Mold Removal in Toronto
The obvious first step for a restoration company is to locate the
source of water damage and remove any standing water and moisture that
has seeped into flooring and walls. Moisture meters and thermal imaging
are used to perform this task. Some household goods may be salvageable
and can be cleaned onsite, while other goods will be restored off-site.
Flooding may also cause damage to areas that require extensive and more
complex repairs, such as walls, floors and furniture. Drying equipment
and dehumidifiers are then employed to make the affected area safe; this
can be an ongoing process. Achieving good ventilation is key.
There are degrees of water damage and this has a bearing on the
level of remediation needed. Water damage affecting only a portion of a
room or that is in contact with low-porosity materials is the lowest
level of damage. A higher level involves water that covers an entire
room and has permeated the walls up to two feet. A third, more serious
class is when there is greater saturation, where ceilings, walls,
insulation and sub-flooring are affected. The final class of water
damage deals with specialty drying situations involving materials such
as brick, concrete or stone.
Companies engaged in water damage restoration and mold removal
should adhere to the standards of care established in the Institute of
Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification.
The growth of mold is a likely consequence of water damage. Fast
action is essential to preserve both your health and the security of
growth is a common household problem in Toronto and GTA. High humidity,
combined with lack of air circulation and favorable temperatures promote mold
growth in basements and attics, cold rooms and crawl spaces, bathrooms and
kitchens. Often, mold starts growing as a result of unprofessionally treated
water damage, or plumbing problems. No matter how it originated, mold is always
a health hazard that needs to be eliminated as soon as possible!
Mold: What it is and What it Does
Mold is used to describe a large and diverse number of fungal species that can have an adverse effect on health. 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, just to name a few. Not to mention the smell!
Mold grows in areas that have been flooded or are damp, thriving in dark, poorly ventilated spaces. It can begin growing right away or it can sit dormant, waiting for the perfect degree of humidity.
Mold thrives on just about every surface, meaning that all flood-affected areas must be dried completely. This includes dirty glass, wood, furniture, electronics and books. Household appliances that have come into contact with water have to be removed and cleaned offsite. Floors that were flooded will need to be cleaned and restored, regardless of their surfacing. Hardwood, marble, slate, tile and laminate are all susceptible to the growth of mold.
Mold can happen in a number of ways: a sewage pipe backs up, a
water pipe bursts, your roof begins to leak, or a torrential rainstorm
floods your street.
It quickly becomes clear that you need help with the water damage,
so you call a restoration expert. It's one of the smartest moves you can
make in this situation, as water damage is about much more than hauling
a few soaking carpets out to dry.
Within 24 hours after water damage occurs, mold can start to grow.
Since extensive mold removal can be expensive, acting quickly will save
you money in the end.