Similarly, asbestos must be removed from properties. In what might
be characterized as more innocent times, asbestos was once a widely-used
material, commonly used in homes and other buildings for insulation. It
was also a component of ceiling tiles, plaster, vinyl floor tiles and
However, science has since shown that asbestos exposure is
hazardous to one's health in much the same way as mold. When asbestos
fibres are released into the air and inhaled, exposure can lead to lung
scarring and cancer.
If there is any question that a property contains asbestos, a
certified inspector should make a thorough examination. If the asbestos
is protected and intact, it can be left, however if it is deteriorating,
a restoration company should begin removal immediately.
There are a host of restoration companiesin Ontario. The best ones
adhere to the international, standard of codes set by the Institute of
Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), recently
rebranded as "The Clean Trust.” The IICRC protocols are the industry's
gold-standard. In Ontario, the company should also be certified by the
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).
Mold and asbestos removal are highly specialized tasks that require
speed, technical expertise and technologically advanced equipment.
Stuff does happen. But with the right help, your property can be
returned to full health so that you can retain yours.
Water and Mold Damage
Property owners know that stuff happens. No matter how diligent you are, your home is at the mercy of Mother Nature and human error. From floods causing mold infestation to decades-old asbestos becoming unstable, nothing in life is certain. What can be said for sure is that both events require quick remediation by a restoration expert.
Water damage often leads to mold growth, which then requires professional mold removal. There are a number of causes of mold, including burst pipes, sewer or drain backups, cracks in the foundation, leaky roofs, and torrential rains. When it comes to clean water damage, you do not have the luxury of time and contaminated water damage, such as sewage backup, creates even more severe health hazards. The longer the contamination process is allowed to persist, the greater the potential for bacteria development and growth that may lead to serious illness. A restoration company should be called in within 24 hours of the event and some of the best companies can be on site and starting work in under an hour.
Water damage must be dried out professionally by first identifying the source, then checking for moisture and humidity. Only then can the process begin to return the affected structure back to a dry standard. Restoration professionals will use thermal imaging and moisture meters, in addition to draining the area and strategically placing powerful dehumidifiers to aid in the clean up. Mold growth is usually associated with humidity, wet organic materials, and lack of air flow and the prime goal is to remove those factors from the equation.
Water-caused mold is harmful to humans in a number of ways, most commonly allergic reactions and respiratory illnesses. Children with asthma are especially affected. The restoration company will test the air to ensure the indoor mold spore count equals that of the outdoors.