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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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Kai Zen

A method originating in Japan of inspection and improvement.

 

Kawasaki Disease

Kawasaki Disease is a disease of unknown origin that primarily affects children under the age of five 5. It is suggested the main contributor of the disease appears to be associated with carpet within 30 days after carpet cleaning where small children have skin and respiratory contact with the carpet and agents in the carpet. A Denver study suggests that carpet cleaning and associated cleaning chemicals may in part be responsible for the illness but other studies indicate otherwise. Yet something in the carpet or associated with the carpet cleaning is affecting the children says The Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Health and Safety Note All carpets that are flooded in a home day care or preschool where small children play on should be plant washed double rinsed and thoroughly dried preferably in sun and fresh outdoor air before reinstallation or the carpet should be considered for removal and replacement if the carpet cannot be cleaned and sanitized on all sides thoroughly. Even a fresh water flood in this situation with babies and small children normally wetting carpet there may be sufficient bacterial growth in carpet and pad to become a health concern.

 

Kinetic Energy

The process which matter in motion produces energy through heat and pressure. Education Note The most obvious way in which matter can manifest energy is to be in motion. The more the movement the more energy matter is capable of producing. Kinetic energy is a state of free or bound energy depending on the its surroundings as well as the state the matter is in to produce movement. During air movement the more massive the air movement the faster air moves and the more work or damage it can produce. On the other hand mechanical or electrical energy other than thermal or chemical energy of a system is always measured as the maximum amount of work that the system can do in coming to static equilibrium. Kinetic energy in a water damaged building are changes in heat and pressure as exhibited by changes in vapour pressure evaporation and diffusion of fluids. While part of the reduction of fluids are a result of the standing water extraction process the remaining absorbed fluids in porous and semi-porous building material is a direct result of kinetic energy brought about by forced air movement resulting in changes of vapour pressure surface tension heat evaporation and dehumidification. See Brownian Movement

 

Knee Kicker

A tool used along with a carpet stretcher during wall-to-wall carpet installations. Education Note A knee kicker should not be used by itself to install carpets but a knee kicker can be used by itself to hold and support carpets in place during seam sealing tucking in the perimeter of a carpet and during carpet repair.

 

KraftMaid

A Masco affiliate company. KraftMaid manufacturers kitchen and bathroom cabinets out of Middlefield Ohio. The KraftMaid brand of cabinetry has become popular over the past several years since Consumers Digest named them best buy and an outstanding value for its price. Also KraftMaid line is being promoted through Home Depot. For more information contact Home Depot or KraftMaid at www.kraftmaid.com.

 

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