Insurance Coverage, friend or foe?

July 24, 2013 By In Moisture Control Comments Off

After the “rain event” in Toronto on July 8th, 2013 the number of people in Toronto affected by the flash flooding is staggering.  Even after 2 weeks, there are many people still dealing with significant water damage issues and the accompanying mold problem.  We have had many discussions with customers who have had a similar

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What to do if you have water damage?

July 11, 2013 By In Moisture Control Comments Off

Area residents of Calgary and Toronto have recently experienced some extreme weather conditions which have resulted in flooding and unexpected water damage to their homes and other buildings in their communities.  Unfortunately, the follow up problem to water damage is mold.  Once porous materials become wet, it takes only 24 – 48 hours for mold

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Waterproofing your basement vs. water management

June 28, 2013 By In Moisture Control Comments Off

We get asked regularly after we detect mold in a basement what steps should be taken to ensure that the mold does not return.  Most homes will eventually experience water intrusion due to a breakdown in preventing water from entering through the foundation; a crack in the foundation, a blocked weeping system, hydrostatic pressure, failure

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Large appliance maintenance

June 21, 2013 By In Moisture Control Comments Off

When is the last time you checked your dishwasher, washing machine or ice maker?  Most people don’t realize that many of your large appliances, if unchecked, can become the source of large water issues – water issues can lead to mold problems.  And in most cases, when there’s leak, it’s big.  Flooding issues caused by

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How much does mold removal cost?

June 14, 2013 By In Moisture Control Comments Off

As with any product or service one of the first questions is, how much does it cost?  When it comes to mold removal, it’s the worst answer you want to hear, “it depends”.  Unfortunately, there are unique factors for each mold removal project which can cause the price to vary from person to person and

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Have you checked your sump pump lately?

June 7, 2013 By In Moisture Control Comments Off

With the recent heavy rain and the forecast of more to come, when is the last time you checked your sump pump?  Now would be a good time to check. Below are some simple steps for you to take… -          Make sure the area is free of any debris -          Ensure that the float is able

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New Home Construction: Is it possible to have mold?

May 31, 2013 By In Moisture Control Comments Off

Recently during inspections of new build homes we are finding numerous instances where the planking being laid down during the build phase is mold contaminated.  In one situation we detected mold in a basement on the underside of the exposed ceiling sub-floor.  The client explained that when the home was being constructed it rained and

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Planting your garden this spring?

May 24, 2013 By In Moisture Control Comments Off

While it may not feel like it today, spring is here and many people are getting their gardens ready for the summer season.  Although it’s not obvious, while you are getting your garden ready it is also the perfect time to pay attention to other details around your home. If you have gardens planted against

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Getting the Cottage Ready

May 17, 2013 By In Moisture Control Comments Off

The May long weekend has arrived and it’s time to battle the traffic and open the cottage. This past winter has been long and with that comes an incredible amount of debris.  For most, opening weekend at the cottage is filled with cutting lawns, cleaning the dust and cobwebs inside the cottage, putting the dock

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Home inspection vs. mold inspection

May 3, 2013 By In Moisture Control Comments Off

A home inspection is a review of the general state and condition of a home.  The intent is to look at the environment as an eco-system and assess all of the major working parts.  This gives a potential home buyer visibility to any potential or previous problem areas and an indication of any components of the

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