What should you do if you have found mold or asbestos during your home renovation in Ottawa? This is a common problem faced by homeowners and contractors who are opening walls, ceilings, and basements as part of a home renovation project.
In terms of asbestos, it will usually only be found in homes that were built prior to 1990 as construction materials and insulation that contained asbestos were used until the mid 1980s.
With mold, the age of the homes does not matter as mold forms with moisture and can occur anytime if proper care is not taken regarding water entry and moisture levels in the home.
The challenge of mold and asbestos removal is that it requires trained and insured experts who know how to handle these toxic materials to protect health and safety for the homeowners and the renovators.
Holland Homes and Renovations is a trained and insured asbestos and mold removal home renovations company in Ottawa. This means that over the course of your renovation, if mold and asbestos are found, these toxic substances can be removed and disposed of as part of our complete home renovation services.
What are the dangers of asbestos during home renovation?
While asbestos was used in home construction due to its insulating ability and durability, it was found to be toxic for human respiration. Possible health issues from asbestos exposure include mesothelioma, asbestosis, allergies and possibly even lung cancer.
When asbestos is found in the process of a home renovation, specific steps must be taken to identify, quarantine and remove it. Knowledgeable contractors are essential for the removal of this toxic substance to ensure that it does not become airborne and pose a danger to homeowners or renovators.
Holland Homes and Renovations is trained and insured for the removal of asbestos commonly found in residential areas and building materials. This allows us to provide extra value and peace of mind as part of our complete general contracting services for our home renovation clients who want to be sure that any asbestos issues found in the course of a renovation can be dealt with properly.
What are the dangers of mold during home renovation?
Mold can damage human health and the health of your home. As a fungus that releases toxic spores, mold is dangerous for human respiration and can lead to health issues such as, allergies, breathing problems, and skin irritations.
Left untreated, mold can also damage the structural integrity of your home by eating away at insulation, drywall, flooring and carpet.
Mold also poses an additional problem in that it is not easily found. Mold can lay hidden behind walls or under flooring and this allows it to escape visual detection prior to home renovations. Once you start to open walls and remove flooring, especially in basements, there is a chance that mold can be found, and this will put a stop to all renovation work until the substance is removed properly.
Holland Homes and Renovations is a trained and insured mold removal company in Ottawa that can handle mold removal as part of a home renovation. Our team is experienced in visual inspections prior to renovation and is also experienced in dealing with mold that is found once renovation is underway so that you do not need to hire another company as part of the project.
For more information on mold and asbestos issues in home renovation, visit the Holland Homes and Renovations blog. And if you are looking for a full-service home renovations company in Ottawa that is equipped to handle any mold and asbestos issues during the course of a renovation project, contact us to get a free consultation on your home renovation plans.