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.

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Choosing a mould removal company

A mould removal and remediation business in Florida has been making headlines this month because their owner was arrested for fraud: faking test results and pretending to remove mould by ripping out flooring and walls without actually doing anything at all other than damaging people’s homes. He left his customers with intentionally confusing laboratory reports they weren’t able to decipher along with a mould problem that remained long after he took their money and ran.  

There is nothing as frustrating as paying for a job not completed properly, but when it comes to mould removal, your family’s health is at stake. This makes it especially important for home and business owners to only choose experienced and trusted mould removal companies.  

How to choose a mould removal company
Research. Check local online directories and trustworthy rating sites like www.homestars.com for honest and straightforward reviews of mould removal companies. 

Ask. Don’t hesitate to ask the company for references and testimonials. It’s also a must that they be certified (Applied Microbial Removal Technician and Water Damage Restoration Technician are just some examples of possible certifications from accreditation bodies like the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration in North America – IICRC), licensed, carry liability insurance and Workplace Safety and Insurance Board coverage – to not only protect themselves, but their customers.  

Compare. Many fly-by-night mould removal companies offer low rates, but in the end homeowners will get what they pay for. Mould removal is an affordable service, often less than one might expect, and trustworthy companies will offer free estimates and great extras such as emergency service and discrete service – usually, at no extra cost.

Should you suspect the presence of mould in your home or business, Contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca – Toronto’s mould removal specialists – at (416) 818-9414.

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School Portables can wreak havoc on student and teacher health if mould is not removed

A school in Northern Alberta recently made headlines because of its closure due to a massive mould infestation that made students and teachers ill. The small, one-room school experienced a leaky pipe initially, and one month before the closure staff and students were complaining of a strong smell and headaches. Before the school was set to open again on May 4th, more mould was found because a proper mould inspection was not properly carried out. A professional mould assessment and removal project by experts is now underway.  

Similar stories have been reported in recent years in the Greater Toronto Area, where a lack of funding, high population and older school buildings have created some of the most skewed classroom space to student population numbers in the country.  

In one 2002 case reported in the National Post, students at an Etobicoke school were forced into crowded, falling-apart portables that were “rotting from sitting on wet ground” and had very poor ventilation leading to mould growth that was so bad, one male student was injured as a wooden staircase fell apart while he was standing on it.   While severe, that wasn’t even the most shocking problem – 90 per cent of the students were experiencing health problems that were considered severe, such as headaches, asthma, bronchial infections and dizziness.

An unnamed source also mentioned that an abnormal number of the female portable teachers were experiencing fertility issues ranging from trouble conceiving to miscarriages. Meanwhile, the school board’s health and safety board found nothing wrong.  

Smaller rooms, portables and larger numbers are becoming more commonplace if schools aren’t given the money to expand. When attending class in portables, both staff and students will spend a large amount of their day in the small, cramped space. If it’s infested with toxic mould, those nearby will spend a large amount of their day breathing it in unless the mould is found and removed properly.

Should you suspect the presence of mould in your home, school or business, Contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca – Toronto’s mould removal specialists – at (416) 818-9414. We can help.

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