Contaminants You May Find During Renovations

Virtually every property owner will consider renovations at some point, whether you’ve just acquired a new commercial space or are planning to move into a new home. Renovations are a significant undertaking mentally and financially, but when completed, they have a high return on investment. To manage the stress and complexities of renovations, planning your approach and checking for potential hazards and contaminants before beginning is essential. If you conduct a DSS report or inspection and determine that you need asbestos abatement or mold remediation in Toronto, reach out to Inch By Inch Inspections. Our experienced team of professionals will help you identify hazards with designated substance surveys, inspections, and testing before they interfere with the progress of your construction. 

Read on to learn more about hazards you may encounter during renovations on tips from the experts on how to manage them. 

Existing Water Damage & Mold Infestations 

mold remediation TorontoWhen you buy a property, new or old, you may inherit its plumbing issues. A past with water damage that has yet to be handled can leave you susceptible to many additional problems that should be addressed as you plan your renovations. Water damage can occur from leaks, pipe damage, flooding, or issues with the foundation of the building. When not repaired immediately, water damage leads to mold infestations which multiply, contaminating the air and building materials comprised of organic matter. If inspections report mold on your property, essential building materials such as wood beam supports, drywall, flooring, and insulation may all be contaminated and weakened, eventually threatening the building’s structural integrity.

When water damage is detected, or mold is found, don’t wait to act. Find a trustworthy and reliable service provider and immediately schedule mold remediation in Toronto. Water damage may appear as yellow or brown staining on walls, bubbling paint, or cracking drywall. Mold comes in a variety of species, growing in patterns on wood and cellulose surfaces. To identify and eliminate mold, contact Inch By Inch Inspections. 

Asbestos-Contaminated Building Materials

Older buildings in the Toronto area often have a certain charm and characteristics that make them attractive to buyers, but those constructed around 1985 may also be contaminated with asbestos-containing materials and require asbestos abatement before any renovations can begin. Asbestos is a very sensitive mineral triggered by the slightest contact from pressure or physical contact. To be safe, if the property was built in the mid to late 20th century, schedule asbestos inspections and testing with Inch By Inch Inspections. Our certified asbestos abatement specialists will carefully identify and assess the risk of asbestos exposure, removing all traces of the mineral safely and effectively. 

Asbestos can be found in various older building materials such as vermiculite insulation, roofing materials, popcorn ceilings, pipe and duct wraps, old floor tiles, and more. Before you start having walls torn down or floors were redone, it’s important to identify any asbestos on-site.

Managing Contaminants with Inch By Inch Inspections

Many other contaminants may be hiding within the walls of your property, from lead and radon to silica, vinyl chloride, benzene, and more. Before you start your renovations, Inch By Inch Inspections will help you conduct designated substance surveys and remove problematic contaminants with various services, including asbestos abatement and mold remediation in Toronto. 

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