget Sound region and are in need of roofing services contact Chase Construction North West, Inc. today. We are Master™ certified contractor through GAF. We have been providing our region with expert commercial and residential roofing services for over 13 years. We provide services in Seattle, Tacoma, Federal Way, Renton, Auburn and all of the surrounding cities.

Fill out our free estimate form or call us today at 253-445-8950. You can also visit GAF.com  and look for GAF Factory Certified Roofing Contractors in your area.

 

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Roof Cleaning 101

What will you find on your roof?

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When it comes to roof maintenance most homeowners don’t take roof cleanliness into consideration. We typically think if our roof isn’t leaking than there isn’t any issue. However, leaving roof cleaning issues unchecked can lead to damage of shingles, shakes and tiles which can lead to premature aging of your roof. Below we have listed some of the most common troubles and causes which is provided by Roofers 911, as well as preventative measures and ways to treat and clean ones roof.

blackalgaeBlack Algae – Often misnamed ‘mildew’ or ‘fungus’, black algae is usually found on the shadier slope of the roof, or on an area shaded by a tree. The staining tends to be uniform, unlike the black streaking seen when asphalt shingles bleed-through. The black stain is actually dead organic debris from dead algae. There are shingles made with zinc or copper granules designed to inhibit algal growth. Another way to help avoid black algae is to trim tree branches overhanging the affected area, allowing more sunlight. There are also zinc or copper strips that can be tacked to the ridge that will cause algae- killing metal salts to wash down the roof when it rains. Some people pressure-wash the algae, but I feel this is detrimental to shingle integrity. There are plenty of chemical solutions to remedy this problem. It is best to contact a professional roofing contractor to help make the right choice, both for you and your roof type.

 roof-debris-blowingDebris Staining – Is a fairly common problem, especially on low pitched roofs with overhanging branches. Staining occurs when piles of debris, such as leaves or needles from coniferous trees collect on the roof. These piles retain water and can cause serious damage if not dealt with. Not only can algae and fungus originate here, but also actual plants. Moss, lichens, and other plant life can often thrive on a neglected roof. The main way to combat this particular type of problem is to physically remove debris from the roof by sweeping and/or washing plant matter from the roof. Care should be taken not to damage any shingles or other roofing material. Debris staining is a prime of example of how prevention can be far less expensive than repairs. It is far easier to remove debris from a roof than to fix the resultant damage if not removed.

black stainingBlack Streaking – When black stains occur on your roof in the form of streaks, it may be a case of ‘bleed through’. This occurs when the bituminous material in asphalt shingles begins to break down and bleed from the shingle. Unfortunately this is usually a sign of faulty materials, or older shingles in need of replacement. However, it can be hard to distinguish bleed-through from black algae which is listed above, and is why I always recommend seeking the advice of a trusted roofing contractor before making any decisions on course of action.

 

How can this be cleaned?

cleaning roof Most common roof cleaning methods include either pressure washing or a form of chemical solutions that contain Chlorine Bleach or Sodium Hydroxide and other not so environmentally safe products. Although these methods are sufficient products in cleaning your roof with minimal negative impact, the effects are temporary. However, each method has its benefits and drawbacks below is a list and comparison of the most common roof cleaning and treatment methods.

  • Chlorine Bleach:  When using this method  you need to ensure it is followed by a thorough rinse as well as make sure you use proper care to protect people and  the surrounding property from the overspray and runoff because it can be highly toxic. Although it it provides faster cleaning and minimal rinsing and therefore has less wear and tear on the shingles itself, it can be corrosive to your roof fixtures (boots, valleys, flashings, and underlayments).

 

  • Oxygenated Bleach: This method although more labor intensive and requires immediate rinsing is safer for your roof fixtures and has less of a negative impact on the environment.

 

  • Ammonium Compounds: Although this method is less damaging to roof fixtures and more environmentally friendly it is not EPA (environmental protection agency) approved, it is more labor intensive and requires immediate rinsing as well.

 

  • Pressure Washing: This process has the advantages of not using chemicals which can eliminate cost as well as be less damaging to the environment, it is very time consuming and cause force on the surface of the roof that can wear away the surface, therefore this process is usually only recommended on concrete barrel tile, or metal roofs.

 

  • Proprietary Soap: This method is both safer on the environment as well as on your roof fixtures however is more labor intensive and requires rinsing.

 

Although these methods are relatively safe and effective, repeated use can lead to premature aging of the roof due to high pressure or harsh chemicals and later can lead to costly roof leaks. By using a proper form of preventative maintenance you can eliminate the need for future cleaning as well as the damage that comes with it.

If  you come across any roofing issues during  your summer maintenance and are in the Puget Sound region of Washington State contact Chase Construction North West, Inc. today. We are Master™ certified contractor through GAF. We have been providing our region with expert commercial and residential roofing services for over 13 years. We provide services in Seattle, Tacoma, Federal Way, Renton, Auburn and all of the surrounding cities. Give us a call at 253-445-8950 or fill out our free estimate form.

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