Indoor Air Quality

22
May

What is a DSS & Do I Need One if I Live in Toronto?

What is a Designated Substances Survey?     A DSS, also known as a Designated Substances Survey, includes a visual survey for 11 substances, materials, or components named as “designated substances” by the Ontario Ministry of Labour. Designated substances surveys also include physical sampling of materials suspected of containing asbestos or lead for laboratory analysis.   What is the benefit of ...

14
Jan

What You Need to Know about Radon and Radon Testing

Radon is a radioactive material formed by the small amounts of uranium that naturally occurs in many types of soils. It's colorless, odorless, and is usually found in a gaseous state, which requires special equipment to detect. The gas has a half-life of 3.8 days, meaning it takes that long for a given amount of radon to decay into half the amount. The reason you need to know this is because when it decays it turns into a series of ...

07
Dec

Substances to Watch Out For When Fixing Up an Old House

So you have just moved in to your gorgeous new home – new for you, but not for the neighbourhood.  Of course, when moving in to a new place, you are going to take steps to truly make the place your own, including getting rid of flaking paint, expanding old rooms, or opening up walls to insert new piping or electricity.  However, certain standards of building and construction prior to 1978 were not the same standards that we have now ...

25
Nov

How to Prevent Mold and Mildew in Your Home

It should come as no surprise that our main goal here at Clean Air Toronto is to make sure that the air inside your home or place of business is clean and safe to breathe. Even though a lot of attention is paid to asbestos, smoke, and chemicals that can bring down your indoor air quality, there are some other things that can also harm your body if you breathe them in. Indoor dampness is a major contributing factor to ...

19
Nov

Asbestos Is Canada’s Leading Cause of Workplace Death

If you work in an office, then it is safe to say that you spend a lot of your time indoors. Recent reports and eye-opening research done in the past few years has shown just how important the quality of air is inside the place that you work. Even more startling is the fact that despite all of the warnings and known danger, asbestos is Canada’s leading cause of workplace death. We cannot stress enough how important it is to ...

05
Nov

Federal Government Remains Strict on Asbestos

The health risks associated with asbestos are as well-known as they are severe. That being said, until recently the government characterized the most common form of it, Chrysotile, in a different way. This was in an attempt to downplay the risks. Pressure from medical health experts paved way for changes. This only further drives home the dangers of this substance and why it needs to be detected and removed. What is chrysotile? This strand of the substance is by far the most ...

28
Oct

Indoor Air Quality Issues Plague Toronto Schools

Few people realize just how important the air that we breathe is. Not only can it have long-term health effects, but it also can cause short-term cognitive issues. Recent testing done at over 100 schools in the Toronto area showed that almost half tested positive for elevated carbon dioxide levels. Indoor air quality is extremely important to our everyday health, and it takes quality technicians to test levels and bring them down to acceptable numbers. What the tests found In general, we ...

21
Oct

How Cleaning Products Affect Your Indoor Air Quality

Having a clean home gives us a sense of comfort. Nothing is better than looking around at a place that is neat and tidy. The problem is that we often use harmful chemicals when cleaning our homes and this could lead to harmful side effects. A lot of the products that we use contain certain chemicals that affect the air we breathe and too much of them could cause issues ...