What You May Not Realize About Bathroom Remodeling and Water Damage

When we make the decision to remodel our homes, it’s because we want positive change. For some, this is easily accomplished, but for others, changing up the old can reveal a dark, nasty mess underneath. In the case of bathroom remodels this is especially true. Homeowners who contract a remodeling project can find mold and water damage underneath layers of tile, in the plumbing, and even in the walls! This is no reason to delay your remodeling dreams! In fact, IBX Services loves handling projects like this because we are highly experienced in restoration services. We truly remodel the foundation and the surface of homes, especially the bathroom. A modern bathroom is not possible without comprehensive construction. We will clean up existing water and mold damage and we don’t stop there; we also take necessary steps to prevent future water and mold from wrecking your home. ​

Prevent Future Water, Mold, and Moisture From Damaging Your Home:

Showers and bathtubs: It is important that all tiles are formed together tightly. If there’s a crack or any unevenness, moisture is invited in to reside. While tiny cracks may not seem like much now, it stands the chance of harboring black mold. This goes for the caulking around the tub and shower areas. Sealing all these areas is specifically important.

Air flow: Proper ventilation is required to prevent excess moisture from building up. Allow proper air flow in your bathroom, by using your home air conditioner or a dehumidifier to offset the dampness. An exhaust fan is a must and making sure it’s appropriate for your area can help curb moisture in the air from steamy showers or baths.

Plumbing: Sealing your toilet, sinks, and faucets prevent water from constantly leaking out, which can lead to structural damage. This is crucial, but also, surveillance is required. We make sure you know where your pipes are located in the walls, in cabinets, and elsewhere so you can check for soft spots appearing on your paint or wallpaper, or on your vanity cabinets.

Let IBX Services Guide You Towards a Modern, Clean Bathroom

We are diligent in home improvement when it comes to bathroom remodeling and prevention of water damage. You should be too! IBX Services is always here to help. If you are considering a Do-It-Yourself bathroom remodel, know that water damage can become an issue. If you encounter any bumps along the way, whether from past damage or concerns with preventing future damage, IBX Services can always step in, clean up, and get the job done!

Don’t let water, mold, or moisture threaten your dream bathroom. Call us today or contact us online for a free estimate and start your bathroom remodeling adventure!

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What to do if your basement floods!

What to do if your basement floods

If you have a flooded basement or some water damage from a burst pipe the first thing you should do is turn off the water source if you have access to it. The next step is to call a plumber, Ibx Services has emergency plumbers ready to assist you as soon as any problem arises. Call us as soon as you can so that we can help you, the faster that you call us the more damage we can prevent from happening. Our plumbers will take care of the problem but if there is a lot of damage or an area has been wet for over 24 hours it is likely that more work will be required. Even though your house might look dry in most cases it is not and not drying it can lead to many further problems such as mould and cause you more headaches than it should. The team at Ibx Services has the equipment and expertise to completely dry any potentially wet areas.

 

Leaving these areas wet will likely cause mould growth, it is not always very visible but by not taking care of it you will be putting yourself and anybody else on the property in risk. You can see the possible risks that accompany mould on our blog.

Another common problem that occurs after water damage like a flood is water seepage. This can lead to many problems such as cracked walls, floors, and ceilings. Don’t let this problem lead to more problems that can ruin the structural integrity of your home and cause even more problems. It is incredibly important that you make sure all moisture is removed from the affected areas.

If the water damage is able to access and electrical outlets or your circuit in serious risk of failing. If you can turn off the power in the damaged area you should. break your electrical system might be break box your electrical system might be box your electrical system might be break box your electrical system might be box your electrical system might be break box your electrical system might be box your electrical system might be break box your electrical system might be box

Calling Ibx Services will help you save your home a prevent a further disaster. We will make sure that your property is completely dry and prevent any potential mould growth. It might seem expensive to hire professionals like Ibx Services when you think that you can handle the problem your prevent further problems. No matter how small or large your water damage call us today. it can save you money in the end by helping yourself but it can save you money in the end by helping yourself but

If the water damage occurred in the past and was not taken care of efficiently, you might have mould. Check our mould removal page for more information on how we can help you deal with mould.

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True or False: Using bleach is the best way to get rid of mould?

According to many people and websites, bleach is a great way to remove mould from your home, but the mould remediation industry has a different story:

Why not to use bleach: It is not recommended to use bleach in attempt to kill mould, as it is not an acceptable form of remediation. The reason for this is that common household bleach is 98% water and 2% chlorine. It is true that chlorine will kill mould but you would need to use industrial strength chlorine which is highly toxic and would be more dangerous than the mould itself! Additionally, chlorine evaporates at a faster rate than water which means if you use common household bleach you are adding water to a surface which is mouldy and providing exactly what it needs to survive. If the area is not dry when the bleach evaporates, or moisture is still in the contaminated area you could actually re-start mould growth! Basically, bleaching a mouldy surface whitens the mould and makes it harder to see, it doesn’t kill it! This is because the ionic structure of bleach prevents chlorine from penetrating into porous materials such as drywall and wood – it just stays on the outside surface, whereas mould has enzyme roots growing inside the porous materials. Unfortunately, the water easily penetrates and actually FEEDS the mould -this is why a few days later you will notice darker, more concentrated mould growing on the previously bleached area. Mould remediation involves the need to disinfect wood and wood-based building materials, all of which are porous materials. Thus, chlorine bleach should not be used in mould remediation.

Effectively killing mould: Mould must be killed at its “roots”. A better alternative to bleach is a peroxide based product specifically formulated to kill mould. Though many materials can be cleaned and treated some porous materials (such as drywall) are often beyond cleaning and will need to be removed. Please give us a call and a qualified technician will assist you in getting on the right track to safe and effective mould remediation.

 

Why proper remediation is crucial: The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) warns, “Moulds have the potential to cause health problems. Moulds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins).” The most common health problem is an allergic reaction. Other problems are respiratory and/or immune system responses including respiratory symptoms, respiratory infections, and asthma. Severe reactions are rare but possible. A person’s reaction to mould depends on their sensitivity and other health conditions, the amount of mould present, length of exposure and the type of mould.
Bottom line, if you have a mould problem it needs to be dealt with properly!  Give us a call or go to our website: our website. Looking forward to restoring the health of your home!

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The Dangers Of Living With Mould In The House

Mould can be a very sneaky substance. As it thrives in moist, dark areas, many wouldn’t think it would be a major problem for humans. However, once excess moisture has settled into any kind of porous material, such as drywall, it becomes a problem for everyone. It then has the ability to disperse its spores and spread throughout the entire property. Here are a few reasons why you want to get this problem taken care of as soon as possible:

Dangers of Mould Sneaking Into the HomeWoman Coughing

As mould can be classified as a fungi, it grows and responds the same as the others within its kingdom. In other words, it develops, eats, and spread its spores the same as other moulds, mushrooms, and bacteria. The home provides the perfect resources to allow for its development and growth. The CDC, or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warns about the dangers of living with mould in the home:

  • Respiratory tract symptoms that include coughing, wheezing, and swelling of the throat.
  • Those who have asthma and allergy problems are especially at risk.
  • Those with hypersensitivity pneumonitis are prone to the immune-mediated condition

Although not the most common, black mould is classified to be one of the most dangerous types of moulds. As it is most frequently found in the dark, undisturbed areas, these places can include rarely-used shower stalls, behind the walls, in the attic, crawlspaces, and underneath staircases. In order to avoid these uninvited, dangerous inhabitants, be sure to check these areas every now and then in addition to keeping moisture levels to a minimum.

Air Travelers

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Mould will thrive anywhere there is an optimal amount of moisture and porous materials to feast on. These conditions can include a leaking roof, leaking pipes, wet or damp areas of the basement and crawlspaces, flooding, or any path of moisture from the kitchen pipes to the basement. Even leaving damp towels on the floor is sufficient for mould growth.

As soon as it has found a proper location to grow and develop, mould will easily be able to travel through the air, finding other susceptible spots. This is where the negative health effects start to occur. Keep in mind that mould canbe the cause for the following symptoms:

  • Allergies have suddenly grown worse
  • Sudden itching, sneezing, and rashes
  • Feeling irritable and lethargic
  • Difficulty breathing and/or sleeping

Although mould prefers to remain in undisturbed areas, it will release its spores when feeling the slightest disturbance. These can include vibrations within the walls and floors when people are walking around on the above floor. When these spores are dispersed into the air, they can then enter the ventilation systems, such as the air ducts and air conditioning unit. Once they are inhaled, this is where the symptoms of coughing, wheezing, sneezing, etc. will start to take effect.

Damage of Building Materials

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Once the source of the mould has developed in a certain area, it has the ability to eat away at its host; this can cause severe damage to the structural integrity of your property. Potential signs can include damaged hardwood floors, discoloration of the walls and ceilings, or condensation on the windows and walls. It can also be associated with a strong, musty odor. Those who are most sensitive to strong smells will notice this right away.

As mould will not go away on its own, it is up to you, the property owner, to find the mould and call professional mould remediation services. These will include:

  • Inspection and remediating areas that do not receive much traffic
  • Decluttering the property if there are items that are contributing to the risk of mould
  • Lowering the moisture levels within the home or building
  • Proper air circulation throughout the property.

As soon as you notice signs of mold, be sure to look in all places to find where it may be hiding. You can also call Ibx Services for professional mould removal services to inspect, remediate, and prevent it from occurring in the future. The technicians have years of experience and ongoing training to ensure their services are updated and the most effective.

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The Dangers of Mould and Mildew in your Home or Office

The Dangers of Mould and Mildew in your Home or Office

No matter who you are, or where you live, everyone needs to reduce the amount of mould and mildew in the air they are breathing in. If you smell a musty odor in your home or workplace, there is a good chance that it is probably mould or mildew.

Of course, if you actually see mould in your home or office, then you know you have a problem. The bad news is, most of the toxic mould floating around in our air is actually invisible to the naked eye, but still may be seriously affecting your health.

Ancient oriental medicine tells us that clean, fresh air, is one of the most important components of not only physical, but also mental health. Simply put, without clean air, the body cannot function properly. When the body is not functioning properly, the mind cannot function with ease and clarity.

The word disease literally means, “dis-ease,” or being in a place where the body is not at ease. Without oxygen, we cannot live. With unclean air, we may be able to sustain ourselves, but we will not be at ease, or free of disease.

This is one of the reasons why the presence of mould and mildew in our indoor air has been clinically associated with more than just allergic reactions. Some studies show a link between airborne mould spores and depression, and even death! [1]

Many similar studies have shown that the average human being breathes in an incredibly high amount of toxins from environmental air. In fact, with each breath, we take in more toxic substances and less of the vital oxygen that we need, than ever before.

Mould & Mildew: Where Does it Lurk?

Most moulds are microscopic fungi that grow on a host surface, like a loaf of bread or a musty, kitchen cabinet. The green mould you see on an old loaf of bread is not one mould, but is actually clusters of hundreds of connected networks of mould.

Each mould spore clusters together using tiny, tubular arms to create a singular organism, commonly referred to as a cluster. This clustered type of mould is visible.

But, high amounts of “un-clustered” microscopic individual mould spores are often moving through our airspace. These spores are completely invisible to the human eye. For this reason, mould and mildew can be hard to spot, and therefore even harder to get rid of. Although a small amount of mould and mildew won’t hurt most of us, it begins to become a big problem when the mould spores get out of hand. When quantity does get out of hand, or when individuals who are highly sensitive to toxic mould, breathe it in, it can present a serious health hazard. Mould and mildew are known to cause respiratory problems, common allergic reaction symptoms, nervous-system disorders and depression.

In particular, there are certain types of moulds that produce what are called mycotoxins [2]. These moulds are particularly dangerous and create a toxic breathing environment for you, your children and your pets. Studies have shown that breathing in large amounts of these mycotoxins can impair the entire human system, and can even lead to death.

Eye Opening Statistics About Mould:

  • A groundbreaking report from 2007 stated that scientists found a direct correlation between a high presence of mould in households and depression.
  • Even more shockingly, studies have shown that the air inside our homes can be worse than the air outside. The average American spends around 90% of our time in enclosed buildings, and over 60% of our time in our houses. [3]
  • Scientists have identified over 1,000 types of mould and mildew inside houses in the United States. [4]
  • More than 100,000 types of mould exist!
  • “Stachybotrys” is a highly-toxic type of mould that has been related to human death.

Toxic Mould: How It Survives

Mould lives off of any organic matter and loves a warm, humid environment. This includes your leather jacket, a peach, old newspapers, bathroom walls, windowsills, ceilings, and wall-paper. Most often, mildew, which is a form of mould or fungus, infests our living or workspaces when there is a high level of moisture, like a musty basement or a shower wall. It comes in through our walls, windows, doors, carpets, or under the refrigerator.

Mould spores can also be carried in on our clothing, shoes, pets and our bodies. Doctors warn against breathing in mould over long periods of time. Often times, our homes and offices are infested with toxic mould and mildew. And, because it can hide in cracks in our walls, as well as other invisible places, most of us are unaware that we are being exposed to the extremely harmful effects.

Today, mould growth in homes and places of work is more of a health issue than we may think. So it’s important that you recognize the symptoms of mould in your home, and take steps to protect yourself and your family.

If you have problems with the mould at home or in your office, call  +1 416 252 5959

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How to prevent mould tips from Ibx Services

You’ve probably heard a lot about the risks of toxic household mould and about the costs of mould removal, but mould prevention is a topic discussed less frequently. If you know how to prevent mould growth, however, and take some relatively simple steps to prevent future problems, you can save yourself a lot of money and aggravation. After all, molud removal is costly, time consuming, and difficult!

The Importance of Mould Prevention

Household mould can contribute to numerous health problems, including respiratory difficulties such as asthma and pneumonia, rashes, depression, fatigue, digestive problems, and inflammation and pain in the joints. Mould can also literally eat away at the structures of the home, causing extensive damage. It’s extremely important to prevent the growth of mould in the home because most removal is a difficult and costly procedure. It’s easier to prevent mould in the first place than to remove it later.

How to Prevent Mould

The key to preventing mould is moisture control. Without excessive moisture in your home, mould cannot grow. Experts generally advise keeping the humidity levels in your home below 55%. You can use a hygrometer to monitor your humidity levels.

Give your home a thorough checkup to identify any issues that might contribute to future mould growth. Correct any problems as soon as possible.

  1. Fix leaks when they happen.
  2. Reduce humidity in your home.
  3. Make sure the ground slopes away from your house.
  4. Equip your home with mould-resistant materials.
  5. Clean up wet areas of your home.

If you follow these mould-prevention tips, there is a good chance you can avoid mould growth in your home. However, if you do spot it, call a professional mould removal company to deal with it properly so that it doesn’t happen again.

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What do I do when I discover mould in my house?

When a porous surface in your home is exposed to dampness and moisture, a breeding ground for mould will exist. After 36-48 hours, if not cleaned properly, mould can grow exponentially and become an even bigger problem. The best thing you can do is deal with mould as soon as you notice it in your home. This will save you time, money and health problems.

Molud can cause many serious health problems, especially serious respiratory issues. The reason why professional mould companies are in business is because they have the proper technology and equipment to deal with the mould in your home.

If you can see or smell the molud, mould testing is not necessary. The most important thing is to remove the mould quickly and properly. IBX Services can help you remove the mould from your home. We will give you a free estimate, complete the work quickly and properly and even give you a certificate of a mould-free area.

Conclusion

Mould can occur in areas of trapped or reoccurring moisture and can effect both your health and value of your property. Mould removal and remediation can address the issue and prevent further growth and contamination. If you’re not sure how to make the necessary repairs, hire a professional to assist you. It will be well worth the cost because you’ll save so much money in health care, home repair, and mould removal expenses down the road. IBX Services can effectively eradicate preexisting mould issues or apply structural drying, moisture detection and other elimination methods to prevent future mould growth.

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