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5 Important Reasons To Eliminate Mould

green dustMould is a problem. We may not always realize how damaging the effects of mould can be to our health when we see it growing on some food that has been left out for too long. But we should realize that if mould is growing in certain areas of our homes and offices, it should certainly be removed. Sometimes, mould is hard to detect. After all, if it’s hiding behind the walls or underneath heaping piles of your belongings, you may not even know it’s there.

Do you smell something musty in the air? This might be the first sign that you have a mould issue. As Dr. Edward F. Group III of GlobalHealingCenter.com points out, “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.” So you can’t just rely on what you see to determine whether or not you have a mould problem. You should consider how you’re feeling as well.

Are you experiencing any allergic reactions? According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, “allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis).” Enduring any of these symptoms may also be a sign that you have some mould to eliminate from your property. Here are five other important reasons to eliminate mould.

1. The body requires clean air to function. According to Dr. Group, an environment free of mould helps for us all to function normally. “Ancient oriental medicine tells us that clean, fresh air, is one of the most important components of not only physical, but also mental health,” he writes, “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.”

2. It can cause depression. Who would have thought that there was a correlation between the air we breathe and the way we think? Dr. Group writes that “a groundbreaking report from 2007 stated that scientists found a direct correlation between a high presence of mould in households and depression.” He also reveals that other studies have found links between airborne mould spores and depression.

3. Mould can be anywhere. Mould isn’t exactly all that easy to avoid considering that it can attach itself to our daily-used items and belongings. Dr. Group explains that mould enjoys growing in warm and humid environments and can live off of any organic matter. This includes our clothing and food. It can also grow on bathroom walls, shower walls, carpets, doors, window sills, ceilings and wallpaper.

4. It can be hard to detect. To reiterate a point made earlier, we can’t assume that there is no mould growing in our homes and offices simply because we don’t see it. Mould needs only moisture to find a home. As the EPA explains, “moulds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mould may begin growing indoors when mould spores land on surfaces that are wet.”

5. The more mould there is, the more dangerous it gets. “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,” writes Dr. Group, “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.” Therefore, to avoid health issues caused by mould, it’s important to professionally inspect your property.

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we offer top-quality Mould Assessment Services. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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4 Common Air Pollutants Worthy Of Elimination

Index of dangerous substances emissions into indoor airThese days, it is not uncommon to get advice about what we put into our bodies. Healthy eating is a hot water cooler topic in offices all over North America. It seems like every day, there is new information about the nutritional value of our food that compels us to take extra measures to make sure we are dieting responsibly. With so many dangerous elements seemingly involved in what we eat, it’s never been more important to monitor what we ingest.

Our concern about what our bodies take in shouldn’t be limited to food and drink, however. There’s another route to our insides that is used a lot more often than our digestive systems. That, of course, would be our respiratory systems. On average, we eat about three or four times a day, give or take. But breathing, it goes without saying, is an activity we participate in all day long. So shouldn’t we be just as concerned about our air as we are about our food?

We sure should! Indoor air quality issues can have very serious long-term effects on your health. At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we offer Air Quality Services that include the thorough inspection of your home or office in order to target areas of concern. We employ trained individuals who have a strong understanding of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). Here are four of the most common air pollutants that we seek to eliminate from your property.

1. Second hand smoke. There’s no secret to where this air pollutant comes from. This deadly smoke is the reason why cigarette smoking has all been eliminated from homes and buildings all across Canada. Breathing in this smoke is bad for everyone’s health, but is especially harmful for those who suffer from asthma. UltimateAir.com also reports that second hand smoke increases the risks of ear infections in children as well as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

2. Radon. Cigarette smoking is a well-known cause of lung cancer. But radon is also to blame for many lung cancer cases. As Health Canada describes it, “radon is a radioactive gas found naturally in the environment (but) when radon is confined to enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces, it can accumulate to high levels. Radon levels are generally highest in basements and crawl spaces because these areas are nearest to the source and are usually poorly ventilated.”

3. Carbon monoxide. A colourless and odourless gas, carbon monoxide isn’t easily detectable by our human senses. However, it is known to severely interrupt the duties of our respiratory systems making it harder for oxygen to be delivered throughout our bodies. Carbon monoxide is known for causing headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea, shortness of breath, flu-like symptoms and even death.

4. Nitrogen dioxide. Another colourless and odourless gas, nitrogen dioxide can come from “burning materials or improperly vented fuel-burning appliances such as space heaters, wood stoves, gas stoves, water heaters, dryers and fireplaces,” says UltimateAir.com. It is known for causing eye, nose and throat irritation and well as a shortness of breath and an increased risk of respiratory infections.

“We’re all aware that the air we breathe in is essential for sustaining our lives,” says Environmental Technology, “We also know, from extensive research that the more pollutants exist in the oxygen we breathe in, the less productive our lungs and circulatory system are able to be.” For this reason, ensuring the purity of the air quality of your home or office is of paramount importance.

For more information on the Air Quality Services offered by DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., please don’t hesitate to call 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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Making Mould Removal A Top Priority

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen most people think of mould, they conjure up images of a sandwich that has been left out for too long and has begun to grow that “green stuff”. Recognizing mould as a sign that food has gone bad, generally causes us to do no more than throw out the expired eats. There are, however, several types of moulds. And, as you may have guessed, they’re not exactly good for your health. So preventing exposure is an important practice.

So how many types of moulds are there? Well, there are several. But as MedicineNet.com explains it, the one to most watch out for are those that are commonly found in our households. The common types of household moulds, says the site, are known as Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria and Aspergillus. There not exactly all that easy to pronounce, are they? And often, they’re not all that easy to detect.

MedicineNet.com explains, however, that “Stachybotrys chartarum” is the greenish-black mould that often grows on household surfaces that have a high cellulose content. This includes materials such as wood, fibreboard, gypsum board, paper, dust and lint. And while you may not realize that you are being affected by mould, any bouts of wheezing, sneezing, sniffling, coughing, watery eyes, itchy eyes, runny nose or rash could be signs that you have a mould problem.

And while everyone is at risk, there are some of us who are more susceptible to these symptoms of mould exposure than others. Infants and children are more at risk than most adults. However, pregnant women and those who suffer from respiratory problems, allergies and asthma will also have quite difficult times if they are exposed to mould. In addition to potential asthma attacks, such individuals may also encounter flu-like symptoms, headaches and even memory loss.

Unfortunately, mould exposure can cause us all a lot more harm than that. The previously-mentioned Stachybotrys has been known to create compounds with toxic properties known as mycotoxins. On his website, Dr. Joseph Mercola explains that “Mycotoxins are chemical toxins present within or on the surface of the mould spore, which you then unwittingly inhale, ingest, or touch. These mould toxins are extremely potent and often affect nearly every organ system in your body.”

Needless to say, this is some pretty scary stuff. In fact, these facts suggest that many of our common health problems could potentially be a result of mould exposure. But Dr. Mercola reveals that mycotoxins can actually cause damage to our brains. “Some are neurotoxic and produce central nervous system effects, including cognitive and behavioral changes, ataxia, and convulsions,” he explains, “Approximately 70 percent of the people with confirmed exposure to toxigenic moulds exhibit significant neurotoxicity.”

So what can be done about mould? Clearly, it’s a big enough problem that a solid solution is necessary. At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we confidently provide that solution through our Mould Assessment Services. As part of our commitment to you, our expert staff will assess, analyze and report on your home, office or building. During our comprehensive assessments, we perform a number of important duties.

They include visual inspections for sources of mould, an analytical sampling for source and health impact potential from spore exposure, moisture analysis and thermal scanning. We guarantee top-of-the-line service to ensure upon the safety of your home or place of business. We make ridding your property of mould a top priority. For more information on our Mould Assessment Services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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Exposing The Dangers Of Asbestos Exposure

Caution asbestos signAt DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., our primary goal is to improve the air quality of all of the homes and places of business that are inhabited by our clients. Good air quality, it should probably go without saying, is of paramount importance when it comes to protecting our health. As far as we’re concerned, any deterrent to the cleanliness of the air we breathe is considered an “enemy” of our company. And we’ve made it our job to eliminate them!

Asbestos just so happens to be one of those enemies. And it can be argued that it’s the worst of them all. Although it was widely used as a source of insulation in the construction of homes, offices and buildings up until the 80s , asbestos is incredibly harmful to our health when released into the air. For those who plan on doing any type of repairs, renovations or other construction that may disturb the original design of an older property, asbestos testing is practically mandatory.

But what is asbestos exactly? “Asbestos is the name given to a group of minerals that occur naturally in the environment as bundles of fibres that can be separated into thin, durable threads,” describes the National Cancer Institute, “These fibres are resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals and do not conduct electricity. For these reasons, asbestos has been used widely in many industries.” So, apparently it can be quite the useful material.

But what makes asbestos so dangerous? “If products containing asbestos are disturbed, the tiny fibres are released into the air,” explains WebMD.com, “When they are breathed in, they can become trapped in the lungs and stay there for many years. Over time these fibres can accumulate and lead to serious health problems.” The fibres, it should be stated, aren’t simply irritants to our respiratory systems. They are cancerous.

The National Cancer Institute explains that asbestos is a known human carcinogen. As a result, it has been known to significantly increase the risk of lung cancer in those who are exposed to it. In fact, a relatively rare form of cancer known as mesothelioma has also been discovered as an unfortunate result of asbestos exposure. This type of cancer affects the thin membranes that line the lungs, chest cavity and abdomen.

While it is considered rare, it’s also the most common form of cancer that is known to be caused by an exposure to asbestos. Sadly, the health risks don’t end there. Asbestos, in fact, has created a disease all on its own. “Asbestosis,” informs WebMD.com, is “an inflammatory condition of lungs that can cause shortness of breath, coughing, and eventually scarring of the lungs that makes it hard to breathe.”

The site goes on to report that other lung problems associated with asbestos exposure include “pleural plaques” which are changes in the membranes that surround the lungs, the thickening of the membranes surrounding the lungs and “pleural effusions” which are “abnormal collections of fluid between the lungs and the inside wall of the chest.” Needless to say, asbestos is bad news. Preventing exposure to its fibres is clearly very important.

If you have any plans to make repairs or renovations to your property, DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. would love to test for asbestos before you do so. Asbestos may be found in your furnaces, plumbing, electrical wiring, attics, cinder block walls, ceilings and floors. It’s important we check all of these areas before they are disturbed in any way. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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  1. March 26, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Great post about the risk of asbestos exposure. There are still people out there who disregard the dangers of asbestos, and they need all the information they can get in order to convince them to tread with caution. Asbestos is not a laughing matter, and it should only be handled by experts.

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Eliminating Asbestos Is A Life-Saving Decision

DANGER - ASBESTOSConsidering just how dangerous we’ve all come to know asbestos is, it’s pretty surprising that asbestos materials were so widely used in the construction of homes, offices and buildings up until the early 1980s. Sadly, asbestos exposure has been known to cause death. So, it goes without saying that clearing your home or workplace of any asbestos is of paramount importance. At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we take this matter very seriously.

We offer Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) Services as one of the most important and necessary features of our company. If your property was constructed before the 1990s and you are considering any repairs of renovations to it, it is very highly recommended that you test for asbestos. Our testing procedures involve an onsite assessment, sampling and analysis of the materials that we collect.

In both homes and working environments, there are a number of places that are important for us to check out. They include heating duct-work and furnaces, pipes, electrical wiring, attics and cinder block walls, ceilings and flooring. You see, asbestos was commonly used as insulating material. In many cases, each of the areas mentioned have asbestos materials still present. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is for asbestos to be removed from your property.

Tavia Grant of The Globe And Mail couldn’t have put it any clearer. “Asbestos exposure is the single largest on-the-job killer in Canada, accounting for more than a third of total workplace death claims approved last year and nearly a third since 1996,” she writes. Based on new national data obtained by The Globe and Mail, Grant reveals that there were 368 asbestos-related death claims that took place over the past year.

What is staggering about the number is that the death toll actually exceeds the number of fatalities that came as a result of highway accidents, fires and chemical exposures combined! Quite frankly, that is a scary statistic – not one to be taken lightly. And this certainly isn’t a new trend. Grant reports that asbestos exposure has been a leading cause of death in the workplace for about two decades now.

“Since 1996, almost 5,000 approved death claims stem from asbestos exposure, making it by far the top source of workplace death in Canada,” she writes. Perhaps, even scarier than the fact that the use of asbestos in building construction has proven to be so destructive for so long, is the fact that the Canadian government seems to support its use. Grant reveals that an investigation conducted by The Globe And Mail found that the federal government is keeping mum on the dangers of asbestos.

Even low levels of asbestos exposure can lead to severe health concerns. And according to Grant, “Canada’s government does not clearly state that all forms of asbestos are known human carcinogens. (Meanwhile) dozens of other countries including Australia, Britain, Japan and Sweden have banned asbestos.” The reason, very likely, lies in all of the money that the nation made from exporting asbestos.

She reveals that “Canada was one of the world’s largest exporters of asbestos for decades, until 2011, when the last mine in Quebec closed.” At DF Technical & Consulting Ltd., we believe in an asbestos export of another variety. Let’s get it OUT of your property! For any questions about our Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) Services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca. It will literally be a life-saving decision.

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Introducing The Super Heroes In The Fight Against Air Quality Villains

Welcome to the official DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. Blog! You see, we’re pretty excited about what we do. And we’ve been doing it expertly since 1998. But in today’s internet-savvy, social media-crazed world, it’s important to find new and inventive ways to discuss what we do online. And that brings us to a very important topic. What exactly does DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. do? We make your place of residence or business a safer place!

To be specific, we specialize in asbestos monitoring, mould investigations, indoor quality testing and work place exposure sampling – just to name a few of the services that we provide. Founded by our President, Dennis French nearly two decades ago, DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. is a 100% Canadian based company with offices in Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary, Grande Prairie and Vancouver.

Since the inception of our company, what we offer has grown into one of Canada’s most essential services. And we’re happy to report that our staff is comprised of the most skilled and knowledgeable individuals in our industry. When you get to know Dennis French, however, this fact doesn’t come as surprise. Founding the company on his own by doing general indoor air quality and mould inspections, Dennis has always had a knack for being the best.

In June 2013, this was proven when he won Business In Calgary’s prestigious “Leaders of Tomorrow” award and was granted a cover story in their magazine. “Our inspection and management staff are highly trained and constantly updated on the latest issues and solutions,” he told the publication, “Unlike some other companies, they are superbly qualified and able to make timely decision in the field to the project and cost-effective benefit of the client.”

When it comes to indoor air quality, you want nothing less than top-of-the-line expertise handling your issue. This is the primary focus of DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., as outlined by Dennis in a video highlighting his “Leaders of Tomorrow” status. He lists the chief targets of his company: mould, asbestos, lead and other hazardous material. If any of these “villains” are impacting the air quality of your home or workplace, Dennis supplies the “super heroes”!

In the video, he also explains some of the more unique experiences had by the DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. staff. “We’ve been involved in some of the cat houses where you walk in and there’s two and three feet of cat feces throughout the house,” he recalls, “Hoarders, where you cannot see one square inch of floor or counter tops or beds or anything. We try not to dwell too much on those aspects, but from the aspect of trying to make a difference in people’s lives.”

The bottom line? No job is too big for Dennis’ team. And no situation is too dire for Dennis’ team not to offer their help. Helping for your home or work environment to be a safer place is the primary goal for DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. We invite you to pay regular visits to our blog as we seek to regularly provide as much useful information as we can about the various elements in your home or work place that could present dangers.

Naturally, we will also seek to inform you of the various solutions that our company provides. Our blog, of course, is just our latest method of keeping our clients in the loop about all that is going on with our business and the industry it belongs to. But we invite you to contact us with any questions you may have by dialing 1-855-668-3131 or emailing info@dftechnical.ca. And while you’re at, please check us out on Facebook and like our page!

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