got mold? Disaster Recovery Services President & CEO Mr. James C. Watson
With winter conditions in Saskatchewan & Alberta, they are always known to change dramatically. The weather can be cold and bitter one day and sunny the next. The Prairie provinces are always known for there high amounts of water in the spring and summer seasons. With the fluctuation of our weather lately, we thought it would be a good idea to have a one on one meeting with our Founder, President and CEO of Got Mold? to discuss who we are and what we do. That way, when you need us you know who to call. It’s very important to get the word out to our future customers before they need our services that’s why we offer an informational blog about all the reasons our business is here to serve. We thrive on customer service and customer satisfaction. Our leading experts at got mold? are here to help you with any problems you have when it comes to mold and water damage. We also offer asbestos removal and testing. Anyone with a house built before 1985 should have an asbestos audit performed prior to any renovations taking place.
James C Watson, Founder, President & CEO of got mold? has been to 1000’s of homes and businesses that have been flooded and or infested with mold and asbestos. Mr. Watson offers his advise and expertise to anyone who needs assistance with disaster related issues. Mold is a very serious issue throughout the world and without our services and informational blogs people don’t realize the potential health risks that can arise if neglected. People living in low income housing and rental properties that have mold often contact us to ask us what they should do as a renter. Landlords often attempt to fix the issues at hand themselves and if not done properly it can make the problem worse. Even hiring the wrong contractor can cause endless amounts of head aches and problems.
In some cases contractors that perform services for insured individuals and businesses are also known to skip a step and not properly address areas of your home that need to be fixed as mold is not typically covered by insurance. Water damage coming in from basement foundations is in most cases ignored by contractors. At Got Mold? we know first hand that the problem isn’t just going to disappear if the water intrusion isn’t stopped it’s just going to come back, spread and cause more damage. In some cases it is left so long that it is no longer worth the costs to remediate and the building must be condemned
The winter months can cause so many issues to a home or business owner, the amount of ice and snow build up can cause many damages to your roof, attic, basement and windows. When it starts to melt and seep through the ceilings because of ice damming and spring melt cause basements to leak. Moisture gets into the hidden cracks and crevices and finds the path of least resistance, in some cases these issues go unnoticed for several years. Again, this isn’t just going to go away! If not properly dried and contained this will spread and turn into mold. This mold isn’t exactly visible because it’s on the inside of of the walls and windows so you can completely miss this when looking at it physically. This is why the experts at Got Mold? offer sampling at competitive rates so that you can get the piece of mind you deserve.
What made you decide to get into the mold and disaster recovery services industry?
Like many restoration professionals I started out in a carpet and upholstery cleaning business. Three years after opening a new carpet cleaning company in Saskatoon, Sk there was major flooding due to heavy rain. A gentleman that I employed at the time was a water restoration technician and he encouraged me to purchase some professional drying equipment from a local supplier. We bought all of the tools and supplies that were required and started cleaning up.
Not long after we completed our first five water restoration projects the small town of Maidstone in Sk was drenched with more than six inches of rain in approximately one hour. The towns sewer system couldn’t keep up and of course basements flooded. We loaded up all the equipment and tools we currently had and went to work. We ended up more than doubling the amount of equipment we previously had in order to accommodate more customers.
Approximately two weeks after the flooding I went out door to door to homes where no restoration activity seemed to have been happening to make sure that everyone was being properly looked after. I will never forget one house in particular as there was a party happening when I knocked on the door, nobody heard me over the loud music. I opened the door and the smell from the sewer backup now sitting for several days was horrendous. I found out from the owners son that his parents called around when the flooding occurred and like so many others they were placed on waiting lists of more than 120 – 180 ahead of them so they packed up the motorhome and took off.
The son got in contact with his mom and dad and we got started the following day. I was working in the basement bathroom and when I cut into the drywall behind the toilet, the musty odour which I now know was from mycotoxins given off by the mold was very strong. I had no idea what I was dealing with and continued on ripping out drywall. I started having respiratory issues, which was something I hadn’t experienced since I was a young child when I lived in my parents basement. It got so bad that I had to make a stop at the Maidstone health care clinic. I was given oxygen and prescribed ventolin. I had to make two trips to the hospital in the next couple of days to get oxygen again and make sure I was getting better and everything was going to be ok.
After this experience I decided that I must find out what it was that made me sick and what I could do to help prevent others from getting sick. I started getting educated and certified, built relationships with people such as Dr. Jackson Kung’u Principal Microbiologist at MBL Laboratories and as the old cliche says the rest is history. I believe I was put on this earth to help people with indoor environmental issues related to mold, asbestos and flooding and that is just what I plan to do.
Can you give your readers an example of when they should be concerned about the mold in there living environment?
If you have humidity issues that cause your windows to condensate and moisture runs down into the drywall below. If you had water seep in during a heavy rain and you dried it yourself without professional help. In the event that you have a musty, earthy or “old basement” odour. When these odours are present in the built environment, you have a mold problem and the odour is being caused by mycotoxins given off by the mold growth.
Always remember that just because you can’t see or smell mold doesn’t mean that you don’t have it. Where there is water, mold will grow, it is inevitable. If someone in the family finds that they feel better when not in the house chances are you have a mold issue that is causing an air quality concern. There are several other examples of when you should be concerned and we intend to write a blog dedicated to this in the near future so stay tuned…
Mold eats away at organic materials and in fact can and will cause structural damage to a property if not dealt with properly. It is most important to know that removing the mold and then replacing the old building materials will not eliminate the problem. The source of the water intrusion must first be rectified. Like all life without water, mold will not grow.
Why is mold removal important?
Mold removal is important for a few key reasons. Most important to me is that mold can cause health issues for immune compromised individuals and people such as the young, elderly, cancer patients, pregnant ladies and the unborn baby. Not everyone is affected by mold however, the concern of long term exposure to water damaged and mold contaminated buildings can potentially make even healthy individuals ill as Constant exposure to toxic mold leads to a condition known as “hypersensitivity pneumonitis” Some people may think that we are fear mongering when we discuss health implications of mold and it is difficult to prove as no doctor or scientist in their right mind would expose humans to mold in order to prove a study. If you doubt the fact that mold can make people sick here are a few articles you should read. Mold Has Been Used For Biological Warfare, a study by the Mayo Clinic – Chronic Sinusitis Is Caused By Mold, Mold Causes Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome, studies show that mold causes asthmahttp://www.gotmold.ca/2011/12/does-mold-cause-asthma/and “Mummy’s Curse”
Where are the most likely places people will find mold in there homes?
Basements, bathrooms, attics, kitchens, hot tub rooms, saunas and any other area of the home where water sources may be located.
Do you have any recommendations to any of your readers on what they should do if they have a home or office built prior to 1985 and requires renovations, water damage restoration or mold remediation?
Yes absolutely! Make sure to have building materials such as linoleum, ceiling tiles, popcorn and other ceiling textures, floor tiles, dry wall mud, attic insulation, furnace ducting wrap, boiler pipe insulation and or plaster tested for asbestos prior to allowing any contractor to perform demolition work. Asbestos is the #1 workplace killer out of all injuries.
How long does it take typically for water damage to turn into mold?
Microbial growth can start within as little as 24 hours and certain toxic mold types like Stachybotrys can take 7 – 10 days to begin growing. If building materials such as carpet, drywall, linoleum, and plaster have been wet for more than 48-72 hours they must be removed. It is important to know that behind drywall and vapour barrier is insulation, and insulation can stay wet for very long periods of time and allow for mold growth in the drywall, OSB and other building materials.
Don’t take any further risk with your health, have a professional mold and or asbestos assessment scheduled today.