Merry Christmas to all of our valued followers, customers and vendors
Saskatchewan & Alberta are known hotspots in Canada for radon gas, with pockets all over the place. Have your home or office tested now as it is the best time of year for this service.
Radon is a colourless, odourless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally in the environment. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soils and rocks. Once this radioactive gas becomes airborne, it attaches itself to particles in the air and can then be inhaled
Radon can enter your home or office building through foundation cracks and other unsealed openings in basement walls and floors. Radon levels are generally highest in cellars, crawl spaces and basements because these areas are nearest to the source and are typically poorly ventilated.
Although you will experience no immediate symptoms, the gas can damage lungs at the DNA level, potentially leading to cancer, when inhaled at high levels over many years. As a matter of fact Health Canada states that on average, 16% of lung cancer deaths are attributable to radon exposure in Canada. In 2006, an estimated 1,900 lung cancer deaths in Canada were due to radon exposure. Radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer, after smoking. The Lung Association states the same facts and has been very active in promoting awareness.
Health Canada’s new guideline was developed in partnership with the provinces and territories. It is now 200 becquerels (“bec‐ krells”) per cubic metre, much reduced from 800 becquerels per cubic metre in recent years.
Health Canada’s guideline for radon has always been based on the best available scientific evidence of health risk and two recent, independent scientific studies in Europe and North America have shown that the lung cancer risks extend to levels of radon found in some homes.
The only way to determine the actual concentration levels of radon in a home is by a direct measurement. got mold?™ can assist in properly setting up a test for your building. The tests take three to six months to complete. The best time to test is between September and April, when your windows and doors are closed.
Radon can enter any home, new or old. However, remediation options available to you may differ, depending on the type of foundation you have. If building a new home, speak to your builder about construction options that may reduce your risk. Every new home should be tested for radon by the homeowner after occupancy.
What if I get an unacceptably high reading? Radon concentrations in a home can usually be lowered by: reducing the emission from the ground into the building (for example, sealing cracks in cement foundations), and increasing the ventilation in basements and other enclosed areas where radon accumulates. We provide full service radon mitigation and look forward to serving you.
Typically the cost to mitigate radon concerns range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, depending on the amount and type of work required in order to effectively mitigate. Please note that radon ‐ reduction techniques may also result in energy savings and lower your utility bills.
Radon levels vary not only from one geographic area to another, but from house to house and building to building. A survey conducted by Health Canada in the 1970s showed that radon levels in certain Canadian cities were higher than in others. However, these same studies showed that it is impossible to predict whether any one house or building will have a high level of radon. Your home or office may have very little radon gas, while your neighbour’s house or office has significant levels.
Based on past experience, multi‐story apartment buildings are much less likely to have radon problems.
How safe are public facilities (hospitals and schools)? Government and Certain jurisdictions are currently testing for radon, for example they are testing school divisions that wish to have their facilities tested. Initial testing has been completed. In the case of health care facilities, officials from Saskatchewan Health will work with Regional Health Authorities and other stakeholder groups to ensure that owners/operators of these facilities have the necessary information to determine the safety of their facilities, and collectively determine if strategies to address radon need to be developed to maintain safe facilities.
Fill out the form to the right to test your home of office for Radon or call 1-888-909-6653
Great West Home & Leisure Show
The Great West Home & Leisure Show is proud to host nearly 200 exhibitors. Held the second-last weekend in October, it features a variety of products, services and attractions including the Home Centre, Food Alley, Healthy Living section, Rec Room and Children’s Activity Centre. Gadgets, Food, Reno’s, Gifts and more….there really is something for everyone and it’s a great place to do some pre-Christmas shopping!
Showtimes are as follows:
Cypress Centre, Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede
Friday, October 20, 2017: 12:00-9:00 pm
Saturday, October 21, 2017: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Sunday, October 22, 2017: 11:00 am-4:00 pm
Tickets Available at the Door:
Seniors 65+ and Students: $3.00
Children 11 & under: FREE
Lots of fun for the kids right beside and in front of our booth.
September is already more than half gone, the leaves are changing colour, the cool fall nights are upon us. We want to remind our followers of what to prepare for with the upcoming months ahead. As the leaves around your home or office building fall, they tend to land in the eaves troughs and clog up the flow. Once the leaves have all fallen, make sure to clean out your eaves to allow proper water flow for the fall rains and of course the snow melting during and after winter. Make sure that all downspouts are at least six feet away from the house, and that they are not clogged.
Now is a great time to have your attic inspected to make sure you have enough insulation and that it is spread evenly with adequate ventilation. Having proper insulation and air flow in your attic will help to prevent ice damming.
Our busiest time of year for mold inquiries is always the last quarter as people start spending more time in their home with the windows closed and the furnace blowing warm air around. All mold needs water to grow however, some mold is water loving and needs lots of water to stay healthy and some mold is non water loving and needs very little water to be healthy.
Some types of mold produce an odour typically described as musty, earthy, urine like and most commonly, like Grandmas old basement. As the rain stops falling and the basement or other affected area starts to dry out the water loving mold begins to starve and releases spores into the air in an effort to find better living conditions. When certain water loving mold types are starving they not only release spores into the air but also a microbial volatile organic compound (MVOC), which excretes an odour. This also works vice versa, when a non water loving mold is fed too much moisture, it will also produce MVOC’s along with an odour.
Having a fall mould inspection performed should be one of the first things to consider as the cold winter months will require you turn on your furnace and potentially cause cross contamination of blowing up mold spores that could be in the basement or other areas of the home.
Unfortunately, when Fall and Winter arrive, many blame health issues on colds and the flu. However, what most people do not realize is that mold spores can cause many of the symptoms we experience when we think we have a cold or flu:
- The sudden onset of allergic symptoms involving the respiratory system such as cough, congestion, sinus infection, asthma, and bronchitis.
- Unexplained headaches, decrease in attention span or memory, difficulty concentrating, or dizziness.
- Other physical symptoms of mold could include skin rash, itchy eyes, fatigue, and a general unwell feeling that disappears when you have been out of the house for periods of time.
Many of the symptoms above would be diagnosed as cold or flu symptoms by a Doctor. As our toxic mold survivor interviews show, this is a common occurrence simply because most Doctors are not trained to identify sickness caused by mold.
In the 1990s the Mayo Clinic published findings from a study that suggests that NEARLY ALL chronic sinusitis (inflammation of the membranes of your nose and sinus cavities) is caused by mold, but blamed on bacteria—then mistreated using antibiotics. In fact, according to their study, 96% of the people who suffer from chronic sinusitis are “fungal sensitized,” which means that they have an immune response that is triggered by inhaling fungal organisms.
The incidence of chronic sinusitis has been increasing because most physicians still believe that bacteria and not mold is the cause. As a result, Doctors prescribe antibiotics which do not provide long term relief.
If you suffer from a chronic sinus infection, you may want to have your home inspected for mold, which is probably the root cause of the problem.
If you experience these symptoms soon after turning on your furnace, then you likely have mold spores circulating in your home.
Peace of Mind
Trained mold inspectors follow a step by step protocol to determine if there is a mold problem. They will do visual inspections; ask questions to get a better idea of the building history to find out about leaks, floods, etc. any indication of past moisture issues; measure the moisture levels; and may recommend that tape, swab, or air quality tests be done to determine the type of mold and the spore count in the home.
The relative cost of a mold inspection compared to the potential health issues and eventual structural issues that mold can cause in a property is minor and should give you a significant amount of peace of mind knowing that you have had a professional inspection performed.
Bottom line, if you suspect that you have any mold concerns, we strongly recommend that you have a professional examine the problem so that you can prevent the spread of the mold throughout your home when you turn on your furnace.
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.