Mold infestations, wherever they occur, can be a serious challenge for any homeowner. From detection, to removal, to remediation, the process is nothing short of stressful. Worse still, mold can grow and spread in a new home just like in an older home. Regardless of the circumstances, mold, especially attic mold, should be removed professionally. For professional mold removal in Mississauga, Inch-by-Inch Inspections provides homeowners with quick turnaround and comprehensive cleanup. Simply put, the notion of a DIY cleanup should be avoided.
Mold Removal in Mississauga Performed by Certified Professionals
Offering professional mold removal in Mississauga for all mold problems, Inch-by-Inch Inspections has a team of trained and qualified mold experts who specialize in remediation. Our team does it all – from inspection, to removal, to cleanup. We get to the root cause of a mold infestation and make every effort to prevent additional damages from developing in future. Our remediation teams operate according to the industry standard, ensuring a safe and effective cleanup every time. Our mold removal protocols are comprehensive, thus preventing any residual infiltration.
In some situations, it can be tough to find the source of a mold outbreak. In fact, mold can be tricky, as it often finds a “hidden” environment that is not readily visible, especially with water damage. In damp conditions, mold will find the perfect breeding ground – there just has to be material to “feed” on. This could be damp drywall, soaked wood, or wet carpeting. For homeowners looking for mold removal in Mississauga, the professionals at Inch-by-Inch offer a thorough and methodical approach. Our crews will respond very quickly, and long-term results are always assured.
Why does mold grow?
Excess humidity causes mold to grow in your home.
Areas of your home may have restricted or inefficient venting and heat and humidity levels couel easy rise in areas like your home’s attic. Bathrooms and laundry rooms also create humidity in normal day to day use. These rooms must be vented properly to prevent mold development. Basements that are located below or sub-ground are in close proximity to damp soil and humidity in basements are naturally higher than the rest of the home. Use of a dehumidifying unit is necessary to prevent mold.
Previous flood and water damage can cause mold to grow in your home.
Water soaked fixtures made of wood and drywall must be properly dried and restored if not replaced if a major flood or water damage event occurs in your home. This type of condition creates the perfect breeding ground for mold to develop and spread quickly.
In the winter time, over use of the your home’s furnace system can create condensation on windows.
Window frames and sills made of wood easily absorb this condensation from the glass creating the perfect combination of food and moisture for mold to take hold and spread. Efficient use of the home’s HVAC system can create a better balance of heat and humidity reducing the amount of condensation created.
A leaking pipe or joint along your home’s plumbing system is another major source of mold development.
Your home’s plumbing is hidden behind walls and in flooring and it may not be easy to detect a slow leak. This gives mold ample time to fester along wood baseboards and wall framing. Watch for water stains along interior and exterior walls for a possible plumbing leak.
Your home’s roof is constantly exposed to the elements and can wear down over time.
Leaky roofs allow water to enter various parts of the upper structure and can cause mold in the most inaccessible parts of your home. Mold in the upper structure is a major concern as mold spores and bacteria can pollute the indoor air of your home.
Drainage of rainwater outside can be a major source of mold in your home.
Improper drain positioning or broken gutters can cause water to build up around the foundation of your home. Excess water can weaken the foundation and cause cracks allowing water to enter the home creating an excellent environment for mold to grow.
How fast can mold grow?
Mold is a simple organism that only requires food and a water source to thrive and there are many places throughout your home that can allow mold to develop and spread undisturbed. Mold reproduces itself through airborne spores and these spores can begin their life cycle within 24-48 hours of attaching to a food source. Depending on the level of humidity and number of spores in the air, colonization can take anywhere from one to 14 days. If left unchecked or undetected, the mold field will spread and release more spores into the air that can spread to other surfaces.
Can mold exist If you can't see it?
Mold can grow in the darkest parts of your home and may not give any visual signs that you could easily see. Mold can easily thrive in attics, on the insides of walls and under floorboards. Only a thorough inspection by a professional could reveal mold in these inaccessible areas.
How dangerous is black mold?
The presence of black mold in your home does pose health risks and can reduce the quality of life for you and those living under your roof. Black mold releases airborne mold spores and bacteria which can pollute the indoor air of your home. Constant exposure to moldy air can cause respiratory problems and other short and long term health symptoms. Common immediate symptoms are allergic type reactions like coughing, wheezing, irritated eyes and skin as well as hay fever and headaches. Long term exposure to mold contaminated air can lead to more chronic pulmonary and respiratory conditions. Young children who are exposed to polluted indoor air can develop asthma because of mold exposure and their immunity levels are much lower than adults. Black mold exposure can be a serious health hazard and calling a certified professional is your next step if you suspect mold in your home.
Does inactive mold need to be removed?
Mold in areas that dry out on their own will become inactive and will stop releasing spores and bacteria into the air. However, this dried out mold could easily reactivate with even the smallest amount of moisture and could spread and continue to contaminate the air in your home. Dried out mold fields should be removed and the area restored to ensure no future spreading or reduction in air quality will occur in your home.
Is all mold harmful?
Mold is a naturally occurring fungus and plays an important role in the earth’s ecosystem. Unfortunately, mold that appears in your home can have detrimental effects to both your home itself and the health of those living under your roof. Named for its tell tale black or dark smears and streaks, Stachybotrys, or black mold is one of the more common species that is found inside residential properties. Prolonged exposure to this kind of mold can cause mild to severe health problems. In certain extreme cases, exposure to air contaminated by black mold spores can lead to terminal illness and even death.
Consistent exposure to molds from the Aspergillus family has been linked to certain kinds of liver and kidney cancers and is another type of fungus that can be found in homes. There are many more species of mold that vary in degree of harmfulness but what is important to note is that any type of mold inside your home will release mold spores and bacteria into the air. This natural occurrence will pollute your home’s indoor air and reduce air quality which will always lead to a lower quality of life and negative health effects.
Expert mold removal in Mississauga from Inch-by-Inch Inspections
At Inch-by-Inch, we begin our work with an in-depth home inspection. Depending on the scope of the outbreak, testing may be required in order to ascertain the nature of the mold. In every case it’s important to establish whether the mold is dangerous or hazardous. Clearly, this will have an impact on the approach to mold removal and any precautions.
When a mold infestation has been assessed, the team at Inch-by-Inch will advise on a viable action plan. We use high-tech equipment to accurately assess the situation. We provide a detailed report that is beyond the industry standard. And with our Neutral Reporting system, customers can make their own conclusions and decisions without any undue pressure.
Mold removal in Mississauga and throughout the Golden Horseshoe
Inch-by-Inch Inspections is available seven days a week throughout the Mississauga area. We are one of the leading mold removal companies in the GTA. From the inspection stage, to removal, to mold remediation, we have the personnel and equipment to tackle mold infestations of any scope. We believe that this type of work must be done right from the start – it isn’t the time for DIY solutions from the local home improvement centre.
Because mold has the potential to present health risks, removal requires more than just a “surface” approach. It has to be done right by professionals who have the experience and expertise to deliver long-term results. For more information about Inch-by-Inch Inspections or to book a mold inspection, call 416-826-7172 or 1-888-445-0737 or visit the company website at www.inchbyinchinspections.com.