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Asbestos abatement is essential, and many of us may not even know what it is. Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring mineral silicates that can be separated into flexible fibres. It was widely used from the 1950’s to 70’s to insulate buildings, piping and homes due to its non-combustibility and flame-retardant properties. Newer buildings are most likely built with safer materials, but if your home or building is constructed before the 1980s, you should invest in asbestos abatement.
Not all molds are harmful to humans. But there are a few molds that can seriously affect our health when we come in contact with them. One of which is black toxic mold, or more scientifically speaking, “stchybotrys chartarum” molds. Since it’s difficult for us to determine which molds are harmless and which are threatening, a mold inspection should be performed by professional companies if you encounter mold in your home. If your house is clean, then “passing” the mold inspection will make you feel more assured about the status of your home; if your house is indeed infected after the mold inspection, it’s better to know sooner rather than later.
Asbestos removal companies invest in ensuring that their staff is properly trained in handling the hazardous material. Employees are expected to understand the importance of handling asbestos safely in order to ensure that they do not run into any health problems. To protect yourself when you need to deal with asbestos, here are some tools and tips you can use.
Are you wondering how mold got into what you thought was a properly insulated home? Or why your humidifier is creating more problems than solving them? And maybe why mold grew in your attic before the rest of your home? There are many reasons as to why and how mold can sneak into your attic, but here are the four most common reasons.
Many people think that there is not a difference between mildew and mold and that they are the same thing, a fungi. However; there are key differences between the two. Yes, they are both a fungi, and they may look the same from afar, but that is really only the few similarities between the two. The following highlights the main differences between mildew and mold and exemplify how to prevent either of them from showing up in your home.
Many people think that removing mold is a DIY (do-it-yourself) type project, when in fact, it should be the exact opposite. Mold Remediation is definitely not something that someone should do on their own, as there is the potential for incorrect construction, health consequences, and simply making the situation worse than it was before. Here are some key reasons for why you should hire a professional for mold remediation.
There is really no upside to having water damage in your home, other than the fact that you may get to invest in some new hardwood flooring. As soon as your home is affected by water damage it is important, if not crucial, to respond to it right away. If water damage is ignored for an extended period of time, the amount of work required to fix the damage will escalate quickly. Here are some things homeowners should know when it comes to restoring water damage on a timely basis.
Floods are the most common types of natural disasters that occur in Canada. Because floods are not as extreme in nature as something like a hurricane or an earthquake, we often don’t consider floods that dangerous or damaging, but nothing could be farther from the truth. No matter the size of flood, whether it was simply after one heavy rainstorm or if it was a flood to the scale of Calgary’s Flood of 2013 or the Red River Flood of 1997, the results can be quite costly, stressful, and even dangerous. Water damage as a result of floods is also the most expensive form of property damage. For example, the aforementioned Calgary Flood of 2013 was estimated to cost around $6 billion when the cost of damage to infrastructure and the number of insurance claims placed was calculated. This made the Calgary Flood the most expensive natural disaster in Canadian history. So what can be done if you experience water damage or a flood emergency?
Almost all of us know a handyman: they can be extremely useful when it comes to small fixes or odd jobs that need to be done around the house. Some of us who are not so fortunate may even turn to services like Kijiji to locate someone who will take care of that leaky faucet or to patch up a few shingles on our leaky roof. However, there are some jobs that are simply out of the scope of a handyman due to their complexity and level of expertise required. They demand the attention of a trained professional; in this case, that means hiring a mold removal expert. The growth of mold in a home can be an exhaustive process to halt and properly treat, and definitely falls under the category of being out of the scope of almost all handymen. If you have mold in your home, hire a mold removal expert to take care of it.
Throughout history, humans have had a pattern of using materials that were prized for their abundance and utility, only to discover that they may in fact be doing more harm than good. The Romans used lead pipes, the British burned coal in their fireplaces, and before 1970, most North Americans insulated and fire-proofed their homes with asbestos. Today, the use of asbestos is banned because of its links to lung disease, including lung cancer.
You may have heard horror stories about families who had to flee their homes due to a “toxic black mold” outbreak in their home, but these are largely the work of sensationalist headlines. However, this does not mean that a house or even a room that contains black mold is not harmful. Many species of black mold (there are thousands!) are responsible for respiratory ailments and even pneumonia. How does something that seems so harmless affect us in so many harmful ways? Let’s explore how black mold thrives and functions, what you can do to prevent its growth, and most importantly, what to do if you do end up discovering a black mold growth in your home.
With so much information around, and so many “talking-heads”, it’s important for the average consumer to understand how mold and mold spores affect indoor air quality. For those who are health conscious, indoor air quality is always important, but for those exposed to mold inside the home, the situation may be more critical. Hence, there’s a need to better understand mold, and more importantly, how to get it cleaned it up and keep it out forever.
When it comes to home improvement projects, there are some projects that should be considered completely off limits. One of these is asbestos removal. Even for the DIY enthusiast who thinks he knows his stuff, there comes a time to rely on a professional who has experience and expertise in the field. Undoubtedly, asbestos removal is one of those fields. And for those who are working outside their skill level, asbestos removal poses all kinds of risks and potential for danger.
New home or old, a basement doesn’t’ have to be dark and dingy to provide a breeding ground for mold. When mold appears, chances are it’s either starting to spread or has already spread. That’s why mold removal is so important, and why doing it properly is even more important. The last thing that a homeowner wants is residual mold that is growing and spreading after an unprofessional attempt at mold removal.
Probably one of the worst side effects of water damage is an infiltration of mold. Mold can start growing within 24 hours of water damage, and potentially create havoc – both on the structure of the home and on the health of occupants. And when mold is not properly remediated, even the best repairs can’t undo an imbedded infiltration. While there’s a lot that a homeowner can do right after water damage, the help of a professional restoration contractor is highly advised.
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