Your home is your castle - it’s where you relax, raise your family, and where friends gather. Making sure your home is a safe and healthy environment is a key part of being a homeowner, and nothing is more important than making sure that mold growth is removed quickly and professionally. At MoldTech, our mission is to provide you with the best mold removal in Toronto so that your home is clean, protected, and to ensure you’re educated about the hazards of mold growth.
What is Mold and How Do I Detect It?
Molds make up part of the over 200,000 species of fungi in the world and is an important part of the natural world around us. While some are beneficial or helpful, most household mold is not. Along with the destruction of property, mold can seriously damage the structure of your home and cause a myriad of health problems for you and your family. Removing mold - and most importantly, eliminating the situation that allows it to grow - should be done as soon as it’s discovered in your home.
Mold is usually first detected by your nose - at MoldTech, one of the first things we notice when performing a mold removal in Toronto is a musty odor. Mold isn’t always visible to the eye, but the specialized professional equipment and tools we use help locate the site of mold growth in your home. If you can see mold, it often first appears as a fine white, brown, green or black fuzz on surfaces, and this fuzz can quickly spread to organic materials in your home like drywall, wood studs, furniture and paper goods.
Mold Can Seriously Affect Your Health
Making sure that mold growth doesn’t take hold of your home isn’t just about a little damage or replaced drywall - it’s really about the health and safety of you and your home. Mold spreads by sending spores through the air, where they can be inhaled and cause a myriad of health problems. Itchy eyes and nose, sneezing, and headaches are the most commonly associated reactions to mold growth, but if you have a disease like asthma, a compromised immune system, or have a young or elderly person in the home, the consequences of mold can be much more serious and long-lasting. While ‘toxic black mold’ (or Stachybotrys Chartarum) isn’t nearly as common as the media makes it out to be, various types of mold can still release toxins that may have severe - or even life-threatening - effects on your health.
Where Do I Find Mold in My Home?
Mold can be found anywhere in your home - in cupboards, around the tub, in closets. But there are two places where we most frequently find mold growing, and that is in the attic and the basement. These spaces are commonly affected by mold growth because they provide ideal growing conditions: temperature, moisture, and food. These three key elements give mold all it needs to grow and thrive, and since these spaces generally experience less traffic, leaks or moisture buildup can be missed, which can lead to the perfect conditions for mold growth.
An Introduction to Mold Removal
If you suspect you have mold in your home, or see visible evidence of mold growth, it’s best to call in a professional for assessment and removal. At MoldTech, our mold removal services in Toronto approach remediation as it should be - a delicate science which results in a safer and healthier environment for you and your family.
Since mold removal in Toronto generally starts with some demolition work to remove contaminated furniture, drywall, or other materials, the team at MoldTech always begins by isolating the site using barriers and negative pressure. Protecting a home’s occupants and other living spaces from dust and debris is of paramount importance to us, so all of our remediation projects also use industrial grade filtration devices and specially constructed entrances and exits. This ensures that any mold released into the air or on our worker’s clothing doesn’t travel to the rest of your home.
Once all of the contaminated materials have been removed, cleaning can begin. At MoldTech, our many years in the mold removal in Toronto business have meant we’ve tried every solution out there, and we’ve stayed ahead of the curve by using the best and newest certified products on the market. While others may cut corners or leave it to the homeowner to clean up, at MoldTech we take pride in our thorough cleaning - this sometimes doubles our workload, but this step ensures that you end up with a home that will look, feel, and smell fantastic.
Why work with professionals?
With MoldTech, mold removal in Toronto is a specialized professional service performed by trained, certified technicians, who work following local, provincial, national, and industry guidelines. Many home improvement guides and even local governments claim that mold can be removed by homeowners using household bleach or other products found at the hardware store. However, at MoldTech we know that having a professional perform your mold removal in Toronto is the only way you are guaranteed to have a complete removal of all mold and contaminated items. One of the most important parts of mold removal is finding the source of the water leak or moisture that is allowing it to grow, and by choosing a professional, you gain their expert insight and recommendations that will help you deal with the root of the problem.
What are the causes of mold growth?
Mold growth can be caused by any number of common household conditions. Spotting these conditions early can not only help prevent, but also halt a mold infestation before it gets out of hand.
One of the top problems that we frequently discover as the cause of mold growth in someone’s home is high humidity. When moisture in your home evaporates, it increases your indoor humidity. Moisture can come from any number of sources, such as from running the shower, dishwasher, drying clothes indoors, or exterior weather conditions, like a few rainy days. During the winter months, humidity tends to be on the lower side, so many people run humidifiers to help create a more comfortable indoor environment. The key to preventing it from causing mold growth is to keep your ambient humidity below 55%.
Another cause of mold growth indoors that many people don’t realize is a danger is condensation. Airborne moisture will become solid again (condense) on cold surfaces that touch, or are adjacent to, warm ones. Places like windows, doors, concrete floors, and even walls can all be places where condensation occurs.
A home with poor ventilation can be at risk for a whole host of indoor air quality problems above and beyond mold growth. Because water, or moisture, is the key cause of mold growth, it’s important to dry up any spills, leaks, or standing water, and to move humid air along (and out). Good indoor ventilation is a key step in helping prevent these problems.
Can mold cause long term health problems?
Mold is known to cause a number of short term health issues, as well as being an aggravating factor in chronic conditions like asthma. What’s not as well known is that mold, especially long term exposure, can cause serious long term effects and health issues. Some of the commonly described symptoms of long-term health problems caused by mold include:
- concentration issues
- memory issues
Does inactive mold need to be removed?
The short answer to this question is YES - mold always needs to be removed, whether or not it is an active growing stage. For example, let’s say you’ve suffered a basement flood - being a responsible homeowner, you’d diligently cleaned up any debris or dirt, sanitized, and dried up every bit of moisture using dehumidifier and fans. After all of this careful cleaning, it’s easy to imagine that there’s only a small percentage that mold growth could still happen - right?
Unfortunately, even with inhospitable conditions, mold is a hardy fungus. Even if it dries out and stops actively growing, the mold won’t simply flake off and disappear - instead, like a hibernating bear, it bides its time until growing conditions are improved again. This is the reason that ALL mold needs to be thoroughly and effectively removed from your home. As soon as inactive mold meets water, moisture, or a new food source, it can come out of its dormant stage and begin to produce new spores and spread through your home.
How to Prevent Mold Growth
There are a few easy steps any homeowner can take to prevent mold growth in their home:
- Ventilate: Making sure that air flows throughout your home is the best way to prevent humidity from building up and to dry up leaks or spills. It’s also more comfortable for you and your family.
- Install exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens: Moving humid air out of your home as soon as it’s created can also help prevent mold growth. Install a fan above the range or within the bathroom and run it whenever cooking or bathing. Ensure it is vented out of your home and not into the attic.
- Fix leaks and drips: Pipes or drains that leak, even just a single drop, can easily kickstart new mold growth. Tighten connections and inspect biennially for damage underneath sinks, in cupboards, and anywhere water flows.
- Keep humidity below 50%: High humidity is not only uncomfortable, it also accelerates mold growth and can damage your home.
- Clean up promptly after a flood: If there’s any sort of water event in your home (whether it be a leak, spill, or flood), it’s important to clean up immediately, using fans and dehumidifiers to thoroughly remove every last trace of moisture.
The Benefits of Choosing MoldTech
At MoldTech we are regularly contacted by homeowners whose ongoing battle with mold growth has inadvertently spread the contamination throughout their home - our goal is to provide you with a professional, thorough service that ensures that once we’ve removed the mold, it’s gone for good. By choosing the specialists at MoldTech to do your mold removal in Toronto, you will benefit from over a decade of experience removing mold in both residential and commercial buildings, and our experience working with insurance companies, realtors, engineers, and other contractors.
From our receptionist to our technicians, all of our staff at MoldTech have in-depth knowledge and understanding about mold removal in Toronto, which means you can trust that your questions and concerns are always being answered honestly and thoroughly.
Our mission at MoldTech is to provide you with a healthier home by dramatically improving your air quality and making your home mold free. If you are looking for mold removal in Toronto, please get in touch with us at 1-866-684-7684.