Documents in the archives of the Privy Council Office are infested with mold, as it was discovered earlier this year. In fact, the mold was first discovered in 2001 after a flood from a broken pipe damaged the files housed in a storage area. The Privy Council Office supports the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the documents it produces are part of Canada’s political history. A costly clean-up at the time of the flood seemed to have done the trick.
However, employees noticed the mold again in May of this year as a renewed growth more than a decade after they were treated and given a clean bill of health. Experts speculate that the mold went into a dormant state, invisible to the naked eye, biding its time.
It’s estimated that an additional $100K will be required to find and treat all the mold infected documents.
Old Documents & Papers
It’s an important reminder – many of us keep old documents and memorabilia, often in the attic, basement or other storage spaces that themselves are prone to leaks, floods and other mold inducing conditions.
Mold can cause health issues. Respiratory issues in children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable. If you or a member of your family experiences flu-like symptoms you can’t explain, you should seek help in determining whether mold is the cause right away.
Once there is moisture that doesn’t dry properly in an area that isn’t treated right away, mold can begin to grow within 24-48 hours if the conditions are right.
- Be vigilant and check plumbing regularly for signs of drips and leaks
- Avoid skimping on or delaying needed repairs
- Old boxes of documents and other items should be checked and ask yourself – are they really something you’ll look at or use later, or should they be disposed of?
Let Us Help
Mold exposure is an acknowledged threat to your well-being and you may not know that mold even exists in your home until it affects your health. If you suspect any leaks or lingering moisture in your home, or if you’re experiencing flu-like or respiratory symptoms you can’t explain, give yourself peace of mind.
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