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Toronto and the GTA is made up of established neighbourhoods populated with older homes and one of the biggest concerns for property owners is the presence of mold. Lack of air circulation and increased humidity are prime conditions for the fungus to take hold of an area and spread. Mold can develop fast creating unsightly visuals on walls and other components of the house but the actual appearance of mold is only the beginning as the fungus will release harmful bacteria and spores in the air. GTA property who suspect the fungus in their space should immediately perform mold testing, mold removal, mold inspection or mold remediation in Toronto to confirm the presence of the dangerous hazard.

The health risks of undetected mold

Mold is one of the more tricky problems to visually detect as it can easily develop and fester in the most inaccessible places within the property. Finding and eliminating mold is critical for all types of property as the fungus can spread fast and damage walls and adjacent structures. But the real risks for the appearance of mold is health related and as the fungus develops, it will release a consistent stream of airborne spores and bacteria into the air within the property. Breathing in mold spores removal bathroom removalmoldy air will have short term health effects such as:

  • Constant lethargy and sleepiness
  • Breathing problems and shortness of breath
  • Skin and eye irritation

Bad quality and moldy air can also create severe long term health problems due to headaches and poor sleep patterns. Mold testing in Toronto is an essential first step when any changes in quality of life occur.

The why’s and where’s of mold growth

The two biggest factors in mold growth is airflow and humidity. Bad or restricted airflow will not allow moisture to evaporate which means increased humidity in a defined space. Mold can easily start to develop in areas that experience high humidity with little to no air circulation. Common residential areas where mold can appear are:

  • Basements, cellars and unfinished parts of the building
  • Attics, crawl spaces and storage areas
  • Garages and outdoor sheds
  • Laundry rooms and kitchens

Commercial spaces with exposed piping and complex engineering can also be susceptible to mold development and it would make business sense to perform mold testing in Toronto on a regular basis to confirm the presence of the fungus.

About the Indoor Air Quality Assessment

Professionals who are experienced with mould issues and familiar with current guidelines must conduct all sampling. Inch by Inch Inspections are here to help you breathe fresh air, not contaminated air. When samples are taken, regardless of the purpose, the results should help answer a clear question. To begin with, what is required to evaluate the air you breathe is called an “Indoor Air Quality Assessment”. It could include a simple laboratory report of the degree of contamination of an area inside of your residence or place of work. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions and/or require more information about Air Sampling whether it is in your home or office. Contact Inch by Inch Inspections today.

A proper mold inspection will include the following:

mold inspection certified toronto mississaugaIn-Depth Exterior Inspection

  • This allows for identification of possible areas of concern, where moisture or water may enter the property

Indoor Visual Inspection

  • By inspecting each room throughout the property and testing air temperature and air humidity, we can ascertain areas that require a closer analysis

Mold in all its forms

There are many types of mold that can develop throughout the property. Different areas and surfaces can provide prime breeding grounds for various species of the fungus and all are detrimental to the quality of life of the inhabitants. 

  • Alternaria thrives is areas with excess humidity such as showers and under sinks. Areas with flood or major water damage are prone to the Alternaria strain of mold as well. Allergic symptoms and asthma are common effects of this mold.
  • Aspergillus grows indoors and has more serious health effects. In addition to allergic reactions and respiratory infections, this strain of mold can cause severe inflammation of the lungs.
  • Aureobasidium is the more common strain that appears in black or pink smears. Wood and painted surfaces are prime surfaces which means this strain can thrive indoors and out. Most people suffer allergic reactions from this type of mold.
  • Improper ventilation in high humid areas such as bathrooms and laundry rooms may see the Botryis strain of mold. This type also creates respiratory problems like asthma.
  • Water damaged drywall and carpets as well as excessive condensation buildup on window frames can be prime areas for the Chaetomium type of mold. This strain has a familiar musty odor to it and will cause air quality issues.
  • While most types of mold thrive in warmer temperatures, the Cladosporium strain can easily take hold and fester in cooler spaces inside the home. Its airborne spores decrease the quality of the air inside and contribute to a wide range of respiratory problems.
  • Fusarium is another strain of mold that can grow in cooler temps and appear in water damaged carpeting and fabrics. Along with usual list of breathing problems, those with low immune systems may be vulnerable to infection when exposed Fusarium mold.
  • Blue or green colored mold is indication of the Penicillium strain of the fungus. Penicillium can find a ideal areas in most places including mattresses and furnishings and can quickly spread throughout the home. Chronic sinus infections and inflamed lungs are symptoms of this type of mold.
  • The slimy appearance of Stachybotrys chartarum gives it the ‘toxic mold’ nickname but it is the offsetting compounds that are actually hazardous. This mold can generally affect the quality of living inside the home and cause chronic conditions such as respiratory illness, fatigue and even depression. ‘Toxic mold’ can be found in areas with constant excess humidity.
  • Dry rot in wood is caused by mold known as Serpula lacrymans, or yellow mold.
  • Similar in characteristics to ‘toxic mold’, Trichoderma grows on damp surfaces such as carpets and wallpaper. It also produces toxic spores causing many respiratory conditions. Many people are allergic to Trichoderma itself and experience severe allergic reactions.
  • Homes and properties that have gone through major flooding and extensive water damage may have the Ulocladium strain of mold present. This species thrives in wet areas where moisture is visually present. Allergy sufferers may experience enhanced symptoms when Ulocladium is in the vicinity. 

Rely on certified professionals for mold testing and removal

The presence of mold at a property has serious effects and detecting and removing it must be handled by professionals who follow strict international standards set out by IICRC and Interachi. Experts, such as Inch by Inch, understand GTA properties and will complete thorough mold testing in Toronto and offer the most effective solutions for removing the nasty fungus from the property.

Inch by Inch are the experts for mold testing in Toronto

Property owners who suspect mold at their location must take the problem seriously as the fungus can have detrimental effects on the property and the people inside. Inch by Inch are the mold testing experts in Toronto and can test, detect and remove the dangerous organism effectively and completely using the latest mold testing tools and environmentally friendly cleaners. Inch by Inch can confirm the quality of the air through air sample testing after any mold removal project

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