Health Canada Urging Canadians to Test Their Homes for Radon

Health Canada Urging Canadians to Test Their Homes for Radon

 Health Canada Urging Canadians to test their homes for Radon.

 

Self-isolation and Radon: How are they linked? What You Need to Know to Be Healthy Quarantined at Home

 

With COVID-19 leading the way as our highest priority, we are all working hard to respect social distancing.  This has us spending more time at home and increasing our potential risk of being exposed to radon more than normal. The more time we spend in an environment with radon, the greater our risk of developing cancer from this gas that lives in many of our homes.

 

What is radon?

The Government of Canada defines radon as a radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rock. It is invisible, odourless and tasteless. When radon is released from the ground into the outdoor air, it is diluted and is not a concern. However, in enclosed spaces, like homes, it can accumulate to high levels and become a risk to the health of you and your family.

 

How can we help you?

Aquality Plumbing & Heating has a Certified Radon Professional, Steve Sims, our resident expert on this topic.  He has put countless hours into training on this topic over the past year to ensure we deliver the best service and information to educate and assist people like you. Calgary, and surrounding areas, has some of the highest risk areas in all of Canada, and just like with your plumbing, we want to keep you safe while creating a relationship with you.

 

Why do I need a Certified Radon Professional with the C-NRPP (Canadian – National Radon Proficiency Program)?

Did you know only a Certified Radon Professional is insured to work in your home on Radon? As well, they have also spent 48 hours in classroom time, plus independent hours preparing for tests that must be completed in order to receive their certification.  These professionals work to increase homeowner awareness of radon, so you can benefit from their knowledge and skill set, while maintaining the highest standards of work and ethics in their practice.

 

How does radon mitigation work?

What if a radon test determines that your home has high levels of radon? What can you do to decrease the risk to the people and pets in your house? The best solution is one that is customized to your house and a trained professional will likely use several techniques that ensure quality testing and appropriate mitigation.

 

For example, if the slab is not sealed correctly, the inline fans used for sub-slab depressurization can pull 50% of air from the house. This often results in an oversized fan being used which besides being inefficient, also creates additional unnecessary noise. Backdrafting of appliances, including fireplaces can become an issue if not tested. It can be a lengthy trial and error process to get the radon levels down to an acceptable level, and as trained professionals, we know how to test the foundation in the basement to ensure we are going to get good suction across it and how to correctly seal it.

 

A lot of time and money can be wasted working on unnecessary areas. Training and knowledge are key to getting any job done properly and we want to ensure it’s the right solution for each home.

 

The extensive process is part of the journey

Radon systems control radon, they don’t eliminate it.  A properly installed system is crucial. Follow up with post-mitigation is key – we will be testing your home 24 hrs after mitigation. From then, we will follow up with testing within 12 months, and again within 2 years. We want you to be healthy and with radon levels safe for you to live in your home.

 

Connect today with Steve for your FREE Radon Education Session

 

Start Your Relationship Today!

 

Call 403-205-2782 or book an appointment online here: www.aqualityplumber.com

 

Government of Canada. (2020). Radon: About. Retrieved from https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/health-risks-safety/radiation/radon.html

Starting a Dental Practice? – #1 – Where to Start?

Starting a Dental Practice? – #1 – Where to Start?

Starting a dental practice – #1 – Where to Start?

 

Thinking about creating a new dental practice? Are you feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to start?

We have over twenty years of experience helping our clients realize their dreams of a new dental practice so let our experience be a guide to many decisions that will be required before you can step foot in your completed clinic.

While this could feel like an exciting new adventure there is also a lot of questions that are coming up for you. You could be experiencing some overwhelm at where to start? Who can help me? How much is this going to cost?

Why are you wanting this? Have you sat down to actualize your goals? What is the driving force behind this decision? You will be spending a great deal of time here. Does this help your family? Can you bring value to your community and ensure the health of your patients in a new environment? This is a long term decision that will affect your practice and your family’s future.

Once you are clear on why you are starting this new adventure then you can start to dive into the who, what, where, and when. Start gathering a team of experts that will be able to assist you with your project and help realize your goal in a timely manner with a budget that meets your criteria. Your team should consist of a

  • financial advisor,
  • legal representative,
  • dental supplier,
  • design team and
  • A construction team.

Budgets

Next you will need to establish a budget. This should include start up fees, dental equipment and supplies, design expenses, construction costs, IT and hardware and finally the furniture and furnishings to complete you space.

Determine the milestones for your project and establish a realistic timeline to complete this project.

There are many components to think about and well there will be challenges this is also a very exciting time.

At Decca Design Inc. we use our seven step process to ensure your project will be done on-time, on- budget with a quality finished product. Your frustrations will be eliminated and the real benefit to you is that you will feel in control at all times while getting a space that is uniquely yours.

We would love to hear from you. We don’t want to be the only one talking.

Add a comment below and let us know the #1 question you have when it comes to starting a clinic.

Or book a complimentary Design Exploration Call today on our website at www.decca-design.com/contact

 

Working from Home

Working from Home

Are you a digital meeting expert by now?

Suddenly working from home full time has brought on a whole new world of challenges to stay productive, establish boundaries and keep your sanity.

I have appreciated the great tips for working from home during these unsettled times.

  1. Have reliable tools and technology
  2. Have a set location in your home to work
  3. Maintain work/life boundaries and schedule
  4. Create connections and collaboration
  5. Find focus

The idea of working from home sounds simple and exciting to most however it has some challenges. Managing in a small space, having extra people around, unknown duration as we continue in these uncertain times.

While digital meetings are not a new thing, for many they are only now experiencing them on a regular basis. It is important to keep these things in mind when conducting or participating in a digital meeting.

  1. Have a good data connection – Nothing worse than having a frozen picture or lost connection. If possible use a cable connection instead of wi-fi. Close any unused applications to give you more bandwidth and consider phoning in to reduce the computer requirements.
  2. Hear and be heard – A phone or headphones will always provide a better experience than computer audio. The room you are occupying should have soft surfaces too absorb the sound and not have hard surfaces that the sound can bounce off. This will create an echo and make it harder to be understood.
  3. Be present – Be prepared for the meeting. Gather your resources, put away your phone and advise your family that you are now on a digital meeting. When possible have your video on to been seen and see others as they interact with the content of the meeting.
  4. Have a good backdrop – Nothing worse than seeing this morning’s dishes in the background! Sit in an area with natural light and be aware of what is in your background. Is it visually appealing? Are there kids running around? Make a background with a sheet or investigate a digital background that you can import into your video. Give it some personality. Be creative. Have fun.
  5. Stay connected – Working from home for some can be very isolating. It is difficult to stay connected to your team and engaged in your work. Find time to connect daily with your colleagues. Set up a Zoom conference where everyone can see each other and check in and catch up with each other. Let others know what you need.

We are all in this together. It is an ever-evolving work place and we all want to be productive and engaged. Happy meetings!

 

I enjoyed the Che metal email, along with their Covid 19 update, that said “We’re socially distanced but professionally present.”

Did this resonate with you? Has this been helpful? Please respond with your thoughts and tell us what’s on your Design Mind.

2020 Color of the Year

2020 Color of the Year

Hello!

It’s that time of year where we all anticipate the color trends for 2020. Color is not just about paint. These yearly trend colors can be used in all areas of lifestyle to set a mood or emotion. Accessories, window treatments, furniture, and paint are just a few areas to add hints of the color of the year.

The Pantone Color Institute and paint companies choose their own color of the year. They try to forecast a worldwide point of view on where color is going in the future.

Check out below to see what your favorite paint company has in store for you in the coming year!

The Pantone Color Institute

Chosen for it’s  calm, confidence and connectivity globally. The classic blue! http://www.pantone.com

Benjamin Moore – First Light

“First Light 2102-70 reflects a new definition of the home—a shift in mindset from the material to satisfying the core needs in life: community, comfort, security, self-expression, authenticity and ultimately, optimism.”http://www.benjaminmoore.com

Sherwin Williams

2020 Color of the Year, Naval SW 6244, is a rich navy that creates a calm and quiet confident surrounding.

“Navy is coming out of its comfort zone. 2020 is an empowering year of change that focuses on bringing your best self into the new decade. The next 10 years pave the way for wellness of the mind, body and soul – a clean palette for self-nurturance.

Giving a nod to Art Deco influences, Naval fuses the striking and bold opulence of Art Deco with the awe‑inspiring power of nature – from the infinite night sky to the mysterious depths of the sea – bringing navy out of its comfort zone to usher in an empowering New Year and fresh decade of change. This deep shade evokes a prominent sense of confidence that fuses timeless color with a fresh mix of natural materials and textures. “ www.sherwin-williams.ca

PPG

Chinese Porcelain—a rich and traditional blend of cobalt and inky blue—its 2020 Color of the Year. This color embarks calmness and a spirit of hopefulness, both always being seked out in this world.

“The need for simplicity and escapism from technology is, in part, the reason that consumers are craving blues like Chinese Porcelain that bring us closer to natural elements such as the sea and sky—creating serenity in any space,” said Dee Schlotter, PPG’s senior color manager.” http://www.ppg.com

Find peace in a restless world.

“In a world where sleep is viewed as a luxury and the anxiety of a fast-paced world is all too real, it’s only fitting that the color trends for this upcoming year offer escapism in today’s technologically-driven society. Hand-selected by PPG’s global color experts, the PPG paint brand’s 2020 Color of the Year, Chinese Porcelain (PPG1160-6) is a blend of cobalt and moody, ink blue that imparts calmness and restful sleep while also offering the spirit of hopefulness – a rare commodity in a restless world.” http://www.ppg.com

Happy color! What’s on your design mind?

 

Why Introduce New Products?

Why Introduce New Products?

As designers, one of the many exciting aspects of our profession is to see the new products as they come to market. It is our job to keep on top of the latest colors, finishes and equipment that will enhance your new space. There is a steady flow of architectural representatives that keep us up-to-date and educates us on the benefits of these new introductions.

Another aspect of our role as a designer is to educate our clients on the materials that they are selecting. We elaborate on the benefits, costing and maintenance protocols, as just a few of the features necessary to review prior to making a decision.

We will periodically present a snapshot of these products to better inform you of the latest offerings.

If you have any questions – please don’t hesitate to reach out and connect. We would love to know what’s on your design mind!

         

Black and White is Always Stylish

Black and White is Always Stylish

Why are black and white always in style?

These two contrasting shades remain one of the most popular and enduring color combinations thanks to their adaptability to almost any decor style. The two colors help in making the living room appear far more urbane and classy. While black anchors the room and helps highlight its prominent architectural elements, white lends a sense of airiness and balance to the backdrop.

There’s a rule in decorating that says that “every room can use a touch of black.” You might think this is strange if you have a room of pastels or jewel tones. But think a minute.

Using the color black adds a focal point of color that grounds, anchors, and adds a sophisticated look to a room.

Black in accessories, light fixtures, trims, paint, or in one bold piece of furniture will help to catch the eye and sharpen any decorating scheme. It will serve as an outline that sets off specific areas or objects. Black by itself is striking.

Below are a few products that embrace black and white.“What’s on your design mind?”

Matte Black – Simply Sophisticated

https://barildesign.com/en/produits/cuisine/classique/arteh16/robinet-de-cuisine-monotrou-haut-avec-douchette-retractable-2-jets/

Kravet’s Black and White Fabric – so versatile and always in style

https://www.kravet.com/fabric?color_group=3727%2C3737

Check this out!

https://ca.subzero-wolf.com/en/videos/the-conversational-chef/cove-hardest-working-appliance

 

When was the last time you sat in your waiting room?

When was the last time you sat in your waiting room?

When was the last time you sat in your waiting room?

We are too busy as business owners to stop and observe our office and the surroundings that we are presenting to our clients.  But what is it costing us?

You could be losing clients and it could have little to do with the services you are providing. A fresh perspective could change everything… including your bottom line.

What type of experience are you creating for your customers?

  • How is the vibe, feel or atmosphere?
  • Are the colors current?
  • Is the office in need of some TLC?
  • Does it have a good (effective) lighting?
  • What does it smell like?

Have you ever stopped to think about how these factors could be affecting your clients and their desire to do business with you?  Could you be losing current or potential customers?  How does this impact your bottom line?

How they feel within your space is indeed one of the reasons that they choose to work with you.  There is plenty of competition out there in your industry – so what is setting your services apart from everyone else?

Often times we underestimate what the impact of a pleasing paint color, clean floors and comfy chairs can have with your clients.  People want to feel comfortable within your space and will speak about their experience and how you made them feel to a friend long before they will describe the services, good or bad, you have provided.

Design addresses all 5 senses.  It can be subtle or bold.  It can help orchestrate a wonderful experience for your clients; one that they will remember and want to talk about for years to come.

Are you willing to sit in your waiting room and take a hard, honest look at the experience you are creating?

We would love to hear your thoughts and “What’s on your Design Mind?”