What Is Mold?
Mold is a microscopic organism present virtually everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Molds are fungi that are needed to break down dead plant and animal materials in the outdoor environment, but can become problematic when there is active mold growth indoors.
For mold to grow in an indoor environment it only needs a food source (paper, wood, wallboard, carpet materials, etc.) and a moisture source (elevated relative humidity, flood, plumbing leak, poor ventilation, etc.). When there is active mold growth indoors and goes untreated, there is the potential that whomever occupies the indoor space will be exposed to elevated mold levels, will become sensitized and develop allergies to the mold.
Toxic mold can be a serious health concern, especially if you have mold allergy. Fight back with the expertise of a certified mold removal specialist to remove mold.
Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis). It is important to do mold testing and removal, if necessary to avoid these symptoms.
Allergic reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed. Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who have mold allergy. In addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people. Mold symptoms other than the allergic and irritant types are not commonly reported as a result of inhaling mold. Research on mold and health effects is ongoing.
How do I get rid of mold from my home or business?
It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors; some mold spores will be found floating through the air and in house dust. The mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present. Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors.
If there is mold growth in your home, you must clean up the mold from water damage and fix the water problem. If you clean up the mold, but don’t fix the water problem, then, most likely, the mold problem will come back. We are “IICRC Certified Mold Remediators” and offer professional mold removal services. We are a mold removal company with extensive experience repairing mold contamination.
The Remediation Process
Accurate Environmental will provide mold removal and mold remediation services by establishing environmental controls to contain the mold contaminated areas from the unaffected areas of the property.
As mold is disturbed it will become airborne and can cross contaminate the unaffected areas if the containment isn't properly designed and constructed. The containment will be constructed using a 6 mil. fire retardent poly sheeting at the entrance of the containment and a decontamination chamber.
A HEPA filtered negative air machine will be utilized to exhaust air outside of the containment creating a negative pressure inside the work area. This negative pressure is essential to prevent mold from drafting from the containment during the cleaning process.
HEPA filtered air scrubbers will also be used outside the containment to change and clean the air during the cleaning process. Once the containment has been completed, Accurate Environmental specialists will enter the containment, turn on the equipment and begin removing the affected customer belongings.
Most non-porous hard surfaced belongings can be cleaned. Porous belongings may be cleaned depending on the level of contamination. If porous belongings cannot be cleaned they should be discarded. Once the containment has been emptied of its belongings, the mold contaminated, non-structural building materials (wallboard, carpet materials, insulation, etc.) will be removed where necessary.
This is commonly determined from a third party mold inspection company that is retained by the property owner.
The mold inspection company will evaluate the property, develop a scope of work for mold remediation and make recommendations on how to prevent future water issues. Surfaces behind removed materials will then be sanded, scrubbed, wire brushed, and remove surface mold from remaining structural building materials.
Once mold has been removed from the containment all surfaces will then be HEPA vacuumed and sanitized. It is highly recommended to have a third party mold inspection company perform post remediation/clearance testing to confirm that the project was successful.
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