Is your home or office building contaminated with mould?
Often, the first sign of mould is a musty smell in a basement or crawl space. Sometimes there is visible staining on a wall or ceiling. In some cases, there is little or no evidence that mould is growing inside your home.
If you have experienced any one of these events in your home, you might consider having a professional investigation done to determine if mould is the problem.
- A recent flood – even after professional drying and cleaning mould can become established and continues to grow long after the flooding event
- Stains on the walls or ceiling – especially in a condo or townhouse – you may not know if your neighbour has had water or plumbing problems
- A slow or chronic plumbing leak – a small amount of water over a few days can be enough to trigger mould to grow
- Heavy condensation on your windows – could be evidence of high relative humidity – this can cause mould to grow
- Musty odours – stronger at times – sometimes barely noticeable
- Respiratory or sinus problems – but you feel better a few hours after you leave the house or office
Before anyone can give you advice on a mould problem, the severity of the problem has to be established.
The first thing that needs to be determined is if the suspected issue is a mould problem or something else. As a homeowner you don’t want to be put into the position of paying for expensive remediation or removal, if it is not required.
- The problem with mould is that it can cause a number of serious problems for a property owner:
- Mould can cause allergic reactions and health problems for the inhabitants of a building.
- Mould can make even a prime property difficult to sell.
- It can devalue your property’s potential sales worth.
- It can, in a short period of time, cause cosmetic damage to a building and
- Over a longer time, cause structural damage to a building.
- If this is the first time that you have experienced a mould problem, the issue can sometimes seem overwhelming.
- We have the experience to guide you through the process from the inspection to the remediation and final certification.
What steps need to be taken if mould is found in your home…
What is Mould Remediation?
Mould remediation is the process in which mould is removed from a contaminated area. This is usually done using the appropriate safety equipment. The contaminated area is isolated from the rest of the building using containment barriers and the contaminated sections of drywall, flooring or furniture are removed and disposed of. The items and building materials that are left behind are washed, wiped vacuumed or sterilized. The area is left spotlessly clean and dry.
It is sometimes referred to as Mould Abatement(taken from the Asbestos Industry), Mould Removal or Mould Cleaning.