Indoor Pollutants to Keep Out with DSS Reports

Indoor air contamination is one of the biggest problems when renovating old buildings and properties. So before the sledgehammer comes out, it’s critical to have mold removal in Oakville to increase the safety and longevity of any work you do. Our team is committed to helping people with safe renovations and restorations by providing designated substance surveys on residential or commercial properties to determine what - if any - sort of environmental contaminants are present. 

Here are the top four contaminants we find in Oakville that should be removed before construction. 


designated substance surveyCommonly used throughout the 20th century in the construction of residential and commercial properties, asbestos use tapered off in the late 1980s and was eventually banned when the tiny fibres were linked to lung disease and a rare form of cancer called mesothelioma. However, many asbestos-containing building materials are still present in existing properties throughout Oakville, Mississauga, Toronto, and the surrounding areas. If they are accidentally disturbed during maintenance, construction, or even just day-to-day life, these small fibres can easily become airborne threatening the safety of everyone in the vicinity. Ahead of construction or renovation plans, the government mandates any instances of asbestos be reported via designated substance surveys, so everyone can prepare for the risk and approach the project with care. To prevent the risk of exposure, schedule preventative designated substance surveys, asbestos testing, and abatement from certified professionals, with Inch By Inch Inspections.


Homes with poor air quality, ventilation, and high moisture often suffer from mold growth and recurring infestations. Mold is typically found in attics, basements, bathrooms, and behind walls, but infestations can occur virtually anywhere in the case of leaks and floods. To find out if there is a hidden infestation in or around your property, schedule mold testing in Oakville with Inch by Inch Inspections. Our expert teams will identify and address contaminations and outbreaks to help you eliminate the hazardous pollutant fast. 


Many older or heritage homes were painted with lead-based paint before it was banned, and over time, as the paint chips, cracks, or flakes, lead particles can become airborne. Lead is highly toxic but has a particularly devastating effect on children. Get your pipes checked too!

Carbon Monoxide Emissions

Regular maintenance on appliances or devices that use gas, oil, wood, or other combustion forms is vital in reducing emissions and particulates in your home. At Inch by Inch Inspections, we recommend having a carbon monoxide detector on every level of your home, not just the ground level or basement, and to use your appliances according to manufacturer specifications. 

Other Common Indoor Air Quality Contaminants

While those four indoor air quality contaminants are the most common, the list doesn’t stop there. A designated substance survey may also warn you about contaminants like:

  • Silica
  • Arsenic
  • VOCs
  • Formaldehyde
  • Benzene
  • PCBs
  • Vinyl Chloride
  • Isocyanates
  • Ethylene Oxide

What Can Indoor Air Quality Testing Do?

Testing your home or workplace’s indoor air quality is an essential part of any renovation or safety plan. While outdoor pollution gets all the press, indoor contaminants have a pronounced effect on our health and can be the most difficult to notice. 

Indoor Air Quality Services & Inch By Inch Inspections

Inch by Inch Inspections can help you identify and eliminate ongoing problems and make renovations or remediations safer for everyone involved. Inspections may seem like an extra or unnecessary step, but they can affect the outcome of a project — and always for the better. Whether you need thermal imaging or expert mold removal in Oakville, we can help you breathe easier and live, work, and play confidently.

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