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For visible mold, Canada's Restoration Services performs free inspections which includes:
- identifying the source;
- building the scope;
- making immediate recommendations &
- providing the estimate to you in a timely manner.
Canada’s Restoration Services is an award winning company with Homestars and is regularly featured on Mike Holmes, "Make it Right" filmed in Toronto. This indicates that Canada's Restoration Services are Canadians Number 1 Choice when it comes to mold removal and mold remediation.
Mold is an unwanted substance that grows in your home, that can be very dangerous for you and your family. The mold experts at Canada's Restoration Services ensure to follow all industry guidelines. We are fully licensed, trained, certified and have environmental pollution liability.
We offer free in-house financing to help with this any mold-related issues.
Our Mold Removal and Mold Remediation Services Include:
- Free Mold Inspections
- Attic Mold Removal
- Basement Mold Removal
- Cold Room/Cold Storage Mold Removal
- Crawlspace Mold Removal
- Kitchen Mold Removal
- Bathroom Mold Removal
- Bedroom Mold Removal
- Drywall Mold Removal
- Plaster Mold Removal
- Ceiling Mold Removal
- Window Mold Removal
- Concrete Mold Removal
- Foundation Mold Removal
Mold is everywhere in our environment and most of the time is unseen to the human eye; but when it is given the right conditions, it will start form and become visible.
Mold needs three things to grow:
- A home to grow – any organic material (ie. wood, fabrics)
- A water source
- Lack of air flow
When given these three characteristics, mold will start to grow.
It does not take much time at all for mold to grow. Once given the proper conditions mentioned above, it can grow as quickly as 24 hours.
Therefore, it is extremely important that if you have experienced a water damage or a flood to get the right solution, as quickly as possible. Secondary Damages, including the growth of mold, has a high possibility of arising.
Everyone reacts to mold differently. Certain people have more of a sensitivity to mold than others. Thereby, this question all depends on the individual person.
There are certain types of mold that are more harmful than others; however, if mold spores become too elevated, any type can affect the human body. One of the more harmful molds is “Stachybotrys” or “Toxic Black Mold” – this type of mold should not be present in any living space.
When looking at the safe levels of mold, the global industry standards is to compare the inside of your home to the air you breathe outside. During spring and summer, taking a sample from outside and comparing it to the inside of your home should have a relative mold count.
However, during winter months, comparisons and samples should differ. Due to a lack of mold spores outside during the cold season, it is important to take a sample from the opposite side of the premises where mold is not suspected. The reason why is because there is an absence of mold spores outside and comparing it to the inside of your home would produce inaccurate results. Industry standards during the cold season is to compare the sample of the mold inside your home to a sample of the mold inside the opposite area of your home, thereby producing an accurate analysis.
Q: Can mold exist even if I can’t see it?
As previously mentioned, mold is everywhere. Mold spores are smaller than dust particles so they are unable to be seen by the human eye.
The issue lies when the mold spores inside our living environment become higher than that to what it is our environment. High elevations of mold can cause it to start growing and have health affects to ones body.
Q: How do I know if there are elevated mold spores in my home?
If mold has started to grow in your home, then that is the first sign that there could be elevated mold spores in the air. However; the only way to be 100% positive is to have a mold inspection completed.
Air Quality Testing will be necessary to identify this. It utilizes actual from the air and analyzes the types of mold and levels of mold.
Q: Does a musty smell in my home mean mold?
A musty earthy smell can mean that there is mold and water present - which is not a good sign. To determine if it is related to water or mold, you must have air quality testing done and moisture readings.
Some molds are safe for you to remove yourself but it is best to consult a mold removal specialist first. We advise homeowners to not deal with any mold-related issue themselves because you may cross contaminate your home with mold spores. Once mold has been disturbed it becomes airborne and can travel throughout other areas of your home, causing more damage to the situation.
Hiring the right company is extremely important when it comes to safe mold removal. The company must be certified and trained with the knowledge and experience as well as insured.
A proper inspection is important in determining the source, scope of work to remove the mold, and costs associated. During the inspection, pictures and all pertinent information will be collected and provided to you in a scope of work along with the estimate. It will break down step by step what the process will entail.
At Canada's Restoration Services, we have a specialized division of employees that work around the clock to help solve all your mold-related needs. All our technicians are certified and training and follow all industry guidelines when it comes to safe mold removal.Trust Canada's #1 Mold Removal Specialists and call us today: 1-888-551-0514.
Health Symptoms related to Mold Growth
Mildews and molds are omnipresent. Mold spores are the units of life, which is the same to the seeds of plants. These spores are floating around in the air and making their way straight to your home. Molds are types of fungal species that propagates in a form that is called hypha. The hypha are basically transparent, therefore the mycelium appears to be very fine, cottony white threads on the surface. Thus, this kind of fungus does not only endanger your properties but also your health. It can be highly dangerous once inhaled as it can sit inside the body and cause various types of diseases. Mold spores density increases within an indoor environment. This means that even though the spores may not be active, the air will become unhealthy. This can start to affect the respiratory track if inhaled and cause worsen allergies.
Mold related health symptoms:
- Irritations: skin, throat, eyes and nose
- Coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath
- Allergic Reactions
- Worsen asthma symptoms
- More severe symptoms can be respiratory and lung issues.
The extent of health symptoms are based per individual, type of mold and severity/extent of the mold. Those that are more vulnerable to mold symptoms are:
- Young individuals below the age of 5; children and infants
- Elderly individuals above the age of 55
- Woman who are pregnant
- Those with allergies to dust and mold spores
- Those with asthma
- Those with weakened immune systems
Here is the process for mold growth in your home:
- Hyphal Growth: the hyphae look-like a thread filamentous cells, which produces enzymes that absorb nutrients and degrade from a substrate, like cellulose, organic debris, wood, and almost any kind of carbon that contain material involving the human skin. Once the nutrition is obtained, the hyphae grow into mycelium, the main body of fungus that is visible.
- Spore Formation: it is the spores created on the ends of hyphal cells. The spore formation is dependent on different environmental factors involving oxygen levels, light, temperature, and the available nutrients.
- Spore Dispersal: once the spores are created, it is freed into the air and transported elsewhere to start the germination process and growth again. The mold spores are very durable and resistant, as they can be dormant for numerous years in both hot and dry surroundings.
- Spore Germination: After the spores are dispersed towards a new place and when the right conditions exist, nutrient availability and moisture, the spore will start to germinate into new hyphael cell.
As soon as the process begins, mold will grow very fast. Mold can grow within 24-48 hours after given the right conditions to live in. It is hard believe that a small mold spore can be responsible for such large mold colonies. If mold is left untreated, it can be responsible for serious damages to your property, therefore upon first signs of mold growth, it is required to call a professional mold remediation company.
Hiring the Right Mold Removal Company
Mold removal is the only thing that will be able to help you in making your home free from mold. Removal of mold needs to be performed by a licensed firm. A firm must be experienced and trained, and follow strict guidelines for removing mold. Insurance for this is necessary, and not many companies are acquiring such insurance, so ensure whichever company you hire is able to provide you this information.
Not all home inspectors are trained in inspecting and determining mold; same goes for general contractors. If your home inspector or contractor thinks they have found mold, contact a professional mold removal company. They will be able to identify if mold exists and properly quote and scope on safe mold removal.
When a mold inspection is being performed and the scope of work is not clear or bigger than what has been anticipated, then the involvement of a third party environmentalist may be necessary. Mold testing or air sampling is also necessary when determining if the mold spores have spread to other areas of your indoor environment. This is extremely important as it can identify if the air quality in your home is healthy for you and your loved ones. Molds are microscopic and without performing air testing, it would be impossible to determine whether there are any unwanted mold spores in your home. A third party hygienist/ environmentalist is needed to perform the air quality testing and make a detailed report with the scope of work that is needed to follow. The company provided the mold removal service should not be performing the test as this becomes a conflict of interest. The report provided by the 3rd party will give the following information:
- The levels of mold within your controlled environment (usually taken outside your property).
- What types of mold are present in the areas of concern
- The levels of mold that are present in the areas of concern
- Which areas are elevated
- Scope of work required to remediate and remove of the elevated mold
There are various factors influencing the process of mold remediation and mold removal. Factors such as the type of mold, contamination degree, presence of the compromised people and the area of your house in which the growth exists. These are defining how the process of mold removal must be carried out. Mold remediation is classified under three conditions: Levels 1, 2 and 3.
- Condition 1 : Non-Visible Mold – Standard / Normal
- Condition 2 : Non-Visible Mold - elevated
- Condition 3 : Visible Mold – elevated
Once the detail report has been provided to you, homeowners must contact a professional mold removal company to bring their property back to a healthy, mold-free home.