got mold?™ Saskatoon & Regina Team members

got mold?™ Saskatoon & Regina Team members

Left to right, Erol Oktay, Tony Subaday, Stephen Weyo, Billy Apostal, Matt Drinkwalter (Team Leader), Talin Ross (Team Leader), Chris Mysiorek (Senior Project Manager)

Many of us in business have heard the popular aphorism, “People are your greatest asset.”, at got mold?™, we believe that “The right people, are our greatest asset”. For this reason we use a very comprehensive hiring process developed by our Emissary, Les Postnikoff. Essentially we seek out A team players that are willing to put in an A+ effort. We are interested in individuals that strive for excellence in everything they do.

We are always looking for great people to help us fulfill our mission to find and fix sources of unhealthy indoor air. Are you looking for a new and rewarding career, we may have a fit for you.

We have review process that is based on our corporate values, as follows;

Dependable – We make commitments and meet them
Resourceful – We find a way or make one
Knowledgeable – We are certified and constantly learning
Productive – We get it done right ASAP
Trustworthy – We have a great reputation
Loyal – We are proud of our company and its values
Ethical – We don’t compromise our values and we don’t cut corners
Respectful – We care about people, property and good stewardship of money

In the event that an employee does not live up to any one of our values, we know they are not the right person for the team.

Thanks to all of our team members, company wide for your safe, hard work that you do for the company. We want our staff to know that we see all of the hard work they put in every day. Our employees work long hours to service our clients. Our teams are involved in many challenging situations where they perform work in tight crawl spaces all day on their hands and knees all wrapped up in hot tyvek suits. They are put into high risk situations such as attics in +32 degree temperatures, raw sewage backups, rodent dropping clean up and more.

Stay tuned for future posts of our teams at each location, stories of projects we are working on, certifications and training, trade show events we attend and much more.

 

got mold?™ at the Regina Spring Home Show

got mold?™ at the Regina Spring Home Show

We invite you to come join us at the Regina Spring home show at Evraz Place, this weekend. You can enter both of our draws, one for a free Radon test kit, and another for a mold and or asbestos assessment/survey with a detailed report.

We are in the Canada Centre Complex, Aisle C, Booth 204, directly across from Emterra Environmental.,  Right beside us is Pro solutions and Infinite Water Solutions, in case you are thirsty due to all the walking around the sho.

There are several other great exhibitors such as That Guy Contracting, Full Throttle Furnace & Duct Cleaning and many more.

Wether you are renovating, thinking of renovating, looking for a tiny home, need a brand new home, are in need of a new roof, or anything else home related, this trade show is for you.

There’s plenty of candy, balloons and other treats for the kids, come out and show your support for local trusted contractors.

Dates, Times & Admission

Location:

Canada Centre Building – Evraz Place

Dates/Times:

Thursday, March 30th: 3pm – 9pm
Friday, March 31st: 1pm – 9pm
Saturday, April 1st: 10am – 8pm
Sunday, April 2nd: 10am – 5pm

Admission:

Advance Tickets Are Available Now!
Tickets available at the Brandt Centre Box Office.

Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am till 5:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am till 4:00 pm.

One Day Admission – $12.00 per person
Two Day Pass – $19.00 per person

$1 from each admission on Saturday, April 1st will be donated to Habitat for Humanity Regina

Includes Parking
Kids 12 & Under are Free

Congratulations To Our Most Recently Certified Water Restoration Technicians

Congratulations To Our Most Recently Certified Water Restoration Technicians, Matt Drinkwalter  & Billy Apostal

We are very proud off all of our employees and are committed to providing them with the latest in education. We keep our team members certified and constantly learning.

The Water Damage Restoration Technician course is designed to teach restoration personnel that perform remediation work to give them a better concept of water damage, it’s effects and techniques for drying of structures. This course will give residential and commercial maintenance personnel the background to understand the procedures necessary to deal with water losses, sewer back-flows, and contamination such as mold.

There are two key questions your water damage restoration contractor must be able to answer. First, what is the category of water? Second, how much damage or destruction has the water caused? Answers to these questions enable the water damage restoration contractor to create a professional scope of work and action plan.

What are the categories of water?

According to the IICRC, there are several different levels and classes involved in liquid destruction. From the IICRC’s S-500 standards, there are three categories describing the type of liquid involved:

Category 1 Water (Clean Water)

Water that originated directly from a sanitary source and when exposed to it, either through the skin, inhaled or ingested, does not cause a great deal of harm to humans. Examples of Category 1 Water: broken water supply lines, melting ice or snow, falling rain water, and tub or sink overflows (no contaminates).

Category 2 Water (Gray Water)

Defined as water with bacteria present, but no solid waste, carrying microorganisms and nutrients for microorganisms. Category 2 water does have the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if consumed or exposed to humans. Examples of Category 2 water: discharge from dishwashers or washing machines, toilet bowl overflows (urine, no feces), seepage due to hydrostatic pressure, and sump pump failures.

Category 3 Water (Black Water)

Contains pathogenic agents and is grossly unsanitary which includes raw sewage and other contaminated water sources, such as flooding from sea water, ground surface water and rising water from rivers or streams. To learn more about Category 3, read our two part series which described some of the challenges we faced during the Calgary flood in 2013.

HOW MUCH DAMAGE OR DESTRUCTION HAS THE WATER CAUSED?

According to the IICRC there are four classes of destruction:

Class 1

The lowest and easiest to deal with, this has a slow evaporation rate. Only part of a room or area was affected, there is little or no wet carpet, and the moisture has only affected materials with a low permeance rate, such as plywood or concrete.

Class 2

With a fast evaporation rate, this level affects an entire room, carpeting, or cushioning, the wetness has wicked up the walls at least 12”, and there is moisture remaining in structural materials.

Class 3

This class has the fastest evaporation rate, and ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet and sub-floors are all saturated. The liquid may have come from overhead.

Class 4

This class is labeled as specialty drying situations, which means there has been enough liquid and time to saturate materials with very low permeance, such as hardwood, brick, or stone.

It is important to understand that when you experience water damage, the longer you wait to begin dealing with the concern, the worse it can get. You should not allow the water to sit because the risk of bio-hazard increases. In short, in 2 to 3 days, category 1 water can turn into category 2 water and eventually category 3 water as other bacteria and pathogens begin to proliferate.

Bottom line, act immediately. Call a restoration professional to assess the category of water and extent of damage. Once this is determined, the scope of work will assess structural issues based on the class of damage, outline what contents need to be removed, how to deal with and remove excess water, a drying and monitoring strategy using air movers and dehumidifers, and a sanitizing plan to ensure a healthy environment.

It is important to understand that the goal of water damage restoration is to restore the property to pre-loss condition. With this in mind, once all the work has been done we strongly advise that you hire a Third Party Environmental consultant to perform post-remediation tests, particularly, if any mold or category 2 or 3 water was present. This final step will provide further peace of mind that the water damage restoration contractor you hired did a professional job.

 

Do you work for a company that renovates buildings built prior to 1990?

Do you work for a company that renovates buildings built prior to 1990?

We had a successful first year at the Homestyle’s show with many contractors and home & building owners coming to our booth with questions about mold, asbestos and radon.

I was prompted to write this article after one particular visitor came to our trade show booth for some answers and explained his concerns of his employer not testing for asbestos on their job sites. This gentleman told me that since the downturn in the economy the well known Saskatoon company he works for has moved from constructing new buildings to demolition and renovation work, just as many other builders have done in an effort to keep their businesses afloat.

The story is that they are running into vermiculite and other questionable building materials that most likely contain asbestos and when it has been brought up by himself or other employees, they are told that the materials most likely don’t contain asbestos. They are also told that in order to have the materials tested and analyzed, it would take a couple weeks for results and that they would have no work for employees in this case. The truth is samples can be analyzed within 24 hours of testing. To me this is a very sad and scary situation to think that an employer is so desperate for work that they would be negligent and put their employees and customers life at risk just to keep busy. WorkSafe BC has stated in this youtube video that “Since the year 2000, more workers have died from asbestos disease than any other workplace injury”.

If you work for a contractor that does demolition and renovation work in buildings built prior to 1990 without first having a hazardous building materials survey/audit performed, you must speak to your OH&S committee and state your concerns. If the company does not have an OH&S committee, you may want to consider finding a different job or go directly to OH&S. Here is the Saskatchewan asbestos abatement manual & regulations, your employer and all employees should be familiar with this manual.

Key lessons to be learned from this story are as follows:

1. Before starting a renovation project, your employer must hire a professional consultant to determine whether the building has materials that contain asbestos.

2. Determine whether or not the project will potentially disturb the asbestos.

3. Determine if the materials are friable or non friable which will help determine if the project requires low, moderate or high risk abatement.

4. If the consultant finds that the renovation project could release asbestos fibres into the air, then your employer must have an abatement plan in place by working with a professional abatement contractor.

got mold?™ At the Homestyle’s Home Show in Saskatoon

got mold?™ At the Homestyle’s Home Show in Saskatoon

We invite you to come join us at Homestyle’s in Saskatoon at Prairie Land Park, 503 Ruth Street West this weekend. You can enter both of our draws, one for a free Radon test kit, and another for a mold and asbestos assessment/survey with a detailed report.

We are in row 500, directly across from Boryski Butcher Block Ltd., so you can grab some sausage, jerky or a tub of meat and cheese to snack on and don’t forget to take some home. Right beside us is Power roofing Systems and GT Showers & Doors.

There are several other great exhibitors such as J&H Builders with their featured tiny RTM homes, True North Log Homes and many more.

You can also come down and donate to the Children’s Hospital Foundation and purchase tickets from Gary Viden at Team Diabetes for your chance to win a trip for two to anywhere West Jet flies.

Wether you are renovating, thinking of renovating, looking for a tiny home (J&H Builders), need a brand new home, are in need of a new roof, new cookware (Treasure Chest Distributors), cutlery (Cutco) or anything else home related, this trade show is for you.

There’s plenty of candy, balloons and other treats for the kids, come out and show your support for local trusted contractors.

Show times for the weekend:

Saturday, March 11 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday, March 12 10 am – 5 pm

Tickets Cost:

Your ticket includes Main Stage and Bistro programming. Seating may be limited. See schedules for complete details.

Adults: $12.50
Seniors: $10.00 (55+over $8.00 on Thursday)
Children 12 & under: Free

Get your tickets at the door (CASH ONLY)

Parking:

Prairieland Park offers an abundance of free parking.

Speakers:

This year we’ve brought in HGTV stars, along with our local experts. Click HERE to see the schedule.

For more information visit the Homestyle’s web site.

We look forward to seeing you at the show. Keep posted on the winners of our two draws by checking our blog after the show.