Asbestos and Mold Removal

If you are planning a home renovation or addition in Ottawa, then you need a knowledgeable contractor who is trained and insured for identifying and removing any unforeseen asbestos and mold that is found during the course of the project.

Holland Homes and Renovations offers asbestos and mold removal as part of our complete package of services for our home renovation clients.

Our team is trained and fully insured. We are experienced in visual inspections prior to renovation and also experienced in handling mold or asbestos that is found once renovation is underway so that you do not need to hire another company as part of the project.

Remember, asbestos and mold are not always discovered with an initial visible inspection. They are often found only once renovation has begun and walls, ceilings and building materials are being removed or replaced.

Signs that you may have asbestos in your home include:

  • Your home was built prior to 1990 when construction materials containing asbestos were more commonly used
  • Your home was built using vermiculite insulation

Signs that you may have mold in your home include:

  • Your basement has a musty smell or damp feeling
  • You have experienced basement leaks or water damage
  • You have discovered puddles of water on your basement floor
  • You have noticed green, yellow or dark streaks on your basement floors, walls or building materials

If you suspect you have a mold issue in your home, it is best to deal with this as soon as possible as mold is an immediate threat to the health of the occupants of the home due to the toxic effects it can have on the respiratory system.

Asbestos is more of a long-term removal issue and is not dangerous as long as it is not disturbed. This means that if you are not planning to knock down walls, or perform work that would disturb insulation or building materials, then the asbestos will not become airborne and pose a respiratory threat.

What is asbestos?

A naturally occurring mineral that was used commonly in construction prior to 1990 since it has great insulating properties, asbestos was determined to be too toxic to use in construction as it had carcinogenic properties. Once asbestos is airborne, it can pose a danger to our lungs when we breathe it in. This means that renovations that involve demolition or removing building materials can be dangerous as they can cause the release of asbestos fibres into the air if it is present in the home.

Will I find asbestos during my home renovation?

You cannot know if your home contains asbestos simply from a visual inspection. Samples must be submitted to a lab for analysis of the building materials. In terms of time period, asbestos was used commonly in home building materials in Canada from the 1930s up until the early 1980s, with asbestos-containing vermiculite insulation possibly being used up to 1990.

Possible materials containing asbestos include: sprayed fireproofing, insulation on piping systems, drywall, acoustic insulation, popcorn ceiling texture, plaster and vinyl floor tiles and vermiculite insulation.

How often is mold found during renovation?

Since the main ingredient in mold is water, it can be found in any home that has seen leakage or water damage. Moisture allows mold to grow if it is not dealt with in the short term. If you have a history of leakage, dampness in the basement, or water damage, then you possibly have mold.

An additional complication is that mold is not always visible and it can hide behind drywall and flooring. This poses a threat to the structure of the home since mold eventually can eat away at building materials such as insulation, wall studs, carpet and drywall.

What happens if asbestos or mold is found during the renovation?

Asbestos and mold are typically unforeseen issues that pop up during the course of a home renovation. This means that they were not budgeted or planned for during the design phase since they could not be predicted and no visible signs were found during the initial visual inspection.

Since mold and asbestos can hide behind walls or in building materials themselves, the project plan needs to be adapted to their discovery. This is why Holland Homes and Renovations offers great value to their clients as their project team is trained and insured in the removal of these substances. We have the knowledge and experience to handle these unforeseen issues if they pop up and we can choose the correct removal solution to minimize the impact of these substances on the timeline and budget of the project.

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Asbestos and Mold Removal

If you are planning a home renovation or addition in Ottawa, then you need a knowledgeable contractor who is trained and insured for identifying and removing any unforeseen asbestos and mold that is found during the course of the project.

Holland Homes and Renovations offers asbestos and mold removal as part of our complete package of services for our home renovation clients.

Our team is trained and fully insured. We are experienced in visual inspections prior to renovation and also experienced in handling mold or asbestos that is found once renovation is underway so that you do not need to hire another company as part of the project.

Remember, asbestos and mold are not always discovered with an initial visible inspection. They are often found only once renovation has begun and walls, ceilings and building materials are being removed or replaced.

Signs that you may have asbestos in your home include:

  • Your home was built prior to 1990 when construction materials containing asbestos were more commonly used
  • Your home was built using vermiculite insulation

Signs that you may have mold in your home include:

  • Your basement has a musty smell or damp feeling
  • You have experienced basement leaks or water damage
  • You have discovered puddles of water on your basement floor
  • You have noticed green, yellow or dark streaks on your basement floors, walls or building materials

If you suspect you have a mold issue in your home, it is best to deal with this as soon as possible as mold is an immediate threat to the health of the occupants of the home due to the toxic effects it can have on the respiratory system.

Asbestos is more of a long-term removal issue and is not dangerous as long as it is not disturbed. This means that if you are not planning to knock down walls, or perform work that would disturb insulation or building materials, then the asbestos will not become airborne and pose a respiratory threat.

What is asbestos?

A naturally occurring mineral that was used commonly in construction prior to 1990 since it has great insulating properties, asbestos was determined to be too toxic to use in construction as it had carcinogenic properties. Once asbestos is airborne, it can pose a danger to our lungs when we breathe it in. This means that renovations that involve demolition or removing building materials can be dangerous as they can cause the release of asbestos fibres into the air if it is present in the home.

Will I find asbestos during my home renovation?

You cannot know if your home contains asbestos simply from a visual inspection. Samples must be submitted to a lab for analysis of the building materials. In terms of time period, asbestos was used commonly in home building materials in Canada from the 1930s up until the early 1980s, with asbestos-containing vermiculite insulation possibly being used up to 1990.

Possible materials containing asbestos include: sprayed fireproofing, insulation on piping systems, drywall, acoustic insulation, popcorn ceiling texture, plaster and vinyl floor tiles and vermiculite insulation.

How often is mold found during renovation?

Since the main ingredient in mold is water, it can be found in any home that has seen leakage or water damage. Moisture allows mold to grow if it is not dealt with in the short term. If you have a history of leakage, dampness in the basement, or water damage, then you possibly have mold.

An additional complication is that mold is not always visible and it can hide behind drywall and flooring. This poses a threat to the structure of the home since mold eventually can eat away at building materials such as insulation, wall studs, carpet and drywall.

What happens if asbestos or mold is found during the renovation?

Asbestos and mold are typically unforeseen issues that pop up during the course of a home renovation. This means that they were not budgeted or planned for during the design phase since they could not be predicted and no visible signs were found during the initial visual inspection.

Since mold and asbestos can hide behind walls or in building materials themselves, the project plan needs to be adapted to their discovery. This is why Holland Homes and Renovations offers great value to their clients as their project team is trained and insured in the removal of these substances. We have the knowledge and experience to handle these unforeseen issues if they pop up and we can choose the correct removal solution to minimize the impact of these substances on the timeline and budget of the project.

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Nancy and Dean from Kanata
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Tricia from Ottawa
From start to finish, we had a very positive experience with Holland Renovations. The company set the tone when they arrived to our estimate with measuring tapes in hand. For anyone looking to do a renovation, I would highly recommend Holland. They executed a budget-wise and beautiful renovation.
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Randy from Ottawa
Holland did a large renovation for me last year, completely gutting a duplex and re-building a beautiful two level apt. Scott was an amazing craftsman and is highly skilled, Marc's finishing and attention to detail wrapped up the job very neatly. Thanks Rob and Holland Renovations