More often than not, property owners require mold removal in Toronto after a water damage incident. Whether it’s the result of a leak, sump pump failure, burst pipe, or sewage backup, a surplus of moisture can trigger the spread of mold colonies in just 24 to 48 hours. Despite hot summer days, Toronto is a humid city where rainy weather is prominent for more than 8 months out of the year. Even in the winter, heavy precipitation and snowmelt threaten residential and commercial properties.
With wet weather conditions only forecasted to become more intense in the near future, it is imperative that local businesses and homeowners know how to approach not just water damage cleanup but the basement and attic mold removal too.
Studies from the Canadian government on precipitation and climate change have found that rainfall in Ontario and throughout the country is projected to increase and has become more intense year after year. Because of the heightened expectation of rain, the risk of flooding in commercial and residential buildings means that mold removal in Toronto will naturally follow similar patterns.
One of the leading causes of basement and attic mold is water damage. Snow melt, burst pipes, and sewage backups can be triggered by intense weather, leading to flooding in basements. Around the roof, heavy rain and ice that batters and breaks down roofing materials cause water to leak into attics contaminating building materials such as insulation and wooden beams facilitating the fast and vast infestation requiring attic mold removal.
Indoor mold outbreaks are not an accident. Mold spores are a naturally-occurring fungus particle that travels throughout outdoor spaces, flowing through windows, open doors, and even vents. Spores colonize and become infestations when the conditions of a room are equipped with organic material (insulation, drywall, wood), moisture, and heat. These characteristics act as a food source for mold spores, making basement, bathroom, and attic mold removal
frequently required in Toronto and Southern Ontario.
Even if you don’t see water damage occur in the form of a flood, hidden leaks or past water damage can attract mold spores and help them colonize within your property. To prevent infestations from forming, prompt intervention is required. If you notice signs of water damage, such as bubbling or peeling paint, yellowing or discoloured walls, and drywall cracks can be an early indication of mold. For immediate mold detection and removal, contact a restoration company to schedule an inspection.
Upon detecting mold, restoration contractors will identify the scope of the outbreak and its location, be it the attic, basement, crawl space, bathroom, or multiple rooms, and proceed with strategic mold removal.
Black mold is infamous for its toxic effects on people. But even when mold isn’t considered a toxic species, it can cause adverse health effects. Studies researching the physiological effects of mold have found that nearly 20% of asthma cases can be linked back to mold exposure. Other symptoms of mold include wheezing, nausea, congestion, runny nose, sore throats, eye irritation, rashes, headaches, and in extreme cases, memory loss. The longer spent in contact with mold, the worse its health effects. Many people are predisposed to mold-related illnesses, intensifying the adverse symptoms of mold.
Prepare for rainy years ahead and keep your property mold-free.