The Concord Group’s Home Maintenance Blog
Mould: 7 Most Frequently Asked QuestionsPosted on Dec 01st, 2016
We often receive calls from homeowners with questions about mould and how fast it should be treated. We thought it would be a good idea to list some of these frequently asked questions for quick reference.
My house is less than 5 years old, there is no way there is mould in my home. It must be something else. Help?
This is not always the case. Just because your home if fairly new doesnt mean that it is impossible for mould to form. Given the proper conditions, mould can appear within 24-48 hours. There has also been reported incidents where wood building products were previously contaminated with mould prior to construction. So don't rule out mould just yet. It is important to get proper testing done to ensure that the mould is taken care of right away
How long does testing take?
We try our best to offer a turn around time of at least 2-3 days, however that depends on the severity of the mould. Collected samples are promptly send to our labratory for analysis. Once we receive results, they are submitted to clients in the form of a lab report.
Do I need to move out of my home while mould remediation is taking place?
Generally the answer is no. We ensure that the working area is enclosed in plastic sheeting to form a tight containment of the area that is isolated from other areas of your home. We do however advise homeowners to stay out of their home temporarily if we are dealing with mould within a common area of the home such as the kicthen or the sole bathroom of the home.
Does mould remediation require extensive removal of drywall?
This question is hard to answer. It all depends on the severity of the work being done. Generally, if the mould is found behind the walls we will need to remove a portion or all of the drywall within the affected area. Specifically if the wall is porous, such as an unpainted drywall, then you will need to usually cut away at the wall where the mould is growing. This is simply because mould grows inside the material, instead of just on the surface. This allows us to be thorough with our work and ensure that the area is completed wiped with organic disinfectant.
How much does it cost to have a mould technician come to my home?
The Concord Group offers free consultations. Give us a call - 416 739 8777 or email us @ firstname.lastname@example.org to book a free estimate. We have crews on call 24/7 and are ready to take your call.
Why does mould have a musty smell?
Mould produces gasses called microbial volatile organic compound (MVOC). These gasses are odourless, however there are some gasses that have a musty odour, the spell that is typically associated with mould. If you notice a musty smell in your home, you must likely have mould growing, regardless if you see it or not. Mould is often found within walls, under carpets, and inside heating and ventilation ducts.
How do you know if you've been exposed to mould?
We've listed below commonly associated symptoms and illnesses of those who have come into contact with an excess amount of mould and likely didn't treat it right away:
- Poor memory
- Sensitivity to light
- Difficulty concentrating
- Shortness of breath
- Sinus Congestion of Chronic Cough
- Abdominal pain, diarrhea or bloating
- Vertigo or feeling light headed
It is estimated that indoor air pollutants, including mould may contribute to more than 50% of hospital visits according to Statistics Canada. Typically we think of smog, smoke or outdoor pollution as being detrimental to ones heath, however it has been proven that indoor air quality causes an even bigger risk to your health. If you or anyone you know has any of the symptoms listed above while knowing their living conditions, please contact your health department or visit the closest care centre or hospital.
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