Mold Inspections
A mold inspection, can help identify and eliminate indoor air quality mold issues that can affect your health
 
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Mold Inspections

 

The Road to Good Health

In your journey to resolve any nagging health issues, a mold inspection, can help identify and eliminate indoor air quality mold issues that can affect your health. Read on to learn about the signs, the risks and safety issues.

Mold Inspections

Like many things we have taken for granted and lived with over the years, mold by today's standards is a serious growing concern. It can pose serious health risks and should be investigated properly. We can help.

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Mold = ( Moisture + Organic Material ) x 48 hours

When we think of mold we often remember basements with a damp musty smell. Molds are microscopic fungi that love to grow on moist organic materials like wood and drywall. Remember mold can also cause structural decay commonly known as ... "wood rot"

Humidity, Dampness and Water Intrusion

Tracing the source of these causes will provide the answers to solving a mold problem. It is important to dry out wet areas within 48 hours of a flood disaster. Consider this ... fungus will grow on wood when it has a moisture content of 15% and will begin to decay at 20%. Also, it can be dangerous to have indoor humidity levels in excess of 50%.

Do I have Mold in my home?

Stay calm. The reality is that mold spores are always present in the air we breathe. We have all seen decaying moldy food. The key thing to remember is that, when you control the moisture ... "Mold can't take hold".

Why should I be concerned?

It's the mold spores that are released into the air that affect our indoor air quality and concerns for our health. Air is constantly moving through your house and carrying many things including mold spores. Some mold spores produce Mycotoxins that are considered to be a health hazard. The higher the concentration of mold spores in the air, the higher the risk we face. Touching mold can release mold spores to the air.

 

What is a safe mold level?

Health Canada has not set mold safety standards, yet it is clear that mold can pose a serious health threat. Since everyone's immune system is different, our physiological response depends on our personal chemistry and age.

What are the signs?   Who is at risk ?

Signs: headaches, runny nose, eye-ears-throat irritation,

trouble breathing, coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, sneezing.

Persons at risk are those with: existing respiratory conditions, weakened immune systems, infants & young children, and the elderly.

Common Indoor Molds & Testing / Sampling

There are plenty to pick from but the common ones we look out for are, Strachybotrys, Aspergillus, Penicillium, Cladosporium, Chaetomium, Fusarium, and Mucor. To know what you may have, we conduct mold sampling via air, lift, bulk, and swab techniques. These are sent for identification analysis to a qualified laboratory and the results are reviewed and sent to you usually within a few days.

Remediation / Clean up ... Tip: bleach doesn't kill mold!

Don't start to clean things up with bleach and rubber gloves just yet. You first have to correct the source of the moisture problem. Then review the test results to determine if you need a professional to take on the risk of cleaning it up. After all, do you really want to get up close with those mold spores?

What does it cost?

Our basic mold inspection starts at $350. The full cost of an inspection is very much driven by your circumstances and budget. We will help suggest a plan of action that fits your needs.

Mold Inspections Service Area: Toronto, Mississauga, Brantford, Milton, Hamilton, Niagra, Ontario and the surrounding areas.

 

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