The construction standards of yesterday become the renovation problems of the present, and government structures are no exception. Ottawa’s Public Works Department is renovating a building used by the Defence Research and Development Canada after a worker complained of headaches and other health related issues.
Among other issues, water leaks had raised concerns about mould growth. Testing in previous years had found the presence of mould, some of which was toxic. A site inspection revealed rainwater pooling at the foundation which then leaked into the building, and the report included mention of the lack of gutters or flashing along the side of the roof, conditions that led to the leak.
Bids are currently being sought for the $233,500 project, and include a provision requiring a specially certified asbestos abatement and removal company to deal with extensive asbestos as it exists throughout the building, including in the interior piping, floor tiles and window caulkings.
From cutting corners on flat roofing to using the latest “miracle material” for construction, what once seemed viable is now a public concern.
When it comes to your own home, keeping an eye on your roofing and being aware of materials used in your home are just the beginning. If you suspect the presence of mould in your home, or if you are experiencing suspicious and otherwise inexplicable health issues like frequent headaches, difficulty in breathing, eye irritation and other flu or allergy-like symptoms then you need help from the experts.
Please note – if you suspect any kind of asbestos use in your home, and before any renovation projects, please DO NOT DISTURB OR HANDLE the material in question. The danger from asbestos comes from inhaling the fibres, and anything you can do to contain or avoid it until you can call in the experts from GreenStream Environmental Services will help to minimize the impact.
It is not considered dangerous if the tile or other material is still intact; however any future nicks or breaks in the surface can mean a potential hazard.
At GreenStream Environmental Services, we offer professional vermiculite and asbestos remediation services along with mould removal services for your one stop shop for peace of mind.
In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414.
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