Disrepair Can Be Dangerous

The fate of public buildings can seem removed from that of the average home. After all, there are maintenance crews and compliance with regulations is documented and enforced… or is it? Too often, the unfortunate state of historic public buildings can clearly show that the state can be as negligent a property owner as the people who own that rundown house that seems to exist on every residential street in the GTA. And – lack of maintenance can be crucial when it comes to issues like asbestos and mould.

  • Sir John Carling Building (Ottawa) – This former Agriculture Canada building was abandoned by employees years ago when the extent of its asbestos concerns were first discovered. It was recently demolished by means of a controlled implosion – and the clean up continues.
  • The Dennis Building (Halifax) – Built in 1863, this historic building is slated for demolition after the government declared it “beyond repair”. At issue are crumbling mortar and walls full of mould and asbestos. A group is trying to fight for the conservation of the pre-Confederation building but clearly cost will be an issue.

The Moral of the Story
Older buildings are beautiful and have historic value in some cases – and they can be loaded with environmental issues like asbestos and mould.

Just like governments when times are tough, it can be tempting to think you can skimp on maintenance and repairs, but that’s a short sighted view that can easily backfire.

  • Leaky windows, roofs, door frames – even a pinhole leak in plumbing – can lead to mould growth within 24 to 48 hours.
  • Asbestos is considered safe as long as it is intact but if materials are damaged or decaying over time, fibres can be released. Asbestos in your home is a health risk waiting to happen.

Let Us Help
The seasoned environmental technicians at GreenStream can help you with your older home issues including:

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.

U of T Professor Warns Of Mould Risks

With freak storms and flash flooding becoming the norm, a University of Toronto professor’s warning about mould infestation applies anywhere across Southern Ontario.

Professor Jeffrey Siegel studies indoor air quality and he’s urging residents to take action quickly after a flood to reduce the likelihood of residual effects like mould. His most urgent recommendation has to do with getting rid of moisture-damaged materials, including and especially:

  • wet carpeting and rugs
  • water damaged flooring
  • damp drywall
  • papers and cardboard

Time is of the essence – even if you remove the material after only a few days, mould spores may have already begun to grow. The fact is they can take hold wherever there’s continuous moisture for only 48 hours.

Professor Siegel also cites Health Canada’s recommendations to:

  • control humidity
  • repair water damage thoroughly
  • clean any flooded areas thoroughly

Remember that you may even be able to clean mould off the surface of a material, but it can have longer roots that linger underneath.

Flooding or Persistent Leaks
You don’t need to experience flooding to see it or smell the telltale musty odour that indicates the presence of mould. Your leaky basement or attic could be making your family sick; if you’ve been experiencing unexplained respiratory issues, a persistent dry cough or worsening allergies, you should definitely be on the lookout for mould. Mould spores can get from a basement into your HVAC system and circulate throughout your home.

Get peace of mind from GreenStream Environmental – call us for professional mould removal services. You’ll be glad you did!

In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414.

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 & Asbestos Complicate Rescue Reno

Basement apartment renovations seem like a great idea but they can reveal a host of problems in an older home – like the mould and asbestos that complicated a reno rescue.

A Toronto woman’s story about tragedy turned to neighbourly helpfulness makes you believe in the goodness of people again. Twyla Gendron was hit by a series of blows a couple of years ago. Her husband died suddenly, she lost her job and was herself diagnosed with breast cancer. She thought she’d have to leave her bungalow because she couldn’t afford the mortgage.

Friends stepped in and decided to renovate her unfinished basement into an apartment suite to help with the mortgage. Funds were raised and Scott McGillivray, host of the show Income Property, stepped in to do the work for free between episodes.

That’s when complications set in. They found mould and asbestos in the leaky old basement that ballooned the costs and amount of work to be done. But, goodwill held out and it’s now a sparkling clean apartment with new windows, floors, doubled insulation and more.

Luckily, her story has a happy ending. But what about your planned basement reno?

Know What You’re Dealing With
In this case, similar to many homes, an unfinished basement means one that is seldom used. Things like leaks, moisture and exactly what is in those walls and insulation aren’t noticed – until the homeowner wants to make a change.

Before you start renovations, let us help. We can offer you asbestos testing and mould testing services that will ensure you don’t have any nasty surprises along the way.

Even if you’re not renovating, your unused basement could be making your family sick. Mould spores and friable (inhalable) asbestos can get from a basement into your HVAC system and circulate throughout your home.

Get peace of mind from GreenStream Environmental – call us for:

You’ll be glad you did!

In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414.

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.

How does toxic mould affect humans?

It’s a well-known fact that mould can make humans sick, but how sick can some of the more toxic mould species make you?

Some people have pre-existing health conditions like asthma, allergies or weakened immune systems that can result in mould affecting their respiratory health. However, mould can also cause serious symptoms in other individuals, such as:

  • heart palpitations
  • skin rashes
  • numbness or tingling sensations
  • dizziness
  • fatigue
  • depression
  • headaches
  • sinus problems
  • memory loss
  • an inability to concentrate
  • muscle pain
  • joint pain
  • sores

An unexplained occurrence of any of the above symptoms that does not go away, or stops temporarily while someone is outside of the home could mean that there is mould present in the home or workplace.  

Mould can also affect humans in other ways – it can colonize within the body and even use the human body as a food source. Other moulds, like the black mould often associated with grow-ops, release toxic spores that have devastating health effects on both people and animals.   It’s difficult to determine if mould is the cause of sudden and prolonged health concerns without a mould inspection, which can even determine the type of mould present (toxic or non-toxic).

If mould is present, it’s extremely important to have it removed by a certified and professional mould removal company.

know what you’re getting into.

Should you suspect the presence mould in your home or business, Contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca – Toronto’s mould removal contractors for a free on-site quote – at (416) 818-9414.

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