Mold growth can be found on any surface providing the right amount of moisture and oxygen. There are molds which are specific to certain building materials including drywall, fiberboard tiles, wood, flooring materials and cement block. Mold growth can be a concern particularly where the person exposed is more systemically susceptible or has a suppressed immune system.
Mold has never been listed as a selling feature for a home. Have you ever head 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, granite counter tops and mold in the basement? Probable not.
The three most common areas for mold growth are crawl spaces, basements and attics. The reason being none of these areas are conditioned (heated and cooled). Unconditioned spaces allow the right temperature and moisture levels that will allow periodic mold growth. You see you don't need a burst pipe or flood to cause mold.
The concern with mold is health related, it is known that mold growing indoors creates indoor air pollution, which can affect the health of building occupants.
Molds can produce allergens, irritants and sometimes potentially toxic substances (mold consumes organic material and as part of the digestive process you can get off tasing or byproducts that are harmful to human health.
Molds can produce allergic reactions or even asthma attacks. Molds can also irritate the eyes, nose, throat and lungs.
Curren project managers can test and determine the type of mold that is present and present recommendation on treatment and prevention.
Remediations means removal when it comes to mold. Simple killing the mold will not take any the health risks as dead mold spores can be inhaled and become an errants in humans.
Mold remediation generally follows asbestos abatement guidelines, meaning procedures are followed to protect areas where mold is not present (containment), protection of the personnel doing the remediation (protective clothing and respiratory protection), removal of the mold (heap vacuuming, wiping and sometimes physical removal of the mold impacted material), fungicidal application to kill spores that could be airborne or missed during the first cleaning process, air scrubbing and lasting a protective coating to prevent future growth.
With over 20 years of experience, our crews have completed thousands of projects successfully.