The got mold?™ team was working on a project in Regina where a young couple just purchased a new to them home. Almost a year after purchasing it, and in a very dry year, mold started to appear in a storage room of the basement.
We started the mold removal and as we opened up the wall cavities, asbestos containing vermiculite was identified. The vermiculite was used to insulate the joist pockets. The vermiculite poured out onto the floor in trace amounts. As always, we had proper controls in place with containment, negative pressure HEPA filtration, and HEPA vacuums.
Once all insulation was removed, we found what appears to have been a quick fix patch job of the foundation. Vertical and horizontal cracks that have been “sealed” but not so sealed from the inside we’re allowing water to enter the basement.
Unfortunately, it was found that the mold continues into adjacent rooms, including the furnace room and the entire basement may need to be gutted.
When buying a home, it is required to have a home inspection to obtain a loan. Home inspectors are experts in their field, but they are not experts in mold and asbestos. When thinking about buying a home, contact us, for we are experts at finding and fixing sources of unhealthy indoor air and will provide a through report, so you can be confident with your purchase.