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Flooding in finished basements

Flooding in finished basement can lead to mold growth

In most homes in the Greater Toronto Area, the municipal sewer system are tied into your home’s basement drainage system.  This could be trouble when a big storm hits!

One unfortunate result of basement flooding is the growth of Mold.  Mold growth can occur in as little as 24-48 hours of such an event and you may wish to consider having the air tested for mold spores (or bulk samples of various materials).

Mold or fungi is a natural part of the outdoor and indoor environment. Mold is usually found in the indoor environment at levels that do not affect healthy individuals.

Mold requires three things to grow:

Mold produces spores, which they release into the air. When the spores land on a surface where moisture is present, they sporulate and begin to grow. Mold growth in the indoor environment is generally associated with flooding and high humidity, causing high moisture on building materials such as drywall.

Some molds are toxic to humans such as Stachybotrys sp., as they produce mycotoxins, which can cause allergic reactions in some individuals. Symptoms such as headaches, itchiness, coughing, watery eyes, sneezing, respiratory difficulty, fatigue and nasal congestion. In immunocompromised individuals, exposure to mold can cause infections that are often fatal.

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