Indoor Air Quality Solutions

We at Indoor Air Quality Associates are dedicated to providing the highest levels of customer service while maintaining the highest level of technical competence available. Air Quality Associates is locally owned and operated, should you ever have a concern with the service you recieve an owner will work with you to resolve it. We use only the best equipment that is suited to your individual need, if we cannot do the job for you we will refer you to someone who can. We handle all indoor air quality issues, radon, mercury vapor, dust, mold, and smoke and water damage. We provide clean up as well as reconstruction services tailored to your individual needs. Our staff is on call  for emergency services.

Air quality is our business. We provide services specifically for mold related problems. When dealing with these issues we understand that insurance isn’t paying for most remedial work, that is why we offer different levels of services and monthly billing. We will work with the homeowner to make sure they get back in their homes and still be able to afford the mortgage.We take on alot of the jobs that other companies are afraid to tackle. Part of our mission is to use safe, enviromentally friendly chemicals in your home. We believe in repairing your home properly, not in using noxious deoderizers to cover up the problem. We provide MSDS to all customers for any chemical that we will apply, the customer has the final say on whether they want this chemical introduced into their home. We also assign as OSHA and EPA compliance specialist to each job, this provides additional safety to your family and our team members.

We specialize in mold testing and remediation. We provide qualified technicians to test and repair as necessary at a reasonable price. We have testing packages that are specifically designed for prepurchase inspection of real estate. We provide fast turn around, consulting on water damage through our sister company, and repairs that can be billed at settlement. We use only IAQA certified technicians to perform Mold Remediation. We have the most up to date trainning and equipment to tackle any size mold remediation project. We can also provide second opinnions, do it yourself guidance, and lab testing. Our rates are very reasonable and we do not use scare tactics to have you repair a problem that doesn’t require it.

 

Mold Elimination Plan for Home Building Companies

Mold is an important issue that is faced by all home builders, and it’s important to have a specific company policy in place along with a plan of eliminating mold before it becomes a bigger problem. Mold not only creates a number of health problems for the home’s occupants, but it also can create serious structural problems. The faster your company reacts to a mold problem, the easier it will be to solve.

The first thing you need to do is recognize that mold needs moisture in order to grow, so any mold problem can be traced back to some sort of water problem. In order to solve a mold problem, you have to get to the root of the problem which is moisture. Learn everything you can about how moisture can get into a home and where it goes once it comes in.

All mold problems must be carefully documented in writing and with pictures and videos. With the documentation, the warranty team supervisor can make a plan of action. Not only is documentation important for making a plan, but it will also help protect your company with liability issues and help you track possible mold growth trends in certain homes.

Before you can go about cleaning up the mold you have to determine the extent of the contamination. Often, mold is in more areas than most people realize, including inside of walls and in floors and ceilings. It is important to know exactly how extensive the mold contamination is before you begin. The best and most commonly used guidelines followed for mold remediation are from the New York City Department of Health and are based on the location and square footage of the mold.

Once you’ve determined the extent of the contamination, you can begin the remediation process. The first step is to solve the water problem. Once the water problem is solved, you can isolate the contaminated area to avoid further spreading spores and begin removing the affected materials. All porous materials that are wet and have mold present must be discarded. Non-porous surfaces need to be cleaned thoroughly first with a wire brush and then with disposable wipes.

All infected materials must be placed in thick (at least 6mm) plastic garbage bags which should be wiped down before leaving the contamination area. All dirt and dust must be removed from the area, and everything should be vacuumed using a HEPA vacuum. Once the area is cleaned, it needs to be dried quickly, and any removed materials need to be replaced.

The last step is to verify that the remediation was successful. That means that the water problem was properly fixed and there are no more signs of mold present, either visible or by physical symptoms showing up again in the habitants. Fixing the source of the moisture is the most important part of preventing the spread of mold in a home, and having an effective plan in place for mold problems needs to be put in place in your company.

The Dangers of Black Mold and Why You Need to Get Rid of it

Introduction

Black mold has become a growing concern in Toronto, and has even earned the unofficial title of ‘toxic mold’. Although the name term ‘toxic’ is vastly inaccurate according to the CDC, black mold isn’t anything to mess with. The problem with black mold is the neurotoxins it creates. These neurotoxins have the ability to kill neurons within the brain and even inhibit the function of certain mental abilities. Apart from hindering brain function, breathing in any of the spores or toxins can damage the heart, vision, and immune system.

So what do you need to do to get rid of it?

The first thing that has to be done is to figure out where it’s growing. Since this type of mold grows in areas of high humidity and favors material high in cellulose, it’s best to check in areas where food is stored and where water may accumulate. Without water, it is unable to grow or produce spores.

Once you’ve figured out where it is growing, you can use a variety of chemicals to kill it. Two of the most common include bleach and borax. Bleach, which contains the active ingredient sodium hypochlorite, can effectively kill nearly all types of mold and prevent regrowth. Simply mix 1.5 cups of bleach for every gallon of water and apply it to the affected surface.

As for borax, which does not emit any harmful fumes like bleach does, all you need to do is mix 1.5 cups of borax for every gallon of water. Use a brush or any other hard bristled tool and begin scrubbing the mold off with the borax solution.

Summary

Although the two methods stated above are somewhat effective at removing black mold from your home, they’re not full proof. The spores may still be in the air, unseen to the naked eye, and the mold may be growing in other places, such as inside walls, that are not seen on the surface. Because of this, it’s usually best to call a professional company that has experience in removing it. As stated earlier, the mold and its spores are extremely harmful to your health and removing it must be a top priority.  As a result many choose a mold removal company as they are experienced at what they do.

 

Useful Links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mold_health_issues

www.mouldfacts.ca/mold/what-is-black-mold.html

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