Before You Renovate, Invest Wisely
Testing your home for air quality and Radon before you renovate can be a huge cost savings.
RENOVATIONS: Huge dollars are spent annually !! Invest Wisely
THE MOST IMPORTANT INGREDIENT
Making the best use of space, more storage, that extra washroom, quality construction, affordability etc; yes, all these are very important, but if you haven’t included “a healthy indoor environment” in your plans you have missed the boat.
Let me give you some very basic information:
1. 90% of our life is spent indoors.
2. According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, “the problem of indoor airborne allergens is the most serious.”
3. Comparative risk studies done by Health Canada and the Environmental Protection Agency and its Science Advisory Board (SAB) “ Indoor air pollution is consistently ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health.”
Indoor contaminants include: odours, pet dander, dust mites, allergens, smoke, chemicals, offgassing from new furniture, paint, glues and of course mould. Let’s focus on mould and mildew and solve this problem once and for all!
There are thousands of various moulds and fungi in the world and we come across them everyday of our lives. Not all of them are bad, but there is NO reason to be put in a situation where they can have an effect on your health. Mould, mildew, fungal growth; all require moisture and a food source. This is generally very easily attained as our relative humidity can easily be above 55% indoors and food sources can be as simple as drywall and dust. We are constantly putting moisture into the air with breathing, showering, cooking not to mention any other problems that show up caused by a water leak from a multitude of sources. How can we best maintain a healthy indoor environment and include this in our renovation?
First, you must address ventilation. Air flow can solve a lot of problems as it reduces humidity and allows an exchange of air from the outside to the inside. This is a must in the design of your renovation and will include fans and windows. Second, you must address “the current condition of contamination in your home.” If you paint over, close up, put flooring over etc; areas that are contaminated, you are simply masking the problem and “it will return.” It is very simple and affordable to have a qualified indoor air quality inspection done, just like you have a home inspected for structural problems, you also need to know the health of your home! This one simple step will pay incredible dividends to the health and enjoyment of your home for many years to come.
Here is what you will learn:
1. if you have any current moisture or ventilation problems.
2. what needs to be done prior to painting, drywalling, insulating and closing up that wall or that ceiling.
3. if you have any existing contaminants in the home that need to be addressed.
4. and what to include in your renovation in order to have a healthy environment as an end result.
Alder Creek Inspections and Consulting charges as little as $195 for a qualified mould and indoor air quality Inspector to perform a visual and written review of your existing home or office. This alone is “invaluable.” If there are problems, they will be pointed out, discussed and a solution presented.
If the problem requires more analysis, Alder Creek is qualified to take samples of air, dust or surface and relies on accredited lab results which are then presented in a formal report.
A complete purification of the home is done including air ducts leaving you with that fresh clean smell like after a thunderstorm. This process takes 4-6 hours and costs on average $495 for homes up to 2500 sq. ft.
An additional option is available to install a UV germicidal in-duct purification system Medallion calls “the Terminator” which purifies the air before it comes into the living area giving you an excellent on going maintenance system for years of healthy living.
Please visit Medallions web site at www.medallioncanada.com for studies showing the value of this purification process and system as well as testimonials confirming the quality results. Medallion's motto is “Everyone deserves to live and work in a healthy indoor environment”.
Call in Canada 1-519-742-1114 for your free brochure.