Restoring The Home After Disaster

When a disaster happens whether that be fire, flood or electrical there are a lot of companies out there that can step in and take over, restoring everything from documents that are important, to carpets and flooring. If you’re a homeowner, you’ll have home insurance which will likely cover restoration of furniture and floors and water damage cover specifically has changed over the years.

It is helpful to review your policy annually, to understand what is covered and what may have changed from previous years. Fire damage is similarly able to be restored with the proper equipment and time.

Normally, these conditions would be covered by an insurance policy: tornadoes, burst water pipes and water heaters, sudden or accidental overflow of a toilet, tub, or sink and even quite disgustingly, sewer backup. Most existing homeowner policies probably don’t cover the following conditions: ground flooding, slow, dripping leaks and overflowing streams or rivers. Companies in the south such as have a specialist local team on call 24/7 so that if you have any of the above issues they can be there at your service. Effective and rapid action is required for fire and flood damage.

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Slow, dripping leaks, such as those from an incorrectly installed toilet, sink, shower or bathtub are usually not covered by homeowners insurance and if you do have a leak in the bathroom you’re not just risking damaged floors, you’re risking the ceiling coming through to the bottom floor of the house and whenever something is considered maintenance-related, chances are the insurance expects that you properly maintain your dwelling. Regular checks on your appliances, pipes and bathroom equipment can ensure that you don’t have to worry about disaster restoration.

Even when a fire is put out, the damage can last because much of the materials found in carpets and furniture is synthetic and finding a restoration company like is the best thing you can do to restore the damaged furniture and carpets as soon as possible.

Flood damage from an overflowing river or nearby body of water will mean large dehumidifier equipment drying out your home or business. Home insurance policies have changed greatly over the years, especially if the property is located on or near a river or canal. An additional flood insurance policy is usually required, because a normal homeowner policy will not cover damages resulting from a flood of this type.

If you have sudden water damage, calling in a professional restoration expert can make all the difference to your home. They can assist with coordinating restoring all the damaged goods and floors and can assist you with your insurance claims. They then will check for indoor mould and mildew damage and if it’s present drying won’t be enough. Anything mouldy needs to be removed for decontamination and there are companies trained in how to deal with mould damage to removal. The costs of mould and water damage increase greatly if not dealt with effectively and quickly.

Interior Design Tips On Photography

With the rise in interior design websites and blogs, the need for excellent interior photography is at an all time high. panoramic print

As well as eye-catching initial designs, architecture firms, real estate agents, restaurants, cafes and hotels must get their interior photography and canvases with right or risk being lost in the crowd.

Well, who better to instruct them than the professionals themselves, right?

To help you stay ahead of the curve, here are our top 10 interior photography tips from the experts…

Stand in the corner. Squashing yourself as tightly into the corner as you can go will give you the widest perspective of the interior before you, allowing you to capture more of what makes it special.

Try all of the corners of every space to see what the perspective from each of them is like.

Some interior design photographers press their camera against the wall to get as wide an angle as possible.

Find the right light. Interior photography lighting is so important that it’s almost a specialism in itself. You need to balance the lighting so there are no overly dark shadows or overly bright highlights.

Use the light that is available to you in the room – lamps, overhead lighting, fireplaces, and natural light from windows.

Play around with different combinations of lights to try to achieve the best for every space.

As a general rule, you are looking for soft lighting, so try shooting with natural light from the windows during the photography ‘golden hours’ – early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Organise the space. Don’t just start shooting the interior at random – think about the image you want to capture before taking the photographs.

Add features to a room to create a certain atmosphere, if you think the scene on its own is dull.

Some carefully placed cushions or a stack of newspapers can give your interior photography some much needed character.

Walk around the space and get a feel for it before implementing the interior photography tips in this article.

When starting on an interior photography project, you first need to think through what is the end goal of it?

Each client and each image have different requirements and things to consider.

How will those shots be used? Do you need to leave some space for graphic designers to put copy? How much creative freedom will you have?

For example, if you’re shooting for an interior designer’s portfolio, you will have to discuss what it is that the designer wants to show – is it the elements that were used to decorate? The lighting that creates specific atmosphere?

Remember in cases like this that it’s their work and they have their needs that you have to fulfill.

As another example, when shooting a restaurant, you usually aim to capture the atmosphere and include details and people in the shots.

It’s interior photography, but it’s not so much about interior, it’s more about the atmosphere and feeling of the place; you want to make the restaurant’s (future) customers want to be here.

What Is The Best Data Migration Approach?

Data Migration is one of the most challenging initiatives in IT Industry. These projects yield high business benefits (such as cost savings, increased productivity and improved data manageability) but at the same time they tend to involve a high level of risk due to the volume and criticality/complexity of the data.Data Migration

In order to reduce risk and ensure that the data has been migrated and transformed, we need to implement a sound validation and QA strategy with companies like

There are various ETL tools available in the market for Data Migration load and validation. Organizations based on their specific needs either go for the specific ETL tool or in house framework/tool. Organizations do prefer in-house tools as this would provide more flexibility in enhancement, maintenance and are cost beneficial also.

There are projects where same resource is coding the transformation logic and performing validation on migrated data. However the best approach in my mind would be to have two different resources/teams responsible for coding and validation. Both these teams would independently prepare the artifacts after business mapping has been handed off by business. Having a second set of eyes to check the mapping code and make sure that nothing was misinterpreted by developer helps address that pitfall.

There are two aspects of Data Migration testing: – Internal Data validation and External data validation.

The Internal data validation would be to make sure that we have done data migration correctly as per the mapping requirement from business.  This still does not guarantee that target environment will flawlessly process it.

This is why running the critical business processes in target environment is absolutely important. Often the outcome of this is that there are still some issues to be resolved before we successfully signed off on Data Migration. As with all issues, the earlier in the cycle these issues are identified the less the overall costs of resolution – to that end it is better to aim to get at least some of this kind of testing in as early as possible in project life cycle.

 Validation Approach Recommended:-

Here are the best validation approaches in my view based on the experience of number of client implementation projects. This is used irrespective of whether we use ETL tools or in-house framework/tools. This will also help us in answering the first five question mentioned in problem statement section.

Internal Database Testing:-

  1. Load Balancing Validations – Load Balancing among Source system and Target system to ensure that the count of data element records are in sync.
  2. Business/Scenarios based Validations (MINUS Query approach) – Business/Scenarios based Validations to ensure that the data has been correctly migrated as per mapping requirements from business. These are based on scenarios being handled in the migration which are primarily driven by the Source to Target mapping and Functional Specifications. Here we should focus on testing every rule specified in mapping for individual fields which includes Move As-Is, Transform, Look Up, Default, Calculate etc.
  3. Integrity/Sanity Validations – Integrity Validations on source data to ensure that the source data are in sync with our expectations and data integrity is ensured. This ensures that mapping rules which are based on certain assumptions/constraints in source data hold true. This eventually helps in cleansing bad source data as per the need.
  4. Data plus List Reconciliations – This type of validations is needed to ensure whether the count of data element available in source tables that should be migrating after excluding all filtered rows as per business requirements and count of data element actually migrated into the specific table are in sync. This is a high level dashboard indicating the separate reasons for dropping various data elements and list of dropped records. Once this report is available, the dropped data elements can then be reconciled with the load balancing reports.
  5. Data Reports – These reports are needed as per the request from Operation team/Business team. This is used to summarize the post migrated data element records.

External Functional Testing:-

Functional testing is required to validate that the new system meets the needs of the business but invariably functional testing is conducted on simulated data. It’s entirely possible to have migrated data perfectly and to have passed all functional testing only to find that key functions on migrated data don’t work ‘well enough’. The result is a successful operation and a dead patient – this is not acceptable. So it’s essential in my view that some level of functional testing is performed on migrated data.