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One thing you may be able to spot long before any visible patches of mould appear are little flies. These flies feast on rotting wood and are often a companion to mould. If a high-humidity room constantly has little flies coming from seemingly nowhere, you likely have a mould problem. This is especially true for rooms other than the kitchen, as food scraps shouldn’t be a possible culprit in your bathroom. https://goo.gl/tdoQwV
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If you live in Calgary and want to do a renovation, the city will require you to have an asbestos inspection. While some might think checking for asbestos is just one more silly step to getting a building permit (that you don’t even want) in order to build on your own property, these inspections are actually an important part of keeping you, your family, and anyone working on the site safe. https://goo.gl/YAgPhG
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Asbestos Fact........it is possible for people who have worked with asbestos to expose their spouses and children to significant levels of asbestos fibers brought home on their work clothes. Therefore, it's important to remember that asbestos contaminated clothes should not be worn home and should NEVER be washed in the household washing machine.
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Coming home to find that your plumbing has backed up and your house is slowly filling with water or sewage is a literal nightmare. This situation is dangerous for multiple reasons — sewage carries bacteria and viruses that can make people very sick and rising water levels can short circuit your wiring. Unfortunately, the problems don’t end once the water is gone. https://goo.gl/azRwAh
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Undamaged asbestos containing material is perfectly safe to be around. However, as soon as these materials are bent, cracked, degraded, or broken in anyway, they begin to release microscopic fibers into the air. These fibers are inhaled and become trapped in the lungs where they cause scarring and, eventually, cancer. https://goo.gl/ErJk3g
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On the proactive side of asbestos removal, it’s important to have an inspection for asbestos done before you do any renovations on your home. Because asbestos is contained in so many things as microscopic fibers, it’s nearly impossible for anyone to recognize asbestos within an item or material. The only way to know if your worksite is safe is to have an inspection done. That’s why the city of Calgary has made asbestos inspections a mandatory part of getting a building or demolition permit. https://goo.gl/S5t58J
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Many things contain asbestos. Floor and ceiling tiles, insulation, and ductwork are just a few examples of things in your home that likely contain at least some asbestos. But unless these items are cracked, broken, chipped, or otherwise deteriorating with age, they represent no risk to you or your family. https://goo.gl/yAEvdH
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In countries that do not have laws banning asbestos, the amount of people that suffer from mesothelioma is still increasing.
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Mould needs moisture to grow, so your laundry room, washrooms, and kitchen are most likely at risk. If you smell any weird scents in these rooms — especially just after you’ve showered or air-dried laundry, it’s time to call in the mould experts for an inspection. https://goo.gl/3iSTTH
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Anyone who’s ever dealt with mould in basically any context can tell you that it stinks. Your body has evolved to be able to detect the stench of moulds because many create chemicals that are toxic to people. Long before you see any mould, you’ll likely be able to smell the rotting floor or walls. There may be a musk to a room or a smell of mildew. This will likely be exaggerated after exposure to humidity. https://goo.gl/xjpSE9
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