Water is a source of life but it can also be a source of many problems in the workplace. Here in Canada, our municipal drinking water usually is not usually a source of problems due to strong regulations. But water circulates in all parts of the building from both inside and outside, and can cause major issues to your property when not contained properly.
When water penetrates a building the conditions become ideal for the growth of mould. Water problems rarely fix themselves. Small leaks, condensation, or poor drainage can start small but cause major and expensive issues. At 4 Elements, we look carefully for signs of potential mould and if necessary, we will perform thermal scans and moisture readings followed up by an air or swab sample. Our expertise and equipment can help identify a small water issue before it becomes a big water issue.
Health Canada considers indoor mould growth to be a potential health hazard. Scientific evidence links mould and damp conditions to increased risk of respiratory symptoms, including;
- Eye, nose and throat irritation
- Coughing and phlegm build-up
- Wheezing and shortness of breath
- Allergic reactions
Other non-respiratory symptoms have been attributed to mould exposure in buildings, especially to mould species often referring to “black mould”. All moulds pose a risk to respiratory health and should be removed. 4 Elements can advise you on the best way to approach these potentially serious health threats.