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When customers call got mold? to have a mold or asbestos inspections and sampling, we take great pride in giving our customers fast and accurate reports so they can get the work done ASAP. The health of our customers is our number one priority and we want our customers to know that your health is important to us! We thrive on having happy and healthy customers that have healthy indoor air for their families or business. When you call got mold? our environmental professionals will assist you with the best coarse of action to take when it comes to the removal process, and what should happen with the contents surrounding the effected areas.

Sometimes circumstances require that results of sampling is an urgent matter. This is why we deal with only accredited laboratories that have microbiologists analyze the samples. If there are any questions or clarification is required we are in direct contact with the Principal Microbiologist Dr. Jackson Kung’u.

The basic problem with mold is that it can be hidden. Home inspectors are not mold remediation specialists and do not have the expertise required to identify potential mold issues. Home buyers are well advised to invest in both a home inspection and mold inspection before purchasing a home, particularly if there is any indication that there are potential moisture issues.
 (Buyer Beware! How Reliable is Your Home Inspection?)
Mold occurs normally in outdoor environments, serving as nature’s recycling center and breaking down the dead organic matter from animals or plants. Humans encounter mold and even inhale mold spores every day with no ill effects whatsoever. When mold occurs in an indoor environment, however, things change. Suddenly, mold and its accompanying spores (through which it reproduces) are encountered (and inhaled) in large concentrations. When you consider the job that mold is designed to do on organic matter, it becomes easy to see how it could become a serious health hazard. (No Shame In Mold)
Since mold can cause serious health and structural issues, and even negatively impact the health of your pets, then you should invest in a mold inspection and you may even want to consider a Thermal Imaging inspection as well.
A mold inspection is vitally important if you are planning to buy a home for three key reasons:
1. REAL ESTATE AGENTS DO NOT LIKE MOLD
Real estate agents know that the presence of mold can end a real estate transaction. Since legal requirements for disclosing mold problems is not universally mandatory, then it really is up to the seller to disclose such information. If this is not done, the buyer may never know a problem even exists.
2. MOLD REMEDIATION IS COSTLY
Mold remediation is the removal of mold from a home to make it safe and liveable. This process is costlybecause the materials contaminated with mold need to be removed. You can not simply spray mold with chemicals. The cost of remediation will depend on the area that is affected and the kind of materials. In addition, mold remediation specialists take special training and follow specific procedures to prevent mold from spreading. Their goal is not only to remove the mold, but to contain it and clean it.
3. HOME INSPECTORS ARE NOT MOLD EXPERTS
The problem with mold is that it can be hidden under baseboards, beneath carpet, and under a new paint job. Home inspectors will look for visual problems with the home, but may not necessarily be able to identify a mold problem. A credible home inspector may provide you with some warning signs that conditions exist to encourage mold growth:
1. Water stains
2.  Smelly basement
3.  Water seepage
4. Leaky roof
That being said, a home inspector will not verify the existence of mold and may not specify this in their report. It is also important to understand that many home inspectors rely on referals from real estate agents, which could cause potential conflict of interest issues.
According to CMHC and Health Canada:
“Asbestos poses health risks only when fibres are in the air that people breathe. Asbestos fibres lodge in the lungs, causing scarring that can ultimately lead to severely impaired lung function (asbestosis) and cancers of the lungs or lung cavity.”
If your home or commercial building was built prior to or during the 1980s, you may need to determine if you have asbestos and/or vermiculite insulation.
The environmental and financial risks associated with asbestos abatement requires expertise and commitment.
If you have asbestos, our professional teams will remove it.
To ensure “Peace of Mind”, we will ask a third party environmental consulting firm to take air quality samples that will be sent to an independent lab for analysis.
Our job will not be complete until the environmental consultant says that the property is fully cleared of the asbestos.
Further Reading about mold removal, health concerns and the inspection processes:
Flooded…But Denied Insurance? Don’t Lose Hope!Hurricane Sandy Causes Mold Risk for Flooded AreasSandy Leaves Behind the Threat of Asbestos Exposure, Flood Alert: Key Action Steps & Information!What Should I do if I Find Mold?Attention Saskatchewan Residents: PDAP Can Help!Don’t Spray Mold!What Causes a Basement to Smell Bad?Mold, Not Just a Health Problem, But a Structural One Too!Sewer Backups Part 1: Causes and PreventionSewer Backups Part 2: Action Steps Why Do We Need Sump Pumps? Flooded…But Denied Insurance? Don’t Lose Hope!What to Expect From a Mold InspectionMold Emerges As Problem From FloodingWhy is Mold a Growing Concern?Seven Tips To Detecting MoldMold in Your BasementDo You Know Where Your Water Main Valve Is Located?What to do when you’ve identified a mold concern?The Longer You Wait…The Worse It Gets!How Does Mold Get Indoors?What’s In Your Flood Water?What causes Mold growth?
Further Reading about asbestos removal, health concerns and the inspection processes:
Mandatory Saskatchewan Registry for Asbestos PassesWhy is Asbestos a Health Hazard?Can You Get Mesothelioma from Attending School?Why is a Shower Essential to Asbestos Abatement?What Percentage of Lung Cancers are Caused by Asbestos?Canadian Asbestos RegulationsHow Many People Die From Asbestos Each Year?10 Interesting Facts About Asbestos in the USA [Infographic]Renovating? Read This Message From Our President!10 Interesting Historical Facts About Asbestos [Infographic]ADAO – Asbestos Disease Awareness OrganizationBanAsbestos.usThe Asbestos Epidemic in America, WHO | Asbestos: elimination of asbestos-related diseasesThe Jig Is Up For The Asbestos Industry!Canada’s Asbestos Industry Could End!Elliot Lake, Ontario Residents Exposed to Asbestos DustShould I Be Concerned About Asbestos?The Politics of Asbestos: Canada’s Ugly SecretQuebec Pumps $58 Million into Certain DeathThe Asbestos Abatement ProcessWhy is Asbestos so Scary?Got Asbestos?Asbestos Removal and AbatementAsbestos Is The “Ideal Carcinogen”
 

What’s Hiding Behind My Wallpaper?

What’s Hiding Behind My Wallpaper?
Ice Damning continues to cause problems for residents of Saskatchewan. Got Mold? has written extensively about this subject. For more information, please review the links below:
Why Should I Be Concerned About Newly Formed Water Stains?
Why Do Ice Dams Cause Mold Problems?
Recently, Got Mold? was called because a homeowner suspected there was mold in her home. She contacted her insurance because it was believed that the moisture was caused by ice damning. The problem, however, was there were no visible signs of mold.
Got Mold? was called in for an inspection. What we found is that there were was a significant mold concern on a wall, but it was difficult to identify because the wall was covered with wallpaper.
If you discover mold on a wall covered with wallpaper, it is a good idea to call in a professional for the following reasons:
First, it is important to understand that if you remove the wallpaper without setting up a proper containment, then the mold problem will worsen because a massive amount of spores will be released into the air. In short, trying to clean up a mold problem without a proper containment will exacerbate the situation.
Second, the massive release of spores will increase the airborne spore count worsening the air quality in the home, which could lead to health problems, not to mention, it will enable the mold to seek out other sources of food and spread.
Finally, it is very important to realize that just spraying bleach or other chemicals on the mold will not have a long term positive impact. In fact, it can make the situation worse. To learn more about why you should not spray mold, check out this article: Don’t Spray Mold!
The key to ensuring long term mold issues are not a concern is to deal with the core problem causing the moisture issues. In this client’s case, we first recommended that the problems causing the ice damning were fixed. Once the source of the moisture is fixed, then the next step is to proceed with a professional mold remediation.

Thinking of Buying A Home, Look For These Moldy Clues

Thinking of Buying A Home, Look For These Moldy Clues
The busiest time in real estate sales tends to be during the spring and summer. If you are in the market for a new home, you should be aware of mold. Since mold remediation is costly, it is much better to thoroughly investigate a home before buying and inheriting a moldy mess.
Here are three clues that you should look for when you are investigating a home purchase.
WHAT’S THAT SMELL?
A bad musty smell is not a good sign because it could indicate mold growth.
Earthy, musty, mildew and even urine like smells are often an indicator of Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds (MVOC). Which are gaseous by-products produced during fungal metabolism. MVOC’S are an indicator of active and past mold growth.
WHAT’S GROWING ON THE WALLS?
If you see signs of growth on the walls, ceilings, corners of the basement, then you should be concerned. A small mold growth can easily turn into a large mold growth. It is probably a good idea to find out if the home has had any past moisture issues and if, in fact, they have been fixed.
WHY AM I SNEEZING AND WHEEZING?
Our founder, James C. Watson, is particularly susceptible to mold and in some cases can even sense that there is a mold problem when he walks into a home or office building because he begins to wheeze and can also have difficulty breathing. Keep in mind Watson’s sensitivities can sometimes be caused by smoke and or chemicals, etc. The only way to verify a mold problem is through proper inspection and testing. If you know that you are susceptible to mold and have respiratory problems when you do a walk-through, then there is a good chance that there are mold issues.
These are just three clues you should look for. However, keep in mind, just because you do not find evidence of any of the above does not mean that there is not mold present.
The basic problem with mold is that it can be hidden. Home inspectors are not mold remediation specialists and do not have the expertise required to identify potential mold issues. Home buyers are well advised to invest in both a home inspection and mold inspection before purchasing a home, particularly if there is any indication that there are potential moisture issues. (Buyer Beware! How Reliable is Your Home Inspection?)
Since a home purchase is such a life changing event, once you have narrowed down the potential homes you are considering, it is a wise decision to invest in a mold inspection because home inspectors lack mold expertise.
Since extensive mold in a home can make it virtually unlivable, paying for a specialized mold inspection will save you thousands of dollars and your health.
The cost of a professional mold inspection is negligible when you consider the potential price you have to pay if the mold is unabated. When you are buying a home, it’s always better to be safe than sorry with your money and your health. To learn more about our mold inspection service or if you have questions, call us toll free, 1-888-909-6653 or use the form below and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

Why Should I Be Concerned About Newly Formed Water Stains?

Why Should I Be Concerned About Newly Formed Water Stains?
Newly formed water stains on your ceiling or wall are caused by moisture intrusion. The key concern is what is causing the moisture intrusion?
Possible causes of water stains could be a leaky roof or leaks in the plumbing system.

water stain

In colder climates, another possible cause of the moisture intrusion is ice damning. Large amounts of snow accumulation on roofs causes ice damning. Ice dams result from the escape of heat into the attic which eventually builds up and melts snow on the roof. The ice dam forms when the melting snow pools behind dams of ice at the roof’s edge, which is one of the reasons that icicles form. The water that backs up behind the ice dam can leak into the home and cause damage to walls, floors, ceilings, insulation, and other areas. To learn more about ice damning and it’s causes, review this article.
Water stains should be a concern because water is one of the key ingredients required for mold growth. Mold can cause health and structural issues, so it is important to understand that prevention and moisture control are essential: fix leaky roofs; control humidity; know where your water main valve is; address ice damning; and install a sump pump.
Our next article will explain how potential moisture problems can be identified through Thermal Imaging, a pro-active procedure that can identify problems with insulation, plumbing, and many other concerns for home owners.
Further Reading
Top 3 Reasons To Have a Mold Inspection Before Buying a Home
Got Mold? on Global TV
Why Should I Be Concerned About Snow On My Roof?
Even Our President Has Ice Damning Issues!
Top 20 Mold and Asbestos Articles in February!
Dry Ice Blasting Project: Before and After Pictures
Top Ten Mold and Health Articles Re-Pinned on Pinterest
Celebrities Affected By Asbestos and Mold (12 Articles)
Why Do Ice Dams Cause Mold Problems?
What Should I Do If I Have Mold In My Apartment?
What Impact Will High Household Humidity Have?
Failure To Address Growing Mold Problem is Penny Wise Pound Foolish
Mold Remediation Regulations: Good For the Industry…Best For the Consumer
Canadian Regulations & Guidelines: Indoor Air Quality & Mould
What Happens During a Mold Inspection?
What Happens When You Call Got Mold?
IICRC: Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification
What to Expect From a Mold Inspection
Our 8 Step Process!
Renovating? Be Mindful of Mold
Mold and Illness (40 Articles)
Flooded…But Denied Insurance? Don’t Lose Hope!
Hurricane Sandy Causes Mold Risk for Flooded Areas
Sandy Leaves Behind the Threat of Asbestos Exposure
Flood Alert: Key Action Steps & Information!
What Should I do if I Find Mold?
Attention Saskatchewan Residents: PDAP Can Help!
Don’t Spray Mold!
What Causes a Basement to Smell Bad?
Mold, Not Just a Health Problem, But a Structural One Too!
Sewer Backups Part 1: Causes and Prevention
Sewer Backups Part 2: Action Steps
Why Do We Need Sump Pumps?
Flooded…But Denied Insurance? Don’t Lose Hope!
What to Expect From a Mold Inspection
Mold Emerges As Problem From Flooding
Why is Mold a Growing Concern?
Seven Tips To Detecting Mold
Mold in Your Basement
Do You Know Where Your Water Main Valve Is Located?
What to do when you’ve identified a mold concern?
The Longer You Wait…The Worse It Gets!
How Does Mold Get Indoors?
What’s In Your Flood Water?
What causes Mold growth?

Water…Necessary For ALL Life, Including Mold!

Water…Necessary For ALL Life, Including Mold!
The basis of all life, including plants, animals, and humans are cells. Cells are composed of atoms, the smallest unit of matter. Cells can not survive without water!

The human body is made up of trillions of cells all of which rely on water to function properly. Not surprisingly, humans are made up of 50% to 70% water and the brain is mostly water at 80%. Without water, we dehydrate which can lead to illness and eventually death. For this reason, it is very difficult for humans to live without water for more than 3 to 4 days. Water is life!
Interestingly, mold requires water to grow and thrive because it is a fungus. Mold has cells, but unlike a plant, it does not have chlorophyll and can not make it’s own food. Instead, mold needs food, inorganic dead matter. It reproduces by releasing it’s spores, this is mold’s survival mechanism. The key to mold growth is water. Without water and moisture, mold can not grow because it’s cells will not function properly.
To prevent mold, you must control moisture.
Last summer, we wrote an article about the Elliot Lake mall collapse and asked whether it occurred because of mold. One of the problems with mold is that it literally eats the structure that it is feeding on, weakening it. Recently, an investigation into the collapse revealed that the roof of the mall was damaged and constantly leaked when it rained causing significant mold growth. As stated earlier, mold can only grow in the presence of water. To prevent mold growth, the source of the moisture must first be addressed; in this case, the leaky roof should have been fixed properly.
In the fall of 2012, the Eastern Seaboard was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Since many residents were left without power and heat, mold quickly took hold. Public advocates and government officials are calling for the US government to provide funding to address mold issues because insurance is not covering the cost. The struggle with mold continues and is well documented in the news!
Closer to home in Saskatchewan, many residents are experiencing ice damning problems, and a news story published on March 22nd makes it very clear that residents of the province better be prepared for flooding because snow is piling up. According to Environment Minister, Ken Cheveldayoff, everyone should begin preparing before the big melt begins:
People in their houses should try to get their snow away from their foundation as much as possible,” he said. “If they don’t have a sump pump, the suggestion is they put one in.
It is clear that flooding will become an issue and Saskatchewan residents should prepare themselves. Unlike the victims of Sandy who had very little time to prepare, residents of our province have time. Educate yourself, review this article: Flood Alert: Key Action Steps & Information! and familiarize yourself with the PDAP program.
In summary, water is necessary for all life, including mold. Mold can cause health and structural issues, so it is important to understand that prevention and moisture control are essential: fix leaky roofs; control humidity; know where your water main valve is; address ice damning; and install a sump pump. With respect to flooding, immediate action is important because your house and furnishings are less likely to grow mold if they are dried within 48 hours.
Further Reading
Top 3 Reasons To Have a Mold Inspection Before Buying a Home
Got Mold? on Global TV
Why Should I Be Concerned About Snow On My Roof?
Even Our President Has Ice Damning Issues!
Top 20 Mold and Asbestos Articles in February!
Dry Ice Blasting Project: Before and After Pictures
Top Ten Mold and Health Articles Re-Pinned on Pinterest
Celebrities Affected By Asbestos and Mold (12 Articles)
Why Do Ice Dams Cause Mold Problems?
What Should I Do If I Have Mold In My Apartment?
What Impact Will High Household Humidity Have?
Failure To Address Growing Mold Problem is Penny Wise Pound Foolish
Mold Remediation Regulations: Good For the Industry…Best For the Consumer
Canadian Regulations & Guidelines: Indoor Air Quality & Mould
What Happens During a Mold Inspection?
What Happens When You Call Got Mold?
IICRC: Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification
What to Expect From a Mold Inspection
Our 8 Step Process!
Renovating? Be Mindful of Mold
Mold and Illness (40 Articles)
Flooded…But Denied Insurance? Don’t Lose Hope!
Hurricane Sandy Causes Mold Risk for Flooded Areas
Sandy Leaves Behind the Threat of Asbestos Exposure
Flood Alert: Key Action Steps & Information!
What Should I do if I Find Mold?
Attention Saskatchewan Residents: PDAP Can Help!
Don’t Spray Mold!
What Causes a Basement to Smell Bad?
Mold, Not Just a Health Problem, But a Structural One Too!
Sewer Backups Part 1: Causes and Prevention
Sewer Backups Part 2: Action Steps
Why Do We Need Sump Pumps?
Flooded…But Denied Insurance? Don’t Lose Hope!
What to Expect From a Mold Inspection
Mold Emerges As Problem From Flooding
Why is Mold a Growing Concern?
Seven Tips To Detecting Mold
Mold in Your Basement
Do You Know Where Your Water Main Valve Is Located?
What to do when you’ve identified a mold concern?
The Longer You Wait…The Worse It Gets!
How Does Mold Get Indoors?
What’s In Your Flood Water?
What causes Mold growth?