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Trusted Regina Directory welcomes Medius Restoration Services as Trusted Regina Disaster services professionals

The Trusted Regina Directory team would like to welcome Medius Restoration Services on the Regina directory of Excellence! This exciting new addition have become affectionately know as the clean up crew who will help you recover from disaster faster.  Their core services include: water, mold, fire, and asbestos. They specialize in crawl space remediation, asbestos identification and removal, smoke & odour mitigation, and re-construction services.  You can find them in our Regina Contractors, Exteriors and Roofers category.

Medius had amazing reviews! We spoke to several of their current and past clients and we are so pleased that they are joining the Trusted Regina team of professional contractors! The reviews they had were exceptional 10 out of 10 ratings with nearly everyone we spoke to.  Some even tried to give us an 10+. 

Here are some things people had to say about them:

"I have worked with Medius in several capacities on lots of jobs, they are second to none.  They have high standards and hold their staff to that.  No one in their industry is more trained" William Isabelle, Complete Construction Services.

"We chose Medius and were not disappointed.  They were very polite, communicated with us very well and have a high level of integrity.  We only wish that we hired them sooner"  Kathleen Loyloa, Rocanville Housing Authority.

"We have used other disaster restoration companies but always prefer them, they do and excellent job" Pam Knourek.

Medius is excited to celebrate 10 years serving, growing and improving with Saskatchewan.

They are a locally owned and operated company, hiring local staff and management to work in our ever growing community. Their staff are highly educated and continue to update their qualifications and train in the latest techniques and implement the latest technology as the industry develops. Medius offers a full range of restoration and remediation services. Their professionals hold university degrees in business, environmental sciences, biology, and kiniesiology, ensuring each and every job is done to the highest standard possible.

Medius strongly believe that you get what you pay for. When you hire Medius you are hiring full-time professionals with the experience, tools, equipment, and an attitude that you can relate to and can trust.  They with a variety of clients – homeowners, housing authorities, schools, hospitals, lawyers, government agencies, brokers and insurance companies.


Their core services include: water, mold, fire, and asbestos. They specialize in crawl space remediation, asbestos identification and removal, smoke & odour mitigation, and re-construction services.

Medius, is an IICRC certified firm and your best choice for restoration. They are reasonably priced, efficient and environmentally responsible. When you have an emergency that needs immediate attention, they are available – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year.

Call today 306-565-3395 and see what they can do for you!


Medius Restoration Services are Trusted Regina Disaster, mold and asbestos remediation Services 


Winmar your Trusted Regina disaster services experts partner with Inflotrolix

At Winmar They perform their work the way it should be done -by industry standards…nothing less! REGINA DISASTER RECOVERY SERVICES Winmar provides expert advice and world class service!

They have certified consultants who are there for you 24/7 for REGINA disaster response services, fire and flood damage & restoration throughout Saskatchewan.  

 

Winmar partner with Inflotrolix: 

LONDON, ON – July 21, 2015 WINMAR Franchise Corp. announces its national partership with INFLOTROLIX, an industry leading flood prevention solutions firm.

WINMAR continually endeavors to differentiate themselves within the Insurance & Commercial Services Industry in Canada in order to position themselves as the premier SOLUTIONS provider in Emergency & Disaster Recovery Services.

As water damage losses continue to escalate Canada wide, WINMAR has now joined forces in a partnership with INFLOTROLIX – A fully Canadian owned & operated flood prevention solutions firm on their state of the art, technologically advanced Bacwater Valve system called AQUA-PROTEC and its value added leak detection system called NOWA. Unlike the current bacwater valve solution, AQUA-PROTEC has the following features: Fully Automated balloon inflation & deflation, Self-maintaining control panel with battery backup, Built in alarm to alert homeowners including smart phone technology and Non-invasive installation.

 

AQUA-PROTEC - see how it works:

 

WINMAR is presenting this partnership as an example of wanting to do its best to serve the needs of the insurer and all property owners. Reducing claims costs associated with flooding whether from reoccurrence of sewer backups or water damage from internal plumbing and leaks, that, taken together, represent the greatest area of Insurer payouts to this date.

Many Municipalities across Canada currently offer flood protection & prevention “subsidy & rebate programs” when equipment such as bacwater valves are professionally installed. Along with these subsidies WINMAR has also stepped up to the plate to offer other assistance to residential and commercial clients both directly and in conjunction with Insurer programs we are starting to see such as sewer back-up discounts, lowering of deductibles and increased sub-limits, amongst others.

Interested in finding out more about this & how WINMAR, with INFLOTROLIX, can be a part of the solution in the fight to prevent water losses, please contact Sean Hobson, Vice President, National Programs WINMAR Franchise Corp. at seanhobson@winmar.ca or call 226-268-8580.

About WINMAR

WINMAR is a nation-wide franchisee network of leading Property Restoration Specialists servicing insurance companies, property management companies, and corporations since 1977. All Winmar franchises are independently owned, trained and certified to provide 24/7 emergency response services and building property damage restoration caused by wind, fire, water, break & enter and other perils. WINMAR franchises also offer specialty services including thermo imaging, mould remediation, building sanitization & deodorization, asbestos remediation, and petroleum spills for both commercial and residential claims. WINMAR is Canada’s Largest Property Restoration NETWORK with over 90 locations across Canada serving all aspects of the residential, industrial and commercial insurance network. For more information about WINMAR or franchise opportunities visit http://www.winmar

 

Check out their listing on the REGINA DIRECTORY under REGINA CONTRACTORS ( GENERAL) ...they are your REGINA DISASTER SERVICES experts!

 

 

Medius Trusted Regina disaster services tip on Mould


Here they share a tip on Mould: 

Moulds are forms of fungus (mildew, yeast and mushrooms are some of the types of fungus) that grow indoors and outdoors. People are exposed to mould spores (i.e. airborne “seeds”) daily in the air that they breathe. However, sometimes moulds can grow excessively in certain areas called “amplification sites,” and can cause different types of illnesses. Some moulds are more hazardous than others, and different people have different responses to mould exposure.

Those with allergies, existing respiratory conditions or suppressed immune systems are especially susceptible to health problems from mould exposure. Additionally, infants and children, pregnant women, and the elderly can be sensitive to the effects of mould exposure. Some people that have been exposed to mould experience symptoms that can last longer than their usual time periods, such as allergic reactions with symptoms similar to hay fever and the common cold, while others can experience aggravation to asthma.

Researchers have identified that some fungi in indoor environments can induce allergic and irritant responses, infectious diseases, respiratory problems, hypersensitivity reactions, and organ toxicity. In addition, some moulds produce chemicals called mycotoxins, which can cause flu-like symptoms. It should be noted that the causes and effects of mould exposure on people are not very well understood. In some cases, health problems that are attributable to mould are temporary and can be controlled by limiting exposure to moulds. 

What factors affect mould growth?

Several factors affect mould growth, including:

Nutrient Availability – Nutrients absorb moisture to maintain a favourable environment for mould growth. They can be found on many surfaces, including soil, dirt, wood, cellulose (paper, ceiling tile, jute carpet backing, cork, pipe, wrap), and some forms of insulation, such as fabric, oil, etc.

• Moisture Content – The amount of moisture in a material influences how an organism can support growth. Moisture sources include condensation in humid rooms, on windows, walls, unheated closets, dampness under carpets, shower curtains, and periodic wet sections in ductwork of air-conditioned ventilation.

Temperature – Temperature is also a factor that affects mould growth. Moulds typically require temperatures between 5ºC and 38ºC to grow.

 

What is an amplification site?

As mentioned above, buildings are not often sterile, which means the presence of mould spores is very common in most buildings. It is interesting to note that the mere presence of mould spores in a building is not a concern. The concern arises when mould areas have grown in a building. When areas in a building have suitable nutrient and moisture content that fosters mould growth, the area is called an amplification site.

Can mould be easily identified in homes by a visual inspection?

Mould cannot be easily identified in homes by a visual inspection. Past studies have indicated that up to 90% of mould growth is not visible on the surface. Certain school boards have found a very poor correlation between the results of visual (surface) inspections and subsequent invasive inspections in portables located within Ontario. Certain guidelines state that an invasive inspection is necessary to make a complete assessment of the extent of mould contamination in a building.

Helpful Tips:

Moisture is one of the key factors that affect mould growth. There is very little time after a flood to prevent the development of an amplification site. Buildings are not sterile and pre-existing mould spores will begin to develop rapidly with the proper nutrient, moisture, and temperature combinations. It is considered good practice to remove water very quickly (within 24 to 48 hours) after flooding. Also, surface moisture should be reduced to below 70% relative humidity as soon as possible to reduce the potential for mould growth.

 

 


 

Winmar your Trusted Regina disaster services experts share a tip on Water Damage

At Winmar They perform their work the way it should be done -by industry standards…nothing less! REGINA DISASTER RECOVERY SERVICES Winmar provides expert advice and world class service!

They have certified consultants who are there for you 24/7 for REGINA disaster response services, fire and flood damage & restoration throughout Saskatchewan.

Here they share a tip on Water damage: 

When water damage occurs, immediate action must be taken in order to find the cause, fix the issue, and prevent further damage from occurring. At WINMAR Saskatoon, our IICRC trained technicians specialize in cleaning up water damage to your home or property. Our team of specialists is equipped with the techniques and equipment to determine the cause and repair the damages properly.

Water damage can occur at any time of the day, any day of the year, which is why WINMAR Saskatoon is available 24/7 for all types of emergency water damage issues in your home or business.

 

Category 1 Water Damage

Category 1 water sources do not cause an initial health threat. Sources include broken pipes, appliance water line failures, hot water heater ruptures, and broken toilet tanks. If Category 1 water damage is dealt with in the first 24 hours, often times everything can be dried in place and minimal demolition will be required.

Category 2 Water Damage

Category 2 water sources contain some degree of contamination. These sources include appliance overflow, aquariums leaks, waterbed leaks or bursts, and falling rainwater. If Category 1 water damage is left for more than 48 hours, it becomes Category 2 water damage and will require a cleanup process similar to Category 3 water damage.

Category 3 Water Damage

Category 3 water sources always contain pathogenic agents and can be harmful to your health. These water sources include sewer backups, sea and ground surface water, toilet bowls overflows, and sump pump backups. With Category 3 water damage, all items that are contaminated need to be dealt with properly and by professionals to prevent further damage to your home & your health. Many items, including your carpet & drywall, need to be removed & properly disposed of. WINMAR was one of the first companies to purchase an Esporta Wash system. This system safely & effectively cleans & disinfects your soft contents that have suffered water damage.

 

Our Process

 

Each time we work with our customers is an opportunity for our WINMAR team to show our professional skills and how we really do make a difference.

The first step is always to meet with our customer and go over the scope of the job. We always ask our customers to remove any valuables or sentimental items from the area before we start work.

Next, we want to deal with the things that matter most to you – your belongings. WINMAR will work with you to carefully pack & move your undamaged contents to a safe place. We will also determine which of your contaminated items can be cleaned & returned to you, and which need to be disposed of. With the help of the Esporta Wash System, we can now save up to 85% of your belongings that were damaged by water.

Next, we will deal with your home. Properly trained technicians will use their equipment to determine which areas of your walls & floor need to be removed. After the demolition is complete, WINMAR will disinfect the area and set-up drying equipment to stabilize the environment. Properly drying the water damaged areas will prevent future damage from occurring.

Lastly, we want to meet with our customer again. We want to ensure you are happy with the work done and understand the next steps in the process. Remember, WINMAR is here to help you put things back together too.

 

Check out their listing on the REGINA DIRECTORY under REGINA CONTRACTORS ( GENERAL) ...they are your REGINA DISASTER SERVICES experts! 

 

Winmar your Trusted Regina disaster services experts share a tip on the Insurance Claim Process

At Winmar They perform their work the way it should be done -by industry standards…nothing less! REGINA DISASTER RECOVERY SERVICES Winmar provides expert advice and world class service!

They have certified consultants who are there for you 24/7 for REGINA disaster response services, fire and flood damage & restoration throughout Saskatchewan.

Here they share a tip on the Insurance Claim process:

 

Here at WINMAR, we specialize in insurance restoration. Dealing with insurance companies is what we do every day. We know the process inside and out. However, more times than not, this is the homeowner’s first insurance claim ever – they have never been through it and don’t know what to expect. We are here to help! The following is a typical (and lengthy) insurance claim process:

1) Most homeowners purchase their home insurance from a Broker or Agent – someone who sells insurance. Upon experiencing water damage, fire damage or any other type of property damage to your home, you will call your broker to inform them of what happened.

2) Your broker will inform your Insurance Company. Your insurance company will then assign an Adjuster. This can take minutes or several hours, depending on the severity of the claim. In extreme cases this can even take a day or more.

What can I do in the meantime?
If your home requires immediate attention (i.e. there is water in your basement) feel free to call a trusted restoration company (WINMAR) to get started on what the insurance world calls “loss mitigation” or, simply put, cleaning up to prevent further damages.

3) Your adjuster will contact you to discuss the claim. Depending on the insurance company, they will refer you to a restoration company to help clean up the damages. If you’ve already called a company in to help, they will take note of that and confirm coverage. Sometimes your adjuster will want to attend the home to view the damages and determine the next steps.

Note about determining Coverage: under no circumstances can your restoration company confirm insurance coverage. Every policy is written differently and every adjuster interprets your policy differently. Our job as a restoration company is to confirm the cause of loss, report this to the insurance company and your adjuster is the only person who can confirm coverage.

4) Your restoration company will come to your home, view the damages and, if necessary, begin the emergency services portion of your claim. The goal of this step is to do the minimal work required to prevent further damages from occurring to your home. i.e. water can lead mould growth – our job is to prevent this.

5) Once the emergency portion is complete, your insurance company will require quotes for the repair work. Most companies require 2 quotes. Depending on the size of the job, they may require 3. Often they will recommend companies to call, or you can always choose your own.

Homeowner’s choice: Do not feel obligated to use a company your insurance adjuster or broker recommends. They should never “bully” you into using someone you aren’t comfortable with. This is your home, your belongings and it is always YOUR choice as to what company completes the work.

6) Waiting for quotes. This is the step that always frustrates homeowners. It takes time to put together an accurate quote as there are many things to consider. If it is a smaller job, this can take 1-5 days. However, if you’ve had a fire or your finished basement was damaged by water, this can take 7+ days. If 3 companies are required to quote, you now have to wait for all of those companies to get paperwork done. Is there flooring involved? The insurance world uses a special system for determining flooring values, called ICC. This means samples of your flooring have to be sent away to Toronto for evaluation. Depending on what part of the country you live in, this could take 3+ days for turnaround. After the values are determined, they have to be sent to an ICC certified flooring vendor to provide an ICC quote. Restoration companies have to coordinate this and wait for results before they are able to submit their estimate. We ask for your patience during this process. Please feel free to call your restoration company anytime and ask about the status of your quote. You should always receive a friendly answer.

7) Once all of the quotes have been submitted to your insurance company, your insurance adjuster will contact you to discuss your options. This isn’t always the same day the quotes are received. If we have submitted the quote, it is out of our hands until you talk to your adjuster. You have several options at this point, which your adjuster will describe to you.

8) Your insurance adjuster will often approve the lowest quote, regardless of who the company is. This is where your homeowner choice comes in. If the lowest quote isn’t the company you want, you don’t have to use them! However, your insurance company will only pay that amount. If there is a difference between what the insurance is willing to pay and what the restoration company you want has quoted, you will be responsible for the difference. Ask your preferred restoration company if they are willing to match the approved dollar amount, or if they are willing to lower their quote at all to make it more reasonable for you. Often the quotes are just a fraction apart from each other. Forming a good relationship with your restoration company of choice will help you immensely at this stage. Sometimes paying a small amount of money out of your pocket is worth it to have a company you trust working in your home.

9) Meet with your restoration company at your house. This gives both you and the restoration company the perfect opportunity to discuss the entirety of the job. Time frames, schedules, colour choices etc. can be discussed at this time. Also, if there are any changes you’d like to make or extra work you want completed at the same time, this can be brought up now. Also, make sure to discuss their warranty policy. Do they have one? How long is it? What does it cover? Things to consider: How long have they been in business? Can they back up their warranty? Are they part of a larger organization? These are all good questions to ask.

10) Deductibles. Despite popular belief that you will have to pay your deductible to your insurance company, most likely you will need to pay this to your restoration company. Typically the insurance adjuster will deduct your deductible amount from the restoration company’s invoice amount, leaving an outstanding balance payable to your restoration company. Discuss this with your restoration company of choice prior to work starting. Many restoration companies require this amount before starting work. Ask if there is anything you can do to help minimize this cost. Maybe you’re willing to allow them a sign in your yard, or to do some of the work yourself.

11) Getting the work done. After you’ve picked your restoration company and the amount has been approved, work starts! This is an exciting time for homeowners, they start to see some real progress on putting their house back to the way it was. Your restoration company will work with you to schedule all of the work that needs to be completed. There will be things you will need to do, like choosing flooring, paint colours, cabinets, etc. The faster you can make these choices, the faster work can continue.

12) Job complete! Do a happy dance in your newly restored home and smile. If you’re satisfied with the work, find your restoration company on Facebook and/or Google and leave a positive review. Handwritten cards & letters of reference are always appreciated as well. The insurance industry is a tough, and often disliked industry, you’d be surprised how a small “thank you” or “job well done” can change someone’s day.

What if you’re not satisfied? Always call your restoration company first. Give them the opportunity to make things right. If you’re having trouble with your contact, ask for the manager or boss. If you are still having difficulty getting things corrected, call your insurance adjuster. Often a phone call from them will get the ball rolling back in the right direction.

Start to Finish, this process can take anywhere from 30 days to 6+ months. It can be frustrating trying to deal with all of the steps and people involved, and waiting for things to happen is always the worst part. A good restoration company will understand that you didn’t plan for this to happen and will accommodate you so you have as little disturbance to your life as possible. Finding a company you are comfortable with is your best bet to a satisfactory result.

Open communication, honesty, & integrity are 3 rules we live by here at WINMAR Saskatoon. If you’re experiencing an insurance claim & damage to your home or business, please give us a call!

 

Check out their listing on the REGINA DIRECTORY under REGINA CONTRACTORS ( GENERAL) ...they are your REGINA DISASTER SERVICES experts!  

 

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