Climate change is happening faster than you think…

Climate change is happening faster than you think…

 

 

Climate change is happening faster than you think…and how these accelerating forces and global shifts will affect you and your family now and in the future is of importance. Our climate is being disrupted by a number of factors, and climate change is happening now.

The coming change will be broad in its effects, spanning the globe and affecting countries everywhere and major health impacts we can expect are an increases in disease and mortality unfortunately.

Climate change is already having an impact on you, your family and your community. Storms that linger over areas longer, heavier downpours, higher winds and unusual seasonal shifts are already happening. Toronto has already seen record breaking temperatures this year, (https://www.toronto.com/news-story/10241371-toronto-breaking-november-weather-records/), and historically higher total precipitation within the last 30 days, (https://toronto.weatherstats.ca/metrics/precipitation.html).

These types of scenarios are only expected to increase in intensity and duration. Insurance companies have already seen the writing on the wall and are not covering basments against flooding for the most part, ( https://mapleleafmold.ca/insurers-becomin…rned-mold-claims/).

Now is an important time to discuss the physical barriers between the outdoor and the indoor spaces of your home (see https://mapleleafmold.ca/wet-basements-and-mold/).

One of the last things you want to have happen is have a deterioration of the physical barriers around your home that may allow water and moisture to permeate and enter the home. Damp conditions are ideal for the growth of indoor fungi and mold, increasing the likelihood of occupants’ exposure to active mold growth and resulting health impacts.

Individuals exposed to mold, elevated or otherwise, may experience asthma attacks and other respiratory ailments. See

Climate change may worsen indoor air quality through exacerbating existing problems –including from mold or exposure to contaminants- and introduce new ones from altering the frequency or severity of adverse outdoor conditions.

Weatherization & Ventilation

It is essential to maintain proper ventilation to maintain healthy indoor environments. Proper ventilation is essential for moisture control and to dilute pollutants generated indoors.

Weatherization or retrofitting may include:

  • installing storm windows
  • weather stripping
  • caulking
  • insulating your home

It should also include an assessment of the ventilation required, and adjustment to the ventilation if needed, to accommodate weatherization changes in the home.

Climate change may worsen indoor air quality through exacerbating existing problems –including from mold or exposure to contaminants- and introduce new ones from altering the frequency or severity of adverse outdoor conditions.

Electrical Supply Issues

Be prepared for an increase in electrical supply issues as the increased frequency and severity of storms anticipated with climate change occur. Methods of ventilating buildings and maintaining acceptable thermal conditions using resilient or passive design strategies can be included in building design or modification strategies.

Protect Indoor Air Quality in Your Home

https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/protect-indoor-air-quality-your-home

Adapting Buildings for Indoor Air Quality in a Changing Climate

https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/adapting-buildings-indoor-air-quality-changing-climate

 

 

 

Maple Leaf Mold Inc. is a IICRC certified  mold / asbestos removal and biological disinfection / air analysis company located in Toronto.

We are a professionally licensed firm experienced in testing, verifying  and removing mold / asbestos / Covid-19 as well as providing disinfection services to control and kill biological contaminants.

Call 416-254-7256 to talk with us about your issue anytime.

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