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.

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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.

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.

Snow Days…and Mould Days?

The kids got a couple of extra days and parents an unexpected childcare headache this week in Southwestern Ontario when a public school was forced to close for two days after mould was found in classrooms.

Testing found a strain of mould called Cladosporium, one of the most common household strains that is also found in grass and soil.

Officials said they’d also found “substances that may promote the growth of mould.” That means organic matter that mould feeds on to grow, which can mean just about anything from traces of soap to oils left by hand prints. Mould also happens to love cellulose based substances like wood, paper and even carpeting.

Watch Those Leaks
The other thing that mould needs to thrive is moisture – and it doesn’t have to be a lot. A pinhole leak in pipes behind the wall – where you never see it, and it lingers – is all it takes for mould to begin to take hold. It can do that within 24 to 48 hours.

Even if you can’t see mould in your home, you may know it’s there by certain signs and symptoms:

  • A telltale, persistent musty odour;
  • Constant eye, nose and throat irritation;
  • Worsening symptoms of asthma, even under treatment;
  • Persistent respiratory systems.

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.

Insulation and Mould

One GTA family’s ongoing nightmare with their home and legal battles boil down to one equation: no insulation = mould.

The unfortunate family bought a semi-detached home in Vaughan, north of Toronto, in 2004 but haven’t lived in it in four years as it has become uninhabitable due to mould infestation. The home was purchased from the original homeowner, who had bought it brand new two years earlier. Like many naive – and later sorry – homeowners, the family moved in without a home inspection, reasoning that the house was only two years old. What problemls could there be?

Almost immediately, the family began to notice clues that point to a lack of insulation in the attic, including:

  • Too hot in the summer;
  • Very cold in the winter;
  • Ice build-up where the walls meet the roof;
  • Constant leaks in the winter when he turned the furnace up and it melted the snow on the roof.

In the summer, the heat and constant humidity from the outside caused mould to begin to develop. The volatility of temperature changes disturbs patterns of ventilation, meaning moisture tends not to dry out – a recipe for mould growth.

The family began exhibiting some of the typical health issues associated with mould exposure, which include:

  • Respiratory issues, including difficulty breathing;
  • Eye, nose and throat irritation;
  • Persistent runny nose and sinus irritation;
  • Worsening of allergies with no known cause;
  • Skin irritation and rashes.

Insulation, Ventilation & Mould
The family, the city, the builder, the original homeowner, a subcontractor and the insulation company are all embroiled in a round of lawsuits in a search for who is responsible for the situation. It’s a very unfortunate case that illustrates the crucial role of insulation and adequate ventilation in preventing mould growth.

Insulation helps to control both temperature and humidity in a building. When warm air from outside hits cooler surfaces inside, it creates condensation. If it doesn’t dry out, it causes mould growth. Humidity levels of over 60 percent also promote mould growth.

If you have a problem with mould in your home, you can trust the experienced professionals 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.

Frozen Pipes and Winter Mould Woes

Frozen water pipes caused flooding in Toronto City Hall this past week, an unenviable issue many home owners have to deal with too. Mould can’t grow at freezing temperatures, that’s a fact. But, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a link between freezing water pipes and mould – when pipes burst and there’s flooding, mould is a distinct possibility.

Once water is flooding the basement, mould can grow within 24 to 48 hours if the conditions are right. It loves to eat drywall and it loves the darkness, so your basement and all those nooks and crannies where water is flowing in a flood represent the ideal breeding ground for mould spores.

The Basement Flood
The most important thing to remember when you’ve had a basement flood is to act quickly. The cold air of a basement causes the moisture to linger and also condensation of any moisture in the air, adding to the problem.

  • Rule #1: Dry out as quickly as possible. Portable fans and dehumidifiers can certainly help. If good old regular mould can grow within 48 hours, wet conditions for several days can cause the development of far worse: toxic black mould caused by the bacteria Stachybotrys chartarum.
  • Open the windows if there are any – and as long as it’s stopped raining or snowing. If the air outside is very humid, then try turning on your air conditioner and/or dehumidifier to circulate air without adding more moisture.
  • Remove as much water as you can to speed up the drying process.
  • Disconnect any electrical equipment immediately.
  • Clean up. Clean every surface and area that’s been affected.
  • Mouldy items – if you’re throwing them away, seal the bag. If there is anything you want to try and keep, freezing the item kills the mould.
  • Foundations – if there’s snow, ice and/or water and puddling building up around your home, mould could be affecting the very foundations of the building and causing mould to grow into the foundation itself. Landscaping changes and grading the yard so that water flows away from the home may be necessary. Once it’s gotten into the foundation mould can actually weaken the structure of the materials used. It’s not just an unsightly spot on the wall.

Prevention Means Maintenance
Maintaining the conditions in your basement into the future is the goal. Unless you’ve made it into a family room or office, the basement is often a neglected area used only for specific purposes and avoided the rest of the time. It’s easy to overlook the kinds of issues that can end up spreading mould spores throughout your home via your HVAC system.

  • Control humidity – this is a must at all time. Some types of mould need only 55% humidity levels to begin to develop. A dehumidifier might be called for in the humid summer months and for any extended period of rain. Drying clothing indoors can also contribute to excess humidity.
  • Ventilation – adequate ventilation will ensure that moisture doesn’t linger and turn into mould. Special areas of concern include any crawlspaces which are often entirely unventilated.
  • Exhaust fans are a good solution for real problem areas like laundry rooms where there is always going to be a certain degree of humidity.
  • Insulate those pipes so you can avoid it happening again.

Get Professional Help
You need professional help to properly clean up after the devastation of a flood. Our experienced mould removal experts offer professional, certified mould removal services to help get your living space back to normal.

In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a mould removal 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.

Insulation: Time for an Upgrade?

Adding or installing new insulation can help with a host of environmental issues such as mould growth and noise pollution. But there’s also a caution to throw in where it comes to older homes – vermiculite insulation which can be contaminated with asbestos. Let’s look at what it entails.

Thinking About Insulation?
With the new year, winter has settled in with cold weather and some bitterly cold winds lately in the GTA. If it’s feeling drafty in your home it’s probably a good idea to some thought to your insulation – particularly if it’s been a while since you have.

Drafts aren’t the only sign of inefficient insulation. There are many others.

  • Cold floors and walls in the winter
  • Airs heats up rapidly indoors in the summer
  • Excessive condensation around windows – which can lead to mold growth
  • High energy bills
  • Uneven heating and/or cooling

The best places to start adding insulation are any unused basement or attic spaces. Damp, cold air from the basement can lead to mould. Heat rises and will simply leak out of a drafty attic space and lead to waste and a chilly upper level.

Safety First
Once you’ve decided to add or replace insulation, there is one important question you need to consider first:

  • What’s in those walls?

Many people buy an older home and never give the insulation another thought. But, when it comes to attics in particular, it was once popular to use vermiculite insulation. Vermiculite was often used in attics and around structures like chimneys because it can be poured in from above and nearly levels itself.

Now, vermiculite itself isn’t problematic. However, much of the vermiculite insulation used in North America for decades came from the mine in Libby, Montana – a mine it was later discovered was tainted with asbestos. The mine was shut down in the 1990’s but not before thousands of houses were contaminated.

  • Vermiculite insulation has a pebble-like appearance and is shiny and grey/brown in colour.
  • And – if your home was built before the mid-1980’s or so it may contain asbestos or asbestos containing materials just about anywhere.

We Can Help
The best course is always to deal with existing environmental issues before undertaking new work – especially when it comes to something like insulation that necessitates opening up walls. Asbestos and mold are both serious threats to human health.

Our experienced technicians offer professional, certified services to help you deal with these environmental 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.

Flooding, Mould & More

Flash flooding took GTA residents by surprise earlier this week. When about 125mm of rain fell over Burlington, west of Toronto, in a matter of hours, it caused chaos, flooding roads and even closing the QEW. As a point of comparison, that figure is typical for a month’s rainfall in this area at this time of year.

The water cascaded through streets, flooding homes and businesses alike. This comes barely a year after the great Southern Ontario flood of July 2013, which saw a large swath between Mississauga and east Toronto – clearly it’s a sign of times to come.

The Clean-Up
As home and business owners begin the clean-up from a flood, there are a few key points to keep in mind:

  • Timing is everything – quick action is needed to mitigate the damages. Don’t forget that mould can begin to grow anywhere that it is damp within only 48 hours. A sump pump and fans can help.
  • Dirty water – flood waters mix with sewer back up to create a toxic mess that is potentially filled with bacteria. Use caution and avoid getting water on bare skin – wear gloves and boots in your clean-up.
  • Asbestos – if you have an older home, flooding may damage structures that were previously intact, including asbestos-containing materials such as those found in ceiling and floor tiles, insulation, wall panels and much more. As the material dries, it will become friable (inhalable) – and deadly.
  • Be ruthless – discard any soft materials (rugs, papers, clothing, and so on) that have been contaminated with flood waters.

Don’t Take Chances
Flooding, renovations, in-home installations and more – anything that disturbs the integrity of your walls can reveal and damage asbestos containing materials. Mould is a serious health issue that can affect you and those you love.

The seasoned technicians at GreenStream can help you with environmental 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.

Basements and Mould

A Saskatchewan woman’s housing nightmare is typical of what many renters and in particular lower income tenants have to deal with across Canada, but it uncovers a common issue many property owners will relate to: a mouldy basement.

The woman has been living in the basement apartment of what was originally designed as a one family unit. A few months after she moved in, she noticed black mould growing around the windows in the bedroom and bathroom, which she says also floods whenever anyone showers.

The landlord acknowledges that the mould comes from structural issues and in fact has issued an eviction notice because of the situation. A representative of the company – one of the province’s largest landlords – now admits that “The basement should not have been tenanted.”  The house leaks along the base, causing flooding and mould infestation.

Your Basement Too?
Our climate is difficult for any type of architecture to handle – extremes of temperature, damp, wet, snowy and windy.

Your basement may already be finished as a family or entertainment room or you may be planning on adding a little extra income with a basement rental unit. Either way mould detection (if warranted), mould removal and then prevention needs to be on the top of your checklist.

Signs of Mould Infestation
Mould can grow where you never see it under floors or inside walls; anywhere that moisture can linger. Even small seepage can cause big problems. Here are some signs that your basement has moisture issues:

  • Rusting steel objects
  • “Efflorescence” on the walls – this is a whitish mineral deposit that occurs where water has come in through the walls
  • Dark or stained wood
  • A telltale musty odour
  • If you or members of your family are experiencing persistent and unexplained respiratory symptoms, coughing, irritated eyes, nose or throat

Mould spores can get into your duc twork and travel throughout your home, compromising indoor air quality. The EPA suggests that you keep humidity levels at less than 60% with proper ventilation of basements and crawlspaces as well as the use of dehumidifiers.

Aside from ensuring there are no inherent structural issues like a leaky foundation or basement walls, there are things you can do to protect yourself going forward.

Basement Tips:

  • Don’t use carpets – it can seep up water from concrete flooring and retain moisture, an ideal breeding ground for mould – hard flooring is your best bet
  • Ensure that there is adequate ventilation, especially in crawlspaces and unfinished areas like the laundry room
  • Be vigilant and inspect your basement periodically and especially after heavy rains, melting snow, etcetera

We Can Help
At GreenStream Environmental Services, we offer professional mould removal services .
Get peace of mind from GreenStream Environmental – call us for an asbestos inspection or removal 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.

Quebec Schools Close Due to Mould

The province of Quebec has been rocked by the revelation that a number of schools may actually have to be closed and demolished due to mould issues.

Parents describe their children suffering from some of the classic symptoms of mould exposure:

  • Headaches
  • Nose and throat irritation
  • Dizziness
  • Stomach aches

Other symptoms can include:

  • Eye irritation
  • Chronic sinus inflammation
  • Coughing
  • Worsening asthma and allergies – even when medicated

The school board seems to be taking appropriate action, including mould testing and remediation work if possible – although they’re not ruling out the possibility of another school closure and rebuilding project due to mould.

Children and Mould
Mould exposure is of particular concern where children (and the elderly) are involved since they have been shown to be especially vulnerable to its adverse effects. Elsewhere in the province, support workers are demanding that the government take action on what has turned out to be a widespread issue.

Older buildings and a lack of regular maintenance are indeed a recipe for mould but don’t forget that it can appear in new buildings too – perhaps in your home. Unseen water leaks and condensation can cause moisture to linger and when conditions are right, mould growth can begin within a mere 24 to 48 hours.

Let Us Help
If you suspect the presence of mould in your home because:

  • You or a member of your family is experiencing chronic and unexplained symptoms like those described above
  • You smell that telltale musty odour
  • You suspect leaks or lingering moisture

Then let GreenStream help. Mould can be notoriously difficult to remove and there are many examples where it’s been thought to have been eradicated only to return later on. Our mould remediation technicians are certified by The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) to remove, dispose and decontaminate commercial and residential mould safely and professionally.

We provide a multi-faceted approach that involves thorough testing and mould removal along with remediation of the areas involved.

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.