Award-winning comedy writer, Ian Heydon (Kingswood Country, How Green Was My Cactus, The Samuel Pepys Show, The Year My Country Broke) recently took out an unexpected award – for writing about travelling with a disability. In 2010 Ian was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. That led
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Award-winning comedy writer, Ian Heydon (Kingswood Country, How Green Was My Cactus, The Samuel Pepys Show, The Year My Country Broke) recently took out an unexpected award – for writing about travelling with a disability.
In 2010 Ian was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. That led to the question – what does a writer who has a disability and who loves to travel write about? The answer was pretty obvious. Because Ian uses a cane for mobility assistance, he built a website called Cane & Able Travel and that site won the inaugural Business disAbility Award for Business Innovation in 2012.
Back in 2003, Ian had a travel book on Australia published called The Small Guide to A Big Country (Explore) and he subsequently bought a travel agent’s licence (Small Guide Travel). Much of Ian’s research for that book is still valid. As Ian says, “They haven’t moved the Sydney Opera House or most of Australia’s main attractions, so all I really needed to do was update where necessary and add the accessibility and disability facility information. It’s a bonus that the Small Guide Travel consultants can assist with itinerary advice and bookings.”
When Ian travels these days he uses both a cane and a wheelchair for getting around. “Before my diagnosis with MS I guess I felt a bit of pity when I saw other people in wheelchairs. I didn’t realise that wheelchairs give a person with a disability so much freedom. Mine allows me to get around much better at airports, especially when the boarding gate can be a fair distance from check-in, and it makes art galleries, museums and theatre so much more accessible and enjoyable.”
Ian first took his wheelchair on a trip to Dubai, London and Paris in 2012. While there are websites with attractions and disability information for those destinations in the pipeline, Ian’s first priority is writing about Australia. In late 2012 he visited Cairns and road-tested attractions like Skyrail and Quicksilver’s Great Barrier Reef as well as disabled-friendly accommodation. From this came the destination specific website, Cairns Disabled Travel.
The next cab of the rank was Canberra. According to Ian, Canberra is arguably Australia’s most rewarding destination for travellers with a disability. “There are flights from all other major cities and centres, they have an excellent public transport and wheelchair-assisted taxi system and all the major attractions are accessible, with many of them free. There’s excellent accommodation, terrific restaurants and bars and so much to see and do. It really is a fabulous tourist destination. Sure, after a couple of weeks there might be some thumb twiddling but for a few days away it is fabulous.” Ian visited Canberra in 2011 and 2013 to research accessible accommodation and attractions and the Canberra Disabled Travel website is now live.
Ian has a multi-destination itinerary on the drawing board for all Australian capital cities and major regional centres so you could see him soon in your part of the country. But the Kingswood? No, he won’t be taking the Kingswood!
You put on the bathrobe and go downstairs to get your mug of coffee. As soon as you’re on the first floor , your feet get a utterly different experience. Your feet sink right into a mushy and squishy carpet completely soaked with water.
While this seems like a nightmare, it’s unfortunately an unhappy reality.
According to the origin of the incoming water, your carpet might be able to be returned to its initial condition without compromising your overall health and safety.
Carpet Water Damage
Water invasion which affects carpet along with many other floor covers is one among the most challenging scenarios encountered by a homeowner or a building manager. Each crisis should be reviewed on a situational basis. Every flooding situation may have its own distinct issues. There are many standard queries that needs to be addressed in examining the appropriate protocol to return carpet to its pre flood status.
The Origin of Water Destruction
The origin of water damage could be a part of any of the following categories.
Water or Clean Water
This regards water originating from somewhere that is not contaminated.
Examples of clean water sources can include, but aren’t necessarily
limited to the following
• Burst household water supply lines
• Tub or sink overflows with no contaminants
• Appliance failures involving household water supply lines
Clean water which has been exposed to surfaces and content materials may degrade in sanitation as it dissolves or combines with soils and other impurities as time passes by.
Water or Gray Water
This regards water that is subjected to a significant amount of physical, biological or chemical contamination and has the capability of causing discomfort or illness if consumed by or exposed to humans. Gray water contains microorganisms and nutrition for microorganisms.
Examples of gray water sources can include, but aren’t necessarily
constrained by the following
• Excess water from dish washers or washing machines
• Overflows from the toilet bowls with urine but no feces
• Sump pump malfunctions
Gray water in flooded set ups that persists in being untreated for longer than two days can switch to category 3 black water.
Water or Black Water
This is the term for grossly unsanitary water that contains pathogenic agents, developing from sewage or different infected water sources and has the likelihood of causing discomfort or illness if ingested by or exposed to humans.
Examples of black water sources can include, but aren’t necessarily limited to the following
• Sewage or rainwater combined
• Toilet back flows that came from beyond toilet trap
• Rising water from streams
Such sources leak silt and organic substance into buildings and create black water struggles. A carpet which has come into contact with black water, including raw sewage or groundwater, must be discarded as quickly as possible.
Read on to figure out what method is used to renovate carpet after water damage.
A multitide of removal processes and procedures are taken into place based on the category of water. Because of the dangerous characteristics of water, restoration methods also rely heavily on the quantity of water, as well as on how
long the water has been stagnant. For instance, assuming the carpet hasn’t been wet for no longer than two days, and the water involved didn’t embody sewage, you may be able to save the carpet. However when the water has drenched for a greater period of time, your carpet is most likely unable to be repaired and will need to be replaced.
Stages in the restoration process
1 Stop the Leakage
Identify the origin of the flood or leak and try to cease the water flow to avoid further damage. In case you have any problems, seek advice from a local plumber or engineer who will assist you to isolate the origin.
2 Excess Water Removal
Excess water removing is vital for the reason that it is the starting point of restoration processes. Removal of excess water must
start imediately and the carpet must be completely dry within 12 hrs after intervention strategies. Failure to follow these recommendations may begin the development of a variety of bacteria and fungi which can negatively impact human wellbeing.
Disposal of excess water may be accomplished by physical methods including mopping and soaking up excess wetness from touch surfaces or furniture. However, Although more often than not, water removal often requires the use of more sophisticated processes and instruments such as pumps, or uniquely designed wet vacuuming equipment.
When controlling unsanitary water, you must always assume there’s a
significant health hazard. Rubber gloves, goggles, boots and other protective garments must be used. Someone with an open sore must refrain from direct contact with the water.
Disinfect the drenched area by scrubbing it using a cleaning solution concocted by dissolving a few tablespoons of bleach in a gallon of water. Ensure you air out the area that you’re cleaning. Some of the fumes may be hazardous.
To quicken drying, the carpet must be taken off the tack strip and the carpet padding must be discarded. The carpet needs to
be elevated. Set up industrial sized fans which direct air straight onto the damaged area. Run them on high setting for around 36 hrs following the event, reminaing careful to move electric cables away from the damp spots. In events where high humidity might postpone drying time period, dehumidifiers need to be secured to assist with drying up the surroundings. A specialized cleaning service can help you with this task.
5 Temperature Control
Both evaporation and dehumidification tend to be greatly enhanced by controlling the temperatures in a restricted environment. On top of that, the growth of microorganisms is temperature related. That being said, temperature modification and control is an essential basic step for safe and effective drying.
6 Monitoring and Inspection
Investigate the carpet’s progress after 12 hrs. If your fans haven’t added to the restoration process, you should consider replacing the entire thing since 12 hrs is ample time for mould to build up. In case the carpet hasn’t dried out significantly by then, you may be at risk of dangerous allergens.
7 Contact your insurance
Contact your insurance broker to talk about your situation, specifically if you live in a condominium. Based on the way the leak or flood occured, you might not be held responsible for the restoration expenditures.