Contamination of hazardous substances into an otherwise healthy environment can occur whether it is from renovations, building maintenance or accidental causes. Hazardous materials include asbestos fibres, bacteria, lead or volatile organic compounds. Once a hazardous substance has been exposed to an occupied area, there are certain issues to consider. The first issue is health of the frequent occupants. Although health risks can occur, it is important to state that the health risks related to asbestos exposure are typically due to long-term exposure. Despite the fact, liability is a major concern when employees are involved. It is within a property owner/manager’s…

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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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Asbestos was used in construction materials commonly from 1930 until the 1980’s. Even though the ban of some asbestos containing material started in 1986 and fully by 1989, all manufacturers and distributors were allowed to exhaust their inventories and were still allowed to sell asbestos-containing products that remained at their facilities. Thus, asbestos can be evident in buildings even into the 1990’s. Asbestos fibres can be found in buildings in the forms of spray-on fireproofing, pipe and boiler insulation, vermiculite insulation, vinyl floor tile, acoustical plaster/tile, roofing shingles, drywall joint-filling compound, and mastics/adhesives. Prior to demolition, renovations, repairs or alterations…

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30
May
2014

You Can Change That Stubborn Floor

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One of the most physically demanding and time-consuming jobs is ceramic tile removal. Manual removal of ceramic tile can take even the most experienced floor removers an extensive amount of time. Other labour intensive floor types include asbestos vinyl tiles, asbestos linoleum and quarry tile. At Healthy Environmental, we offer an effective solution that can ensure the project gets done on time and within budget. Our company supplies a battery-operated floor removal machine capable of impacting 4,000 lbs. of torque. Our machine is perfect for small residential projects and large commercial jobs. Floor removal can lead to incredible amounts of…

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By using insulation, homes have becomes energy efficient yet air quality is poor. As such, the home may trap many contaminants, irritants and other materials affecting personal health. By spending time at home, you may be increasing your exposure to these irritants. Luckily, there are some simple steps to remove these pollutants and promote good health in the house. A list of the common pollutants: Lead Formaldehyde Fire-retardants Radon Fragrances Dust mites Mould Pet dander Clean the floors Pollutants aren’t always suspended in the air. Sometimes it lands on the floors and becomes stirred up when disturbed. Remove them by…

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Mould is not pleasant to live with. Gone unchecked, mould can spread very quickly to other areas of the home. Some people may have an allergic reaction to the spores it releases. Depending on the extent of growth, you may be able to get rid of the problem yourself. For persistent issues, you may have to resort to a professional. For areas under 1 sq. Metre (11 sq. ft.), you can attempt these methods on any substrate excluding drywall. For areas larger, please consult a professional company for remediation. Past prevention It’s ideal to prevent the development of mould to…

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Mould is a fungus and it exists in many forms. Although not all mould is bad, some moulds can lead to severe allergic reactions and other health issues. Aside from health risks, mould that is not controlled can develop and spread quickly. It may emit foul odours and be incredibly unsightly. As such, it will reduce the value of homes and buildings. Effects on health Mould releases spores, which live and travel through the air. These particles mix in with other irritants such as pollen. The presence of mould can trigger allergic reactions, asthma or even infection. If allergic, common…

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15
Apr
2014

How to Spot Asbestos

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Asbestos was more commonly used before it was discovered to have harmful effects on health. For newer buildings and homes, asbestos is not such a concern. However, many older buildings are still in use. If you suspect that there is asbestos in your home, it is important to identify and prepare for its immediate removal. Many studies have indicated that lung cancer can be traced to inhaling the fibres of the material. Asbestos is difficult to identify Asbestos is the formation of mineral fibres that are typically found in rock formations. It’s durable and a fire retardant. These properties were…

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25
Mar
2014

What is black mould?

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This fungus often lurks in flood-damaged homes and other damp buildings, growing insidiously between the walls. By the time the black mould’s growth is visible to the naked eye, less accessible parts of the building are often already contaminated. Here’s some information for anyone concerned about possible exposure to this toxin-producing fungus. Tiny and toxic Black mould is known among scientists by the name Stachybotrys chartarum. The fungus itself isn’t toxic but it produces a substance that’s naturally poisonous to humans and animals. In some cases, this fungus can be deadly. Indoor air quality experts have found that this mould…

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22
Mar
2014

The Realtors Guide to Mould

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  Mould is an inevitable circumstance that can affect any house on the market, causing realtors major headaches. According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), it is highly suggested to seek professional help when there is an extensive amount of mould. In all cases, the underlying cause of mould damage has to be addressed and fixed in order to prevent regrowth. The mould will need to be properly assessed by a professional and a solution to control moisture in the area will be installed. It is crucial to hire a successful company that has environmental experience in mould…

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