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?™ New Office in Regina, SK

The number of calls got mold?™ receives in Southern Saskatchewan has prompted the company to yet again expand its business by hiring a Manager and opening a new office in Regina. As of February 8, 2016, Mr. Mike Cornford has assumed the role of Regional Manager for Southern Saskatchewan and will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of got mold?™ Regina operations.

Regina got moldgot mold?™ specializes in finding and fixing sources of unhealthy indoor air; sources which include mold, asbestos, radon, 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 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.

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10 Steps to proper asbestos abatement

10 Steps to proper asbestos abatement

When considering asbestos removal it is important to take the proper steps. Getting a trusted professional to assist you is the best possible answer and can save you time, money and your health. If you own a home built before 1990 and are considering doing renovations or demolishing the building, proper steps need to be made to keep you and the people around you safe. got mold? has assembled information that will hopefully assist you make the right decisions.

Steps to take to ensure proper asbestos abatement.

  1. A pre-1990 house/building is to be demolished or renovated.
  2.  The building owner (or owner’s representative) or the employer (e.g., builder, demolition contractor) retains a qualified person (usually a consultant) to perform a risk assessment and asbestos survey before conducting work where asbestos may be disturbed.
  3. The qualified person inspects the house/ building, collects representative bulk samples, and has the samples analyzed by a qualified laboratory.
  4. The qualified person prepares a report that identifies all inspection results (including drawings, plans, or specifications), risk assessment, and scope of work for the abatement of the asbestos.
  5. The report containing the inspection results is provided to the owner/employer. The inspection results must be available at the worksite whenever workers are on site.
  6.  The owner or employer retains trained asbestos abatement workers. A notice of project (NOP) with written work procedures is submitted to the customer or building owner before commencement of asbestos removal work.
  7. Safe removal and disposal of identified asbestos occurs.
  8. After the asbestos removal the owner or employer receives written confirmation that the asbestos specified for removal on the NOP has been removed. A copy of the inspection results is on site.
  9. The owner authorizes demolition of the house/building to proceed. The demolition employer proceeds to demolish house using safe work procedures. Copies of inspection results and post-abatement reports are on site.
  10. If any asbestos is found during demolition, all work is to cease until a risk assessment is done and the asbestos is safely contained or removed. In this case, go back to step 7.

Radon Awareness FAQ

Saskatchewan & Alberta are known hotspots in Canada for radon gas.

What is radon gas? 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.

How does radon get into a home? Radon can enter a home through foundation cracks and similar unsealed openings in basement walls and floors. Radon levels are generally highest in cellars and basements because these areas are nearest to the source and are usually poorly ventilated.

What does it do? 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.

How serious is the threat? Radon is the leading source of lung cancer after smoking. It is estimated to kill 2,000 Canadians every year. Because there is some risk at any level, homeowners may want to have their homes tested and take any steps to reduce their exposure to radon, regardless of levels tested.

What are the changes to the radon guidelines? 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.

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.

How do I know if my home is at risk? The only way to determine the actual concentration of radon in a home is by a direct measurement. got mold? can assist in getting a test available for your building envelope. The tests can take three to six months to complete. The best time to test is between September and April, when your windows and doors are closed.

Which is at a higher risk? New or older homes? Radon can enter any home. 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.

Is the remediation work costly? Costs typically range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, depending on the amount and type of work needed. Please note that radon ‐ reduction mediation techniques may also result in energy savings and lower your utility bills

Will radon lower my property values? That depends on individual buyers. Some might be scared off, whereas others might feel more comfortable knowing the owner has looked for radon and, where applicable, done the remediation.

Does Saskatchewan & Alberta have radon “hot spots”? Radon levels vary not only from one geographic area to another, but from house to house. 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 will have a high level of radon. Your home may have very little radon gas, while your neighbour’s house has significant levels.

How safe are multi‐unit dwellings? 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.