The Problem With Mold – Cleaning Up Toxicity
Leave a piece of food out and it will turn green or black, and you will need to throw it out. Mold associated with food is definitely gross, and is something that you will immediately see creep up on older food. However, there are other types of mold that you need to be careful about, especially those that are the result of water condensation, and damage. Often called “black mold”, this is the direct result of water damage and it doesn’t just show up one day and start to wreak havoc. It’s a slow progression that can eventually turn deadly, and it can certainly cause you a lot of distress. Continue reading
What are CFMs? Does your bathroom ventilation fan have enough of them to remove the moist air and prevent mold and moisture damages in your home? Find out here.
What are CFMs?
CFM stands for cubic feet per minute. It is used as a measure of the volume (amount) of air a fan can move in a minute. It is also commonly used as a mode of measurement in air conditioners, air compressors, air scrubbers, negative air machines, etc. The higher the number of CFMs the more air the device will move each minute. Continue reading
Natural disasters can happen in a flash without any notice. Two great examples of this is High River, Alberta and Toronto, Ontario last year of the flash flooding and rising rivers. With major catastrophes getting any personal items out before they get destroyed is generally the first thought home owners have. Continue reading
Mold growth is most commonly known when a new water source gets into contact with organic material and is not treated immediately. The image below demonstrates the extreme cases of when any sort of water damage or flood occurs and is not treated immediately. Many believe that “environmental” or anti-microbial work is useless or consider it as a scam. The comment eliminate in any home in Toronto is the organic material. Every home in Toronto is built with wood, drywall and numerous organic material. Continue reading
In reality, there is only one real way of finding out whether your home has asbestos or not is by testing. Homes built prior to 1980 are more likely have asbestos lurking around. It’s not definite that your home may, but it does increase the chances. The top five most common places for asbestos to be hiding are; Continue reading
If you ask the guy at your local Home Depot, you’ll get one opinion. If you ask an accredited Indoor Air Quality Investigator, you’ll get another opinion. And if you search the Internet, you’ll get another 50 opinions. As consumers, the best we can do is to become well informed, with plenty of facts and figures to make educated decisions. Clearly, every situation presents its own set of criteria – if the mould is widespread, in a home, public place, or building this is not a project for the layperson. At the same time, with some mould species being toxic, there are potential health hazards that should not to be taken lightly. Without doubt, these are instances where a licensed professional should be engaged. Continue reading
Our customer service representatives have been receiving a lot of questions as to why mold removal costs so much once they received their official estimate. Some expect that mold growth in their home can be easily cleaned by some cleaning product or hire their everyday handyman to cut some drywall out. However, going to the cheap and easy route may not be the best course of action. As many know, mold has serious health affects if not treated correctly. Continue reading
Water is key to the survival of mould. Without water, mould cannot start growing, let alone reproduce and spread. The most basic way to prevent mould is to control indoor moisture, dampness, and wetness. This includes leaky pipes or conduits; humidity and condensation; and general air circulation. Keeping the home, office or building clean and dry are important first steps. Water leaks, spills and flooding should be properly cleaned up within a 24 hour period; the same goes for building materials that have become waterlogged; wet carpeting must also be dried or removed within 24 hours; and where possible, a dehumidifier can be used to reduce indoor levels of humidity. Continue reading
In simple terms, mould is any fungus that grows on a moist surface (including food). For mould to grow and to thrive, three conditions must be present: moisture; a suitable surface; and ideal temperatures. A leaky pipe; a flooded area that was not properly cleaned up; and windowsills with higher-than-usual condensation are just perfect for mould to grow, breed and spread. It also not unusual for mould to be present in carpeting, cardboard, and wood – especially in those high moisture areas like the kitchen, bathroom or laundry room. Continue reading