Government Employees Evacuated Due To Mould

Fifty employees were evacuated from a Nova Scotia government building in downtown Halifax after the discovery of mould.Apparently air quality has been an issue for some time at the provincial government building but recent air tests indicated that the problem was getting worse. At this point, officials aren’t certain if they will ever actually return to the historic building.

Mould was discovered on one of the upper floors of the 7-story structure that was built in 1860 and then remodelled after a fire in 1912. It’s an old story that highlights the difficulties often faced when trying to preserve architectural history in the modern era.

The dangers of mould to human health were not on anyone’s radar a century ago and the structures and systems of older buildings were not designed to combat it. For example, old buildings most often relied heavily on the use of wood, which can hold moisture, and overall ventilation was not much taken into account.

Old Homes = Old Problems
Many of the GTA’s most attractive neighbourhoods feature tree-lined streets – and older homes which may be facing similar issues. Many factors can contribute to creating an environment where mould can thrive, among them:

· Faulty or patchy maintenance – particularly roofs, windows and other areas where moisture can get in and linger

· Do-it-yourself renovations – over the years, previous owners may have made many changes that affect ventilation and other issues

· Basement ‘dungeons’ – old, unfinished basements that are seldom used can often be the site of undetected leaks and lingering moisture

Take Mould Seriously
The Nova Scotia government takes the health risks of mould seriously, and so should you. Exposure to mould can lead to a range of symptoms including:

  • Chronic eye, nose and throat irritation
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Difficulty breathing

Once it’s entered your HVAC system, mould spores can travel throughout your home.

Don’t take the risk!
Get peace of mind from GreenStream Environmental – call us for a quote today.

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 Where You Least Expect It

Children’s toy and product manufacturer Fisher-Price is recalling an infant recliner seat that it says can expose babies to mould.

The recall affects nearly 800,000 items and involves a reclining seat with a removable seat cushion. The concern is that mould growth is likely to occur between the cushion and the plastic frame, particularly if it’s not cleaned often or if moisture lingers in that area. It’s designed for babies to sit or sleep in it and lying in the recliner for an extended period of time would potentially expose them to mould.

The recall draws attention to a couple of important points when it comes to managing mildew and mould in your own home:

  • Mould exposure can affect anyone but it’s of particular concern with young children (also the elderly and smokers)
  • Mould often grows in those overlooked nooks and crannies where moisture lingers

Mould can grow and take hold within 24-48 hours if the conditions are right, and that includes anywhere that there is moisture. Some areas of concern that you might not usually consider include:

  • Dripping pipes underneath a sink
  • Excessive or persistent window condensation, even on harder surfaces like tile or vinyl windows. You’ll often find moisture and mould build up between double pane windows.
  • In attics and basements, where it can affect stored items

You may never know it’s there!
Once mould spores have entered the air and gotten into your HVAC system, they can travel throughout your home. But, while you may not see it, you will still feel the consequences of mould exposure. The symptoms are often flu-like and include:

  • Respiratory discomfort including wheezing and coughing
  • Eye, nose and throat irritation
  • Persistent phlegm build up
  • Allergic reactions

If your symptoms are persistent and can’t be explained otherwise, then you owe it to yourself and your family to get help. That’s where we come in.

Let us Help
Our multi-step process will determine where mould is occurring in your home and its severity along with removing it effectively. Get peace of mind from GreenStream Environmental – call us for a mould removal quote today.

In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental 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.

Standard home inspections aren’t always enough

If you read your typical national Canadian newspaper, you may notice a growing trend: more and more articles are popping up chronicling the struggles of home owners against mould, asbestos and other harmful agents.

One of the biggest reasons why residents or business owners end up paying out the nose: poor home inspections and poor pre-purchase inspections in particular. Too many prospective buyers assume that all inspectors are created equal. That simply isn’t true. A good or bad home inspection company can be the difference between paying thousands of dollars on a major renovation a few years down the road or spending that money on a vacation instead.

Aside from standard practices like asking around or researching customer reviews, there’s another common trick to ensure you get a proper home inspection: seeking out the specialists. If you need asbestos removal, find a company that tells you on its website or ads that it specializes in asbestos removal. Same goes for mould removal.

It’s the same principle you see with medicine. A hand specialist can go into far more detail examining your injured palm than a general practitioner can, right? An inspection company specializing in mould will have a better idea of warning signs, such as moisture, and where to look for mould.

There are other tricks to use to ensure you get a proper home inspection, such as following the inspector around your home, but seeking out the specialists is always a good place to start!

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, mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA, 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.