You probably know it best as “that ugly stuff in the shower stall”.
Mould is the common word for that fungus that grows on food or in damp places. It can be black, white or just about any colour in between. You will often first notice it as a stain or a smudge that doesn’t wipe off easily in your regular cleaning routine.
Though it can appear anywhere in a home or office, mould commonly grows on window sills, under carpets, and in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry areas. The unsightly appearance of mould may be your biggest concern, but at Decon Environmental Remediation, we think you should be more worried about what it could be doing to your health.
Symptoms Can Include
Data provided by Health Canada
- Eye, nose and throat irritation
- Coughing and phlegm build-up
- Wheezing and shortness of breath
- Symptoms of asthma
- Allergic reactions
Harmful Effects of Mould
Mould is impossible to avoid as it can be found virtually everywhere. The ugly stuff in the shower stall may not actually be that harmful, but the mess lingering behind the bathroom wall could be a serious mycotoxin. Everybody reacts differently to mould and the severity of the reaction is related to the overall health of the affected person and their level of exposure. It can be hard to gauge just how much damage prolonged exposure to mould is doing to your health.
If you or someone in your home or office already has allergies or a compromised immune system, like children or the elderly, the effects of mould on their health can be even more pronounced. Because mould can affect people in so many different ways, there is no level of mould that is considered “safe” in the environment.
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Safe Mould Removal
Mould spores are nasty species that you don’t want in your home. Your first instinct upon discovering mould in your home may be to scrub furiously to remove it. Like most environmental toxins, improper mould removal from a large area can actually do more harm than good. Scrubbing releases spores into the air, worsening the symptoms for anyone affected by the mould. Even worse, a combination of too much water and inadequate ventilation can create the right conditions for even more mould to grow.
A large or recurring area of mould requires professional mould remediation. Extensive areas of mould are usually the result of a larger problem like a major leak or prior flood damage. Identifying and repairing the source of the mould is as important as the removal process.
Like most environmental toxins, improper mould removal from a large area can actually do more harm than good.
The Decon Difference
Decon is prepared to address any level of mould contamination in your home or workplace, anywhere in Toronto and the surrounding area of Southern Ontario. Our mould remediation services involve identifying the root cause of your mould problem, and addressing it quickly and professionally. With our thorough understanding of safe mould removal practices, we will make your space a risk-free environment and protect those most vulnerable to mould in the process.
We decided to do some extensive renovations to our house and because it was built around the time that may contain asbestos materials, we decided to do some testing. After going through countless companies to qualify their credentials for the project, Decon Environmental was selected out of all the companies that were on the short list. Aside from the qualifications that must be met such as Insurance specific to abatement, licensed/certified workers, and the standard procedures specific to the type of abatement of a project, we based our decision on additional factors. The experience and expertise that Angela brought to the table was very valuable. Her understanding and compassion for home owners faced with this material when trying to upgrade their homes was very welcoming. She was able to provide a wealth of information to educated us to protect ourselves. She was the only consultant that actually got down to the ground in her work attire to try to take out a piece of under laying tile from the floor vent that was underneath a layer of ceramic tile to confirm our suspicion of another area that may contain asbestos. This showed her dedication and willingness to help us quickly in determining the scope of the project. Dealing with Angela as a point person made the process more streamlined and seamless.
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The experience in dealing with Decon has been very positive. Their work is professional and precise, but their ability to bring it down a notch to personalize the experience is what sets them apart from the rest of the field.