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…

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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…

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Leaky Windows, Mould and Potential Legal Issues

A minor leak in a window can go unnoticed or, depending on where it is, unrepaired. A small leak in a basement window, after all, only involves a few drops during a heavy rain. If the basement if unfinished, where’s the big rush to spend money on repairs or new windows? Mould. That’s the answer.…

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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…

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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…

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Cooler Weather = Window Condensation = Mould

As the weather gets cooler and cooler, you may notice your windows developing that slick sheen of moisture. In many cases, it can be just a little bit of mist near the bottom of the window but in others, it can cover a large area and be a constant fixture. Beware – where there is…

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Alberta Flooding Clean-up – Asbestos & Now Mould Risks

Now that the flood waters are receding in Alberta, the massive clean-up has begun. In a situation like that, involving a large area and literally hundreds of homes, it’s clear that many homeowners are doing their own clean-up. That can be problematic when there’s potential for exposure to asbestos from the debris and now also mould from lingering dampness, particularly in basements.

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