There are very important things you should know about mold.
What is Mold Assessment & Mold Remediation?
All Mold Solutions offers a mold assessment and mold remediation techniques used in occupational health. Mold assessment is the process of identifying the location and extent of the mold hazard in a structure. Mold remediation is the process of removal and/or cleanup of mold from an indoor environment.
Warning Signs of Mold?
- Noticeable mold odor
- Mold growth becomes visible
- You notice excess moisture or water damage
- On the exterior of the house there are areas that appear to be “wet”
“The ingestion of mycotoxin can cause serious human disease. Fusarium and aspergillus show a large presence. EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency)
Why do I need this?
According to the EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) mold spores are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, mold play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Mold reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.
Molds are usually not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. 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). Allergic reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed. Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people. Symptoms other than the allergic and irritant types are commonly reported as a result of inhaling mold.
About the Process
A mold inspection is the first step in the process of determining if you have a mold problem. During a mold inspection, All Mold Solutions’ mold specialist, will inspect, sample and test the air in and around your home for mold detection.
Using a variety of mold detection techniques our mold specialist will look for mold and mildew, identify the types of mold present and offer suggestions for cleaning mold or removing mildew.
Since mold remediation can sometimes be costly, a mold inspection performed by a mold specialist is highly recommended.
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Effective Ways to Keep Mold Away
1. Mold can cause serious health issues
Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposure include sinus infections, allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complains.
2. There is no practical or easy way to eliminate all mold.
Yes, is not fun to have mold and getting rid of it is not easy either -and sometimes you shouldn’t try; that includes mold spores in an indoor environment; the only true way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
3. Eliminate moisture, eliminate mold.
Like we mentioned before, the only sure way to eliminate mold completely is to reduce moisture. Therefore, if mold is a problem in your home or commercial building, you must eliminate and repair sources of moisture before remediating the mold.
4. Reduce mold growth by reducing humidity
Reducing indoor humidity to 30-60% will decrease mold growth. Some ways to do this is by venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture generating sources to the outside. Use air conditioners and de-humidifiers, increase ventilation and use exhaust fans whenever cooking, dish washing and cleaning.
5. Clean and dry surfaces right away.
Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
6. You can clean SOME mold.
You can clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent. Make sure to dry completely after. For absorbent materials such as drywall and ceiling tiles, bad news, most likely they’ll need to be replaced. However, in most cases mold removal requires professional chemicals, equipment and training.
7. Avoid carpeting in moisture prone areas.
Think about the areas in your home or building where there is perpetual moisture generating and do not install carpeting. Think bathrooms, areas with drinking fountains, sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks and frequent condensation.
8. Mold can be found everywhere.
Yes, from wood to paper to carpet and food, mold can grow almost anywhere. You can find mold on books, magazines, wallpaper, drywall, pipes, ceiling tiles, drapes, furniture, attics, basements and crawlspaces… yes, mold can grow on virtually any organic substance, providing moisture is present.