Types of Asbestos and Who Should Remove It

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What to Do in a Flood? Flooding in Toronto, Canada

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

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Mold growth in Toronto

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

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What are common places to find asbestos?

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

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Why use a professional when dealing with mould?

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

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Why does mold removal cost so much?

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

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Preventing mould, or if its there, getting rid of it.

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

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The ABCs of Mould – what you need to know

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

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Tenant rights when dealing with mold

We have numerous of calls from tenants who have found some mold in their unit and want it removed. Some have great landlords who hire the right contractor to safely remove mold, but some have landlords who want to find the cheapest solution, and hire a handyman, painter or try and remove it themselves to save a dollar or two. Continue reading

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How Harmful is mold to my health?

The questions whether mold is harmful to pets as it is to humans is constantly asked. It is hard to say that mold is definitely harmful to pets. However, it does carry the same characteristics and results that it causes to humans. The signs of the symptoms can differ from animal to animal, which may make it more difficult to determine. Continue reading

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