Did you know?
- Mold can grow in all types of climates; cold, hot, dry or humid!
- Mold is formally addressed in the International Building Code.
- Proper air filtration can control airborne indoor mold spores.
- Moisture reduction is the first step in controlling mold.
- There are many DIY mold remedies. Check out our web site for more info!
Mold naturally occurs in our environment and is present in our indoor spaces. There are thousands of types of mold and fungi. How do you determine what is or is not harmful?
Blue Sky specializes in indoor air quality testing, and remediation.
For the general population, short term exposure to mold may have ill effects on the respiratory system. Over time, the cumulative effects of exposure can lead to serious health issues. People with respiratory issues, compromised immune systems, asthma, headaches breathing difficulties, the very young, or the elderly may be affected more easily with smaller amounts of spores and less time of exposure. Mold remediation requires evaluation and planning to remove the source of mold and mitigate future growth.
Air & surface sampling, inspection, consulting, & remediation are services we offer. Blue Sky provides specific microbial management recommenda-tions and mitigation procedures with healthy air quality as the end goal.
Mold remediation procedures usually do not vary based on the type of mold that is present. The steps are to identify and stop the source, contain the affected area, control the environment with specialized air scrubbers, remove physical spores, clean all materials within the affected area, and then repair as needed.
Timely action to address air quality is important to safeguard a healthy indoor environment.
If you have visible mold growth or are concerned about air quality, odors, or your health, inspection and testing may be for you. Start with a call to Blue Sky Services & Restoration.
Winter in the Rockies — Get Out & Enjoy!
The Rocky Mountains are a special place! And, we here at Blue Sky Services & Restoration are proud to call it home. What better way to wake up to fresh powder on the mountains and the thrill of enjoying the myriad of outdoor activities: snowmobiling, snowshoeing, alpine or Nordic skiing. And, the wildlife do not disappoint either! Bison, Moose, Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Mule Deer, Coyote, and the elusive Wolf all live in harmony with each other AND, all of us.
Winter is a special time here in the Rockies, and particularly in our home town Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It is one of the most special places on Earth backdropped by the Grand Teton, Gros Ventre and Snake River Mountain ranges. Everyone at Blue Sky encourages you to GET OUT & ENJOY Nature at her finest!
Late Wyoming Winter Challenges ~ Frozen Pipes, Ice Dams & Snow Melt / Water Run Off!
As compared to the winter of 2016/2017, this year’s snow pack has been abundant in the mountains but minimal on the valley floor. The sub zero temps have also been less severe leaving everyone happy to have enjoyed a relatively easy Wyoming winter. It would be easy for locals to run headlong into spring and forget that we still have some winter left!
Frozen pipes. Frozen pipes can happen at anytime during the winter. Many factors can precipitate a frozen pipe. First, water has the unique characteristic that when it freezes, it expands. This expansion puts pressure on the metal or plastic it is frozen into. The most common reasons for freezing is electricity going out or heat turned off. Additionally, inadequate or missing insulation are problems, as are the moisture related issues from frozen pipes. Moisture protection, including moisture barriers and venting are important prevention measures; failures of these systems can allow water intrusion and humidity, causing various water damage. Ignoring signs of water intrusion can allow damage to become more extensive and difficult to repair. If there is suspected damage, call Blue Sky for a free 15 minute consultation. It will help provide valuable insight for the best informed decision.
Ice dams. Ice dams are large build-ups of ice on heated buildings, specifically the roof slopes & eves. Snow melt under mounds of snow can cause water damage if leaking into the building’s framing and/or siding. Preventing ice dams quickly through correctly installed insulation, proper venting and routine maintenance throughout the winter will go a long way in deterrence.
Snow Melt / Water Run Off. Surface and under-snow run off is the result of warmer temps causing the snow to melt. During the spring run off season, it is important to monitor where melting snow is coming from and where it is headed. Melting snow flows downhill and can saturate topsoil. The water table rises in spring and early summer, and may cause water intrusion or flooding of crawlspaces, basements and below-grade construction. Low air circulation in these confined spaces can lead to high moisture and ultimately mold. Blue Sky recommends periodic inspection and timely action to minimize impacts of springtime runoff. If you think you have water or mold issues from winter’s challenges, Blue Sky is at the ready to provide help on a variety of professional levels.
Water Damage Restoration
Water damage restoration begins with mitigation. Mitigation is the step you take as a home or business owner to prevent water damage from becoming more severe.
Rapid response and assessment is critical to slowing and stopping damage and preventing secondary damage from occurring. Water and high humidity can quickly affect trim, finishes, and fixtures. Water becomes trapped in wall and ceiling cavities and under floors. Mold may grow quickly, affecting air quality and becoming more expensive to fix.
Structural damage can occur if structural members are wet for a longer duration.
Our trained technicians use professional moisture detection and monitoring equipment to determine the extent of the moisture intrusion and establish drying goals.
RED-T DRYING PROCESS
- R – REMOVAL
- E – EVAPORATION
- D – DEHUMIDIFICATION
- T – TEMPERATURE CONTROL
Mark Uptain, Blue Sky’s Owner
Health and balanced living are the priorities for Mark Uptain. Purchasing Blue Sky Services & Restoration in 2005 created an opportunity to transform the company to facilitate these priorities for his clients and the community. Mark’s early restoration experience at Blue Sky, as well as past experience with his family’s own mold-related health issues, paved the way for insightful opportunities. As a result, Blue Sky became the educated, trained and customer service authority it is today.
Mark morphed the Company’s business model to include best practices and industry expertise with a customer-centric and employee-empowered management style. He became the local authority on mold and water restoration, low VOC carpet and upholstery cleaning processes, as well as earning his Class B contractor license in 2015 for remodeling and general contracting services. Mark routinely consults with town & county agencies, residential and commercial entities on water, mold and construction issues. The end result is a company who has changed residential and commercial disaster restoration and construction services in western Wyoming and eastern Idaho, while finding true reward in helping people improve their living conditions and quality of life.
Growing up in Casper WY, Mark understands the natural environment found in Wyoming and the surrounding Rocky Mountain communities. With many of his commercial clients based in beautiful Grand Teton National Park, Mark developed holistic cleaning programs that use non-toxic and Green Seal Certified cleaning products. This mindful approach toward client AND technician health is always a top priority.
Blue Sky entered 2018 by modernizing its operation. From fluid information systems and bar coding the company’s equipment to offering complimentary client consultations to make more informed decisions – his end goal is to insure thoughtful, best practices geared toward benefitting everyone in each project.
Mark is focused on the well-being of his staff. He encourages quality time with family and personal time off to enjoy the outdoor pursuits and personal interests we all enjoy in Jackson. An avid hunter, guide and angler himself, Mark believes this well-rounded approach ultimately leads to a happy, well-balanced team who can excel and grow.
Mark and his techs routinely engage industry training and continuing education to deliver the latest in restoration and remediation techniques. The industry is continually evolving and this commitment assures Blue Sky Services & Restoration’s clients are treated with the advanced services and professional care they deserve; particularly in the critical time of disaster.
IICRC – The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification
The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is recognized internationally as a knowledgeable industry voice and resource. It serves as an independent, nonprofit standard-setting and certification body, to set and promote high stands and ethics and to advance communication and technical proficiency within the inspection, cleaning and restoration service industries.
Why use a certified technician?
Professional restoration technicians understand the need for quick response. Immediate remediation is key to controlling any escalating costs. The longer the remediation is delayed, the higher the cost of restoration. Certified restorers have the knowledge to test materials and apply the restoration techniques required to return the items to their pre-loss condition.
Master Certifications through IICRC are advanced designations offered to technicians who have accumulated 3+ years in primary certifications, as well as the attainment of other specific certifications. The Master Certification achievement assures the restoration technician has mastered the highest level of expertise in effective restoration processes.
Blue Sky Services & Restoration is Master Certified through IICRC. These advanced certifications provide clients the confidence of thorough completion on each job. But more importantly, Blue Sky’s team maintains rigorous continuing education in advanced restoration, remediation and mitigation techniques.
Disasters are emotional! Personal items are ruined or lost entirely and the process of what-to-do-next can be overwhelming. The trained professionals at Blue Sky understand the hardships endured during disasters and the team works diligently to get each and everyone back to pre-loss normalcy.