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Brand New Home or Renovated Home? Could be Toxic for Baby and Grandma

If you’re buying a new home or one less than 5 years old, chances are good that you’re going to have some VOC emissions and off-gassing from construction materials, design elements (paint, varnishes and wallpaper) and from carpets and new furniture. Formaldehyde is one of the most common human carcinogens found in a new home, […]

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Spring Cleaning Time! Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Correctly

Pesticides, Coolant, paint thinners, chlorine, used oil, bleach, propane tanks, oven cleaners and aerosol cans are all hazardous waste that don’t belong in your home; and they need to be disposed of properly. There are corrosive, flammable, explosive and poisonous substances contained in many household products. They are dangerous to you, your family, the garbage […]

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Posted in Garage, Indoor Air Quality, Seasonal669 Comments

Beautiful laminate flooring? MAY CONTAIN: cancer-causing formaldehyde

Beautiful laminate flooring? MAY CONTAIN: cancer-causing formaldehyde

A CBC 60 Minutes report last month found that laminate flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators, manufactured in China, is assembled using glue containing high levels of formaldehyde. The company sold over $1 billion of merchandise in 2014. Signs of formaldehyde Wheezing, running eyes, coughing, breathing problems are all symptoms of high levels of formaldehyde. Families […]

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Simple Solutions to a Leaky Basement

Smell something mouldy, mildew-y or sour coming from your basement or crawl space? Make no mistake: you’ve got a leaky basement. Spring is a likely time of year for moisture problems to rise up in your basement, and a good time to pay attention to how your home is weathering the spring. As snow melts, air […]

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Posted in Basement, Indoor Air Quality, Seasonal677 Comments

Best time to test for Radon? Winter. Here’s why

The best time to test for radon is during cold months, when your doors and windows are tightly closed, keeping radon trapped in your home. As the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canada next to smoking, you don’t want this invisible odorless gas getting into your lungs. While radon is naturally occurring radioactive gas, […]

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Posted in Home Inspection info, Indoor Air Quality, Specialized Inspections534 Comments

Home Safe Home? Or squeaky clean toxic house?

Home sweet home… or is it? Concentrations of toxins that cause cancer  can be 200-500 times higher in concentration inside your home than outside your home, according to The Silent Spring Institute, a research centre that studies links between the environment and cancer. How is this possible? It turns out cleaning products -of all kinds- […]

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Bacon lovers unite! (and get a range hood): study

We all know about the dangers of dust, mold and chemical contaminants to indoor air quality. But what about the emissions we create every time we turn on the stove? You may like the smell – but what does frying bacon indoors do to your air quality? Scientists at California’s Berkeley Lab, with decades of […]

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Posted in Indoor Air Quality, Insulation and Ventilation488 Comments

What’s that awful smell? How to wipe it out from your new or pre-sale home

Bob the ozone cleaning expert explains how You want to buy that house because it looks good, has all the amenities you want, it’s close to the right school, and would give him his own man cave… that house has it all, but boy! Does it ever smell awful. -Or, perhaps you are selling your […]

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Posted in Indoor Air Quality, Specialized Inspections21 Comments

De la moisissure dans un logement tout neuf

Nous avons récemment été contactés par des propriétaires qui n’occupaient leur nouveau logement que depuis une semaine. Ils ont appelé pour nous faire part d’une étrange odeur dans le garage. Nous nous y sommes rendus et avons effectué une analyse de la qualité de l’air intérieur dont les résultats ont été fort intéressants : les émissions […]

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A Brand Spanking New Moldy Home

We recently heard from some homebuyers who had been living in their new house for only a week. They called because of a strange smell in their garage. When we went in to perform an Indoor Air Quality test, we found interesting results: Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) of 3200 were found to be mostly gasoline. […]

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