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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All you need to know about Mold

Why would mold grow in my home?

Mold is part of the natural environment and it is impossible to remove all spores from the air. Mold can actually be a good thing in the right environment. Outdoors, it is used for breaking down dead organic matter such as leaves or fallen trees. However, if elevated mold spores are present indoors, then there could be a problem. Continue reading

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Preventing Mold Growth – Everything you need to know

Just like humans, mold is a living organism and needs the proper environment, food and water to survive. Mold is very fond of cool, dark places that are wet and damp, and especially loves to “chill” in areas with as little air flow as possible (come on, even humans love a good detox). Mold is not a picky eater and will eat anything that is an organic material (wood, drywall, plaster and fabrics). Its favorite hangout spot is on dust particles and likes to get down and dirty in all the tiny cracks and crevasses of our homes.
We would love to say just eliminate all these conditions from your homes/property’s and you’ll be fine, but let’s be honest, it is nearly impossible. We have put together a list of ways that you can mold-proof your home and help prevent mold growth: Continue reading

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For a Healthy Home Don’t Ignore Mold!

Mold is defined as a small fungi growing on animal or vegetable matter, most often appearing like a fuzz type coating, caused by dampness or decay.

As we all know, mold will develop on drywall, wood, cardboard and any other cellulose based medium. Continue reading

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What is Ice damming and how much damage can it cause?

During the harsh Canadian winters, regardless of the city, large amounts of snow may build up on your roof. As the winter comes to an end and springs weather pushing through, the snow becomes more of a hazard. During this period, temperatures fluctuate between warm and cold, which can begin the process of ice damming. The warm weather melts away the snow during the day, and the cold nights freeze the water. However, proper maintenance can help reduce the chances of ice damming to occur. It is vital to ensure that your eaves trough are clear of leaves and debris before the winter begins. Continue reading

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Health issues linked to asbestos

Finding asbestos in a home or commercial property can be alarming. Without fully understanding the dangers of asbestos can cause the most concern. The major concern for anyone who may have asbestos in their home are the health issues that are directly caused. Asbestos fibers can very easily become air borne, which creates a risk of serious illness if proper precaution and industry guidelines are not followed. Should there be any known materials that contain asbestos, it must be removed and handled by professionals before disturbing it, removing it, or cutting it. Continue reading

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Mold in the Kitchen

The kitchen can be a common place where mold can been found growing. There are two main reasons as why the kitchen is a great place for mold to hide. The first reasons is due to the humidity causes by various appliances in the kitchen. The most common explanation why mold grows in kitchen is due to higher humidity levels than other rooms in a home. Certain causes such as; leaky faucets, steam from boiling water, or condensation on pipes are major players as to why mold grows in kitchens. Continue reading

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What’s covered by Insurance?

Having any sort of damage to your house can be stressful and costly. Understanding what insurance will and won’t cover can be make a huge difference. Additionally, determining whether putting a claim through is worth it. Depends on individual deductibles, how many claims one has made already. This all affects whether the insurance company will renew your policy or change your premiums. In many cases the cause of damage may be lower of your deductible or just slightly above which wouldn’t make sense putting a claim through at all.   Continue reading

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What To Do If You Suspect Your House Has Asbestos

Should you have an older home the chances of your home having asbestos hiding somewhere is always a possibility. Whether it’s in your attic, around your pipes or in your walls, the chances are there. Generally, the most common calls that we receive to remove asbestos are either pipe wrap or vermiculite in the attics.  Continue reading

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