Who to Call for Help
Luckily, all is not lost for the home-owner whose response is slow.
Mold removal is a complex business, but the technology to fight it has
become increasingly advanced. The best restoration companies abide by
the internationally established standards of the Institute of Inspection
Cleaning and Restoration Certification, recently rebranded as "The
Clean Trust.” The Clean Trust protocols are the industry's
gold-standard. In Ontario, the company should also be certified by the
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).
You can further narrow your search for a suitable company by
checking out their client lists and the range of services that they
offer. Are they active in your area? Remember, you will want them to
make a fast response. A leak or more extensive water damage should be
treated within the first 24 hours of the incident. In Torontothere are
mold and mildew removal companies that actually arrive on the job within
an hour of your call.
Working fast and striking hard can ensure that you avoid the
nightmare scenario mentioned above. However, if mold takes you by
surprise –it does often grow in concealed locations – then you can
derive comfort knowing that there are qualified mold and mildew removal
experts standing by.
Mold and Mildew Removal
Unfortunately in the above scenario, the best time to deal with mold had already passed. The property owner should have called in a restoration specialist to assess the situation as soon as the flooding event occurred. If conditions are right, mold can begin growing within 24 hours of water damage and can spread up to a square inch per day. It can also lie dormant, awaiting the optimum condition for growth.
Mold removal specialists first undertake thermal imaging of the affected area to locate any areas of dampness, which are mold incubators. In the case of an early report, it is then a matter of removing any affected contents from the area and beginning a rapid drying process. Dehumidifiers are installed to reduce the moisture in the area and fans enable drying to take place. Mildew removal follows a similar process and experts should be called in if there is mildew on porous surfaces such as walls.
A Nightmare for Property Owners
Here's a nightmare scenario: You're enjoying a comfortable evening
in your beloved home and happen to look up at the ceiling. There in the
corner you see a stain that wasn't there last week. It doesn't take you
long to realize that the leaky pipe in your bathroom upstairs has leaked
again and now there seems to be mold present.
Mold is every home-owner's worst nightmare. When mold spores are
present in the air, they will opportunistically begin to grow on
household surfaces when the right conditions present themselves. In this
scenario, all it took was a bit of flooding from a leaky bathroom pipe.
Water permeated beneath the bathroom floor and the ceiling below,
creating a damp environment perfect for the growth of mold.
Apart from the unpleasant visuals and musky odour, mold poses a
serious health threat. Children, the elderly, pregnant women and those
with weak immune systems are most at risk, but it ultimately affects
everyone in a variety of ways. The list of mold-related health symptoms
is long: allergies, respiratory illnesses, toxins that wear down immune
systems, watery itchy eyes, chronic cough, headaches, rashes and
difficulty breathing. Mildew poses a similar problem, though on a lesser