A Breath of Fresh Air
On the afternoon of Saturday, August 10th, 2014 I received a call from Marc and Melanie Martin of White City, letting me know that a portion of the roof was ripped off of their home during Friday nights brutal wind storm in Southern Saskatchewan. They were at a loss for what to do and were desperately trying to get answers as to what the next steps are.
We are very busy right now, just like all of the restoration companies in the area as well as all of the companies that have traveled from far to help out with the previous catastrophe of flooding throughout the South. I arranged with Marc for us to come by on Sunday morning to assess and scope out the damages to their home.
The text I received from Marc in response to our appointment time for Sunday morning reminded me once again of why I got into the disaster restoration business. Here’s the text I received from Marc.
“Right on James, this is like a breath of fresh air. The last 18 hours have been pretty heart breaking. Thank you ever so much.”
Driving through White City to get to the Martin’s house was quite intense with trees down all over the place. We arrived at the house to meet Marc in his back yard, where he was building a shed along with his parents help. Good thing the shed wasn’t up prior to this storm because I can almost guarantee it would be in a neighbour’s yard smashed to pieces.
Our Regina, Southern Sask Senior Project Manager Reuben Hofer and PM Toby Hofer drove out with me to help assess the damage and come up with the scope. We spent about an hour or so scoping it out and then drove into Regina for required supplies. We grabbed our harnesses, 2*4’s, a huge tarp, dehumidifiers and some tools to secure the open roof.
Reuben and Toby got right to work on the roof with anchoring their safety harnesses, tacking down the tarp and sealing small patches where shingles were ripped off. I set up dehumidification and started removing baseboards, trim, carpet and underlay in the hardest hit rooms upstairs to mitigate the amount of damage to the basement below. Although a large portion of the basement was already saturated it is most important to make certain that wet soggy building materials are removed to prevent further damage due to the fact that wet always finds dry. Moisture travels in the path of least resistance and that path is very difficult to trace without proper tools and equipment.
We contacted Gerry Millen with Global Property Inspectors and scheduled him in to assess the damage with his thermal imaging camera. This way we won’t miss any wet building materials when performing the demolition. Without wet building materials there’s no chance for mold to grow now or in the future.
Just imagine what this young couple went through being in their beautiful new home and hearing the roof get torn off from such strong winds and then rain pouring into the house and nothing they could do to stop it.
Across the street from the Martins lies a portion of the Martins’ roof that slammed into the neighbours garage door and white blown in insulation from the attic litters the street and yards in the neighbourhood. SaskPower has removed the power meter from the Martins’ home and we have generators running 24/7 to keep freezers, fridges and our equipment running.
Watch for follow up posts with more pictures, video of the progress and a testimonial from the Martins once we have the emergency services completed.
If your home has been hit by disaster do not hesitate to contact us immediately. We can help.
If you have questions, call us toll free, 1-888-909-6653 or use the form below.
— #GotMold?™ (@gotmoldglobal) August 13, 2014
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