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MOULD AND YOUR HEALTH

Mould and Your Health!!! Are your eyes, nose and throat always irritated?  Are you suddenly coughing?  Have you developed Symptoms of Asthma?  These Health Symptoms may indicate mould in your home!!!                  Mould poses a serious Health Risk that R.C White takes extremely seriously.  We treat every home […]

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Hiring certified restoration services

For results you can have confidence in, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration (IICRC) recommends hiring a certified restoration services firm for fire and smoke damage. Restoration to a property can be complex. Proper smoke and odor removal are tasks that require technicians certified in these specific areas. When selecting a certified restoration firm […]

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Hiring a flood damage repair company

When a natural disaster like flooding overtakes a house, extensive flood damage repair will be needed to preserve what is left. Few things cause as much destruction as water. Water causes severe problems for the materials found in carpet, fabric, drywall and furniture. While it will take a few days before issues start showing up, […]

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Water damage restoration

Few things cause as much destruction as water. Water damage is one of the most preventable types of damage but the also most destructive. Many times, water damage happens because the homeowner has failed to maintain their property. Even in new homes, some builders will cut corners and use cheaper components. You should educate yourself […]

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Thunderstorms and flooding

The Essex Regional Conservation Authority is concerned about flooding along the lake shores in Essex County. The water level has not been this high since 1998. The previous record rain level was 170 set in June of 2008 and 2015 is set to surpass it. ERCA blames heavy snow the past two winters, and says […]

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Flexible water pipes and flooding

Do you have flexible plastic water pipes in your home? Between 1995 and 2007, Kitec piping was a popular choice for new home plumbing. While some PEX piping performs fine, one type (branded under the Kitec name) had a design flaw with the fittings that homeowners should know could cause flooding. Kitec was sold under […]

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Outdoor Do-It-Yourself Safety Tips

Stay off the roof! Unless you’ve done roofing work before, stay off the roof. There’s so much involved with being safe up there. Roofers make it look easy. Inexperienced people have been known to walk right off the roof… it happens. Hire professionals like RC White to do dangerous jobs. Choose the right job. Leave […]

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Home Emergency Kit

You can create your own home emergency kit. Be prepared for a disaster or extended power outage. Store all items in a waterproof container and have it in an easy to reach place. • Radio • Flashlight • Batteries • Canned Goods & nonperishable foods • Matches • Battery Operated Clock • Gallon of drinking […]

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Home safety items

Slides show ten home safety items every home should have. More safety items are listed below. • Smoke detectors • CO2 detectors • Fire extinguisher – 1 per floor • Radon detection Kit • Sump pump • Deadbolts • no-slip shower or tub mats • non-skid mats • baby gates • stair railings • porch […]

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Home Insurance Misconceptions

Many people aren’t aware of these home insurance misconceptions. Did you know some things are not covered on your home insurance? Here are a few exclusions every homeowner should know: 30-day vacancy rule Snowbirds beware. Your home can only be vacant for 30 days without notifying your insurance company. After that, technically the homeowner coverage […]

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Ghosts or mould?

“I ain’t ‘fraid of no ghosts!” Is your old house haunted? Think you’re seeing ghosts? It could be mould. In a recent interview with Yahoo News, Shane Rogers, a professor at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York feels described haunting experiences are strikingly similar to the experiences described by individuals that have been exposed to […]

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How much humidity should be inside my home?

Humidity level is a measure of the amount of water vapour in the air. There are several sources of water vapour in a home. These include cooking, bathing, clothes washer and dryers, and even people and pets breathing. Generally, warmer air holds more humidity than colder air. This means when it’s warmer outside, you need […]

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Spring outdoor maintenance

Spring is finally here! Take advantage of the warmer weather and get a head start on your outdoor spring maintenance list. Do a walk-around of your property. Look for any damage to your roof or chimney as well as walls, doors, and windows. Here is a list of things to check outside yout home: Decks   […]

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Spring Home Maintenance

Winter is finally over! Spring is a good time to clean areas of the house that often go neglected. There’s more to spring cleaning than cleaning windows. Staying on top of your home maintenance and repairs can help prevent potential problems. Here is a checklist of things you should do inside the home: Water heater […]

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How do I protect from spring thaw?

Before we can enjoy the warmer weather spring brings, there’s the spring thaw to deal with. Make sure your home is protected when all the snow melts and the spring rain comes. The Windsor Essex area had a reasonable amount of snowfall this year but water issues may still occur. With spring thaw and rainfall, […]

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Canadian Government and Asbestos

Asbestos was a popular material used widely in construction in commercial buildings and homes. If asbestos fibres are enclosed or tightly bound in a product, for example in asbestos siding or asbestos floor tiles, there are no significant health risks. Asbestos poses health risks only when fibres are present in the air that people breathe. […]

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How do we test for asbestos?

Do you know where to look? Asbestos products were in nearly every commercial building and home before 1978. Indoor uses include: • Cement pipes (such as sewer lines or water mains) • Caulk, putty, and other adhesives (like plumber’s putty) • Certain ceiling materials (the the popular “popcorn ceiling”) • Fuse box linings • Any […]

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Is there asbestos in commercial buildings?

Asbestos is one of 11 materials the Ontario government has deemed too dangerous to be used in construction materials. Asbestos has a long history working well as a fire retardant and insulator and can be found in many commercial buildings. If removed improperly, it can risk the lives of workers. Also, the Ontario Ministry of […]

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Can you remove asbestos?

The R.C. White Ltd. team are trained professionals that can help you abate asbestos and other toxic construction materials used in older homes and commercial properties. Asbestos may have been banned in the 1970s, but that doesn’t mean it has disappeared. It’s still in many homes and commercial properties built between 1930 and 1950. It […]

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How dangerous is asbestos?

Many construction companies don’t take the proper precautions or follow regulations when disposing of toxic building materials, reported the Environmental Advisory Committees of Ontario in its newsletter. Part of the problem is that property owners aren’t investigating whether they have toxic materials like asbestos onsite before finding a contractor to do renovations, said the Environment […]

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Renovations and Asbestos

If you own an older home or commercial property and are considering renovating the site, pause before searching for a contractor. Often when construction projects begin it’s not known how much toxic materials were used in original construction or where it’s located on site. Before embarking on a construction project, the property owner and contractor […]

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Does my older home have asbestos?

Aging properties can be charming and cheaper than new, but there are dangerous materials used in construction decades ago that have since been banned. If you are considering renovating or doing repairs to an older home or commercial building, investigate whether your property is toxic substance free by contacting R.C. White Ltd. for a consultation. […]

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Getting drier air in winter

Getting interior air drier and fix leaks that contribute to moisture is the best long-term solution to the problem of mould. Removing mould is R.C. White’s specialty. We are southwestern Ontario’s specialists in the safe and complete removal of mould in homes and businesses. Getting drier air and removing mould: You can find mould almost […]

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how do I remove moisture in air?

During the winter the humidity level in a home has to be balanced. When the air is too dry, people complain of dryness, static electricity and wood floors and furniture start to separate and crack. When it’s too humid indoors, moisture condenses on cold surfaces like condensation on windows. The perfect compromise is to have […]

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Can moist air cause mould?

Some homeowners have had moist air causing condensation on their windows for years and never given it a second thought. It’s not bothering anyone and seems to dry fairly quickly when it gets warmer outside. Window condensation might only occur when it is extremely cold outside. For the most part, if your home is susceptible […]

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Why do I have condensation on windows?

A cozy winter scene with a snow storm outside and a warm fire burning in a fireplace inside can be marred by the sight of drippy windows. It’s also a sign there are serious moisture issues inside the home. Water or frost on your windows is condensation and is created when warm, moist air comes […]

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What do I do if my pipes freeze?

Last year’s winter was a four-month stretch of brutal cold weather and freezing pipes. Don’t become vulnerable again this year! If you are a snowbird and leaving town for a few months, it’s best if you drain all your pipes of water by turning the main water valve off and then running the taps until […]

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How do I prepare outside my home for winter?

With fall quickly vanishing, you may only have a few more weeks to care for the exterior of your home before winter sets in. In particular you want to look after your deck, patio, gutters and downspouts because they are all expensive items to repair or replace. What do I look for on the deck? […]

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How do I know if my chimney is leaking?

A lot of older homes have a brick chimney to ventilate the furnace or a fireplace. The brick chimney can be a major source of roof leaks if it isn’t well maintained. A chimney should be inspected annually to see if the bricks are still in good condition and whether the stack is free from […]

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What are the best ways to prevent a flood?

BACKFLOW VALVES If your property is particularly vulnerable to a sewer backup, install a backflow valve on the home’s main waste drain pipe. During a flood event, waste water can surcharge back into the home. The backflow valve has a flapper valve that swings shut from the pressure of a suspected surcharge preventing sewer water […]

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How can RC White help after flood water is gone?

After the flood water is gone, it’s time to clean up and prepare. SANITIZE Once the area is dry, it’s time to disinfect. Homeowners don’t have to use anything too toxic. Any general cleaner that kills bacteria, germs and viruses will suffice. Clean all surfaces, the floor, walls, appliances that survived and any boxes or […]

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What do I do if there is water in my basement?

ALL WATER IS BAD It doesn’t matter how much water you have in your basement, it all needs to be taken seriously. It may be one inch or six inches, it’s all bad. All moisture, whether it is a slight dampness or obvious puddles, can cause hidden hazards – like mould – to fester down […]

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How do I prepare in the event of a flood?

Water may be a necessity for life, but it can become a homeowner’s biggest headache. Cleaning up after a flood in the home can be a massive undertaking. It doesn’t matter what created the flood, whether it be a sewer backup from an excessive rain storm or a burst frozen pipe, water damage needs to […]

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How do I remove small amounts of mould myself?

To clean a small area, such as window frames or wall surfaces measuring no more than 10 square feet or 3 square metres: wear household rubber gloves (not vinyl but the type used for dishwashing); wear a mask rated N95, which is capable of filtering fine particles and available at home improvement stores; wear safety […]

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What do I do if I find mould growing in my house?

The amount of mould you find and your degree of comfort in dealing with the problem will determine your response. First, the situation that allowed the spores to grow has to be eliminated. If you clean up the mould but don’t repair the fundamental problem, the mould will simply return. Who should then remove the […]

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How can I restrict the growth of mould in my home?

There are some simple and sensible things you can do to prevent the growth of mould in and around your home. Maintain your home’s eavestroughs and downspouts, making sure they drain away from the building’s foundation. Avoid hanging wet laundry in the home, and clean your dryer lint trap after every use. Leave the washing machine […]

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How serious a risk is mould in the home?

There is always some mould in a home, especially in areas which experience high humidity, seasonally or year round. Studies have shown there is sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mould with upper respiratory tract symptoms, coughing and wheezing in otherwise healthy individuals. It has also been shown to aggravate symptoms in those with […]

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How long does it take to install the EZ Breathe system?

We can install the EZ Breathe Ventilation System in your home in one day. We have installed many EZ Breathe units in Windsor and Essex County and the Chatham-Kent area. First, a professional installer visits your home to determine the most advantageous location for the system. Usually, it’s installed in the lowest part of your home, most likely a basement […]

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Is the EZ Breathe system better than dehumidifiers or air purifiers?

High humidity plagues southwestern Ontario Whether it’s our smoldering summers or our bone-chilling winters, Windsor and Essex County and the Chatham-Kent region experience high humidity levels year round. Our homes and our families are subjected to the effects of high levels of humidity constantly. Do you have a musty smell in your basement or crawl space? […]

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