Most real estate agreements in Ontario contain a section regarding the presence of UFFI. Urea Formaldehyde Foam Insulation is a type of insulation that was extensively used in buildings up until the 1970’s. The insulation is low-density and was decent in filling small openings and cured well. Canadian manufacturing of this insulation stopped when the government looked into various potential health hazards caused by the material. Although production stopped, there was a fear that stock was still sold and evident in properties after 1970. Consequently, most homes are under warranty that the seller has not used UFFI or has been…

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  Radon: An invisible hazard that may be found in your home The Canadian Cancer Society estimates that 3,000 Canadians have died from lung cancer that was caused by high levels of radon within the bloodstream.  Many surveys have been conducted throughout the years and one finding is evident: the majority of citizens are unaware of the health implications of radon or even of its potential existence in homes. What is Radon? Colourless and odourless, radon is a natural radioactive gas that’s harmful properties can be emitted through soil. Scientifically, radon forms when uranium in soil breaks down. When the…

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On August 4th 2014, Burlington, Ontario had almost 200 millimetres of rain over a couple of hours. That is equivalent to the total rainfall for both months of July and August. This caused flooding on streets (especially near rivers), highways, and into around 3,000 homes in the region. This flooding caused damages to the extent of full gutting’s of basements, first-story living rooms, etc. Homes in the GTA were also hit the year prior. The fact of the matter is that flooding can happen anywhere and often happens without warning. Preventing flood issues in your home is the first step to…

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Sep
2014

Air Quality in Your Home

Posted by henry in General Category

Many pollutants exist in the air today and are often researched for air quality results in the outdoors. It is important to also look at the air quality in your home since this is where most families spend the majority of their time. Humans breathe approximately 3,000 gallons of air each day; how much of this air is filled with toxins such as mould, dust mites and pollen? There are numerous particle pollutants found in the air we breathe. Most of these are controlled by HEPA filters but some toxic spores can exist and long durations of exposure can ultimately…

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