I recently had the pleasure of meeting with Brian Mackenzie of ABM Environmental to talk about mold (mould) and indoor air quality. I was working with a client who was buying an older house in the Grandview area of Vancouver and had concerns about mold. We brought ABM Environmental in to test indoor air quality in the basement. Their analysis let us know there was a mild mold problem. Brian was able to give us some great advice to fix the problem inexpensively.
Why Worry About Mold and Indoor Air Quality?
Mold is everywhere. Whenever you have moisture and warmth, you get mold. Sometimes mold results in great things like cheese and penicillin, BUT sometimes when mold gets into the air of our homes, it can make us very sick.
Mold and Bad Indoor Air Quality Can Make You Sick!
Mold can have a huge impact on indoor air quality which in turn can have a negative impact on your health according to Health Canada. European and North American studies mentioned on Health Canada’s site show how a damp and moldy home is related to the following symptoms:
- Eye, nose and throat irritation;
- Coughing and phlegm build-up;
- Wheezing and shortness of breath; and
- Allergic reactions.
If you own or are buying any kind residential property, be it a condo or a house, and you smell, see, or notice mold, make sure to call in a professional to give you an assessment. Very often there will be little or no charge if it is a minor issue. If you have a major issue a professional should be able to help you identify the cause of the problem and fix it safely.