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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One of the most common areas for mould to form is around windows, usually due to leaks that lead to excess moisture buildup. Mould in unhealthy to breathe, especially for children or anyone with a weak immune system or respiratory problems. Here are some tips for dealing with this scourge. Wear protection Exposure to tiny mould spores can trigger allergic reactions, causing your body to react with itchy skin, watery eyes, coughing and wheezing, among other symptoms. That’s why it’s smart to limit your contact with these puny pests. Recommended gear includes: Rubber gloves Protective goggles A basic dust mask…

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The health risks caused by exposure to mould can sometimes be deadly. Mould lurking in the walls of your building could make your home unhealthier than a polluted city. Researchers have found that dampness and mould inside a building increase the risk of respiratory and asthma-related problems by 30 to 50 per cent, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). And dampness or mould in the main living area of a home may even cause asthma among children, according to the WHO’s report. The main ailments linked to mould include allergic reactions and asthma attacks. Here are the signs to…

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We spend so much time indoors that common problems – especially mould – can lead to serious health problems, including asthma and lung infections. Getting professional services from trained mould inspectors is the best way to test the quality of your air. But in the meantime, here are some ways to make sure the air quality in your home is free of dangerous mould levels. First steps: investigating your building Mould develops when spores, which circulate constantly in the air, settle on surfaces that are moist and shady. Its presence is usually marked by a musty smell and a black,…

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17
Feb
2014

What Can You Do To Prevent Mould?

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When it comes down to it, mould is pretty well everywhere. If you get it in your home, it can be difficult to get rid of. Taking the time to get rid of mould before it starts with a little bit of prevention can save you a ton of frustration and cash in the end. So, how do you prevent mould? We’ve come up with a few suggestions that can ensure you’re doing everything you can to ensure your home stays mould free. 1. Get Informed They say knowledge is power, and in this case, knowing how mould forms can…

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When a person finds they have mould in their home, they may not think it’s a big problem. If you can see or smell mould in your home, then you can bet you have at least a small mould problem. Do you know what to do when you find mould? We’ve compiled some initial steps to take. Should I Be Concerned? Is mould in your home really a problem? Yes. It mould can cause major respiratory problems if left untreated for long periods of time. As mould grows, the number of airborne spores increases and can affect your health more…

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Mould and mildew. These are two words you’ve heard together ever since commercials for bathroom cleaning products existed. But do we really think about what the difference is? There are quite significant differences. If researchers couldn’t tell between the two, they’d not have been able to come up with penicillin. Let’s take a look at the more striking differences between mould and mildew. Definitions Both are from the fungi family, but mould is a bit harder to classify. There are so many different types of microbes for mould, but mildew belongs to one particular group, called Erysiphales. Appearance You can…

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In the process of doing some renovations, you may come across mould. Painting over it may seem like a catchall solution. It’ll kill the mould and you’ll have a brand new coat of paint. Unfortunately, slapping on a coat of paint won’t make a mould problem go away. Before you apply a coat of paint, take these steps to get rid of the mould, so it doesn’t return after you’ve completed a paint job. 1. Find All Sources of Mould If mould is in one place, it’s likely to be in another. Inspect your home to find out where else…

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