When Your Dream Home Is Infested With Toxic Mould

A family of four moved from a small town in the Niagara Peninsula west of the GTA to what they thought was their dream home in cottage country about a year ago. When the two small girls in the family became ill not long after moving in, the culprit was found, to their parents horror – a widespread infestation of black toxic mould.

Black Mould
You might be assuming that the property in question was an old house with old problems – leaky windows or basement. You’d be wrong. The couple was told their home was built in 2016, but stood unoccupied until it was purchased in 2018.

  • Within one week of moving in, the children age one and three developed a fever;
  • The oldest daughter was hospitalized with strep throat.

Despite taking medications, their health problems did not go away. About a month later, the couple began to renovate, and that’s when they discovered mould literally everywhere – underneath every floor, carpet, behind baseboards, underneath coats of paint.

What’s more, when the mould was tested, it was discovered to contain high levels of stachybotrys, or toxic black mould, a known health hazard.

What happened?
The couple moved out, and have been looking for answers ever since, aided by a recent news story.

  • It turns out construction began in 2006 – a decade before they had been told it had.
  • The foundation had been built and then left to the elements for several years.
  • Then, a pre-fab modular home was added on top of the foundation, but it too sat unfinished for years.

It was, in fact, a recipe for a mould infestation.

Mould is no joke
Mould spores can grow wherever moisture lingers for a mere 48 hours. An unfinished home left open to the weather will undoubtedly accumulate moisture in some areas unless it is properly sealed off. In older homes, leaky windows, plumbing, and roofs, or a damp basement is all you need for mould to begin to take hold.

Mould can cause a host of health issues, and small children and the elderly are particularly at risk.

  • Chronic coughing, wheezing;
  • Nose, eye, and throat irritation;
  • Respiratory problems;
  • Worsened allergies;
  • Fever and other flu-like symptoms.

We Can Help
Our mould removal experts have years of experience, and will ensure that your environmental issue is eliminated efficiently. Mould can grow into walls, floors, and even carpets. If you smell that telltale musty odour, give us a call.

Let our technicians help keep you and your family safe. In the Toronto area call GreenStream 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.

Mouldy Toronto Home Sells For $650K

Mouldy home? No problem – at least, not for some buyers in Toronto’s crazed real estate market. A home in Scarborough, in the east end of the city, just sold for $650,000, a full $100,100 over the asking price, despite the fact that it was literally riddled with mould.

A Buyer’s Nightmare – Or Not?
Ten years ago, the story would be the stuff of a Hollywood comedy – or maybe even a horror movie – about a hapless but photogenic couple who buy a mouldy home and have to live with the consequences.

In real life, the buyers of the Scarborough property – which we’ll note is a bungalow – couldn’t even access the main floor or basement of the home. The ceiling had caved in, and the basement was a dreadful mess. We don’t know their plans, but wouldn’t be surprised if a bulldozer will be playing a major role.

The listing notes that the property needs “extensive renovations inside and out.” That’s putting it mildly. Still, it found a buyer in the GTA’s over heated market.

Mould And Neglect
We don’t know the scoop on what could have happened here, but it sounds like a case of long term neglect for whatever reason. Lack of maintenance can lead to mould infestation in many ways.

  • Mould can grow within 24 to 48 hours wherever moisture lingers.
  • A leak in plumbing, especially within a wall where it is not immediately observed, can rsults in ongoing moisture.
  • Leaks in the basement, even if the room has been dried out, can cause mould to grow in carpets and other fabrics.
  • Leaky windows and doors, or a leaky roof – all of these can result in moisture build-up that does not dry out.

Mould Is No Joke
Once mould has infected your home, the spores can reach your HVAC system, and from there, spread throughout your home. It can cause a variety of symptoms and health issues.

  • Persistent nose, throat, and eye irritation;
  • Existing asthma worsens;
  • Respiratory problems;
  • Persistent coughing;
  • Even difficulty breathing.

Don’t Take Chances
If you smell the telltale musty odour of mould in your home, let us help. Our experienced and certified mould removal 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.

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.

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.

Tips For Avoiding Mould In Rainy Season

It’s spring, otherwise known as rainy season, and this year we’ve already seen heavy, even torrential rains and flooding in some areas of the GTA and Southern Ontario. On April 20, 72.4mm of rain fell in Dundas, just west of the GTA – in effect, representing a month’s rainfall that was dumped on the community in Hamilton’s west end in a single day.

Even without extreme conditions, once the rains start in the spring or fall, the ground becomes saturated. That sends the water running in various directions, and eventually it will go where it is not wanted – inside your home. That means leaking roofs and windows, and damp basements.

And, it means mould.

Mould Check
Mould will occur anywhere that water accumulates and then lingers. All it takes is a few drops in a nook or cranny where you don’t see it – that and about 24 to 48 hours, along with organic material like cellulose in paper or wood products, or sheetrock, as food.

Don’t panic! There is a lot you can do to mitigate any damage, and to proactively prevent mould from ever taking hold in your home. Here are a few mould prevention tips for rainy season.

Indoors

  • Check your home for possible leaks, especially in attic, basement, or crawl space areas where you may not see them.
  • Wherever you find leaks, be sure to clean and dry the area thoroughly, along with fixing the issue that caused the leak. Time is of the essence, so you want to get to it as soon as you possibly can.
  • Use a dehumidifier to rid the air of excess moisture, especially when there has been a flood or leak.
  • Ventilation is the key to keeping humidity under control.
  • Change the filters in your furnace and air conditioner regularly; at least once a year.
  • Masonry sealer is a good option for basement walls and floors – ask a reputable building contractor if you’re not sure about DIY.
  • A vacuum with a HEPA filter can help protect you from mould spores in the air.
  • Avoid keeping cardboard boxes in your basement, especially if it is prone to dampness.

Home Exterior Checklist:
Examine your home from the outside, looking in particular for things like rotting wood, gaps in window frames, missing roof tiles, and other signs of potential water damage. If you find anything like that, then be sure to also examine the inside to determine where water may have flowed.

  • Check the roof and remove any debris.
  • Clean – or have a professional do it – the eavestroughs of leaves and other debris.
  • Check any downspouts for leaks and clogs, and that they drain away from the building.
  • Check the caulking around doors and windows.

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.

DIY Bargain or Mouldy Nightmare?

Bargain for a bit of work or nightmare filled with hidden issues — like mould? Risky real estate buys can bring on much more than you bargained for.

Old houses…old problems
With the price of housing in the GTA, not to say the competition for viable homes, many people are considering deals they may never before. It’s not unheard of for house hunters to be searching for a year or more, making offer after offer above the asking price, only to be outbid again and again.

The situation has led many people to buy fixer-uppers with the hopes of landing a bargain, knowing full well there is work to be done, and it’s more and more common for such sales to take place even without an inspection. However, what many are not considering is that there may be much more to an older, neglected property than meets the eye.

Even with an inspection, there’s no guarantee that the inspector will find mould which can be hidden,

  • Underneath flooring;
  • Inside cupboards;
  • In the walls;
  • In the basement.

Mould is no joke
All it takes is a pinhole leak in plumbing, or a slightly leaking window frame, and moisture that lingers for 24 to 48 hours and mould can start to take hold. If a home has been neglected for any significant length of time, the chances are overwhelming that mould is present somewhere in the building.

When it is hidden in the walls or under flooring, a home inspector may not even catch it or note it on the report. When you move in, all you may notice is a telltale musty odour…at first. Mould can cause a host of problems.

  • Persistent cough;
  • Nose, throat and eye irritation;
  • Breathing difficulties;
  • Asthma and allergies worsened, even if under treatment;
  • And much more.

We Can Help
We can help. If you suspect the presence of mould in your home, you can’t afford to delay. You can trust the experienced mould removal experts at GreenStream Environmental to take care of the issue 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.

Bagpipes, Mould and You

A medical case just published in an academic journal illustrates the hidden dangers of mould in a dramatic way.

An article in the journal Thorax – a peer-reviewed pubication about respiratory medicine – details the unfortunate case of a 61 year old British man and his breathing troubles. The man suffered from hypersensitivity pneumonitis or HP, a chronic lung disease involving inflammation. The condition is triggered by inhaling a specific protein from the air.

The man’s symptoms included a dry cough and breathlessness that persisted and grew worse despite active treatment over a seven year period. The cause of the symptoms was a mystery. His home and environment were examined thoroughly and there were no signs of mould or even water damage.

To further the mystery, his condition cleared up on a three-month holiday but then immediately worsened on his return. It got so bad he couldn’t walk more than 20 metres.

Mould makes you sick
The culprit? His bagpipes, which he played every day. The inside of the instrument contained mould and fungi, which he inhaled daily – except when he went on holidays and left the bagpipes at home. It may seem off the wall, but there have been previous cases of other wind instrument players suffering similar conditions.

The case underscores the dangers of living with mould. The man’s symptoms are classic:

  • Shortness of breath;
  • Persistent cough;
  • Eye, nose and throat irritation;
  • Flu-like symptoms;
  • General respiratory irritation.

The kicker is that the symptoms persisted and even got worse, even though the man was under medical treatment.

Be safe, not sorry
The danger with mould is that you may not even know it is in your home until you experience these symptoms, or perhaps get a whiff of that telltale musty odour.

We can help. If you suspect the presence of mould in your home, you can’t afford to delay. You can trust the experienced mould removal experts at GreenStream Environmental to take care of the issue 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.

Fix Our Schools Wants Province to Address Mould, Asbestos Issues

Get rid of asbestos and mould in our schools. That’s the goal of Fix Our Schools, a grassroots organization that is putting pressure on the provincial government to address the often shocking state of our schools.

They are asking the Ontario government to put aside $1.7 billion to “to fix the critical and urgent disrepair…that exists in our children’s schools,” according to a statement made by the group.

The group claims there is already a $1.5 billion backlog in maintenance and repairs. The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has confirmed about $3.3 billion in needed repairs. Among the specific points mentioned:

  • Water damage is very common in many schools, leading to mould from chronic leaky roofs;
  • Crumbling, poorly maintained buildings are subject to asbestos “leaks” – where deteriorating or damaged materials release asbestos fibres into the air.

A Serious Issue
Nearly a quarter of the TDSB’s 591 schools are considered to be in critical condition. The situation is particularly troubling in that children (along with seniors) are especially prone to suffering the health effects of both mould exposure and asbestos exposure.

In the case of mould, symptoms can include:

  • Nose, throat and eye irritation;
  • Respiratory issues, including worsened asthma and allergies;
  • Flu-like symptoms.

When it comes to asbestos, the health effects may not be felt for decades to come but they include lung disease and lung cancers, including deadly mesothelioma.

We Can Help
Years of cutbacks have left Ontario’s schools in a poor state of disrepair. As a property owner, you can make the difference by addressing these very common issues. Proper maintenance is essential to preventing water damage and mould.

When it comes to asbestos, the material is considered safe when intact. However, asbestos used in older homes is already decades old and the other materials often mixed with it – such as concrete – are prone to deterioration at this point.

If you have a problem with mould or asbestos in your home, you can trust the experienced mould removal technicians and asbestos removal experts at GreenStream Environmental to take care of the issue 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.

Wood, Water & Mould in the Springtime

Humidity levels are typically high this time of year. Even though the temperatures aren’t as high as they will be later in the summer, the start of the growing season in spring requires a lot of moisture and while it’s wonderful for your garden and lawn, it can wreak some havoc with your hardwood flooring if the conditions are right – including mould.

Wood Expansion
When there is constant humidity in the air, the wood in your home – including hardwood flooring – can expand.

The type of wood makes a difference; genuine 100% hardwood is more susceptible to absorbing water and the resulting problems. Engineered hardwood consists of a veneer of hardwood over a plywood base which makes it much more resistant to humidity.

  • Movement – a little bit is normal, a lot signals deeper problems
  • Does the space between planks change with the seasons?

Either of these may be signs of too much moisture that is affecting your hardwood flooring.

Mould and Hardwood Floors
Anywhere there is constant moisture for 48 hours or more, mould can grow and develop. It only needs two things: water and organic materials and your wood flooring fits the bill nicely. If humidity is elevated over a period of time, it can create an environment of constant moisture that lingers below the wood. When mould develops underneath your flooring, it can pose a real problem because you may not even notice it until it’s extensive.

The most effective solution? Prevention.

  • Adjust the humidity in your home – this likely involves using a humidifier in the winter and a dehumidifier in the summer to keep moisture levels in the air at levels that won’t allow moisture to linger.

If You Notice the Signs of Mould
Mould is a serious health hazard that can cause a host of symptoms and issues including respiratory issues, worsened asthma and more. Some of the signs of mould include,

  • A persistent musty odour
  • Grey, green or black stains that don’t come out
  • Persistent and unexplained flu-like symptoms such as coughing, eye and nose irritation

Don’t hesitate – and don’t disturb the area. That’s where we can help. At GreenStream, you can be sure that our licensed and experienced mould removal technicians can get the job done so that you have peace of mind.

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.