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If you have a concern over water damage or mould in your building, whether it is commercial, residential or a complex, call us today and we will recommend a course of action that will eliminate further damage and deterioration.

"LEAKY CONDO" is synonymous with the word mould. The problem with moulds is threefold:

The mould issue has been tricky for regulatory authorities to deal with. This is because two people will react differently to the same exposure of mould spores. While one person might not show any sign of discomfort, the next person might demonstrate immediate flu-like symptoms. But one thing is certain, if the building envelope or any other part of the building leaks, and there is a source of cellulose, mould spores will proliferate.

Areas of mould larger than three patches (each patch more than 3 feet by 3 feet in size) should be cleaned by professionals and Glacier Environmental are trained in the eradication of mould.

In all cases, the underlying cause of water accumulation or prolonged high humidity must be corrected or mould will continue to grow or reoccur. Regularly inspect your home for signs of moisture problems or water damage (musty odours, condensation, and discoloration).

What is mould?

Moulds are fungi, a group of very common organisms that also includes mushrooms and yeasts. Moulds are generally found in nature and are carried indoors from the outside. More than 270 species of mould have been identified in Canadian homes.

Moulds can grow indoors in wet or damp areas, including wallpaper, ceiling tiles, carpets (especially those with jute backing), insulation material, wood and drywall.

What are the health effects of mould?

Most common types of moulds are generally not harmful to healthy individuals. However, exposure to mould can cause reactions depending on overall health, age and the amount of time an exposed person spends in the home.

The elderly, pregnant women, infants and young children, people with allergies, chronic respiratory illness and/or chemical sensitivities and those with weakened immune systems are most likely to experience health effects from mould.

The most common health problems associated with exposure to mould are:

 

 

Mould as seen in the laboratory
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