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Mold Is A Health Threat To You & Your Children

When you’re raising your family in West Island of Montreal, you enjoy the security of living in a safe, stable community in one of the most safest countries in the world. But even with all the extra safeguards that Canadians enjoy like universal healthcare, there are still some things that mothers need to be vigilant about. This is especially true when it comes to potential health risks right in the home, and one of those is mold. This is why it’s so important to find reliable a West Island mold removal company when you need it most.

A Hidden Threat

Mold is in some ways, a “land-based” version of coral. It is a collection of tiny organisms that have banded together and live in a collective colony. Unlike coral, however, mold is extremely hardy and versatile; capable of living in a variety of different environments and conditions. It reproduces by sending out “spores,” tiny, nearly microscopic eggs that drift in the air, settle down on some surface, and eventually “hatch” and develop into more mold when the proper conditions arrive.

As a result of this, for most homes, mold in the air is actually unavoidable. The moment any door or window is opened, outside air comes in, and with it, spores. Unless a home has an advanced airlock system that sterilizes the air before entry, including clothing, there’s no way to avoid bringing mold into a home. So if this is the case, why isn’t mold something we are constantly dealing with?

Different Mold Has Different Needs

It’s important to remember that mold comes in a lot of different varieties, and not all of it is bad. Penicillin, for example, is a mold, but it’s crucial in keeping people healthy. And the different types of molds have very different environmental requirements. One of the hardiest forms of mold, for example, is not particularly harmful to humans at all, unless you take the time to eat it.

Bread mold is a type of mold that everyone sees. All you have to do is leave your bread alone for days past the expiration date, and you’ll eventually see the mold growing there. That mold didn’t magically appear on the bread from nowhere, it was, like other forms of mold, floating in the air before eventually settling down on its favoured environment, bread. Once it took root, it began a mold colony.

Other types of mold have very different needs. Some need an environment that is wet, and dark, such as a damp basement. Others need dry, dark places, such as a ventilation duct. Still, others might need a certain kind of surface, such as rotting wood, in an attic. Older homes, in particular, can have many different conditions in different parts of the residence that may be conducive to particular types of mold.

Children At Risk

If you have young children at home, you’ll want to seriously consider getting rid of mold in your home. While not all mold, like mold found on old bread or penicillin, is harmful, some other types of mold infestation that can take root in other parts of the home present real, serious, long-term health threats to residents, especially growing children.

As mold grows, it reproduces. It does this by sending spores into the air, and the more mold there is; the more spores are ejected into the air. If the mold should take root in a ventilation duct, this means every time the heater or AC circulates air through the home, it is circulating mold too, and everyone, including young children, are breathing it in.

The reason that children in particular benefit from mold removal is because a growing child is especially vulnerable to chronic breathing disorders. Sensitive children may respond to the presence of mold spores as if it were pollen season every day, all year round, but indoors, where they can’t escape it. Allergy symptoms, runny eyes or nose, sneezing and other respiratory issues can all crop up as relatively minor side effects. For children with an asthmatic condition, the presence of mold spores in the air can magnify both the intensity of asthma attacks as well as the frequency.

Mold can also create both skin and neurological disorders in children. Irritation, itchiness, and rashes are some possible skin symptoms, while dizziness, headaches, confusion, disorientation, trembling, and even anxiety or depression can be possible nervous system conditions.

On top of all this, there is the threat of black mold, which causes a very serious lung disease with serious life-threatening effects. In addition to causing severe respiratory issues, black mold has mycotoxins that can poison other organs in the body, even leading to heart issues, such as cardiomyopathy, and clotting blood.

The only way to get your home back is to have professional mold removal in Montreal take place in your home. DIY solutions like simply trying to scrape mold away will not work, the visible layer of mold is only part of the problem. A permanent solution is getting rid of the mold as well as the conditions that first allowed the mold to gain a foothold in the first place. Only professionals can do this quickly and effectively for your home.

Professional Peace Of Mind

Steri Mobile has extensive experience and success with mold removal in West Island, Montreal and surrounding areas. We know what to do when it comes to mold in any part of home, and have different approaches and strategies depending on your home situation. We can even help with odor removal if this is also a concern that you’d like addressed.

If you find or suspect you have mold in your home, don’t waste any time. Your family’s health is at stake, so contact us to find out more about our mold removal services, and get a free estimate on what it will take to make your home safe again.

Steri Mobile
48 Rue de Saint Tropez
Kirkland, QC, H9J 2K6
Canada
(514) 922-6966 

https://sterimobile.net

 

 

Librairie Clio will be hosting their 2nd annual Holiday Book & Toy Fair this weekend, December 1st to 3rd at Plaza Pointe-Claire.

The event is a fantastic holiday shopping opportunity – books, calendars, holiday cards, children`s puzzles and games, all at discounted prices!  

This is a great way to support an independent bookstore. If you have not yet visited Librairie Clio they have a great selection and offer personalized service, all while allowing you to shop local.

They have also provided several wonderful raffle prizes of books & toys with all proceeds of ticket sales going to West Island Community Shares.

 

Curious George will be making a few appearances throughout the weekend to say hello to the little ones and will host storytimes on Saturday morning at 10:00 and Sunday morning at 11:00.

Librairie Clio will also be a drop-off location during the event extending Literacy Unlimited’s book drive for the West Island Mission’s holiday baskets. They are asking for new book donations. Books can be brought in, or if you wish to purchase a book to donate on site you can do so at -40% off.

The event takes place Friday December 1st from 12:00 to 7:00 p.m., Saturday the 2nd  from  9:00 to 5:00 and Sunday the 3rd  from 10:00 to 5:00.

For any extra information please call 514-695-5557.

For more information on the event click HERE.

West Island Mommies fans – we are calling on you to help out this holiday season!1512785_218069811709654_1497344755_n

We are teaming up with local food bank On Rock to help families in need in the West Island this holiday season. On Rock is a food bank located in Pierrefonds that delivers much needed food to close to 300 families every week. For Christmas they will be delivering a food basket to each of these families so that they can enjoy a traditional Christmas meal and with the food basket, they also include a box of gifts for the children under 18 in the family.

This year we will be helping to collect new toys/items/gift cards so that each of these families will have something to put under the tree for their kids. This is where you come in! Here is what they are in need of:

  • Ages 1-4
  • Ages 5-7
  • Ages 8-10
  • Ages 11-13
  • Ages 14 and up

While they are in need of gifts for all ages, the older groups are always the hardest to fill, so we want to help them in all age groups. New toys for the younger ages are great, but they are looking for gift cards to give out to the older kids as well. A suggested amount for the gift cards would be about $10 to $15 for some shopping (ie. Fairview) or perhaps to the movies, chapters, Pharmacy, Walmart, Visa, Etc. Please arrange for a drop off on these items and not to our drop off locations.

All gifts should be dropped off unwrapped, and there are various drop-off points in the West Island.  We have 5 drop off locations this year. For Gift cards please contact me at westislandmommies@gmail.com

Mon Gym West Island

2355-D Transcanadian Hwy, Pointe Claire

Monday to Thursday 9am to 8pm

Friday 10am to 8:30pm

Saturday and Sunday 8am to 7pm

 

Bistro Merlot

3541 Blvd. St. Charles
Kirkland, QC

Monday Closed

Tuesday 11:30-2:30/ 5:00-9:00

Wednesday 11:30-2:30/ 5:00-9:00

Thursday 11:30-2:30/ 5:00-9:00

Friday 11:30-2:30/ 5:00-10:00

Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm

Sunday Closed

 

Plaza Pointe Claire

3 drop off locations:

Outside Ted’s Hobby Shop

Outside the Jewel Radio Station

Outside the SAQ

 

269 Boulevard St.Jean
Pointe Claire, Qc

Monday 7:00 AM 9:00 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM 9:00 PM
Wednesday 7:00 AM 9:00 PM
Thursday 7:00 AM 9:00 PM
Friday 7:00 AM 9:00 PM
Saturday 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
Sunday 8:00 AM 6:00 PM

 

 

JUST ADDED~~

For our fans in Laval- Maze  N’ Games Amusement is now a Drop off location. Here are their opening hours:

 

Maze N’  Games Amusement

 

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 11:00 to 5:00

Thursday 11:00 to 8:00

Friday 4:00 to 9:00

Saturday 10:00 to 9:00

Sunday 10:00 to 8:00

3281 Jean-Béraud, Laval Quebec H7T 2L2

450-934-9333

 

These baskets are being delivered to families on Dec. 16th, so the deadline to drop off your gift donation is Dec. 8th.

We know we can count on our great community to help out these families this Christmas season, so thank you in advance to all those that participate in this drive with us! We also want to thank our partners for drop-off points for this campaign – Bistro Merlot,   Mon Gym Pte-Claire, Plaza Pointe Claire, Ted’s Hobby Shop.

 

Disney Pixar’s new feature, COCO, celebrates the ties that bind families together and in celebration of family, Canadians in 4 cities will have an opportunity to telephone a loved one anywhere in the world, free of charge.

Powered by Virgin Mobile, participants can make a free five-minute call to their loved ones anywhere in the world.

WHERE:

MONTREAL – November 11-12                    

 

 

ABOUT COCO:

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colourful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist “Monsters University”) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in theatres on Nov. 22, 2017.

 

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Here’s a list of what’s open and closed on Monday:

Municipal government offices, including Access Montreal offices and Montreal’s municipal court, will be closed. However, garbage and recycling pickups will follow their usual schedules.
 
Provincial and federal government offices will be closed.
 
Most banks will be closed on Monday and some banks that are regularly open on Sunday will also be closed that day.
 
Most malls and large stores, including the Montreal Eaton Centre and Fairview Pointe Claire, will be open. Be sure to check for others before heading out.

 

Most dépanneurs will be open. Many large grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, bars and small stores will be open — though some may be closed and others may have special holiday hours.Most SAQ locations will be open. However, the customer service centre will be closed.

 

Many public arenas, swimming pools, libraries, sports centres and cultural centre will be closed, while others will be open or have special hours. For details and schedules, check with your borough or with the facilities directly.

 

Marche de L’ouest will be open all day from 9am to 6pm.</div

 

The STM will be operating on a holiday schedule. On Monday, RMT (formerly AMT) commuter trains will run on a Sunday schedule on the Vaudreuil-Hudson line, while the St-Jérôme line will follow the weekend schedule. There will be no service on all other lines.

 

There will be no mail collection or delivery. However, postal outlets that are operated by the private sector — like those in pharmacies —will be open if the business is.

 

The Biodôme, Insectarium, Botanical Garden and Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium will be open.

 

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will be open, while the Pointe-à-Callière Museum will be closed.

 

Regular rates will be charged at parking meters and other paid parking operated by Stationnement de Montréal. However, on-street parking and other publicly-operated paid parking in the Outremont borough will be free.