Mold Remediation and Mold Assessment
Mold assessment is the process of identifying the location and extent of the mold hazard in a structure. More than likely, any mold you have growing in your house is the result of water intrusion. Attics, crawlspaces, wall interiors, and basements are all key candidates for water intrusion. An excessive amount of humidity and condensation in a house can also cause mold.
The Dangers of Mold
Certain classes and phylum’s of Mold; thus far have been dangerous to infants and the elderly. This is most likely due to a less effective immune system. If you suspect you have mold and worry about the risks associated with certain types of mold it is best to consult your medical practitioner. Indoor exposure of the toxins can affect people with asthma and upper respiratory tract problems. It is important to know that even though chlorine bleach is thought by many inexperienced General Contractors as a solution and often is used on mold, bleach is not an EPA-approved biocide, therefor bleach does NOT safely remediate mold. Mold remediation by definition is the act of removing infected materials and if done properly will require more than 1 step.
Setting up containment and ventilation. The use of containment chambers is required to remediate mold properly. The use of proper ventilation and air filtration devices (AFDs) is required to ensure that mold spores, which may be disturbed and become airborne, are not spreading to an unaffected area.
Cleaning and disinfecting. This stage includes the remediation and disposal of affected materials. After the cleaning and disinfecting, an application of an EPA registered and approved biocide is recommended. Another important step would be to identify the source of the water intrusion and eliminate it prior to commencement of the mold remediation.
Below are some great steps by the Environmental Protection Agency to help prevent mold and moisture.
•When water leaks or spills occur indoors – ACT QUICKLY. Potentially hazardous contaminants may begin to grow at 72 hours.
•Clean and repair roof gutters regularly.
•Make sure the ground slopes away from the building foundation, so that water does not enter or collect around the foundation.
•Keep air conditioning drip pans clean and the drain lines unobstructed and flowing properly.
•If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes ACT QUICKLY to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source. Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.
Water in your home can come from many sources. If you suspect moisture or mold in your home it is best to call a professional. This moisture can encourage biological pollutants to grow.