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.

 

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.

Happy Holidays from got mold?™

During the holiday season, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our success possible. We are grateful for all of our wonderful employees, customers, suppliers and our shareholders.

It is in this spirit that we say thank you and best wishes for the holidays and New Year in 2017.

got mold?™ New office in Medicine Hat Alberta

got mold?™ New office in Medicine Hat Alberta

The number of calls got mold?™ receives in Southern Alberta has prompted the company to yet again expand its business by hiring a Manager and actively looking for a new office/warehouse space in Medicine Hat. As of November 10th, 2016, Mr. Mark French has assumed the role of Area Manager for Medicine Hat & Area and will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of got mold?™ Medicine Hat operations. Mark brings several years of training and experience in the industry to the got mold?™ team and we look forward to our future growth with Mr. French on the team.

Medicine Hat got mold?™ specializes in finding and fixing sources of unhealthy indoor air; sources which include mold, asbestos, radon, lead, MVOC’s, VOC’s, bacteria from sewer backup and a variety of other contaminants. Calls to got mold?™ originate from insurance companies, commercial, industrial & institutional clients as well as residential customers who typically have either experienced a major event such as fire or flood, or they are having health concerns while in the built environment, notice a smell, or they physically see something they suspect may be affecting the quality of their indoor air. In some cases, there are no visible signs of contamination, but troublesome physical symptoms appear such as headaches, nausea, skin irritation, bleeding noses or breathing challenges.

In all cases, got mold?™ is able to respond by having a skilled investigator examine the building for potential causes of unhealthy indoor air. The investigations are extensive and involve a variety of techniques, technology and if necessary a sampling strategy. Certified 3rd party labs analyze all samples and the results, positive or negative, are compiled and presented to the client in form of a report.

When it comes to removing contaminants, got mold?™ teams go to work utilizing the experience they have gained through the completion of more than 3000 projects throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta. got mold?™ is certified in all the latest contaminant management techniques and does not cut corners.

We look forward to serving home and building owners in Medicine Hat, Brooks, Lethbridge and surrounding areas.

Structural damage caused by water, mold, insurance claim.

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Structural damage caused by water, mold, insurance claim.

Recently, we assessed an insurance claim in Regina Saskatchewan where water was leaking from the main floor kitchen. The leak was hidden as it was caused by strain on a pipe below the sink drain Y to the stand pipe and caused it to crack the pipe in behind the cabinets.

The leak went completely unnoticed for a long period of time. The insured only knew he had a leak when he found what looked like mold growing above the baseboards in the basement. Insurance was called and a claim ensued. The insurance company agreed on a scope of work and a price to get the water damage cleaned up and we commenced services.

Once we opened up the ceiling of the basement, we found that the structural integrity of the building was compromised. The I joists had water damage over what appears to be a long period of time. The long term moisture damage has caused the growth of mold and dry rot on the joists.

When we contacted the insurance adjuster to discuss the issues we found, she informed us that they will not be covering any further damages as the damages are not due to the immediate resulting damage from the water. Since there is a structural concern, we retained the services of an engineer on behalf of our client.

A total of three wood I joists were damaged and the wood webs along with the top and bottom flanges on each of the I joists have excessive decay, leaving the remaining wood structure soft. Sections of the web and flanges have been eaten by the mold to the point that they are missing. The rim joist in the area of the damaged wood I joists along with the 2″ x 4″ wood sill located at the top of the concrete foundation wall have also decayed, leaving the remaining structure soft.

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Following the engineers instructions, we will replace the three I joists that span 13 feet. The I joists will need to be replaced from the outside as there is no way to twist them in. Replacing from the outside requires us to remove and replace some of the siding on our clients home.

In order to follow through with the engineers recommendations we must have an electrician remove wiring and a mechanical contractor remove the ducting that is in the way. We will replace the existing damaged rim joist and sill plate at the top of the concrete foundation and the floor sheeting.

An annual inspection could have potentially saved this homeowner thousands of dollars in repairs that are not being covered by insurance.

 

For more information in regards to our inspections and moisture mapping please visit our web site got mold?™