CaCl2 , a solid that becomes liquid by adsorbing moisture from the
air, used for measuring the moisture content of varying surfaces.
A beam or girder that is firmly secured at one end and free at the
A substance that can cause cancer.
The method used to define a water loss by its hazards; #1 clean
water (potable), #2 gray water (unsanitary) and #3 black water
A substance responsible for an accelerated chemical reaction, which
itself does not chemically change.
The heating of a substance, to a higher temperature, that is lower
than its melting pint; resulting in loss of moisture, oxidation and
the decomposition of carbonates.
An ion or group of atoms having a positive electrical charge.
A tube or fine bore, attraction or repulsion between a liquid.
CO2, an incombustible gas, dry ice; see carbonic acid.
An instrument used to detect the presence of carbon dioxide, as well
as warn workers of the potential hazard.
CO, an odorless, poisonous, flammable gas produced from burning
H2CO3, formed when carbon dioxide dissolves in water.
The reduction which occurs in an electrode, or the positive terminal
of a battery.
Capable of burning or corroding.
The hollow of a finished wall or floor system; air space.
The basic structure of a living organism.
The process of removing microorganisms for laboratory evaluation.
A temperature scale, where 0º C represents the freezing point and
100º C represents the boiling point.
Products made from clay or similar materials then heated; ceramic
tile, porcelain, etc.
certificate of completion
An authorization form used to substantiate the completion of the
scope of work or services, to release the contractor from all legal
liabilities of the construction process, date where the warranty
certified restorer (CR)
A dedicated professional, a person whom through experience,
education, stringent classroom work, and testing represents the
standards and integrity of the insurance restoration, reconstruction
and cleaning industry.
Directive, legal contract, used to make additions to or deletions
from the original scope of work and/or drawings.
A person with a physical response (reaction) or allergic response to
a chemical compound.
(1) Electrical device used to disconnect
electrical (current) flow.
A molding or piece of wood mounted horizontal to prevent damage to
The characteristic change of a carbonic material through burning,
black in color, blistering.
See dry sponge.
The compound of chlorine and another element.
A greenish/yellow gaseous chemical with pungent odors, used as a
bleaching agent, and in water purification.
The green pigment found in most plant cells, capable of converting
sunlight into energy and carbohydrates.
(1)Used to describe the classification of a sewage backflow:
situation #1, situation #2 or situation #3. (2) Mold spore formation
classifying: Level #1, Level #2, Level #3, Level #4 or Level #5 (3)
Soot categorizing: light, medium, or heavy.
Category 1, Clean Water, is water that does
not pose health risks and source originations from water that does
contaminants. Examples of clean water
sources are broken water lines,
malfunctioning appliances, toilet tanks,
snow, rainwater and melting ice.
A process of drying a structure when an equilibrium between the
outside air and inside air exists.
coefficient of thermal conductivity
The amount of heat in BTU that passes by conduction through a
one inch thickness of homogeneous material, per hour., per sq. ft.,
coefficient of heat transmission
Amount of heat that passes through materials, and air space.
colony forming units (CFU)
The formation of microorganisms on the surface of a structure or
combustible gas detector
An instrument used to detect and warn workers of potential flammable
gases and odors.
The part of something larger.
A substance created when combing two or more chemicals.
The moisture formation caused by the conversion of gas or vapors to
a liquid state.
Odors that are dependent on a condition or conditions, mildew.
A dwelling, complex of apartments where each unit is individually
To secure an area from other areas, as when drying out a structure
or performing abatement, to confine a room or rooms from the balance
of the structure.
The resulted outcome of a loss, not the origin related damage.
Personal property generally used and stored within a structure.
The mechanical transfer of heated molecules of a gas or liquid from
a source to an other area.
A jointly owned apartment complex where each individual unit is
The process of eating away, rusting.
Sheet plate or steel plate having a corrugated shape for strength,
used as roof and floor decking in commercial and institutional
The principal of electrostatic force, the attraction or repulsion
between electrical charges which is in proportion to the inverse
distance between them.
An applicator used to extract microbiological (bacteria) samples
To infect an already cleaned, neutralized, disinfected or sanitized
area, from persons, equipment, materials, HVAC system, etc.
downward formation of wood (floor) planking,
caused when moisture is absorbed from above the wood (floor)
The solidification of a compound associated with liquids and gases,
as on metals effected with hydrochloric acid which creates a bond
between the opposing charges.
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Institute, Division of the ASCR
Petri dishes used to determine bacteria presence from culture
A sterile swab with container, used to extract bacterial samples.
upward formation of wood (floor) planking,
caused when moisture is absorbed from below the wood (floor)