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Mike Holmes named Patron of The Royal Canadian Regiment
TORONTO, ON, December 9, 2013—Mike Holmes, well known Canadian advocate for homeowner rights, improving building standards and supporting charity and relief efforts across Canada and around the world, was officially named a Patron of The Royal Canadian Regiment.
The Royal Canadian Regiment is Canada's senior regular force Infantry Regiment based in Petawawa, Gagetown, New Brunswick and London, Ontario.
A Regimental Patron is a senior position of distinction within an Army regiment and plays a valuable role in the Regiment’s focus on fostering community relations.
“The men and women here are real heroes. And they’re still doing whatever they can to make things better,” stated Mike Holmes. “I’m truly honoured to help any way I can.”
As a new member of the Regimental family, Mike looks forward to encouraging Canadians to better understand The Royal Canadian Regiment and how supporting Canadian soldiers and their families builds a stronger and more resilient community.
“Mike Holmes has established a well earned reputation for standards of excellence and ‘making things right’; a motto that is close to the hearts of all the soldiers of our Regiment who are devoted to the service of Canada,” stated Colonel Joe Aitchison, Colonel of the Regiment for The Royal Canadian Regiment. “All members of the Regiment are thrilled to welcome Mr. Holmes into the Regimental family.”
An official ceremony was held at Wolseley Barracks in London, Ontario to commemorate his appointment as Patron of the Regiment.
Mike Holmes Inspections offers Radon Testing, IAQ Assessments & Air Sampling
TORONTO, ON—December 2, 2013—Mike Holmes Inspections (MHI) is pleased to announce that it has added Radon Testing, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) assessments and Air Sampling to its full range of residential home inspection services.
Homeowners can now book Radon Testing, IAQ assessments and/or Air Sampling as an independent service or bundled with a standard home inspection.
“You should know if the air inside your home is making you sick—not to mention your kids,” stated Mike Holmes, President of The Holmes Group. “Radon is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. To me, radon testing and taking air samples is a no brainer. We should be doing this for every home.”
The addition of these services follows on the heels of Bill 96, Radon Awareness and Prevention Act, which passed Second Reading in Ontario legislation last September. If passed, Bill 96 would require the province to raise awareness on radon exposure and its risks, and encourage homeowners to measure the radon levels in their homes.
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Holmes stresses importance of patience in High River rebuild
Celebrity contactor Mike Holmes and Lifestyle Homes may have teamed up to fix one High River family’s flood-ravaged basement, but the recent Holmes Makes it Right episode is offering the town a learning experience.
The episode, titled High Water, aired October 29 on HGTV and featured the disaster that struck the community. It also followed the Rotheisler family as the Holmes Group was fixing their basement.
When John Rotheisler bought his Lifestyle Homes house, it was the only Mike Holmes approved home in High River.
On June 20, floodwaters shattered their walk out basement doors and surged into their southeast home, destroying everything in its path.
Upon being able to return to their house, John said his wife contacted Holmes Approved Homes to understand how to rebuild to their proper standard.
“We didn’t phone and say ‘we need help,’” he explained, noting it had to be rebuilt to Holmes standards for them to keep their rating. “We just wanted to know what we had to rebuild it to.”
The Mike Holmes approved rating continues to be important for the Rotheisler family, not only for resell, but because they’ve had previous issues with mold.
“I want a healthy home,” John said. “I don’t want my kids to be sick; I don’t want to be sick. We have lived in housing that has had some issues. We’ve had mold issues before.”
After receiving vital help from complete strangers and friends from Foothills Search and Rescue, it was four weeks after the flood that HGTV contacted him.
“We got a call from Home and Garden one day and they said, ‘do you mind if Mike comes out and fixes your house,’” John recalled.
At the same time his wife had contacted the Holmes Group, Lifestyle Homes representatives had made the same calls as well.
“They’ve never had an opportunity to come into any kind of disaster with this kind of scope where there’s clean up,” John said.
Whereas fires and tornadoes destroy homes, there is no remediation and no constant concerns, only a complete and utter rebuild.
It was a chance for the Home and Garden network to come in and educate people on how to remain safe and healthy in flood clean up, according to John.
“A flood, it’s a whole different ball game,” he said. “Nobody has been educated on floods and floods happen all across Canada.”
Though John said he watches Mike Holmes all the time on television, he noted he’s just another guy who wants to help people in their time of need.
“I want a safe, healthy house and that was Mike’s big thing,” he said. “He said we’re not touching anything until it’s safe to go in.”
His basement was stripped of mud, pressure washed, bleached, dried and went through three separate mold and mildew tests as well as moisture tests.
“They wouldn’t touch a thing until that wood was at 15 per cent (moisture),” John said. “It’s lower than what you buy most wood at the hardware store.”
“The focus was health and how to step forward,” John said of the show. “Everybody’s house looked like (mine) and what do you need to do to (get it back).”
The High River Times caught up with HGTV’s television celebrity contractor, Mike Holmes, for the opportunity to talk about High River’s next phase.
“I was completely surprised; I did not think it would be that big,” Holmes said, relaying his initial shock at the flood. “Once I had completed my tour, I realized that the area landmass was bigger than Katrina.”
Holmes initially came to High River for an information session and spoke to residents at the rodeo grounds.
“I knew it would be a matter of understanding that this is going to take a while, nothing is going to be fixed quickly and that’s why I got involved in even attempting to help the government,” he said.
DIY Network Shatters Audience Records
New York --For Immediate Release - September 5, 2013--DIY Network, celebrating its 14th year anniversary this week, has set a number of audience records for the week ending 9/1/13. In fact, it set a total day audience record on Sunday, 9/1/13, averaging 288,000 viewers. The network also set a record for the most watched week, averaging 171,000 viewers in total day and 260,000 viewers in prime. The momentum continues this week with the Tuesday, 9/3/13 episode of Holmes Makes It Right averaging 570,000viewers -- making it the most watched episode of any series in DIY Network history. For the week ending 9/1/13 DIY Network reached more than 10.8 million viewers and during August 2013, the network reached 19.3 million viewers.
"The ratings momentum that we're seeing with DIY Network reflects the affinity that audiences have for expert hosts tackling very relatable renovation challenges" said KathleenFinch, president, HGTV and DIY Network. "Our powerhouse experts inspire and empower DIY-ers to take on their own projects. It's much easier to think you can do it when Mike Holmes, Nicole Curtis or Vanilla Ice have your back."
Mike Holmes calls for mold-ridden homes to be torn down after devastating High River flood
His home had been sitting in several feet of water for four weeks before John Badduke was able to return. He had 15 minutes to pack a pick-up truck with his family’s belongings — most of which were so mold-ridden they had to be trashed.
When he looked in his backyard, he found TV personality Mike Holmes
“He just happened to be walking in my backyard and I thought I’d ask him some questions and get some knowledge,” Mr. Badduke said. Mr. Holmes was filming his home renovation and repair show nearby and had come around to the flood-ravaged community of Hampton Hills to assess the damage caused by June’s floods.
“His thing was this: the house is so full of mold and structurally unsound. Don’t go in, he said: if it’s not diamonds, leave it and walk away. It’s not good.”
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