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It’s been a wet summer, and it looks to be sliding right into a wet autumn here in Toronto and the GTA. That means potential flooding – and the potential for mould. Residents of older and public buildings in the city complain of leaks and black mould and it hits the news, but it can…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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