Why Thunderstorms Put You at Risk for Exposures

While thunderstorms are expected in spring and summer, however, what is unexpected is exposure to dangerous contaminants. Air pressure changes, leaks, flooding, and even property damage from severe thunderstorms may expose us to harmful substances lingering in and around our homes. For instance, if there’s property damage from a thunderstorm, there’s an increased risk of asbestos exposure. So, before thunderstorm season reaches us at full speed, contact Inch By Inch Inspections for an asbestos inspection in Toronto. Not only will we look for asbestos, but we’ll also conduct a full designated substance survey in Toronto to identify any other hazardous contaminants around your property.

Keep reading to learn more about what dangerous contaminants thunderstorms may put you at risk for exposure.

Asbestos & Extreme Weather

designated substance survey TorontoExtreme weather conditions typical in spring and summer, like torrential downpours, heavy winds, and crazy thunderstorms, may put you at risk of asbestos exposure. Thunderstorms have the potential to cause damage to asbestos-containing materials, like shingles, plumbing insulation, and attic insulation. Once asbestos-containing materials are ripped, disturbed, or ripped, the toxic fibres are released into the air. Since asbestos fibres are impossible to see with the naked eye, they’re easily inhaled. Properties constructed before the mid to late 20th century often contain asbestos, so getting a professional asbestos inspection is a good idea if your commercial or residential property fits that timeline. For advanced asbestos inspections in Toronto and designated substance surveys in Toronto, contact Inch By Inch Inspections. By conducting an asbestos inspection before thunderstorms kick-off, you’re preventing the chance of exposure to the harmful mineral.


With heavy rain and winds comes the increased possibility of water damage. Sometimes, unfortunately, water damage is hard to spot, especially if it’s a small leak in the pipe or roof. Regardless of how small the leak or water damage is, it still increases the risk of mold infestations on your property. In order for mold to grow, it requires a water source, so a severe thunderstorm provides the perfect opportunity for mold to fester and grow. If mold is left unchecked, not only will it cause numerous health implications, but it will also spread throughout your property. Mould will infest your entire property, from your attic, basement, bathroom, and kitchen, to under carpets and within plumbing systems. 


Thunderstorms cause fluctuations in barometric pressure. As a result, these pressure changes may alter the movement of gasses like radon. If a property has cracks in the foundation or openings in the walls, increased pressure during a thunderstorm may allow radon to flow into the property. Other than rain causing an increase in ground saturation and pressure, high winds may also cause radon to find its way into your property. Since wind influences air pressure, it may increase the radon levels inside. Radon exposure may lead to numerous health implications targeting the respiratory system. Common symptoms include chest pain, wheezing, bronchitis, and a consistent cough. 

Contaminant Detection with Inch By Inch

When it comes to harmful contaminants, prevention is key. To avoid the risk of asbestos and radon exposure, contact Inch By Inch Inspections for inspections and restoration services. If your property has fallen victim to mold due to flooding, our team will help you eliminate it.

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