Hardwood Flooring is a Great Choice!

Hardwood Flooring

If you are planning to renovate your home or finish your basement consider installing hardwood flooring. Hardwood floors are beautiful. They are elegant and warm, creating an inviting ambiance in any room. Hardwood flooring is also extremely durable. And hardwood floors are an environmentally friendly flooring option that contribute to healthy indoor air quality. Overall, hardwood flooring is a great choice!

Before I elaborate on the reasons why hardwood flooring is a great choice, I will explain the difference between solid hardwood floors and engineered hardwood floors. Solid hardwood floors are made from Continue reading “Hardwood Flooring is a Great Choice!”

Basement Mold Prevention Strategies

Basement Mold

It is much easier to prevent basement mold (also spelled “mould”) from growing than it is to remove it once it there. There are many basement mold prevention strategies. I encourage you to learn about these strategies because basement mold is a serious problem! Mold spores contain allergens, irritants, and in some cases toxins. There are many different types of mold. Although not all mold is toxic, all mold has the potential to cause ill health. If that is not enough of a reason to consider basement mold a huge problem, there is another one. Over time basement mold decomposes building materials causing structural damage to houses.

Mold needs a food source and moisture in order to grow. Basement mold is common because basements have many food sources for mold (wood, drywall, etc) and they also have many sources of moisture. To make matters worse, Continue reading “Basement Mold Prevention Strategies”

Floods are a Major Cause of Mold Growth

Black mold growth behind drywall

Floods are a major cause of mold growth in residential homes. When there is a flood caused by a rainstorm or a massive snow thaw water enters the house through the roof, cracks in the foundation, or the sewer drain. Some people experience floods in their home due to a leaky or burst pipe or because of a sink/tub overflow.

Drying Prevents Mold Growth

After a flood you need to dry your house and everything inside that got wet as fast as possible. You have about 24 – 36 hours to start the drying process and flood water cleanup before mold (also spelled “mould”) and bacteria begin to grow. If drying is not started quickly, having excessive water in your home will give mold a moist, damp environment Continue reading “Floods are a Major Cause of Mold Growth”

Black Mold is a Health Hazard

Black mold in cold storage room.

According to Health Canada mold (also spelled “mould”) is one of the most commonly found indoor air pollutants. Molds are fungus that grow and spread in areas that are damp with minimal airflow. In a home mold is commonly found in bathrooms, kitchens, basements and attics. Mold spores contain allergens, irritants and in some cases toxins. Breathing in mold spores can lead to a variety of health issues including headaches, skin irritation, nausea, respiratory symptoms, allergic reactions, asthma attacks and severe infections in some people. Mold is a health hazard!

Symptoms of Mold Exposure

The type and severity of symptoms caused by breathing in mold spores depends on several factors including the type of mold, extent of exposure and a person’s sensitivity to mould. People with mold allergies, Continue reading “Black Mold is a Health Hazard”

Bathroom Mold is a Serious Problem

Bathroom mold

A bathroom is one of the rooms used most often in a home. It is a popular room to renovate because bathroom remodeling can increase the value of a house while creating a personalized, relaxing space. In addition to being comfortable and peaceful it is important to ensure your bathroom does not have mold (also spelled “mould”) because bathroom mold is a serious problem!

Bathroom Humidity

Bathrooms have a lot of water and humidity therefore it is common for mold to grow in them. Drains that don’t drain water properly cause water puddles. Running water creates wet surfaces that increase humidity if they don’t dry Continue reading “Bathroom Mold is a Serious Problem”