What am I breathing in?

What does my air look like? Is my home causing me to get sick? Do I have asbestos in my air? Many of these are common questions we get here at ASK Environmental. Simply put, whether you’re in a city like Calgary, or Red Deer; or live out on an acreage or a farm you have particulate in your air. Particulate is microscopic particles of solids or liquids suspended in the air. Some of these particles can be harmful, however, most are harmless. Do I have mold in my air? The likely answer is YES. No need to panic as

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Invisible Dangers of Water Damage in the Basement

Your home is your castle and it’s as comfortable and welcoming as you make it, but it’s also home to unseen dangers that you may not even realize are there. Black mold can grow in the darkest reaches of your basement and can continue to fester for years given the right damp conditions to feed it, like water damage. And mold is a serious concern, as it poses a major health risk. It’s particularly dangerous to anyone with asthma, allergies, or even something you wouldn’t think could be affected by an external factor like mold, depression. In such instances, mold

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Places Mold Can Hide and How to Get Rid of It

We all know where mold is most likely to rear its ugly head around a home. The bathroom or behind drywall after even a minor floor or spill are the most common areas. But mold can find its way into some unexpected places too, which makes it very difficult to detect and eliminate. Here are some of the spots you may not have thought of looking for hidden mold or were afraid of what you might find. Search them out early and often, before a mold outbreak becomes a much larger problem in your home. Hopefully, this can prevent a

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Little Known Sources of Asbestos

When you hear about asbestos, you probably think it’s not a very common substance that is used today. After all, it’s known to exist in older homes because of its fire-resistant properties, but since 1990, that’s no longer a common practice in the construction industry. Although, many developing countries around the world still use asbestos without the same regulations that we have in North America. But that doesn’t mean asbestos is no longer used at all. There are several ways that asbestos squeezes its way into some of the products and materials that some people use each day. Very Common

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Potential Dangers of Renovations

When thinking about home renovations, there is always a sense of excitement, anticipation, and enjoyment in planning everything to turn out perfectly. But in some instances, such as an old house remodel, that perfect result can end up being thwarted by dangers lurking behind your walls. Asbestos danger in old home renovations is a very troubling subject if it is disturbed. Why Asbestos? While 1990 doesn’t seem like all that long ago to most of us, asbestos was commonly used up to that time in home construction. It was cheap, easy to source, and was resistant to heat and fire.

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Can Air Filters Remove Asbestos?

In 2018, the Canadian government issued a ban on the import and export of asbestos and asbestos containing materials (ACMs), as well as the manufacturing of, selling, or trading of products that contain asbestos, with some exceptions including allowing the military and nuclear facilities to still use the material. Despite this victory, many Canadian homes built prior to 1990 still contain ACMs, so it is understandable that many homeowners are concerned. These are the kinds of questions we hear as asbestos removal Red Deer specialists. What is Asbestos and Can Air Filters Remove Asbestos?  Asbestos is a naturally occurring, fibrous

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What’s the Difference Between Mold and Mildew?

Many people use the term “mold” and “mildew” interchangeably so there is some obvious confusion over the difference between the two. It’s important to understand what each one is before taking action when you believe you have a mold or mildew problem in your home. There are some subtle differences between mold and mildew, and although they are both fungi that grow in moist conditions, they can be differentiated and treated individually. This will help you decide if you need Red Deer mold removal services. How Can I Tell if I have Mold or Mildew Just By Looking? Just because

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Can There Be Asbestos in Your Attic?

Almost everyone has and will be exposed to some form of asbestos, but it is those who are exposed to it on a regular basis, either from a working environment or living in a home with asbestos containing materials (ACMs), that are at risk for disease. Asbestos has been classified as a known human carcinogen by at least three different world agencies, including the International Agency for Research on Cancer, so it is wise to determine if you may be at risk. This is one of the common questions we are asked as experts in asbestos removal in Red Deer.

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Primary Causes of Mold in Buildings

Mold growth in homes is not only unsightly but it’s also dangerous, particularly for those with existing health problems. But how can you prevent mold growth in your home before you need mold removal Red Deer services? To answer that, let’s take a look at some of the primary causes of mold in buildings and what to look for if you suspect mold in your living space. What Causes Mold? Mold begins to grow quite easily and quickly when there is a moisture buildup within the home. While a flood can be an obvious issue that may result in mold,

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