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Frequently asked questions for those who are trying to clean up and rebuild after flooding.
Training and certification exam for contractors for professionals who wish to apply biocides (disinfectants, fungicides, etc.).
Overview of steps that need to be taken if there is a flood in your pesticide storage unit.
As the energy-efficiency bar rises, the margin for error shrinks. Join this 3-day workshop to gain expertise in building science concepts that are key to prevent, diagnose and solve problems. You’ll learn best practice methods for HVAC design and crucial air sealing techniques to achieve the 2009 IRC energy code duct tightness provisions. This course also includes Duct and Envelope Tightness (DET) verifier training and certification.
This two-day course is designed to introduce the skills necessary to become a Southface Energy Institute certified Duct and Envelope Tightness (DET) Verifier qualified to perform the diagnostic testing required for new homes by the 2009 and 2012 residential energy codes. LaHouse Resource Center is an authorized provider of the Southface training, exam and certification.
3-day course provides building science insights and methods for safe and effective mold removal and control in buildings.
Contractors are required to maintain Lead-Safe certification for the EPA Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP). You play an important role in preventing lead poisoning!
Guidelines to help you safely and effectively clean and restore your damaged home. PDF fact sheet. 4 pages
When you return to your home, make sure you assess all food and food preparation areas and equipment carefully.
Guide fo salvaging flood damaged furniture.
(08/17/16) LSU AgCenter food safety expert Wenqing Xu says any food touched by floodwaters should be discarded.
(08/17/16) To prevent mold growth in your home after the flood water recedes takes a meticulous approach. Mold colonies can start to grow within two days.
(08/16/16) Root damage through drowning or root rot is the greatest danger to landscape plants caused by flooding.
Floodwaters commonly contain microbial contaminants and can directly affect public health.
March 2016 Guide to LSU AgCenter Interactive Maps
Repetitive flooding affects thousands of Louisiana homes and businesses. In this publication and its companion videotape, a procedure to demonstrate a non-invasive method to flood proofing is explained as it was demonstrated by a Michigan contractor. Special attention is given to adapting the technology for use in Louisiana’s floodplains.
Elevating or moving slab-built structures has been practiced for many years in a handful of states.
Elevation is the most reliable method of reducing damage from floods.
The cost of elevating a slab using this method, from planning through landscaping, will usually be about half the cost of rebuilding.
The final elevation of your home or business may be set by building codes, subdivision covenants or engineering limitations.
The complete elevation project includes: design and drafting; preliminary site work; the elevation itself; rehabilitating the building with porches, etc.
There are a lot of decisions to make as you plan your elevation project. One of the biggest decisions is how high to go.
Ground-level building slabs in Louisiana are from 4 inches thick for residences to 6 to 8 inches thick for light commercial structures.
Elevation of a slab-built structure is “construction” or “development” in the legal sense of those words.
(08/15/16) A flood-damaged home requires special attention to avoid further damage and health hazards from molds, other fungi, algae and bacteria.
Tips and information on how to water safety, debris, contamination, infestation, and other stressors during and after flooding.
The phrase “wet floodproofing” may sound like a contradiction, but it is the label used to refer to a collection of methods intended to reduce damage to a building when flooding occurs. This publication explains how wet floodproofing lets water into the building but protects the structure, contents and building systems independently.
(07/28/16) The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center presents hurricane and flood information at open house.
Wind Hazard Zones for Louisiana.
(07/13/16) The LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center will highlight resilient home solutions at an open house on July 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Slides of a presentation developed to provide insight into the interactions of spray foam insulation, unvented attics, HVAC and moisture in homes -- to achieve high energy-efficiency and comfort without creating moisture problems and health hazards.
These links lead to a plethora of information on the latest construction technology.
You can keep shallow flood water out of a slab-on-grade home using plastic sheeting supported by the wall of the building or on special stands away from the wall. This is an emergency protection measure that is more effective than using sandbags, but does require advance preparation.
LaHouse is open to walk-in visitors Monday through Friday.
A back-flow valve in the common sewer line should allow sewer water to flow from the house to the sewer system, but prevent flow toward the house. To provide best protection from a flooded sewer system, the valve should provide a good seal and operate automatically.
Most floodproofing systems have openings that need to be closed and watertight during a flood.