Mould & Humidity – Prevention and Control

Summer has finally come to Toronto and the GTA, and with high temperatures inevitably come high humidity. Humidity is simply water vapour in the air, so it’s not just the discomfort when you venture outside that you need to worry about.

The Mould-Humidity Link
Indoor humidity is directly related to air quality, and can lead to mould growth. There are two ways that humidity can lead to mould growth.

  • If you have leaks in plumbing, or any other lingering water, anywhere in your home, high humidity indoors will prevent it from fully drying out. Mould only needs 24 to 48 hours to begin to take hold.
  • High humidity, by itself, can lead to mould growth. How high is too high? About 60% humidity.
  • Ideal indoor humidity levels should range between 30% and 50% at most.

If you are concerned, you can buy an inexpensive tool called a hygrometer to measure humidity levels in your home. Mould will grow where it can find food, and it loves cellulose. It can grow on a variety of materials commonly found in the home, including:

  • Drywall and plaster;
  • Wood;
  • Paper;
  • Carpeting;
  • Insulation.

What’s the answer?
Reducing humidity and making sure there is adequate ventilation in your home will reduce the risk of mould growth.

  • Air conditioning may not be enough – a dehumidifier is a good investment in indoor air quality.
  • Be sure to keep the dehumidifier clean and disinfected so that it can operate properly.

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.

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.

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.

The Mould That Closed A Museum

Mould is a serious threat to human and animal health, and it can also cause extensive and costly damage to buildings. In Ottawa, the discovery of mould had huge consequences for a national institution.

The Canada Science and Technology Museum is reopening on November 17, 2017 to much fanfare. The museum has been closed since 2014 after the discovery of toxic mould triggered a huge remediation and restoration project.

The Project
The mould removal project came to be part of an $80.5 million renovation and upgrade investment. The project involved several components,

  • Mould removal;
  • Replacement of the roof;
  • Other physical upgrades.

The second point is particularly important. If you’re not going to fix the problem and ensure it won’t repeat, then you’re going to end up in a never ending cycle of mould infestation.

  • Inspection, maintenance, and permanent repairs to any issues are your keys to avoiding mould in the first place.

It really can’t be overemphasized. You don’t save yourself money by delaying needed repairs – you’re costing yourself more later on when it comes to not only the mould removal process, but replacing whatever has been damaged by it.

After clearing the air of toxic mould spores, the 7,400-square-metre (80,000-square-foot) Museum will feature a new interactive exhibit on the five senses, called “Medical Sensations”. The show is based on the plans that were already on the books in 2014 when mould put the brakes on it.

A Leaky Roof Makes Headlines
When the mould was first discovered, it made for dramatic national headlines as the building was abruptly evacuated. It’s apparent that the Museum’s staff took the threat of mould exposure seriously. One spokes person noted that overall mould exposure is on the rise in what they called an “age of mould.” Identifying the mould isn’t really necessary. As one expert put it bluntly, “No mould that grows on a building material is good for you.”

The cause of the Museum’s woes were one that many home and property owners will empathize with – a leaky roof. Water can wander in any direction in a home, and end up in the attic, behind walls and between floors where you don’t see it.

  • You may notice a persistent musty odour that may seem to come from a specific location, or may seem more general in terms of dispersion;
  • Once it has gotten into your HVAC system, the mould spores can show up anywhere in your home;
  • You may notice physical symptoms such as persistent itchy eyes, nose, and throat, coughing or other respiratory issues.

We Can Help
If your home contains mould, 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.

Mould Spores

Just after the news of Hurricane Harvey came the aftermath – an almost immediate infestation of mould throughout Houston and other flooded areas of Texas. It’s well known that mould can begin to grow within a mere 24 hours if the conditions are right. But how? And what, if anything, can you do to prevent it?

The Mould Mechanism
How can mould appear almost instantly after a deluge? It helps to understand how mould works. Mould spores are a bit like pollen. They are tiny – invisible to the naked eye – very light and float on the air, and they can also live quite a long time. They thrive outdoors, and while they aren’t active in the winter when it’s below zero, they don’t die from the cold. They simply go into a dormant mode, waiting to be revived after the spring thaw.

All the spores need is oxygen, standing moisture, and food, which can consist of pretty much anything organic, like piles of leaves or wood outdoors, cloth or paper indoors. They love cellulose, a plant-based fiber that is used in textiles and carpets. Some things to remember.

  • Outdoors, mould levels peak during late summer and early fall because of the abundant vegetation they can feed from.
  • Leaving your shoes and outdoor clothing at the door and avoid bringing them into your home.
  • Use a dehumidifier to control excess moisture and high humidity during the summer.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation throughout your home, including an exhaust fan in your bathroom.
  • Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to help remove mould spores.
  • Repair any leaks in plumbing, roof, windows or other source of water as soon as possible.

It’s Important
You can’t tolerate even a small growth of mould in your home. First, a small growth can soon grow much bigger. Second, even a small patch can produce more mould spores that become airborne. Once they’re in your home, they can enter your HVAC systems and disperse throughout your living space.

Mould poses a very real threat to human health. It can cause a variety of symptoms.

  • Persistent coughing and dry throat;
  • Stuffy nose;
  • Irritation of the eyes;
  • Respiratory issues, including worsening allergies;
  • And more.

We Can Help
If you are experiencing the result of flooding, or 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.

Flooding – The Danger From Mould And Asbestos

Flooding is dominating the headlines lately, from the catastrophic floods on the Texas coast to Western Ontario and other places across the globe. The devastation of a flood itself is bad enough, but once people return to their homes and businesses to try and clean up and begin their lives again, there are other threats to be faced, including asbestos and mould.

Asbestos
If your home was built before the mid-1980s, there is a good chance that it contains asbestos in one form or another. That most often includes asbestos mixed with other materials, and it can show up virtually anywhere in your home, including,

  • Floor tiles;
  • Ceiling tiles (often called “acoustic ceiling tiles”);
  • Wall panels;
  • Textured paints;
  • Popcorn ceilings;
  • Attic and pipe insulation;
  • Window and door caulking;
  • And more!

While asbestos containing materials or ACM are considered safe as long as they are intact, a flood can damage the materials it is mixed with, leaving the asbestos to dry into inhalable fibers.

Mould
Flood waters are often contaminated with sewer water, or other substances that it has picked up from the ground, including poisons, microbes, and chemicals. Even the cleanest water, however, can spark the growth of mould within a mere 48 hours.

Any area that remains wet or moist for 48 hours or more can be prime ground for mould infestation – and mould does love to eat cellulose based materials such as carpeting and even drywall.

  • Drying out the area thoroughly is the first priority – fans and general ventilation are essential in that regard.
  • Removing any items that are wet and not likely to be remediated, which probably includes carpeting and other textiles.

Those measures are a good rule of thumb to begin with, but depending on how quickly you can get back into the area to assess damage and begin the clean-up process, it may not be enough.

Once mould has set in, simple cleaning alone won’t get rid of it. You need help.

We Can Help
If you are experiencing the result of flooding, or are dealing with mould and/or asbestos in your home, we can help. You can trust the experienced mould removal experts, 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.

New Research on Mould Toxins

We’ve long known that mould spores become airborne within a home. That’s how a small mould infestation in the basement — near the HVAC system — can result in mould spores being detected throughout all floors of the building. And, it doesn’t take that long.

Recently, however, researchers in France have discovered that it’s not just the spores, but the actual mould toxins, that become airborne indoors too. If it can be verified, it would explain a lot about so-called “sick building” syndrome, and the way that mould related illnesses and conditions spread. Their paper was published in the academic journal, Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Mould Sickness
Each person responds to mould exposure differently. Those who already have asthma or respiratory allergies are particularly prone to feel the effects, which can include:

  • Itchy eyes;
  • Inflammation of the respiratory tract, including nose, throat, and lungs;
  • Persistent sinus irritation;
  • Obstructed airways;
  • Asthma attacks.

It’s unclear how exactly the mould causes symptoms, but it is thought that the immune system becomes sensitive to specific compounds within the spores. The onset and severity of symptoms depends on how long you are exposed

Mycotoxins
Mould is actually just a name for a particular species of fungus. When the fungi shed the particles that become airborne, mycotoxins, the poisonous element, hitch a ride, taking the threat wherever those spores go.

Mycotoxins are poisonous chemical byproducts of certain fungi. They’re usually associated with crop infestations, and hence with food poisoning — not risk from inhalation. Enough exposure can prove deadly.

There have been many studies on the effects of eating mycotoxins, but not so much is known about what happens when you breathe them into your lungs. Based on existing research, it is not believed that airborne mycotoxins would be able to reach the kinds of concentrations that would cause health issues. However, the researchers pointed out that the risk may still be higher for people who spend a lot of time indoors, such as the elderly, or disabled people.

The researchers noted that mycotoxins should be considered when looking at air quality issues, but did not offer specific guidelines.

We Can Help
Up to 40 percent of all the buildings in North America and Europe contain mould in one form or another, according to experts. Does your home? You can trust the experienced mould removal experts at GreenStream Environmental to take care of it for you. In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca 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 Mould: Clean-up After A Flood

With the wet spring that we’ve had so far, basement flooding is a real risk for many homes in Toronto and the GTA. Along with damage, flooding brings another risk that can linger long after—mould.

Mould Growth
As a matter of fact, mould spores can begin to develop within 24 to 48 hours if moisture lingers and does not dry. That leads to the first, and foremost, principle when you are faced with having to clean up after a flood.

The sooner, the better!

  • You may not be able to prevent all damage from a flood, but quick action will definitely minimize the extent of it.
  • Be thorough—even if an area just feels damp, without any standing water, it can be a breeding ground for mould spores.

Remember, mould only needs moisture and a food source—such as the cellulose based materials in carpet and even drywall—to thrive. It can appear in, walls, furniture, carpets, flooring, curtains and other fabrics.

Dangers of Mould
If left to grow unchecked, or improperly cleaned up, mould can cause a host of health problems, including worsening allergies, asthma, chronic nose, throat, and eye irritation, and more. These are your first steps towards preventing mould growth.

  • Disconnect any power cords, and switch everything off;
  • Move anything you can out of the room, including furniture and electronics (the latter, if wet, are likely a write-off in any case);
  • Pull up and remove any carpeting, including underpadding—this too is likely a write-off;
  • Cut out any drywall that has gotten wet.

The next step is to remove the water. For smaller amounts and areas, old towels and buckets are the old fashioned way that still works. A wet/dry vacuum, or even a small sump pump, available at a typical hardware store, is a good choice if there is more, provided it is feasible to use electricity.

  • Once you’ve removed all the water and moisture that you can, fans and a dehumidifier will help to dry out the area more thoroughly. If you can open windows to allow for a through draft, that’s ideal—provided it has stopped raining.
  • Now, you will want to use a good disinfectant to sanitize the area, including the walls, baseboards, and any surface that came into contact with flood water.

At this point, you’ve done all you could to help prevent the spread of mould after a flood. Still, you may find that mould has developed under the floor, or behind a wall where you didn’t see it.

We Can Help
If you have mould issues in your home, you can trust the experienced mould removal experts at GreenStream Environmental to take care of it for you. In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca 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.

Mould And Renovations

A GTA homeowner recently got a nasty surprise – mould in the walls in a prized family room. What’s worse, the Thornhill resident is blaming a TV renovation show that took on her home in a televised episode for the problem.

The woman says that, back in 2009, the room was more or less gutted by the TV show’s reno team, including carpeting and other flooring, redoing a bar area, and removing a wall mirror. Part of the new look involved turning one corner of the room into a banquette area with bench seating and an upholstered backrest.

Unfortunately, just recently, the homeowner says she discovered water damage in the basement underneath the family room, with a leak in the plumbing that was traced back to the area of the wall behind the upholstered backrest. When the banquette was dismantled, the homeowner discovered a hole in the drywall where a drain pipe was visible – and there were drill holes in the plastic piping. Black mould and stain was everywhere inside the wall.

Renovation Caution
We can’t say whether or not the show – which no longer airs – was at fault or not, but the story brings up a very important point about being cautious of plumbing during any renovations.

  • All it takes is a pinhole in plumbing inside a wall, unseen, for moisture to accumulate. Mould can begin to grow within 24 to 48 hours.
  • If you are drilling into walls, do you know for sure where plumbing is located? You can’t afford to take the risk.

We often think about maintenance when it comes to the connection between plumbing and mould, and while that is important, extra care is just as warranted when it comes to renovating, or any type of work that involves drilling into walls that potentially contain plumbing.

We Can Help
If you have mould issues in your home, you can trust the experienced and certified mould removal experts at GreenStream Environmental to take care of it for you. In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca 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.