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Understanding How Mould Affects Your Health and Home or Business

You may have noticed a small amount ofmouldin your home or business recently and thought nothing of it. Or, maybe you discoveredmouldafter your house or business was flooded. While these bits ofmouldmay seem insignificant, they can be a big problem for your health and your home or business, so it is strongly recommended that you have allmouldremoved as soon as possible.

Over the next few months, homes and businesses are going to turn into sealed environments. If you havemouldany wherein your home or workplace, it can lead to serious health problems for you and your family members or employees. Regardless of whether it’s a small amount ofmouldor it’s covering a significant part of the interior of your home or business, professionalmouldremoval is strongly recommended before it becomes an even larger issue.

Mouldmay be a natural part of any ecosystem, but in a home or business, it can cause significant issues,makingmouldremoval a priority. Besides looking unattractive, there are other reasons why you should havemouldremoved:

Health Hazards

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If anyone in your family or workplace suffers from respiratory ailments, such as asthma, or they have a weakened immune system, mouldcan have an adverse effect on their health. With the cold and flu season upon us, having mouldany wherein your home or office can aggravate respiratory symptoms. Not all mouldis harmful, but unless you have the expertise to identify types of mouldsand their potential effects, why take that chance? Call a professional for mould removal services.

Structural Decay

Mouldcan also adversely affect the integrity of your home or building.Moulddevelopment is one of the signs of decay. While it takes a significant amount ofmouldbefore any real damage is done, it’s better to be safe than sorry and look intomouldremoval before it does become an issue for your building.

Prevent Further Growth

Mouldneeds moisture to develop. That’s why it can become an issue if your home or business has experienced flooding. For that reason, it is recommended that you have a professional perform a quickclean-upfollowing a flood. However, over the next few months, moisture may develop, which can causemouldor makeexisting mouldworse.

For these reasons and more, it is important to havemouldremoved to protect your health, the health of your family or employees, and your home or business. But that is just the first step. In order to reduce the likelihood of possiblemouldgrowth—or regrowth—follow thesemouldprevention tips from the professionals:

Preventing Mould

Minimize Moisture

Mouldfrequently develops around window frames due to condensation. It can also occur in basements and bathrooms, since these areas tend to be environments that get moist due to humidity. A ventilation system in your bathroom is one way topreventmould. We also recommend investing in a dehumidifier for your basement and running it frequently. It may seem like the last thing you want to do with the frigid temperatures we’ve already experienced this year, but opening your windows slightly during the winter can prevent moisture from developing.

Store Cardboard in a Dry Area

Cardboard is afavouritefood source formould, so if you have any cardboard boxes in your basement, try to keep them elevated on shelves or store them in a dryer area in your home.

Avoid Using Bleach and Water to Remove Mould

You may think that using a combination of bleach and water is an easy way to removemould. However, besides being toxic and an irritant, especially if the surface is porous, themouldcan send roots into the material and regrow.

Call a Professional

If themouldcovers a large area, we strongly recommend professionalmouldremoval. Flood Services Canada providesmouldremoval services following a flood or any other breed ofmouldgrowth in your home or business. You and your family members and co-workers will breathe easier this winter when we remove all traces of mould!

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Chad Vanvari

Chad Vanvari has over 20 years of experience as a cleaning & restoration professional. He started out in Montreal, establishing a commercial carpet cleaning company in the early 1990’s. By 2001, Chad had relocated to Toronto and now had extensive knowledge and experience in responding to fire/water related emergencies. He has been instrumental in the cleanup of several catastrophic floods. Currently, Chad is the president and owner of Flood Services Canada, a 24/7 emergency service restoration company.