Mold has become a growing issue, as it has become a growing health concern in the past few decades. With this rapid industry growth, so too has the amount of mold testing, inspection and remediation services grown rapidly. As neither the provincial nor federal governments have specific regulation for mold testing in place, it is important to make sure the firm you choose to inspect and perform mold testing in your home has the proper training, which includes third party certification, such as the IICRC and memberships.
Mold can cause both health issues and structural damage of your property. At The Healthy Abode Inc. we offer comprehensive mold inspections and mold testing in Toronto, GTA and surrounding areas. If you suspect you may have mold in your home, due to any of the following reasons, it is important to contact a certified mold inspection company perform mold testing.
- increase in illness (i.e. allergies, asthma) for one or more of the occupants of the home
- visual appearance of mold growth
- musty or “mouldy” odour present in home
Allergens have become a growing concern in the last 30 years. In the 80s and 90s asthma became common among both children and adults and today in Canada 12% of children and 8% of adults have asthma, which is approximately 2.5 million Canadians (www.aaia.ca). It has become an accepted truth that our health is greatly affected by the indoor air quality of our homes; in fact, according to the EPA“persons in industrialized nations spend more than 90% of their time indoors… In addition, the concentrations of many pollutants indoors exceed those outdoors.” This is why it is important to know what types of health hazards that may exist in the common breathing area for our families.
At The Healthy Abode inc. we have the proper tools to professionally test for common allergens in your home, including dust mites, dog dander and hair, cat dander and hair and cockroach 1&2 as well as mold testing. When we do an allergen test we check for all of the above noted allergens at once and can do up to five rooms for one low price. All samples are sent to a third party certified laboratory. We provide you with the lab results and a written report explaining the findings.
According to Health Canada :
Asbestos was a popular material widely used in construction and many other industries. If asbestos fibres are enclosed or tightly bound in a product, for example in asbestos popcorn ceilings or asbestos floor tiles, there are no significant health risks. Asbestos poses health risks only when fibres are present in the air that people breathe. At The Healthy Abode, we do asbestos testing and inspections.
Asbestos is the generic name for a variety of fibrous minerals found naturally in rock formations around the world. Because asbestos fibres are strong, durable and non-combustible, they were widely used by industry, mainly in construction and friction materials. Commercial asbestos fibres belong to two broad mineralogical groups: serpentine (chrysotile) and amphibole (tremolite, actinolyte and others.)
Asbestos testing is recommended if any possible asbestos containing materials will be disturbed due to renovation, decay or natural disaster.
Lead, particularly lead found in lead-based paint, has become a major cause for concern as of late. We have known for decades that lead exposure can cause a host of health problems, ranging from harming children’s brains and developing nervous systems, causing reduced intelligence, learning disabilities and behavioural problems to causing miscarriages, premature births and low birth weight in pregnant women; and high blood pressure, nerve disorders and memory and concentration problems in adults.
We focus on the proper inspection for lead, lead testing and remediation of lead dust and debris that occurs primarily as a result of renovation type activities. The Healthy Abode is EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) certified.