Merry Christmas to all of our valued followers, customers and vendors
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.
Depending on the year of your home popcorn or acoustic spray are likely to contain asbestos, a known carcinogen. Popcorn Ceilings were very popular from 1950 until 1978, when the application was banned, because it allowed builders to obscure bad sheet rock installations. When considering doing home renovations you must have a sample taken as late as 1990 before you begin any removal to make sure you don’t have asbestos fibres to worry about.
Not all popcorn ceiling contains asbestos, even if the home was built or renovated during the times in which asbestos was most commonly used. Getting a professional to collect the sample is the safest route to take before you begin any removal. If the ceiling is not disrupted, you may wish to consider getting the professional to do the sampling.
You cannot be sure that a material contains asbestos by just looking at it with the naked eye. Therefore, treat all suspect materials as if they contain asbestos.
- Shut down any heating or cooling systems to minimize the spread of any released fibers.
- Do not disturb the material any more than is needed to take a small sample.
- Wet the material using a fine mist of water containing a few drops of detergent before taking the sample. The water/detergent mist will reduce the possibility of releasing asbestos fibers.
Carefully cut/scrape a piece from the entire depth of the material using, for example, a small knife, corer, or other sharp object.
- Collect Multiple samples from different areas of the ceiling preferably to the depth of the material and approximately 2-3 inches long. (This allows enough material for a proper sample to be analyzed)
Credible companies can get the results back in 24 hours or less if you request for a rush sample. It is recommended that the home owner or business owner get a professional to come and collect the sample to decrease the chances of exposure and the proper amount of material is collected.
With Father’s Day approaching, I have been reflecting on the last few years I had with my Father. I don’t typically share personal stories but this may hit home for some people that really need to hear it.
My Father passed away 6 years ago from a rare form of blood cancer called multiple myeloma. 15 years ago, the life expectancy of someone with myeloma was less than 6 months. Thanks to advances in medicine, we were able to get an extra 5 years with him. Those were not 5 cancer free years but we had 3 years quality time with him. I am going to talk about the last 2 years, and why I am writing this.
They call it a fight with cancer for a reason. Every day that someone with cancer is alive, their bodies are in a fight for survival. Dad had a stem cell transplant to try to kill off the cancer and regrow healthy bone marrow. This left him immune compromised and susceptible to many diseases that he would normally have fought off easily. Things that he had been vaccinated for as a child, he was no longer immune to. In the last 2 years of his life he came down with Chicken Pox, Shingles, Clostridium difficile(C-Diff), and several “fungal” infections. It wasn’t until I started working at gotmold, that I understood where the fungal infection came from. It’s called Aspergillosis. It comes from a very common source of mold; however, it is immune compromised and weakened people who are susceptible to the infections.
At the time, we were bewildered as to where he would have picked up a fungal infection. We certainly didn’t have a moldy house! Looking back now however, there were several water claims in my parent’s home that would have certainly left mold behind if not properly taken care of. Knowing what I know now, I would have had the restoration/insurance company working on my parent’s claim do air sampling to ensure that they had removed any and all affected materials, sprayed an anti-microbial agent and encapsulated any materials that could not be removed. These are the proper steps to ensure a safe, healthy living environment following a water loss, or mold abatement.
I understand that this wouldn’t have cured my father’s cancer, but anyone who has lost a loved one to cancer knows that the most important part about the time you have left with them is the quality of life. Every time my father had an infection, he spent a week or more in the hospital. He hated the hospital more than anything. If I could have given my father more quality time to spend with his kids and especially his grand kids, I would have done everything in my power to make it happen. Ensuring he lived in a healthy living environment should have been the easy first step, if only I had known there were people out there to test the air in their home.
My Father and I six months before he passed away. Happy Fathers Day Dad.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.