The majority of Canadians have experienced smog warnings within their neighborhood at some point. Smog refers to a combination of gases creating a haze in the air. Smog is not just limited to warm temperatures. In fact, winter smog is a serious issue due to stagnant air building up by increased car usage in colder weather. According to Health Canada, smog is a large cause of premature deaths across the country as well as contributing to hospital visits. This form of air pollution causes breathing issues, pain, wheezing, infections, fatigue and sometimes death (due to large amounts emitted in…

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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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  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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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
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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30
May
2014

You Can Change That Stubborn Floor

Posted by henry in Services Category

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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