Whether It’s Winter Or Spring – There’s Mould

Let’s hope that spring weather comes sometime soon to the GTA – because what we’ve had so far this April has been a nightmare. From cold and rainy, to snow, to a few sunny days with warmer weather scattered between them, there’s a lot of hazards that homeowners can face. One that you may not be aware of is mould.

Hot or Cold – Mould Growth
You may be assuming that, since the warmer weather hasn’t arrived yet, mould isn’t as much of an issue. That’s not correct. Fluctuations in temperature and cold spells can actually enhance the conditions where mould is likely to grow.

  • Remember that ventilation is key – when it’s cold outside, we tend to shut the windows, and our modern energy efficient homes can mean that any moisture trapped inside the house can make humidity levels rise.
  • Turning up the thermostat creates warm air, and without outside ventilate, can create condensation that cannot dry out.

Common areas
There are some areas of the home that are more prone to mould than others.

  • Drywall and sheetrock – on the exterior;
  • Look in the bends and corners of the home;
  • Check in attics and basements;
  • Corner rooms are exposed to more cold air, and have higher relative humidity levels.

There needs to be a good balance between humidity and temperature – not too cold, not too moist.

  • Humidity levels should be below 60% – ideally between 35% and 45%.
  • A dehumidifier in a problematic room is often enough to bring it down to acceptable levels;
  • Set your ceiling fans to spin in reverse to circulate air adequately;
  • Keep ducts and filters clean;
  • Drain water from any condensation pans;
  • Use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom to draw humid air out;
  • Inspect the basement for any issues that can contribute to moisture and mould, including mortar leaks, drainage systems, and others;
  • Keep crawl spaces dry;
  • Keep an eye on roof and windows for leakage and make repairs as necessary.

Whether your house is new or old, you need to be vigilant, especially when the weather is as crazy as ours in the Toronto area. Remember that mould spores can begin to grow within 24 to 48 hours when moisture lingers.

We Can Help
If you are dealing with mould in your home, we can help. You can trust the experienced mould removal experts at Green Stream Environmental to take care of your environmental issues. In the Toronto area contact Environmental at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

A Homeowner’s Quick Guide To Asbestos

If your home was built before the mid 1980s, there is a good chance is contains asbestos or asbestos containing materials (ACM). At one time, the so-called miracle material was used in a wide variety of applications, literally from floor to ceiling, attic, and roofing materials.

Asbesto – A Colossal Mistake
It’s not hard to see why asbestos quickly became popular in both residential and home construction.

  • It’s heat resistant;
  • It’s water resistant;
  • It’s virtually indestructible.

It was often mixed with other materials such as concrete or vinyl to produce tiles for roofing and flooring, pipes and pipe insulation, among many other specialized uses.

It wasn’t until decades after it first became widely used in the early 1900s that the signs of its tragic legacy would become known. The first wave of asbestos victims includes many factory, construction, and other workers who became exposed on the job. The presence of asbestos fibres in the lungs can lead to many health issues including cancers and deadly mesothelioma.

  • The problem with asbestos in the home is that, over time, even ACM can deteriorate, and release asbestos fibres into the air.

How Do You Know
Since asbestos was so widely used and ACM can contain a variety of other materials, you can’t be sure of being able to recognize it just by sight. It may be present in:

  • Ceiling tiles (often called acoustic ceiling tiles);\
  • Popcorn ceilings and textured paints;
  • Wall panels;
  • Vinyl floor tiles;
  • Older carpet adhesives;
  • Attic insulation;
  • Pipe & boiler insulation;
  • Window and door caulking;
  • Roof shingles.

What you might see:

  • The only visual clue you may sometimes see is a kind of dimpling effect, visible in things like ceiling and floor tiles.
  • Asbestos sheeting used in homes and other buildings such as sheds was often joined with metal runners if outdoors. Indoor sheets were most often joined with wood or plastic runners.
  • Around windows and doors, inside or out, be leery of any old adhesive material, such as joint cement or putty.
  • Be especially cautious of any old insulation material that becomes exposed.

What Can I Do?
No amount of asbestos exposure is considered safe according to the latest medical findings.

  • Do not attempt to remove it yourself.
  • Do not attempt to handle it in any way yourself.
  • Seal off any questionable area as best you can, and get help.

Our experienced and certified asbestos removal and asbestos remediation technicians can help keep you and your family safe. In the Toronto area call Environmental at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

Asbestos And Mesothelioma: New Research

It has been known for decades that asbsestos causes mesothelioma, a deadly type of lung cancer. The first wave of mesothelioma victims were largely workers who had come into direct contact with the mineral. The number of cases and similarities pointed to the culprit.

However, until recently, it has not been known exactly how asbestos exposure can result in the onset of mesothelioma in the body. A very recent study by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) finally outlines the mechanism that produces chronic inflammation and mesothelioma.

Their hope is that the knowledge will give us the tools to help prevent tissue damage, and offer an effective treatment to victims of the disease.

The Study
The research paper was published in the journal Oncogene, and came about as a result of a collaboration between the University Hospitals of Zurich, Geneva, and Toronto as well as the University of Fribourg and ETH Zurich.

  • Asbestos becomes a danger to human health when it breaks down into friable (inhalable) dust.
  • That dust consists of individual asbestos fibres, which are long and pointed.

Once they enter the lungs, they pass into the mesothelium, a membrane that covers the internal organs, including the lungs. The asbestos fibres don’t break down, and they can’t be flushed out by the body’s own lymphatic system.

The asbestos fibres produce a continuous string of what are called micro-injuries to the lung tissue from inside the mesothelium. The body attempts to repair those constant micro-injuries, sending white blood cells and initiating other processes that the body uses to repair itself. The problem is, the injuries never stop.

The paper quotes Emanuela Felley-Bosco, who led the study. “Chronic exposure to asbestos triggers a type of tissue repair,” he says. “The immune system goes out of balance and is no longer strong enough to combat tumour formation.”

The researchers found that there were changes in the RNA, which is essentially a copy of the DNA. While it is yet a hypothesis, they theorized that the body eventually attempts to stop the ongoing inflammatory response sparked by the presence of asbestos fibres, and that is what weakens the immune system and leads to the development of tumours.

Hope for the Future
The hope is that knowing the exact mechanism will lead to immune therapies that can be used to slow down or halt the process. “A therapy against immune system inhibitors is a promising approach,” says Felley-Bosco.

Their research may also help in the understanding of other cancers and conditions which are known to be caused by chronic inflammation. These include:

  • ulcerative colitis,
  • Crohn’s disease,
  • Helicobacter pylori infections.

Be Safe, Not Sorry
Asbestos, mesothelioma, and the many other health issues it can cause, are no joke. It’s wonderful that progress is being made, but prevention beats a cure.

If your home was built before the 1980s, there’s a good chance it contains asbestos in some for. Let our experienced asbestos removal and asbestos remediation technicians help keep your family safe. In the Toronto area call Environmental at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

Asbestos Dangers From A Single Exposure

Asbestos exposure, and how it develops into diseases like mesothelioma and other lung cancers, is a complex phenomenon. When it occurs because there is asbestos in water, for example, the amount of damage depends on the amount consumed and the period of exposure as well. When it comes to inhaled asbestos fibres, however, that isn’t necessarily the case. A single or short-term asbestos exposure can carry a risk to your health.

Single Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos exposure can occur in one single occasion or over a short period of time. It may occur for a variety of reasons.

  • Renovations, especially DIY projects, that disturb or damage existing materials – even a small area of damage can send hundreds of asbestos fibres into the air;
  • Damage from floods or fire;
  • Installation of home theatre or alarm systems.

What Happens During Asbestos Removal Procedures?
The news is peppered with stories, both local and from far flung locations, of people concerned when they are required to work, attend school or live in a building while asbestos removal or asbestos remediation procedures are taking place.

What should you be concerned with?

  • Primarily, that you have contracted a reputable and certified asbestos removal company!

Concern is justified if the right procedures aren’t being followed to the letter, and that’s where a reputable company like GreenStream Environmental comes into the picture. The possibility for asbestos exposure during a removal job does exist. It depends on the circumstances, and how they are handled.

  • The issue is, can the area be completely contained? Or, will there be some leakage into the surrounding area – and how far and how much?
  • It gets complicated, clearly, and that’s why, if people are to remain, periodic air quality testing is often called for to ensure public safety.

An area may appear to be completely contained and removed from the area that is in use, however, HVAC systems can potentially send airborne asbestos fibres into any corner of a building.

You Can Count On GreenStream
When our certified and experienced asbestos removal and asbestos remediation technicians go to work, we make sure that the area is safe. We will take the time to explain any precautions and procedures that need to happen to ensure your safety, and that of our employees – not to say your neighbours, who can also be affected once asbestos dust from renovations and debris is in the air.

Let our experience help keep your family safe. In the Toronto area contact Environmental at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

Asbestos, The Law, And You

This blog has covered many cases in Toronto, the GTA and beyond involving incompetent and unethical asbestos removal companies and operations, and the dangers they pose. But, what happens when you are the property owner? What are your obligations when it comes to asbestos in construction and renovation projects?

Ontario law specifies several designated substances along with asbestos, including acrylonitrile, arsenic, benzene, coke oven emissions, ethylene oxide, isocyanates, lead, mercury, silica, and vinyl chloride.

In the province of Ontario, the law regulating asbestos is called O.Reg. 278/05—Asbestos on Construction Projects and in Buildings and Repair Operations. Unlike some other provinces, the Ontario asbestos law makes a distinction between homeowners and landlords.

If you own a property,

  • Of more than four units;
  • Where you and your family members do not live.

Here, the law it clearly spelled out.

• Before beginning a project, the owner shall determine whether any designated substances are present at the project site and shall prepare a list of all designated substances at the site.
• The owner shall ensure that a prospective constructor of a project on the owner’s property has received a copy of the designated substance assessment.
• The owner who fails to comply with Section 30 is liable to the constructor and every contractor who suffers any loss or damages as the result of the subsequent discovery on the project of a designated substance that the owner ought reasonably to have known of but that not listed in the designated substance report.

However, if you own the property you live in, you are excluded from that obligation. The law specifically excludes the following:

(4) This Regulation does not apply to an owner of a private residence occupied by the owner or the owner’s family or to an owner of a residential building that contains not more than four dwelling units, one of which is occupied by the registered owner or family of the registered owner. O. Reg. 278/05, s. 2 (4).

Homeowners Beware
Exclusion from that specific part of the law doesn’t mean you’re off the hook, however. If you are plannning on renovations or any installation that will involve cutting into walls, ceilings or floors, you should be aware of possible legal liability.

Make no mistake – the exclusion does not remove legal liability you may incur as a home or property owner if someone is exposed to asbestos on your premises.

So, you’ve got contractors at your home and they discover asbestos in your attic. They sue. You’ve got homeowner’s liability insurance to take care of that, right?

Wrong again. Let’s talk about the Asbestos Exclusion.

The “Asbestos Exclusion”
Since the 1970s, when the threat of asbestos finally came to be widely known, property insurance companies have included a standard Asbestos Exclusion in their policies as a matter of routine. In short, it means they refuse liability for any damages caused by asbestos in your home.

The clause has been tested by court law, notably a case called 1604945 Ontario Inc. v. Lloyd’s Underwriters, [2010] where two landlords were sued by tenants for asbestos exposure that resulted from renovations. The respondents tried to involve their insurance coverage, and the insurance company successfully defended the exclusion. That means, when it comes to asbestos, you are on your own.

What Can You Do?
As a homeowner, if you plan on renovations, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself.

  • Review your insurance policy, and if necessary, discuss it with your agent or broker.
  • If you are a landlord, you should get legal advice from your lawyer.
  • Find out whether you have asbestos (or any other hazardous substances) on your property with a certified inspection.
  • An asbestos removal procedure provides true peace of mind.

That’s Where We Come In
If your home contains asbestos or ACM, we can help. You can trust the experienced asbestos removal experts and asbestos remediation experts at Green Stream Environmental to take care of your environmental issues. In the Toronto area contact Environmental at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

Avoiding Asbestos Exposure

According to the most recent statistics from StatsCan, the number of cases of cancer caused by asbestos exposure is on the rise. Despite the fact that the federal government is moving towards an official ban, the results of asbestos exposure take decades to manifest themselves. That means it will get worse before it gets better.

The first cases of mesothelioma and asbestos exposure cancer that came to light were largely the result of industrial and work exposure, and then there was another wave from the families of those workers who inhaled asbestos fibres from their clothes. The so-called third wave of asbestos victims is now coming from exposure to asbestos from existing structures – often from DIY renovations.

If your home was built before the mid-1980s, there is a good possibility it contains asbestos in some form. Here are some tips on how to avoid it.

  • Be aware that asbestos may be located virtually anywhere in your home from floor tiles to ceiling tiles, textured paints and popcorn ceilings, often mixed with other materials such as linoleum or cement.
  • Asbestos and asbestos containing materials (ACM) are considered safe as long as they are intact.
  • Anything, however, that damages or disturbs the material, which can include home renovations, home theatre stereo or security system installation, floods, and fires, can release the dust which can be inhaled.

Avoiding Asbestos
Keep these points in mind:

  • Know where there is asbestos in your home by getting an inspection from a certified business.
  • Those areas will need to be monitored on a regular basis for damage and deterioration.
  • If you are planning renovations or installations that will involve cutting into walls or other structures, that asbestos inspection is doubly important.
  • The safest way forward is to let our experienced asbestos removal technicians take care of the problem efficiently.

Asbestos In Your Home?
If your home contains asbestos or ACM, we can help. You can trust the experienced asbestos removal experts and asbestos remediation experts at Green Stream Environmental to take care of your environmental issues. In the Toronto area contact Environmental at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

Asbestos And Freezing Temperatures

Asbestos was once thought of as a miracle construction material. It certainly has many qualities that make it seem nearly indestructible. Even so, extreme cold can wreak havoc on buildings and materials — including those containing asbestos.

The recent polar vortex and the icy cold air it has brought to the GTA was a nasty surprise for December, especially after a spate of milder weather. Those extremely cold temperatures bring with them a slew of dangers from dangerous driving conditions to asbestos exposure.

Asbestos – The Danger When It Freezes

When pipes freeze over and burst, the resulting flooding can cause damage to ACM or asbestos containing materials. Historically, any structure built before the mid-1980s may have ACM present in a wide range of place such as:

  • ceiling tiles,
  • popcorn ceilings,
  • floor tiles,
  • and pipe insulation within walls.

Materials that are intact are deemed safe, however, damage from extreme weather, natural disasters, and even simple renovations can expose asbestos and cause the deadly dust which can be inhaled into the lungs.

One GTA school recently experienced that very situation recently. Asbestos removal was completed at Bishop Scalibrini School in Mississauga over the holiday break after a burst water pipe exposed ACM in flooring. When it was removed, the asbestos was said to be “non-friable” — meaning it was still wet or contained within a compound with other substances.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario has called for a complete ban on asbestos in schools, issuing a media release at the time that said,

“We are concerned for our members, students and school communities as asbestos-containing materials such as ceiling tiles and pipe insulation can be present in aging school buildings within view and within reach.”

Asbestos In Your Home?

If your home contains asbestos or ACM, we can help. You can trust the experienced asbestos removal experts and asbestos remediation experts at Green Stream Environmental to take care of your environmental issues. In the Toronto area contact Environmental at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

Asbestos, Old Pipes, And Mother Nature

Most of the time, when it comes to asbestos, the danger comes from dust – friable asbestos that can be inhaled. That’s where a large part of the asbestos problem lies. But, did you know that asbestos is also problematic when you ingest it through the digestive system? There, it can cause peritoneal mesothelioma.

  • According to EPA guidelines in the US, under the Safe Drinking Water Act, asbestos levels should be 7 million fibers per liter (MFL) or lower.
  • The risk at higher levels was once thought to be limited to benign intestinal polyps, but recent studies have suggested that asbestos in drinking water can increase the risk of cancer, including mesothelioma.

Asbestos In Old Pipes
Asbestos was added to cement in the belief that it would make a longer lasting material – ideal for public water systems. So it was thought, and the practice continued starting in about the 1930s for decades until there were regulations against it came into place.

As with any other asbestos containing material, it is considered safe as long as it remains intact. However, as it deteriorates, asbestos can leach into the water.

There is also a risk in the case of natural disasters. That’s the possibility residents of towns in Texas and California have had to face in the wake of the catastrophic flooding and fires that have occurred earlier this year. In the case of fires, toxic ash contaminated with asbestos fibres is yet another risk, one that can be inhaled or even end up in streams that feed into the water supply.

The problem of asbestos in pipes is widespread throughout North America. The pipes laid in the 1930s were thought to have about a 70 year lifespan and many have not been replaced. Never mind disasters – how long will it be before they simply start to crumble with age? In some cases, there have been issues since the 1980s.

What can you do?

  • A water filtration system, even the simple variety that can be attached to a household faucet, can help protect you from asbestos contamination and other impurities.

Asbestos In Your Home?
If your home contains asbestos or ACM, we can help. You can trust the experienced asbestos removal experts and asbestos remediation experts at Green Stream Environmental to take care of your environmental issues. In the Toronto area contact Environmental at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

High-Tech Construction Methods – The End of Mould?

High-tech housing is cropping up all over the GTA, and it’s interesting to look at the new techniques and features. Many problems that we deal with in our business are caused or worsened by old construction methods and materials – like asbestos. Mould is another problem that can be worsened by the typical issues associated with an older home – old windows and doors, aging roofing, and more.

Along with energy efficiency, when it comes to newer construction methods, there is the potential to minimize the conditions that lead to mould infestation.

Construction Innovation
Rethinking structural and design aspects can make a big difference. The design looks at each element in context.

  • The windows are placed to take advantage of natural light. This keeps the home warmer, saving on energy costs for heating as well as lighting.
  • A high performance building envelope can reduce heating and cooling costs drastically.
  • A steel rather than wood frame is resistant to rot and mould.

What makes the difference? It’s moisture retention. Wood can retain moisture, while steel does not. If moisture can sneak into the building through any opening, it can linger on wood. Wherever moisture lingers for even 24 to 48 hours, mould spores can grow.

What About My Home?
You may not want or be able to move to a brand new steel frame home. But, you can still take measures to minimize the effect of wood + moisture in your own home or property.

  • Install energy efficient windows – this prevents condensation build-up, and therefore moisture build-up.
  • If your window frames are wooden, install metal, vinyl or fibreglass clad frames.
    Add or replace weatherstripping to ensure an optimal seal around windows and doors.
  • Inspect and replace shingles, flashings, and drip edges as needed.

Anywhere that moisture can come in and linger, there is the danger of mould.

We Can Help
If you are dealing with mould in your home, we can help. You can trust the experienced mould removal experts at Green Stream Environmental to take care of your environmental issues. In the Toronto area contact Environmental at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

Winterizing Tips: Reduce Your Exposure To Mould

We’ve been lucky enough to avoid the worst of winter weather so far here in Toronto and the GTA, but still, we all know there’s no escaping the inevitable. Winter will come, and with it, cold, damp weather that can bring on a slew of problems, including mould.

Here are some tips on what to incorporate into your home winterizing routine to avoid mould growth and the health problems it can cause.

Your Furnace
When you first start up the furnace after a nice long summer, it’s not unusual to notice a bit of a musty smell. If it lasts less than a day, it’s typically just the dust that has accumulated through the warmer season. It burns off pretty quickly, and changing the air filters will help.

  • If the must odour persists, then it may be mould. Sometimes, air conditioning systems can cause condensation to build up in the air ducts. Mould may start to grow, and then disperse throughout your home. A duct cleaning may be in order, along with mould removal procedures.

Avoid Leaks
Regularly inspecting your home and then repairing any leaks and deficiencies promptly will save you a lot of time and money getting rid of mould and its after effects later on.

  • Make sure your roof is sound – look for stained, curling, worn or missing shingles.
  • Check the eavestroughing – make sure gutters are clear and any downspouts flow away from the house.
  • Inspect any siding or other outside wall covering to ensure integrity – look for cracks or gaps in the siding material, brick or mortar.
  • Inspect windows for leaks, and fill in any gaps with VOC-free sealant.

Other Considerations:

  • Make sure your dryer is venting outside, and that the vent is kept clear;
  • Make sure attics and basements are free of leaks.

Avoiding moisture build-up is the key to avoiding mould growth.

We Can Help
If you are dealing with mould in your home, we can help. You can trust the experienced mould removal experts at Green Stream Environmental to take care of your environmental issues. In the Toronto area contact Environmental at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.