Mold Remediation

What is mold and how do I know if I have it in my home?
Mold is a tiny living organism which is natural part of our environment.
Outdoors, it plays a beneficial role in the ecosystem breaking down dead organic material and recycling it.

Molds come in many colors green, white and black molds being the most common. Molds reproduce by emitting tiny spores which float through the air indoors and outdoors. When the mold spores land on any damp spot, they grow and digest the material. There are molds which grow on food, carpets, paper products, and wood. Many natural materials such as fabrics and leather can host mold growth as well. Though beneficial in the natural environment, mold growth in the home can cause health problems and damage.

TestingMold spores in concentration can exacerbate the symptoms of asthma and other respiratory ailments. There is no way to eliminate spores from the air, however elimination of the moist areas in which they grow is key to stopping the spread of growth within the home. To eliminate moisture: Fix water leaks like leaky plumbing immediately. Ensure adequate ventilation. Ensure that HVAC drip pans are clean flowing. Keep indoor humidity below 60% (RH) Do not leave wet or damp spots un-cleaned for long. If you have extensive mold or toxic black mold growth within the home professional mold remediation will be necessary. The actual process of mold remediation depends on the type of mold and the extent of its contamination. Mold remediation can be dangerous and if there is toxic black mold present it should be removed by professionals using approved protection devices to prevent exposure.

The contaminated materials also need to be disposed of in a prescribed manner. Mold Testing is performed in two ways: Air Quality Testing and Surface Swab Samples. When mold testing is necessitated by health issues, or for legal purposes it would be advisable to take at least one surface swab sample and two air samples. This is done because you may have mold growing on a surface that is not yet releasing enough mold spores into the air to cause a problem. In such a case, air sampling alone would provide results that did not accurately reflect the extent of Mold Growth. Visual inspections may not be enough to accurately ascertain the extent of mold contamination in your home.

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