Mold Remediation and Removal

 

If given the opportunity microscopic mold spores will cluster, colonize, and grow exponentially. Mold is a serious issue and should be dealt with as soon as possible. Remediation, however, can be a substantial challenge for any home or business owner to tackle on their own.

Our remediation and mitigation technicians are experts in locating the source of mold issues, troubleshooting the conditions that lead to the fungal colonization, tracking spread channels to determine the extent of the problem, and making the necessary corrections to resolve excessive mold levels throughout an indoor space. We deal with mold spores that have clustered in dense concentrations and have achieved extensive spread. Our technicians will work until all mold levels have returned to their natural sate and will no longer have an adverse effect on air quality. 

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What Is Mold?

Mold is a type of fungus. Like most other organisms we live among, there are a variety of molds. All forms thrive in damp environments where they can grow, and release tiny spores which, thanks to the presence of moisture, can settle, adhere to organic material on a surface, and continue to flourish.

Thanks to this reproductive process, it is easy for molds to grow and spread rapidly if given the right conditions.

If you think you have mold, speak with one of our technicians to discuss the severity and get a professional recommendation.

Why Are Molds A Concern?

Molds Spread Quickly, Damage Surfaces, and Cause Health Problems


Health (Personal and Structural)

When mold is present in large quantities in indoor spaces, the spores being released into the air are plentiful and concentrated. It’s that concentration of airborne spores that causes problems. They can cause skin irritation, allergic reactions, breathing troubles for asthmatics, other respiratory ailments, and can also lead to infections. Mold can also cause structural damage to a building.

Spread

Molds have the ability to multiply quickly when in favorable environmental conditions. All molds need are a food source – nearly any organic material will do, a source of moisture – some can even extract enough from humid air, and a space to spread their spores – which are very tiny, lightweight, and simple for air to carry long distances.

Are Certain Molds More Cause For Concern Than Others?

YES!

Most people are aware – or have at least heard –  of black mold. The name black mold packs quite a punch in the imaginations of homeowners and property managers. To those of us who are in that category, the name rings out almost as horrifyingly as the words “Black Death” did in the Middle Ages. It has become the most dreaded diagnosis imaginable for a property owner. What remediation specialists know, however, is that the hysteria over black mold is not always warranted. 

To clarify things a bit, black mold is a descriptor given to several varieties of mold that are black in appearance. The color in itself has no impact on a mold’s toxicity. There are black molds that have no toxic side effects on human beings, such as Cladosporium. Prolonged exposure to elevated concentrations of Cladosporium can cause asthma symptoms to flare up and can lead to a chronic allergy, but their spores do not contain mycotoxins.

Mycotoxins are the dangerous culprits that we need to be on the lookout for. Mycotoxins are capable of causing disease and possibly death in humans and animals. The specific mold people are most commonly referring to when they say “black mold” is a mold called Stachybotrys chartarum (stak-ee-BO-tris char-TARE-em). Stachybotrys chartarum contains these dreaded Mycotoxins. A more appropriate, non-scientific name used to refer to this type of mold is, toxic black mold. This is the type of black mold you want to avoid and should always hire a professional to remove.

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Side Effects of Exposure To Toxic Black Mold
A runny or blocked noseWatery, red eyes
A dry coughRashes
A sore throatSinusitis
Wheezing
Exposure To Toxic Black Mold Linked To
Aches and painsChanges in mood
HeadachesMemory Loss
Nosebleeds
*toxic black mold has also been tied to a few cases of pulmonary hemosiderosis

Are Mold Problems Preventable?


 

Mold prevention is always the first thing to consider, and the good news is, you can!

Avoid Moisture Build Up

It’s easy for mold spores to grow in an environment with a lot of moisture. If you can regulate moisture levels, than you’ll also prevent mold growth. Use air conditioners, humidifier controls, dehumidifiers or fans to reduce moisture build-up. 

Keep Carpeting Out Of Moist or Humid Rooms

Avoid the use of carpets in damp basements or bathrooms as they can retain moisture and breed mold. Home owners should maintain indoor humidity levels at or below 70%. Ideal levels are somewhere between 25 – 50% humidity.

Fix Leaks and Water Issues

Leaks and other plumbing issues can cause water to pool or saturate surfaces and moisture to build-up. That is a sure fire way to give mold the environment it needs to grow. Resolving these issues immediately is essential.

Keep Your Indoor Area Well Ventilated and Dry

Molds or mold spores can’t thrive in dry environments with good air flow. Keep air circulating throughout your home by keeping all vents and returns open and unobstructed. Open windows for a good cross breeze, and use fans to keep air moving.

When Is Remediation Needed?

Mold remediation is the process of getting mold levels back to their natural state. The presence of mold within a structure is normal. In fact, there aren’t any buildings, facilities, or homes that exist without mold inhabiting them. Mold spores are microscopic, so normal levels of mold go unnoticed and should not be a matter of concern. Mold remediation is needed when mold becomes visible and the surrounding areas are affected as the spores consume the organic material around them. The tell tale sign that this is occurring is, the surface becomes discolored.

Visible signs of mold are the most definitive sign that remediation is needed, but are not the only indication. Musty (moldy) odors that persist could warrant remediation. Spores can be growing on a surface that’s hidden from sight. Odor alone should not be the only criterion used to determine the presence of mold. In situations where a visual is not possible, a mold inspection should be conducted to determine if mold is present.

Many mold colonies measuring less than 3 feet in diameter can be cleaned up without the help of a professional. Protective gear should be worn during any cleanup. A N-95 respirator, protective eyewear, and protective gloves are essential, and must be worn regardless of the size of the removal job.

For moldy areas larger than 3 feet by 3 feet, a professional should be hired for a consultation and any subsequent remediation work.

 

 

 

As much as we try to prevent it, mold growth occurs naturally all around us. It’s bound to effect someone’s property. If that unfortunate person is you, please know that you have a resource in us.

We will help you get rid of the mold colonies throughout the dwelling, fix the issue/s that led to and permitted the continuation of the mold growth, and then restore your home to a condition that is as good, if not better, than the condition it was in prior to the mold damage. We have been doing it for years and are the best in the business.

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Millersville, MD 21108

Mold Remediation and Removal December 2, 2019