Families Complain of Mold at Senior Citizen Center in Quebec, Canada

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Families Complain of Mold at Senior Citizen Center in Quebec, Canada

Families of the residents of a senior citizen center in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, Canada, have alleged that the building is infested with mold and mushrooms.

An anonymous person, claiming to be the daughter of one of the residents at Marquis De Tracy, said, “There are mushrooms in the basement, it’s terrible. There is one which is as big as the fist. There is water on the floors, in the corners especially, and on the walls you can see black spots. And I don’t know in there, but I have the impression that if you defeated the wall, if there are any that come out through the skirting boards, surely that back it is full.”

The center houses approximately 75 senior citizens.

The facility manager Bernard Beauchemin said the management is working to resolve the water infiltration problem in the building.


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Prevent Mold Growth by Basement Waterproofing

Mold growth in homes is a serious issue. It can slowly destroy the area where it grows and more importantly, it often creates health issues for the residents.

Mold creates irritants, allergens and mycotoxins (toxic substances). Anyone who inhales or touches the mold spores can develop serious allergies and health issues, like throat, nose, eyes, lungs and skin irritation and even asthma.

One of the most susceptible places for mold growth in houses is the basement. If you have a damp basement in your home, then you should certainly pay attention to preventing mold growth in your home.

Experts recommend water proofing as the best prevention strategy for mold growth in damp areas like basement. Basement water proofing prevents dampness in the area, thereby eliminating the risk of mold growth and ensuring a healthy environment for your family.

So even though it is often not thought of while planning home improvement, basement waterproofing should definitely be given priority because it can turn your damp basement into a pleasant and mold-free space.


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Basement play area flooded and now we have mold

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Category : Flood Damage

Dear George,
We have a basement play area for our kids that took in several dozen gallons of rain water over the weekend. We are concerned now in drying the carpeting and padding that we have mold and need help quickly in assessing and addressing the issues.

IF the carpeting has been saturated, you can’t expect miracles. If you can get it completely dry, you might be able to prevent mold.

In your house, run the central air conditioner and dehumidifiers to help remove moisture.

Roll up the carpet and take it somewhere flat clean and dry like your driveway or garage, and unroll it there. If it dries rolled up, it will not lie flat and it will be stretched out of shape. Steam clean and disinfect the carpet. You can rent a professional quality machine to do this. * You can also have a professional give you their bid on removing the carpet and cleaning it. Leave the carpet with the professional cleaner until you deal with other flood damage.

Remove the pad. It is better to replace it.

Clean the floor with bleach and disinfectant, and dry. If hardwood, you will probably need to refinish.

If you must clean it yourself:
You can rent a steam cleaning machine and buy the appropriate shampoo to use in cleaning. If a machine is not available, you can take the following steps.

1. Take the carpet outside to lay flat on a dry concrete area, such as a driveway, patio, or garage floor, preferably in full sun. A sloping driveway would be the best choice.
2. Use a garden hose with a strong spray nozzle. Start at one end and “sweep” the carpet with water. Do this once. Turn it over and hose the back side. Then “sweep” the face with water again.
3. Pour on an all-purpose liquid ammonia or pine-based cleaner and let it soak a few minutes. (Do not use full-strength ammonia.) Check ingredient labels on brand name products. Your carpet may change color or fade after contact with these cleaners.
4. “Sweep” the carpet again, forcing the cleaning foam and dirt ahead of you.
5. Rinse thoroughly until all of the cleaning foam has been removed. You MUST rinse before any bleaching to remove stains to avoid producing toxic fumes that result when bleach and ammonia are mixed.
6. After the cleaner is rinsed out completely, use a wet-and-dry vacuum to get water out of the carpet
7. Dry the carpet as quickly as possible (see steps below) to help avoid mildew.


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