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Disaster recovery and restoration can be veiled in mystery to the many who have not undertaken specific training. This glossary explains technical terms to assist both report writing and the understanding of those technical terms so often misunderstood.

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Jamb

Interior sides of door and window framing.

 

Jaundice

A medical condition brought about from contact with a certain bacteria and resulting exposure. Exposures of jaundice to employees can cause liver damage and loss of life. See Tetanus

 

Job Minimums

The minimum costs that a contractor must charge to meet overhead and make a reasonable profit.

 

Job Supervisor

The individual who has the title of supervisor or who has been designated by company management to supervise the job and other employees. Contractor Note In the case of two or more equal employees on the job the job supervisor is the employee having more knowledge about the tasks to which they are to preform. In all jobs having more than one employee preforming a task a job supervisor will be designated. Health and Safety Note Part of the job supervisors responsibilities is maintaining the health and safety for all other employees while on the job. Not designating a job supervisor and not having a trained supervisor on the job managing other employees is a potential OSHA violation.

 

Joint and Deveral Liability

The legal principle held by courts to apply to waste and hazardous clean-up jobs that allows one party to be held responsible for an entire liability if that party contributed to the liability in part. In a property damage the joint and several liability principle does not prevent the party held to be jointly and severally liable from legally pursuing other parties for their share of the cleanup.

 

Joint Compound

An ingredient consisting of a chemical mixture of powders and water that produces a thick paste used for filling joints of drywall and tile. Mitigation Note Joint compounds for drywall when they are allowed to remain wet for some time will liquify resulting in their release from the drywall and the drywall tape.

 

Joint Tape

A perforated paper tape usually 3%u0022 wide that is embedded in a paste joint compound used to fill and seal over drywall joints.

 

Joints

Connection areas where similar building materials and components are pieced or matched together. Education Note Joints are the separation between matching materials such as drywall or paneling. Some joints are filled such as drywall tape joints and sealed carpet seams while other joints are butted next to each other and they are purposely left exposed but are not easily picked up by the eye such as at wood paneling vinyl flooring and wall paper joints. Mitigation Note Water damages results in saturation and swelling of materials at their joints and the release of mastics and adhesives.

 

Jute Browning

A condition brought about from wet or damp jute backing typically found in jute backed carpet and jute carpet pad. Mitigation Note Jute browning is a stain discoloration caused by migration of the natural dyes in jute then the loose dyes wick up through and to the face fibers or the surface of a fabric. Some stain discolorations can be corrected with professional help. But for the most part as a result of water damage the stains to a material or fabric most often results in physical damage and they are beyond reasonable repair. See Jute Material

 

Jute Material

A natural cellulosic fiber made from plants and produced as a fabric or material. Jute backing on carpets is the secondary backing. Jute pad is the underlayment which a carpet is placed over. Mitigation Note Jute in the presence of high humidity or a water damage will support fungi very rapidly typically within several days from the date of moisture exposure. Jute pad and carpet backing are not common materials in today world of floor covering they have been replaced with synthetic pad and carpet backing. Once a jute material has been identified during a flood condition especially as a carpet backing or pad the jute material should be considered for removal and replacement. See Jute Browning

 

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