MAPEI’s national technical presenter, Sam Biondo, recently spoke at a three-day workshop for flooring inspectors held in Richmond, Virginia. Biondo discussed proper surface preparation and adhesive application with the 50 inspectors present from across the United States and Canada. The workshop was part of a continuous training program hosted by Inspect Solutions to update its network of independent inspectors on the most recent innovations in the flooring industry.

Inspect Solutions is a nationally recognized inspection service company providing independent certified-flooring and installed-product inspections for carpet, wood, laminate, tile and marble. In addition to providing independent inspectors for private and corporate clients, Inspect Solutions has developed a database that reflects trends in many aspects of flooring and installations.

Knowledgeable, independent flooring inspectors work to resolve issues that arise from flooring installations, providing owners, installers, retailers, distributors and manufacturers with details on any problem that may exist. This information can then be used to resolve any conflicts over the installation.

MAPEI Business Development Manager Kevin Carroll, who arranged for MAPEI’s participation in the workshop, commented, “This was an important opportunity for MAPEI to work with inspectors who are charged with determining if there has been an installation failure and what may have contributed to it. We concentrated on the new multi-characteristic adhesives that are used for moisture barriers as well.”

Ron Gould, CEO of Inspect Solutions, said the group gained a lot from Biondo’s presentation: “Sam gave an excellent presentation at our Inspect Solutions Educational Seminar. It was one of the most talked-about presentations by the inspectors, who felt that the information he presented was invaluable. Sam gave an excellent presentation, making it professional, entertaining, interesting and informative.”

In addition to speaking engagements, members of the MAPEI Technical Services Department conduct seminars and workshops for industry professionals at the MAPEI Technical Institutein Deerfield Beach, Florida, and its branches located in Texas, California, Illinois, Georgia, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia.