Mold in the Attic – What should I do?

Believe it or not, one of the most common areas for mold growth is in the attic of our homes. Attics are typically a place we do not spend a lot of time in therefore are easily forgotten about. Unfortunately, when we do peek up there, it can be a big surprise to find mold in the attic.

What to do next?

First of all, understand you are not alone – over 50% of homes contain mold in the attic and it is very common.

Mold needs the right ingredients to start growing and attics that are not properly insulated and ventilated provide just that;

  • Organic Material (wood sheathing and joists)
  • Lack of air flow (improper ventilation)
  • A water source (condensation from improper insulation and ventilation).

Second, contact a mold removal specialist to come and take a further look at the situation. At Canada’s Restoration Services we have years of experience and knowledge when it comes to the safe and proper removal of mold in attics. Not only will we provide a free inspection and estimate, we will identify the source of the mold and give corrective actions on how to prevent it from coming back.

If you have mold in your attic, give your local mold specialists a call today!


Buying or Selling a home with Mold in the Attic?

On a daily basis, we are performing mold removal in attics for new home buyers or sellers. The thought of mold in the house can cause panic but rest assured, when hiring the right company, it should never deter you from buying a property.

Home inspectors are trained to look for signs of mold which is why it is extremely important to hire a home inspector when thinking about purchasing a property.

If your home inspector finds mold, give us a call. We will provide you with a free inspection to further investigate and provide a detailed scope of work and estimate on the safe mold removal.

All our work is guaranteed and certificates are provided on all mold removal in attics, that is transferable to the new homeowner.

What does mold in the attic look like?

The typically signs of mold in the attic is black discoloration on the sheathing or studs/joists. Sometimes the mold may have a white-powdery look to it as well.

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How to prevent Mold Growth in the Attic

As mentioned above, mold needs three ingredients to grow; a food source (organic material), a water source and lack of airflow. When given all three of these, it is almost impossible to prevent mold.

If mold is present, a mold removal company will need to perform mold remediation to remove of all the mold. After that, the attic needs to be checked for the following things:

  1. Roof Leaks
  2. Improper Insulation – too much or too little
  3. Improper Ventilation – too much or too little
  4. Improperly installed exhaust vents

One or several of the above can be the culprits of the mold growth. Typically, an insulation company is the right avenue to fix the source unless a rook leak is present, then a roofer is needed.

Why Canada’s Restoration Services is right for you!

At Canada’s Restoration Services, we have the training, certificates and knowledge when it comes to mold removal in attics. We are fully licensed, insured and bonded so you can rest assured when we are working in your home. Our top priority is making you happy and we are not satisfied until you are.

Our 24/7 staff work around the clock to answer any of your questions. Free inspections can be arranged to meet with you and view the damaged area’s.

Call us today if you have mold in the attic – 1-888-551-0514

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Mold Removal in Toronto: When to Call

Nothing can make a property owner’s heart sink faster than the discovery of unsightly mold on walls or other surfaces. This discovery can lead to the very real need to call for professional mold removal in Toronto services to safeguard health and prevent further structural damage.

Considering that mold can be quite dangerous for health, and cleaning it up improperly may lead to inadvertent cross contamination, it is best to:

  • Call for help as quickly as possible – When mold in an attic, bathroom or other location is discovered, it is best to call mold removal Toronto services sooner rather than later for an evaluation. Large areas of damage almost always call for professional mitigation to safeguard health and property. Waiting a long time to call for help can also promote further spread of the mold, which could cost a property owner more in the long run. Extensive damage may require costly restoration work, which makes it critical to address problems as soon as they are spotted.

  • Avoid going near the mold – Some household molds can be quite toxic. To avoid getting sick or spreading spores, avoid the damaged area and call mold removal in Toronto services for an evaluation.

  • Let the professionals do the work – Proper, safe mold removal calls for specialized equipment and gear. Be sure to let mold removal services Toronto providers handle the work to avoid damaging an indoor environment even more.

Calling in mold removal Toronto services sooner rather than later can safeguard property and prevent people who live or work in an indoor environment from getting sick. While it might be tempting to address a small piece of wall or other porous area personally, letting the professionals do the work can save a lot of potential trouble down the road.

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Mold Remediation: Tips for Mold Removal in Toronto

When mold removal in Toronto is needed to restore a property to a pristine, safe environment, most people would prefer to never encounter the concern again. There are a number of steps home and commercial property owners can take after mold removal services Toronto companies do their jobs to make sure the need never arises again.

To prevent mold growth in indoor environments be sure to:

  • Clean up any water spills immediately – Mold can start growing in as little as 24 hours after a spill. If a pipe bursts, washer overflows or other standing water becomes a concern, address it immediately. Doing so can preserve the property while preventing the need for additional mold removal services. Toronto residents will also find that cleaning up spills helps prevent that awful mildew smell from developing.
  • Fix leaks immediately – Even dripping leaks can promote mold growth. Fix a leak as quickly as it’s discovered and take steps to mediate any water damage.
  • Reduce indoor humidity – The need for mold removal in Toronto can also arise due to indoor humidity. If the moisture in the air is too high, mold can begin to grow on a variety of surfaces. Using dehumidifiers, air conditioning and other tools can assist with lowering indoor humidity.
  • Keep up with routine cleaning – In areas of a property where water is a real concern, such as bathrooms and kitchens, basic maintenance can go a long way. Be sure to wipe up water and keep surfaces clean.

Mold removal Toronto services are there when people need them. Avoiding the need for a repeat visit for a new outbreak, however, is generally preferred. Basic cleaning and controlling the indoor environment can go a long way in preventing mold growth and accumulation. Should mold be spotted again, however, it is best to consult with a professional. Mold removal Toronto services are needed to safeguard health and property.

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Why Hire a Professional for Mold Testing and Remediation?

Molds hardly look as bad as termites, but in reality, they can be just as bad or worse. Presence of molds in indoor environment can affect the health of children, adults and even pets. They spread allergens in the air that can cause irritation of skin and throat in babes almost immediately on contact. So, there is much reason for you to take molds and mildews seriously. Now, removing them may not seem much, neither in terms of brain, nor brawn, at first, but once you get to the task of doing it, you will realize that the end is far down the road.

There are two key reasons for why removing mold is not a DIY job. First of all, molds have loose spores on them that are easily detachable even by a gentle breeze. So, there is every possibility that the person breaking the infestation gets the contamination. However, even if you manage to duck that with the use of masks and glares, you may end up spreading the contamination all over the place. There are scientific disposal techniques that mold inspections service providers in Toronto follow. You may not know the nitty-gritty of it all.

Secondly, you may never get to the bottom of the problem and leave some spores undone because molds are not entirely visible to naked eyes. You need UV detectors and a set of other tools to find out the spots still unattended. Besides, removal needs more than a scalpel and a bundle of wet wipes.

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Principles That All Successful Mold Removal Companies Aim

The biggest mold remediation companies in Toronto treat all projects with unvarying importance. Every project is relevant to thorough analysis and treatment. Based on that logic, the companies pick 5 key principles that are fulfilled in the context of all projects, big or small. If you are about to hire a service provider, then make sure these five principles are among theirs.

Safety of the Inmates: Spores from molds can easily cause allergic reaction to those in and around it. So, all responsible workmen make sure that the spots are isolated completely prior to the treatment.

Precise Assessment of the Condition: A preliminary assessment of all affected points of contamination is necessary to determining the solution. The company men run a thorough checking of all existing places of molding and the condition of the infection before deciding on the solution.

Control of the Spread: Curbing the outbreak is the way to go about it. Any sort of cross-contamination is first managed before the existing situation is treated properly.

Removal of All Sources: All molds that are sighted are removed at source. This is not done by the usual process of cleaning and rinsing the moldy surface, but by replacing it with a fresh new piece which is still free of infestation.

Removal of Existing Moisture: The mold outbreak is a result of water leakage and moisture problem inside the house. The moisture problem has to be remedied before taking measures to prevent all future mold problems.

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Asbestos –The #1 Silent Threat when Selling your Home

There is nothing worse then when selling your home and the potential buyer’s home inspector comes back with issues they found. There are usually a few small issues but no one wants to hear that they may have asbestos in the home, especially vermiculite.

This cannot only scare both parties involved, but potentially lose the sale of your home.

Do not fret – as Canada’s Restoration Services is here to help. We wanted to take a few moments to share how you can be pro-active with this situation and make it as stress-free as possible.

How to be pro-active?

Before you put your home or property on the market – be sure to hire your own home inspector who can come and look at the property. If there is something to be found, they will find it and this will give you the time to take care of it before listing.  Home inspectors are trained to identify asbestos within the property and know all the right places to look.

The other option is to take a look around the property yourself and look for signs that asbestos could be present.

Where to look for asbestos?

If your home was built before the 1980’s, then there could be a possibility of it having asbestos containing materials. It was used for its great sound absorption, durability and fire retardant properties. These characteristics, plus its affordability, made it the prime material to use for manufacturers and builders. Once the health affects of asbestos became known, it was banned from being used.

Common areas to find asbestos are:


How do I know if a material contains asbestos?

Asbestos does have certain characteristics but the only way to know if a material contains asbestos is to have it tested.

A sample must be taken to a third party lab where they can analyze the material and determine if asbestos is present along with the type of asbestos and the percentage.

A report is then given with the breakdown of the asbestos and what the proper procedures are for removals.


How can Canada’s Restoration Services help?

If you or your home inspector suspect there may be asbestos in the property – give us a call. With years of training and experience and being fully licensed, insured and certified, we can guarantee our level of service is nothing less than exceptional.

With our state of the art equipment, we can identify and remove the asbestos quickly and efficiently to help close the sale of your home.

Asbestos can pose a health threat to those exposed to it, so it needs to be handle by a professional company to keep your home a safe living environment.

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Fort McMurray – Canada’s Restoration Services is here to help

Our Hearts and Hands go out to those affected by the unfortunate recent Fire that has stormed through Fort McMurray.

Whether you were directly affected by the fire, or your property has experienced secondary damage from Smoke or Water, Canada’s Restoration Services is here to help!

Canada’s Restoration Services has been serving Alberta for years in the restoration industry, providing services in Fire Damage Restoration, Smoke Damage Restoration and Water Damage Restoration.

Being apart of the community, we are extended our services to those affected in the Fort McMurray fire.

We will be in Fort McMurray on June 6th & 7th for those who have access and need their homes and properties inspection for any damages that have occurred.

We will be performing free inspections and can provide reports and recommendations to your insurance company. We work daily with Insurance Companies across Alberta and are an approved restoration company, who have years of experience and fully certified, trained and insured.

We will also have 3rd party hygienist, who can perform any necessary testing that may be needed; testing for toxins, mold and asbestos.

If you have a property visit and would like us to attend to assess the damages; give us a call.  We will arrange to be on site with you and provide any services that you may require.


If you have any questions about our services, feel free to give us a call and speak with our 24/7 dedicated staff.

Step by step, we will return Fort McMurray to it’s beautiful, thriving town!


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What to look out for when buying a home with “No Conditions”

Yesterday a friend of mine called and said,

“Darren, my friend is buying a house and has to waive the home inspection because that’s the condition – offers with no condition.  I know the risks of not having a home inspection and am concerned there is mold, what should I do?”

Unfortunately this has become very common in today’s Real Estate market, but it does not mean you should not take the proper precautionary steps to ensure the home is in good condition.

Here are key areas and signs to look out for upon having a visitation of the home:

  1. Any water stains or discoloration on the walls or ceilings – if they have had a leak in the past, there could be mold hiding in behind.
  2. Ask to see the attic – one of the most common areas for mold growth is the attic. Any black discoloration on the sheeting (plywood) is typically mold.
  3. Check the cold room or cold storage area – these area’s are typically not ventilated properly and can have mold growing on the concrete or wooden structures.
  4. Look to see if the bathroom has any mold growth on the ceiling – often times bathrooms do not have an exhaust fan which can create a build up of condensation and lead to mold growth.

Always ensure that you ask “Have you had any water damage problems or floods?”

The seller, by law, must disclose if the property has experienced any water issues. If they have had a flood or water leak and it has not been cleaned up properly, it could result in mold growth. Basements are common areas for flooding, therefore, ensure to check the walls for staining or visible signs of mold.

Mold needs humidity, organic material and lack of airflow to grow – so any small, tight area’s can have mold lurking.

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If you have any further questions or concerns about a property you are looking to purchase, give Canada’s Restoration Services a call today. Our 24/7 staff are here to give expert advice and can perform a free mold inspection if there is visible mold.


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Cause and Effect: Water Damage Leading to Mold

If you have encountered water damage and are now restoring your house back to its pre-damaged condition, there is a good chance you should thoroughly inspect the affected surfaces, and the sooner the better (within 24-48 hours after occurrence of water damage). Watch out for the signs that indicate the presence of mold. Since the risk of mold after the incident is very high, be sure to properly take care of the damage. Continue reading

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What do I do when I have Mold in my Apartment? Who is responsible, Landlord or Tenant?

Mold in rental apartments is a very common issue in today’s society. The main question everyone asks is “who is responsible for the cleanup?” Depending on the situation, it could be either the tenants or the landlord’s responsibility to deal with the cleanup. Often times, this issue is brought to the Landlord & Tenant Board  and a file is started. Each member is able to bring forth their evidence and state their case at the hearing. In order to avoid this situation, ensure that a Tenancy Agreement has been signed and understand completely what each party is responsible for. Continue reading

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