Indoor Air Quality Canada has been in the mold inspection industry for over 20 years.
We Focus On Inspection Services Only
At Indoor Air Quality Canada our commitment is to identify, quantify, and assess the level of fungal contamination in your home or office. IAQ Canada does not partake in mold removal services. We provide a comprehensive scope of work for mold removal following the CCA-82 guidelines. We highly recommend clearance testing after a third-party mold remediation company to ensure remediation due diligence and occupant safety.
There are many reasons why it is important to keep the mold inspection/testing company separate from the mold removal company.
Mold testing and inspection is a highly skilled job. We use state of the art tools and technology to accurately locate the mold within your building. If an area is missed during the remediation, there could be a very high chance of the mold returning. Successful mold remediation is dependent on two factors:
- Remove the moisture conditions that precipitated the mold growth.
- Remove the contamination (mold) caused by that moisture.
If these steps are overlooked, mold amplification will return.
Frequently Asked Questions
Building science failure is what causes mold in homes or buildings. Period. Building science failure is dampness, water leaks, high humidity, condensation, and poor ventilation. When elevated moisture and any type of organic material meet (e.g. damp cement floor and cardboard boxes), the potential for mold develops. It is this marriage between natural materials and dampness that begins the mold growth cycle to start in our homes or buildings.
Typically, building occupants smell something before they see any signs of visible staining. When mold begins to grow, it requires food and moisture. The food can be anything mother nature produces – paper, dust, wood, skin cells (organics). The moisture can be caused by high relative humidity, dampness, water leaks, condensation, or osmosis.
Frequently, occupants complain of musty, earthy, damp smells when descending the stairs into the basement.
- Building science or building “skin / envelope” failure
- Active water leaks from roof, window, doors, or flashing
- Condensation inside wall cavities or around the wall and light switch outlets
- Under basement floor vapor pressure and wall cracks
- Poor site grading – water draining back toward the home
- Over humidification
- Poor ventilation
- Storm water management – lack of eaves-trough
By simply identifying what combination of building failures is causing the problem, and providing tried and true remedies that solve the problem.