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 feeling. Your feet sink straight into a mushy and squishy carpet completely soaked with water.
While this seems like a nightmare, it’s regrettably a horrible reality.
Depending on the origin of the incoming water, your carpet may be returned to its first condition without causing conflict to your overall health and safety.
Carpet Water Damage
Water invasion which affects carpet along with a few 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 scenario may have its own distinct problems. There are a multitude of standard queries that needs to be addressed in assessing the appropriate method to return carpet to its initial status.
The Origin of Water Damage
The origin of water damage could be associated with any of the categories below.
Water or Clean Water
This refers to water originating from somewhere that is not contaminated.
Examples of clean water sources can include, but aren’t necessarily
constrained to the following
• Burst household water supply lines
• Tub or sink overflows without any contaminants
• Appliance failures associated with household water supply lines
Clean water which has been exposed to surfaces and content materials may degrade in sanitation since it dissolves or combines with soils and other impurities as time elapses.
Water or Gray Water
This refers to water that embodies a significant amount of physical, biological or chemical contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or illness if consumed by or exposed to human beings. Gray water contains microorganisms and nutrition for microorganisms.
Samples of gray water sources can include, but aren’t necessarily
limited to the following
• Discharge 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 maintains being untreated for greater than two days can switch to category 3 black water.
Water or Black Water
This is the term for grossly unsanitary water that consists of pathogenic agents, developing from sewage or different infected water sources and has the likelihood of causing distress or illness if ingested or exposed to humans.
Examples of black water sources can include, but aren’t necessarily constrained by the following
• Sewage or rainwater combined
• Toilet back flows that originated from beyond toilet trap
• Rising water from streams
Such origins emit silt and organic substance into buildings and create black water issues. A carpet which has come into contact with black water, including raw sewage or groundwater, must be disposed of as swiftly as possible.
Read on to figure out how to renovate carpet following water damage.
Different removal processes and procedures are taken into place judged by the category of water. Because of the dangerous nature of water, restoration methods also rely greatly on the amount of water, as well as on how
long the water has been considered stagnant. For instance, as long as the carpet hasn’t been wet for no longer than two days, and the water involved wasn’t sewage based, you may have a chance at saving the carpet. However when the water has drenched for longer, your carpet is most likely irreparable and will need to be replaced.
Stages in the restoration process
1 Stop the Leakage
Find the origin of the flood or leak and try to stop the water flow to prevent damage in the future. In case you have any issues, seek advice from a nearby plumber or engineer who will assist you to isolate the origin.
2 Excess Water Removal
Excess water removing is vital because it is the beginning section of restoration processes. Removal of excess water must
start right away and the carpet needs to be totally dry within 12 hrs after intervention strategies. Failure to follow this advice may leave room for the development of various types of bacteria and fungi which may detrimentally affect human wellbeing.
Disposal of excess water may be acheived by physical methods including mopping and soaking up excess wetness from hard surfaces or furniture. However, Although more often than not, water removal generally requires the use of more sophisticated processes and equipment such as pumps, or uniquely designed wet vacuuming equipment.
When controlling unsanitary water, you must constantly assume there’s a
considerable hazard to your health. Rubber gloves, goggles, boots in addition with other protective garments must be utilised. A person with an open wound must refrain from direct contact with the water.
Disinfect the wet area by scrubbing it using a cleaning solution made by dissolving a few tablespoons of bleach in a gallon of water. Make sure to air out the area that you’re cleaning. Some of the fumes might be toxic.
To speed up drying, the carpet must be taken off the tack strip and the carpet padding needs to be disposed of. The carpet has to
be elevated. Place industrial sized fans which direct air straight onto the damaged area. Turn them on high setting for about 36 hrs after the event, staying mindful to move electric cables away from the damp spots. In events where high humidity might delay drying time period, dehumidifiers need to be used to help in drying up the surroundings. A specialized cleaning service can help you with this task.
5 Temperature Control
Both evaporation and dehumidification are often significantly enhanced by maintaining the temperatures in a restricted environment. On top of that, the growth of microorganisms is temperature related. Therefore, temperature modification and control is a vital basic step for safe and efficient drying.
6 Monitoring and Inspection
Investigate the carpet’s progress after 12 hrs. If your fans haven’t helped, 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 could be in danger of menacing allergens.
7 Contact your insurance
Contact your insurance broker to talk about your situation, especially if you stay in a condominium. Based on the way the leak or flood was caused, you may not be held responsible for the restoration expenditures.