Mold

June 1st, 2006

Health & Structural Risks from Molds in Your Home

What is it?

Molds are fungi that reproduce by releasing tiny spores into the air.  Spores that land on moist objects may begin to grow.  There are thousands of different types of mold, ranging from the non-toxic to toxic mold, and we encounter many of them every day in our homes and outside.

Toxic mold is a type of mold that produces hazard ...

Residential Oil Tank

June 1st, 2006

An oil tank is a tank with sizes ranging from 300 gallons to 1000 gallons located underground in the back yards of residence.  Furnace oil was stored in these tanks to heat many homes in Vancouver prior to natural gas becoming available. 

As natural gas heating becoming more and more popular, many oil tanks were left in the ground.  Eventually all tanks will corrode or rust out due to a wet ...

Asbestos

June 1st, 2006

 

What is it?

Asbestos is a group of minerals that are formed naturally as bundles of fibres, which can be separated into thin threads.  These fibres are not affected by heat or chemicals and they do not conduct electricity.  Hence, asbestos was once widely used in homes as insulation, sound absorption and for fire protection.  For structural enhancement, it was also added to cement and pla ...