What is Remediation?
Remediation is the process of cleaning the mold and eliminating the moisture problem.This process is determined by the size of the remediation and whether occupants are experiencing any adverse symptoms that may be related to the mold. Since mold, destroyes the surface materials it is on, remediation can preserve the structural integrity of the building. Failure to address the mold problem, ultimately can result in high replacement and rebuild costs.
Why Does Mold Need To Be Remediated?
-To reduce or prevent adverse health problems.
-To preserve the integrity of the structure.
-To avoid high replacement costs if addressed early on.
-To retain the beauty and cosmetic appeal of the structure.
-To be able to utilize the room[s] once again.
-To preserve the resale value of the property.
Where Is Mold Commonly Located?
Mold can be found in several areas in the home environment.It appears most often in moist areas as little black circles or thread-like white objects. It is usually accompanied with a musty-type odor. Outdoors, mold plays a natural part in the environment by breaking down dead organic matter such as dead trees or fallen leaves. Mold reproduces by means of microscopic spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through the indoor and outdoor air. Mold begins to grow indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet or damp.Mold will not grow without water or moisture. Therefore, it is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
Some examples of places where mold can be found inside the home include:
-Basements near walls that have seepage problems.
-Front and back side of paint.
-Kitchens(bottom of fridge)food.
-Bathrooms,around vanities and bathtubs.
-On attic walls, insulation, and ceilings,near roof leaks.
-On and around wooden joists near pipe condensation.
-Under or around leaking air conditioning units.
-Inside HVAC systems and duct work.
-Near broken windows or broken window frames.
-Underneath wallpaper in poorly insulated/paneled areas.
-Front and back side of dry wall, wall paper or paneling.
-The surface of walls behind furniture (where condensation forms)
-Near foundation cracks.
-On and around faulty external vents.
-Under linoleum near a sink leak.
-Under leaky sinks.
-On and around building infestation problems.
-On the underside of moist carpeting and pads.
-Under wall paneling.
-Under wall paper.
-On anything that contains cellulose,a food source for mold.
-Many more sources.
Mold growth indoors may not always be in plain view. If a building smells moldy but you cannot see the source, or if you know there has been water damage, and building occupants are reporting health problems, there may be hidden mold.
Mold Can Be Hidden In The Following Locations:
-The back side of drywall, wallpaper or paneling.
-The top of ceiling Tiles, and the underside of carpets and pads etc.
-pie chases and utility tunnels.
-Walls behind furniture.
-Condensate drain pans inside air conditioning units.
-Porous thermal or acoustic liners inside ductwork, or roof materials above ceiling tiles [due to roof leaks or insufficient insulation].
-Materials such as drywall with vinyl wallpaper over it or wood paneling can act as vapor barriers which trap moisture underneath and provide a moist environment for mold.
What Are The Major Types Of Mold?
-Stachybotrys is one member of a group of molds. These molds produce airborne toxins. These molds can cause breathing difficulties, dizziness, memory and hearing loss, and flu like symptoms.
-Cladosporium and Penicillium are more commonly found molds but these molds can cause allergic reactions, asthma, breathing problems, sinus infections, headaches,coughing and eye and throat irritation.
-Memnoniella and Aspergillus versicolor are two types of mold that can produce airborne toxins. they produce mycotoxins and can cause even worse problems.
-These problems are chronic fatigue, loss of balance and memory, irritability and difficulty speaking.
Mold, A Growing Concern.
Mold....Literally,a growing concern.National media attention has alerted the public to the destructive and possibly toxic dangers of hidden mold spores that could affect their family's health and their homes. EPA studies indicate that air levels of indoor pollutants may be two to three times higher than outdoor levels.Mold, the most dangerous offender of all, often goes undetected because of its invisibility. most people spend as much as 90% of their time indoors and are not aware of the health hazards created by this pollutant.You owe it to your self to minimize your exposure to mold spores in the indoor enviroment,Test for mold today!
How Can Someone Be Exposed To MOLD?
There are several ways you can become exposed to mold;
-Breathing in the spores from the air.
-Skin contact from handling an item that has mold growing on it.
-Eating without properly washing your hands after handling moldy objects.
Can MOLD cause health problems?
Mold has the potential to cause health problems and even make a home uninhabitable.However, everyone is affected differently when in contact with mold. The mold that may not bother the seller may severly affect the buyer.Some mold can produce allergens, irritants and, in some cases, potentially toxic chemical substances known as mycotoxins. people who are sensitive and exposed to mycotoxins can become ill.Allergic reactions to mold are common.They can be immediate or delayed. people diagnosed with allergies and asthma my be very sensitive to mold. Mold can cause asthma attacks.Others at risk may include:infants,children,the elderly, immune compromised patients, pregnant women and individuals with existing respiratory conditions.
With exposure, even in small amounts, mold may cause:
-Itching or irritation of the nose, eyes, throat or skin.
-Sinus infections or congestion/sinusitis(runny nose).
-Respiratory problems(sneezing and coughing).
-Upper or lower respiratory infections.
-Trouble concentrating, memory lapses, confusion.
-Mood swings,anxiety, depression.
-Chronic aches and pains.
Vacuuming dead mold spores