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What Are Designated Substance Reports

Posted on May 12, 2021
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There are hundreds of pollutants present in our everyday surroundings, in both indoor and outdoor environments. Some of them can cause severe health issues, which is why they have been classified as designated substances by the Ministry of Labour. Considering that exposure to these substances is very harmful, business owners are required to have...

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Are There Home Air Quality Concerns With Living in Vaughan

Posted on May 07, 2021
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According to a study released by the University of Toronto's Southern Ontario Center for Atmospheric Aerosol Research, one in three Canadians lives near a major road and is regularly exposed to exhaust gases. In the study, air pollution was measured in a few locations in Toronto and Vancouver over the course of two years. The results have shown...

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3 Types of Air Quality Testing For Your Home

Posted on Apr 19, 2021
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Your home is where you spend most of your time indoors, especially when taking sleep into account. You want to make sure that the air you’re breathing is safe and that you and your family are protected. Unfortunately, it can be very expensive and difficult to get air quality testing for all the different types of indoor pollutants at once....

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Air Pollution Kills More People Than COVID

Posted on Apr 07, 2021
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According to the World Health Organization estimates, 7 million people die every year as a result of air pollution. On average, 9 out of 10 people on Earth breathe contaminated air every day. These statistics are very worrying, especially considering the current COVID pandemic - spending a lot of time indoors doesn't really contribute to good...

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How Healthy is Your Air - How to Test Your Home Air Quality

Posted on Mar 15, 2021
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Do you have problems with chronic sinusitis? Are you feeling weary and low on energy despite getting a good night’s sleep? Do you feel drowsy when you spend some time at home but feel better when you go out? Well, it might be because of poor air quality in your home. Getting a home air quality test can reveal the culprit. Many...

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How Can I Test The Air Quality of My Burlington Home for Asbestos

Posted on Mar 05, 2021
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We spend most of our days indoors, including our homes, offices, and schools. It’s important to ensure that while you're indoors, the air you breathe is clean, pollutant-free, and good for your health. Pollutants can be difficult to detect and could be a cause for numerous symptoms such as fevers, coughing, and more. To help make sure...

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Signs of Poor Air Quality in Your Burlington Home

Posted on Feb 26, 2021
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Poor air quality in the home can be caused by various pollutants, but one of the most harmful ones is asbestos. This naturally-occurring mineral is a silent, slow killer. If inhaled, its microfibers cause inflammation of the lung tissues and permanent scarring. Long-term exposure can result in very serious diseases like asbestosis, mesothelioma,...

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What are Ideal Household Humidity Levels?

Posted on Feb 01, 2021
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Because we spend so much time indoors (much of it at home), indoor air quality and home humidity is critical for both health and comfort. Humidity is the amount of water vapour in air, and getting the right proportion between air and moisture is more important than many think. Too much home humidity will cause moisture problems. Worse case, it...

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Symptoms of Poor Air Quality

Posted on Jan 15, 2021
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Many homeowners live in polluted homes without ever knowing their health is at risk. Many indoor air pollutants are very hard to detect with a simple inspection, while some, like molds, become visible only once the damage is already done. This is why the safest way to find out whether the indoor air is polluted is to get air quality testing....

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Common Indoor Air Quality Pollutants

Posted on Jan 14, 2021
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Most of us, living in the city of Toronto, first think of fossil fuel combustion and industrial pollution as the leading causes of low air quality, but they are only a part of the problem. Even if the outdoor air is clean and fresh, you need to do an indoor air quality test to ensure your home air quality is equally good. Indoor...

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How Does Mold Affect Air Quality?

Posted on Jan 04, 2021
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Mold is a term that encompasses various species of microscopic fungi that form multicellular thread-like growths (hyphae) and reproduce via spores. This diverse group of tiny fungal organisms plays a very important role in nature, as it decomposes organic matter and enables nutrient cycling. However, even though they are one of the cornerstones of...

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Improving Air Quality This Winter

Posted on Dec 14, 2020
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Having good air quality at home is an essential component of a healthy life. With changes in seasons and temperatures outside and inside our homes, it can be difficult for us to maintain high air quality throughout the entire year. Summer and winter are the most critical seasons, as we tend to close all windows and amp up the AC....

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Why is Air Quality Testing Important?

Posted on Nov 12, 2020
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Good air quality in the home is one of the key elements for a healthy life. When someone mentions air pollution, the first thing that comes to mind to many people is smog, a visible mass of gasses and airborne particles that is usually a result of fossil fuel combustion and industrial activities. However, if you cannot see the pollution it...

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How to Safely Deal with Asbestos in The Winter Time

Posted on Nov 06, 2020
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Although asbestos is an excellent insulator, widely used in construction due to its lightness and low cost, it is also a very dangerous material that can cause a variety of serious health issues. Asbestos is composed of tiny microfibrils that can become airborne due to damage and abrasion. If the microfibrils get inhaled, they permanently stay in...

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How to Identify Asbestos Materials?

Posted on Nov 02, 2020
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Asbestos is a common, naturally occurring mineral composed of thin, thread-like crystals. Each crystal is made of microscopic fibrils that can become airborne if subjected to abrasion and damaging. The Ancient Greek word “asbestos” (ἄσβεστος) translates to “inextinguishable”,...

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What Happens If I Have Poor Air Quality?

Posted on Oct 19, 2020
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Poor air quality has been recognized as a global health issue which affects nine out of ten people, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Most of the pollution comes from industrial activities and fossil fuel combustion, creating a thick layer of smog over cities and industry-intensive areas. However, many overlook the importance of...

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When Should I Worry About Asbestos?

Posted on Oct 06, 2020
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Asbestos is a naturally-occurring silicate mineral, composed of long, fibrous crystals. Each fiber is made up of extremely small fibrils that are prone to becoming airborne because of damage or abrasion. There are six types of asbestos which differ in their colour, structure and amount of contaminants. Because of its favourable insulating...

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Signs You Might Need A Home Air Quality Test

Posted on Sep 10, 2020
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Poor air quality affects 91% of the world population according to the World Health Organization (WHO). While it is true most of the air pollution comes from industrial activities and fossil fuel combustion, we also have to take into account indoor air quality and air pollutants that are present in residential and commercial buildings. Indoor and...

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3 Reasons to Test Your Home for Asbestos

Posted on Sep 04, 2020
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Asbestos is a naturally occurring silicate mineral that is composed of thread-like crystals. Each crystal fiber consists of tiny, microscopic fibrils that can become airborne due to abrasion or damage. Asbestos was a widely used material in construction for the most of 20th century until it was confirmed that its fibrils cause serious respiratory...

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Can Asbestos Affect Your Health?

Posted on Aug 09, 2020
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Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral, made of long, thin, thread-like crystals. Each thread is composed of numerous microscopic fibers that can get released into the air by abrasion or other types of physical damage. Asbestos was widely used as a building material for the most of 20th century. It was often mixed with concrete due to its very...

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Summer Allergies and Indoor Air Quality

Posted on Aug 04, 2020
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Late spring and summer are the worst parts of the year for many people who suffer from allergies due to high levels of air pollutants. In order to avoid them, many people with allergies prefer to stay at home during the warm months. However, this might not be the best solution if the air quality of their home isn’t great. Weather conditions...

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How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Posted on Jul 10, 2020
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Now that we are spending more time at home, good indoor air quality has become a crucial factor in maintaining good health. Millions of people die every year from diseases related to indoor air pollution, and the current COVID-19 situation has only accentuated the importance of this issue as individuals are spending much more time inside their...

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How to Test for Asbestos

Posted on Jul 03, 2020
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Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was widely used in construction during the previous century. When it became evident that this material causes severe respiratory issues with long-term exposure, many countries banned or limited its use. However, considering that many residential and business buildings in Canada have been constructed...

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Asbestos Exposure in the Home: Risk and Removal

Posted on Jun 19, 2020
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Asbestos was a widely used building material for most of the 20th century. It was mainly utilized in the manufacture of fire-resistant and insulation materials due to its favourable physical qualities. Asbestos was used for producing floor and ceiling tiles, house siding, plaster, brake pads, heat-resistant fabrics, hot water pipe insulation, etc....

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Indoor Air Quality in Office Buildings: Is It Time for Testing?

Posted on Jun 05, 2020
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Clean, fresh air is a prerequisite for anyone to feel energized, productive, and efficient. Clean air can improve blood pressure and mood, strengthen the immune system, and ensure better digestion of food. It is one of the key elements for a healthy life. Individuals tend to spend the majority of their time at work. An environment where feeling...

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DIY Air Quality Tests vs Professional Air Quality Testing

Posted on May 13, 2020
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If you have the equipment and  know-how to do the work and repairs around the house on your own, you are probably saving a lot of money. Expertise is often expensive and a lot of minor issues in home can be dealt with without professional help, just with the right skills. Nowadays it is very easy to learn those skills, considering that the...

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What to Expect During the Asbestos Abatement Process

Posted on May 06, 2020
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Asbestos abatement is a very serious procedure which requires experience, professional knowledge and great caution, considering how harmful these microscopic fibers can be. If you have a problem with asbestos contamination, it is best to call a professional asbestos abatement company. They are equipped with tools and knowledge to deal with this...

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Protect Your Family’s Health & Indoor Environment

Posted on Apr 28, 2020
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In this day and age, the majority of people work in indoor environments. After the daily work is finished, they usually head to another indoor environment – back home. Just by looking at our habits and places we visit regularly, it is not hard to conclude that we spend the majority of our day inside. This is why indoor air quality plays such...

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The Effects of Bedroom Air Quality on Sleep

Posted on Apr 23, 2020
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Do you wake up tired? Does it take you long to fall asleep? If you are having these, or other similar sleep problems, you might want to inspect the air quality in your bedroom. Good quality sleep is essential for good health, good mood, good looks, sharp focus and efficient working performance. If we also take into account that we spend about a...

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Tips for Improving Indoor Air Quality This Spring

Posted on Apr 08, 2020
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Poor air quality in your home can have a significant effect on your mood and health. Low air quality has been connected with a number of health issues, such as asthma, fatigue, low energy and lung diseases. There are various factors that affect indoor air quality, including increased air humidity, outside air pollution, building materials that...

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Maintaining Indoor Air Quality While Growing Cannabis

Posted on Mar 25, 2020
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Since the surge of cannabis legalization and legal changes in October 2018 many Canadians have seized the given opportunity and started cultivating their own marijuana plants at home. Even though the number of plants per home is limited, indoor cannabis cultivation created increased need for odour removal services and special precautions for...

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Air Quality Testing for Volatile Organic Compounds

Posted on Feb 28, 2020
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Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals that have a high vapour pressure at room temperature, which enables them to easily evaporate or sublimate and enter the surrounding air. These compounds are numerous, and they can be both natural and man-made.  Most VOCs are harmless, but there are some that have harmful qualities that usually...

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Why You Need a Designated Substances Survey Report

Posted on Feb 06, 2020
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Whether you are planning to completely renovate your home or just do some smaller maintenance work, renovation is the perfect time to assess your home and land for potentially hazardous substances. This kind of assessment is considered necessary especially when old houses are in question, because they were often constructed with potentially harmful...

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Is the Air Quality in Your Home Making You Sick?

Posted on Dec 30, 2019
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Usually when people think of air pollution, they think about the city smog, industrial and agricultural emissions, but very few remember the importance of air quality indoors. Considering how much time we spend in indoor environments today (around 90% on average), indoor air quality has become a very important factor that contributes to overall...

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Common Causes for Indoor Air Quality Issues in the Winter

Posted on Nov 05, 2019
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Many homeowners find it difficult to maintain good indoor air quality throughout winter. For those who live in colder climates, much time is spent indoors during the winter, so air quality is even more important. The challenges are common in most residential homes – dryer indoor air; more limited ventilation; and heating sources that are...

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How Does Summertime Humidity in Toronto Affect Mold Growth in the Home?

Posted on Jul 25, 2019
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Humidity & Mold Growth Summer has officially started in Toronto, and that means sunshine, patio season, and unfortunately, mold growth. The extreme heat results in infrequent, but heavy rainfall that increases the chance of flooding. The large amount of moisture from the rain and humidity create the perfect environment for mold to flourish...

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The Importance of Air Quality Testing

Posted on Jan 14, 2019
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Air quality testing is commonly neglected in homes and offices but it is definitely one of the more critical services to consider. Indoor air pollution can come in many forms and in some cases, is completely odourless. People who live and work in your space could be exposed to polluted air and not even know it! Breathing in bad air on a regular...

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Mold May be Negatively Affecting Your Health

Posted on Aug 28, 2018
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Changes in health and lifestyle? You may have mold in your home As a homeowner, mold and your health should be two of your major concerns when it comes to maintaining your residence. Have you noticed slight changes in your lifestyle or general well-being? You may have an air quality problem caused by the presence of toxic mold in your home. Mold...

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Hot Summers Mean Air Quality & Humidity Issues in Toronto

Posted on Aug 13, 2018
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Summer temperatures are on their way up in Toronto and this season is no exception with record breaking heat and humidity causing air quality and humidity problems for homeowners. Homes with poor insulation or restricted air flow could see the indoor humidity rise along with the outdoor humidity. Excess moisture that cannot be vented can decrease...

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Beautify & Purify Your Home With Common Indoor House Plants

Posted on Jul 31, 2018
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Maintaining air quality is one of the biggest challenges for homeowners and using a plant that improves air quality is a natural way to remove various toxins and pollutants from the home’s inside air. Studies have shown that in many cases the inside air quality in residential homes is much worse than the outside air. There are appliances that...

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Moisture & Humidity in Your Home Can Lead to Serious Problems

Posted on Jul 17, 2018
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One of your biggest challenges as a homeowner is to control moisture and humidity for safe air quality. Humidity refers to the moisture level in the air and having too much or too little humidity can drastically affect the quality of life for you and the residents who live in the home. Seasonal changes can elevate humidity levels and homes...

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Is Your Indoor Air Quality Healthy? What You Are Breathing In?

Posted on Jun 18, 2018
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You may have invested time and money into the exterior and interior of your home, but have you ever considered the quality of the air you breath while inside the home? It is a well-known fact that indoor air quality in residential homes is sometimes worse than the quality of the air outside. Certain toxins and pollutants have no detectable smell or...

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What are the Top Causes of Indoor Air Pollution

Posted on Feb 22, 2018
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It is widely known that air quality inside the home can actually be worse than the air quality outside. Indoor air pollution can be caused by many factors in and outside the home and may not have any telltale odor ,but can have serious effect on the quality of life inside the home. What is indoor air pollution? Pollution refers to impurities...

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Difference Between Outdoor & Indoor Air Pollution

Posted on Feb 07, 2018
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Poor indoor air quality (at home and at work) accounts for some of the most common of health issues. The average person actually spends close to 90% of the time indoors, so clearly, indoor air quality is important. On the flip side, indoor air pollution can perpetuate undesirable health risks. Indoor air pollution can take on many forms ...

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