What’s Olympics Got to Do With It (Construction That Is)?

What’s Olympics Got to Do With It (Construction That Is)?

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What’s Olympics Got to Do With It (Construction That Is)?

If you’re as Olympic-addicted as we are here at Charter Construction, then you were glued to the tv and news stations waiting for the next world record breaker or the neck and neck race for gold or the headline-grabbing Simone Biles’ and her decision not to compete.

Ms. Biles gets much of the glory and news as the recognized “best gymnast” in the sport’s history, and rightfully so. This year, though, she made further headlines by standing up for herself, making the difficult decision not to compete, and stay safe. Ms. Biles’s self-reflectiveness indeed opened space for other talents to be recognized. And then, in walked Suni Lee, grabbing headlines and her country’s attention.

The entire nation cheered for Ms. Lee as she took the gold in the 2020 gymnastics all-around. It was nothing short of spectacular with a classic American story about hard work and a community that supported her dreams.

Ms. Lee’s performance got us thinking about the parallels of gymnastics, or really that of an Olympian, to construction work. The time and talent it took to become such an athlete is incredible. But there’s much more behind it than meets the eye.

Going down a possible checklist of those things an Olympian must do to get to excellence, many of the same attributes that an Olympian, such as Suni Lee, possess are very similar to the business of construction: desire, passion, focus, training, pain, injury, early mornings, courage, fear, joy, team, honesty, and the list can go on and on and on.

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Icon - Check Mark In Box  Hard Work & Passion

Construction is hard work. It’s physical and can take a toll on the body. But those who do it love it and have a passion for the work. Seeing the fruits of their labor is satisfying whether on the job site or managing the project.

Icon - Check Mark In Box  Training

Lots of training goes into construction. Many of our employees are second and even third-generation construction workers; they may have gone to construction management or even architecture school and/or multiple years as an apprentice through a trade school. But it doesn’t stop there – all employees perform continuing education throughout the life of their career.

Icon - Check Mark In Box  Mornings

Early mornings! That’s all we need to say about that.

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Icon - Check Mark In Box  Safety

Safety is a thing, and it takes the focus of the entire team. A person can dedicate their life to the safety of others on the construction site, and training and education are continuous.

Icon - Check Mark In Box  Fear & Courage

If you work on enormous multi-story buildings, courage and fear are real – and not for the faint of heart.

Icon - Check Mark In Box Honesty

Honesty is the best policy. Charter talks a lot about ‘Doing it Right, the First Time’ and ‘Whatever it takes’. All well-respected construction firms like to build things that last and want to be your “go-to” for all your construction needs. That means skill, honesty, and excellent communication.

As stated previously, the list goes on, but we think you get the point.

We’d love to hear from you and know what attributes you see that run parallel to that of an Olympian in your line of work. Not all of us can be Olympians, but we can admire those who are and live our lives and do our work to the same levels.  

Here’s to you and a huge congratulations to all US Olympians at the 2020 Olympic Games. End Of Article

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Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

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Rain, Rain, Go Away!

April showers bring May flowers… and sometimes uninsured losses! Building damage caused by heavy rain, clogged gutters and storm drains, accumulated water in a crawl space and any other water that originates OUTSIDE of a building is generally excluded on most policies for several reasons.

Flood is defined on most insurance policies as the unusual and rapid accumulation of surface water from any source, natural or otherwise; and is excluded unless you have specifically purchased flood coverage. Most policies also exclude damage caused by continuous or repeated leakage or seepage of water over a period of time, as well as water under the surface of the ground that enters through foundations, basements, walls or floors. Often, policies will require covered damage to the exterior of a building first in order to trigger coverage for interior water damage.

So, how to you minimize the risk from water outside the building causing damage that may not be covered by the association’s insurance policy? Proactive maintenance and risk management! In this case, an ounce of prevention is most definitely worth a pound of cure! Inspect and maintain roofs, gutters and siding regularly to prevent water intrusion issues before they start. Keep gutters and storm drains clear and free of debris that could cause water damage. If you have water in crawl spaces, contact a professional to suggest solutions to manage the water and minimize the risk of building damage. When it rains, make note of accumulating water, and take steps to clear drains or divert water if necessary.

Your association may wish to look into purchasing flood coverage, but it is not always easily available or affordable. Most flood coverage is written through the National Flood Insurance Program, even if your community is not located in a ‘flood zone’ and is generally quite expensive. If coverage is available in the general marketplace, policies usually include high deductibles and premiums.

Rain is a way of life in the Pacific Northwest. It is the price we pay for our beautiful green landscape. With some planning and proactive management, the risk of damage from water can be minimized, and you can look forward to those lovely May flowers! End Of Article

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Water Damage: When Should You Call A Professional?

Water Damage: When Should You Call A Professional?

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Water Damage: When Should You Call A Professional?

With water damage, there are situations where it is important to call a professional. Here are some examples of situations where professional help should be sought out:

Moisture has gone from one unit to another unit or space:

At times one unit does not think water has gone into another space but the source unit should be addressed by a professional who will assess this and then come up with a strategy as to how to handle it and if it has spread. The professional will make appropriate recommendations based on type of water, how long it has been wet, if materials can be salvaged and more.

When you have identified microbial growth on any building surface:

You might find it on anything from walls to floors to cabinets and frequently the growth is noticed before a leak is detected. A technician can determine if it related to plumbing, siding or roof failures, poor air circulation or other causes to then make recommendations as to how to best handle it.

Drain water backs up out of a toilet, sink or tub:

All drain water should be considered highly contaminated and when it soaks into carpet or drywall it can have adverse health effects along with being a super fuel for other types of microbial growth. Most people assume that sewage is highly contaminated but any drain water is considered highly contaminated and just as dangerous.

When you need help finding a leak:

Many times, people just think of plumbing when leaks occur yet when you are not sure where the water is coming from, a certified technician can help expose if something is coming from the roof, windows, siding or more. Additionally, they can help eliminate sources thus pinpointing the root cause.

To assess the extent of a complex water-related incident:

Complex water related incidents can include many scenarios. Some examples are a mystery leak that is finally resolved and then discovered to have affected many other areas that are along the water lines. It is always best to err on the side of caution with having inspections done regularly and addressing any issue when it is small before it becomes a bigger issue. End Of Article

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