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You have mold in your property and you want to kill it! Fact is mold cannot be killed & can still, whether dead or alive, be allergenic and even toxic. There are a varierty of molds that we all come into contact with daily & we pay no mind to so how do these molds become toxic, & infest your property?
In order for the toxic mold process to take place it needs two very important components, water and organic material. This is why mold contamination is so common after a water damage, the average person will beleive it will "dry out on its own" not knowing that there are several building components in a structure that should be evaluated and monitored by a professional and IICRC certified water damage company, not doing so will result in your home or business being infected with toxic mold.
How to Prevent Mold Growth
Control the humidity levels and keep them as low as possible, no higher than 50%. A consumer size dehumidifier (can be found online or at any home goods store) will do the best job at controlling the humidity levels in the areas you may find prone to having mold growth
Use of the air conditioner will help keep RH levels down during humid seasons, after showers, or in high humidity geographical areas.
Ventilation is key in the property, keep good ventilation in high RH prone areas such as crawl spaces, basements, and bathrooms.
Utilize mold inhibitors.
Keep from trying to use carpet especially in bathrooms, a hard surface insures proper cleaning and removal of non visible contaminates via wet wipe cleaning with daily cleaning solutions.
Maintenance bathrooms, laundry rooms etc with a safe mold cleaning product
Take action quickly whenever you experience a water damage and reach out to a professional, if your're a home owner and just recenlty experienced a water damage most restoration companies will provide a free consulation.
Remove the Mold Yourself or Hire A Professional?
Mold remediation project cost from mold removal and the repairs range on average from $2800 - $6000, so when is it time to hire a professional? The "CDC" explains that anything above 10 sq ft of contamination should be contained with 6 mil poly and engineering controls used to control the spread of the mold spores during the remediation is vital to prevent cross contamination to unaffected areas, cross contamination is the number one mistake DIY make when doing remediation projects themselves not to mention the potential asbestos or lead hazards that may be present also, these are costly mistakes than can affect not only your finances but your tenants, family, or pets health.
By using a professional remediation company you protect your number one asset, your home. A Vertified professional remediation company will know exactly how to take care of your situation and handle it with expertise while educating you along the way. The process is usually about 5 days from the start of the remediation and if you choose to make the smart decision and use a remediation company make sure to obtain 3 estimates from certified licensed contractors, this will help give you an idea on who to choose and what fits near your budget and be sure to ask if it includes repairs. A real good restoration contractor that specializes in dealing with insurance could possibly get you refunded by your home insurance carrier depending on how your policy is written and also how its presented to the carrier.
Once the mold remediation project is complete the remediation contractor will inform you and usually have you contact a Certified Industrial Hygieneist "CIH" to conduct the post remediation verification test, this test is done by taking air samples of the affected/remediated contained area and comparing those results to the outside air sample taken during the test, known as a back ground sample. These samples are sent off to a lab for testing and comparison, once the CIH receives the results he/she will determine whether the remediation was succesful based on the background results and you either "Pass" or "Fail" the test, a fail is usually followed up with specific recommendations to satify the next test.
If a clearance test does fail, do not become alarmed, understand that the remediation contractor is cleaning microscopic contaminates and sometimes we dont always catch them all & this is why its important to have a "PRV" test its the only means in the industry to give us some idication that the air quality in the area is within normal conditions BASED on outside results since we all breathe outside air thats only fitting. Make sure you understand and communicate with your "CIH" on why the test failed, did the remdiation company do a good job visually? Did they utilize the correct equipment? The CIH will be able to provide you with a non-biased evaulation of the failed work because although it happens it shouldn't be an excuse and thats why FTR offer's our guarantee to pass the "PRV" test the first time or we pay for the addtional work and the retest.
The mere presence of mold spores indoors is normal and expected. Consequently, it does not necessarily indicate that the environment is contaminated. Outdoors molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. According to the U.S. EPA, “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.” In fact, we probably
inhale spores with every breath we take because mold is a naturally-occurring substance that exists everywhere in the natural environment.
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What is Black Mold?
Name: Filamentous Fungi
Description: "Superficial or 'wooly' growth" - (IICRC Definition)
Toxic Mold Species (Mycotoxins)
The majority of Mold Damages are caused by:
Leaking Bathroom and Kitchen Sinks
Sprinkler Over Spray
Chronic Plumbing Leaks
Condensation & Steam Build-up
Common Causes of Mold
There are many types of mold which none of them will grow without water or moisture. So, it is important that you immediately find and repair all sources of water intrusion on your property. Failure to do so, will result in microbial growth; therefore, mold remediation company would be needed.
In most cases, having a full protocol report written by an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) prior to the mold removal process is ideal. Why?
As the homeowner this gives you 3 benefits:
1. What type of mold it is
2. Toxicity of the present mold (if any)
3. Full scope of work to remove and remediate mold from affected areas
It's crucial the IEP conducts a post remediation inspection for verification of the structures, systems, or contents have been returned to "condition 1". Check out our blog on the IICRC definition of mold "Conditions"
Mold is usually not a problem indoors. Unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot, then they begin growing. Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In addition, mold exposure may cause irritation in both mold-allergic and non-allergic people. 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.
Since this information provides a brief overview, it does not describe all potential health effects related to mold exposure. You may also wish to consult your state or local health department. For more information about mold and indoor air quality by visiting: www.epa.gov/mold
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