Matrix Remediation Blog
While most everyone can relate to the mold that collects around the bathtub or ceiling, black mold is less understood. For homeowners dealing with black mold in Calgary it’s important to know about this strain of mold, as well as the associated dangers (some of them potentially risky). In general, and in every home, it’s important to monitor various parts of the house for mold growth. This is particularly true when the weather changes, and when hot, humid air is more prevalent.
Mold can develop in any home - large or small - new or old - renovated or not. Indeed, it doesn’t even have to be a typical home. It can be a high-rise, a cottage, even an office building. When there are higher-than-usual levels of moisture or humidity, there’s a chance for mold to develop.
With basement flooding, regardless of the extent, it’s really important to find where the water is coming from, and why it’s entering the basement. In Calgary basements, like in most other cities across the nation, basement flooding is a realistic possibility for homeowners. In fact, insurance companies list basement floods as one of the top claims categories every year.
Mold does not discriminate - your home could be new or old, renovated or not, large or small. As a matter of fact, it doesn’t need to be a residential home. It could be a rural cottage, a high-rise condo, even an office building. The warning signs of mold, however, are common to all. And when mold is growing, and developing, and spreading, the warning signs are actually valuable. It’s a call to action, and a cautionary reminder that it’s time to do something about remediating the problem.
Asbestos is the name used to describe a group of six naturally occurring minerals that are made of unique fibrous material - fibres that are composed of millions of microscopic sized “fibrils". Asbestos is commonly referred to by colour - blue asbestos; brown asbestos; green asbestos; and white asbestos. The fibres are extremely strong, and highly resistant to heat, fire, and friction.
For homeowners considering mold testing, it’s probably because of an unwelcome occurrence that has the potential to promote mold growth. It may be due to an indoor water flood. It may be a slow plumbing leak that was never addressed. Or it may simply be very high levels of indoor humidity. Any of these is cause for concern, since any of these provides excellent conditions for mold to grow.
Water damage, regardless of the source, can be devastating both in the short term and long term. What’s important is to contain the damage that has already ensued, while preventing additional damage from developing. For the most part, the remediation process is common, whether water has intruded into a basement or flooded from a top floor. The idea is to completely extract all of the water; properly clean up the debris and damage; and fully restore the space.
With the bulk of winter practically gone, it’s only a matter of time before the snow starts to melt. This is also the time when snow and ice deposits contribute to water damage in and around the home. Noticeable or not, water damage can create havoc in a number of ways. Even with some conventional preventive measures, snow and ice have a sneaky way of causing trouble. And with melting, there’s no way to really predict where the runoff will stream and where it might settle.
Household mold is tricky – it could be hiding in your home and there may be nothing to see. Mold is actually a natural fungus that can thrive inside the home and out. Sometimes, there’s a mention of “black mold”, and this is where an infiltration can actually get dangerous. This is the time to get a professional to assess the situation and undertake a mold removal protocol where required.
Most people understand how dangerous fire can be with property damage and personal health. But not many realize how dangerous and destructive fire smoke can be. Clearly, smoke is harmful to the respiratory system, and can pose life-threatening risks. And needless to say, health is of the highest priority. But fire smoke can also affect the structure of a home, both outside and inside. This type of damage can be visible and invisible, sometimes lurking in unseen parts of the home.
When a mold infiltration crops up in a residential home, it’s a situation that absolutely needs professional attention. Mold can strike anywhere, new home or old, well maintained or not. It’s simply a matter of the right conditions - and damp environments are the ideal conditions. Whatever the case, removing a mold infiltration will require a professional, someone who will do it right the first time around. This is not an appropriate time for a DIY solution.
In professional circles, water damage restoration requires the expertise of a specialist - a trained technician who understands the nuances of water damage and can provide comprehensive levels of service when called upon. This is a service sector that entails water damage initiated by a burst pipe, a natural flood, or even snow related flooding. The work is not just about cleaning up a mess (and quite often a disastrous mess). It’s about providing an effective drying protocol; attending to residual areas of moisture; and restoring damaged plaster, drywall, wood, and concrete.
Few homeowners have been able to avoid water damage of some form over their many years of homeownership. Damage may have been minimal or overwhelming, but by any definition, it’s a stressful situation. The key is to have a reliable restoration company on hand, where everything is being managed effectively, and damages are restored to the satisfaction of the homeowner.
Even today, there are residential homes that contain residual asbestos. At the time of installation, the asbestos material may have been used for thermal insulation, or often as a flame retardant. But today, asbestos materials are banned, and in most cases, complete removal is required. This is work that should be left to an experienced professional – one who can accurately identify an asbestos deposit, and who is qualified to handle the removal. Asbestos removal is not a weekend do-it-yourself project – it’s work that requires the appropriate tools, equipment and expertise.
Residential water damage, whether from a burst pipe, a leaking roof, or a natural flood, can cause havoc for a residential homeowner. In some unfortunate cases, the damage can last long after the water recedes. And while damaged personal items can be costly to replace, the long-term effects of mold growth can be devastating. Mold growth, and the spread of mold spores, can impact the health occupants, and can sometimes take a permanent toll. Needless to say, taking immediate action and the proper restoration steps after water damage can limit the scope of injury or harm.