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What is Mold?
Molds are microscopic fungi that thrive on moist or damp areas to grow. They are part of the natural environment:
Molds reproduce through spores, which are airborne and can easily enter every home through open windows and doors. They can attach to clothing, furniture or even on glass. Spores are like seeds that land on another surface. They start to grow, provided that the conditions are right. If you try to clean up molds by wiping them, you are actually spreading more spores inside your house rather than eliminate them. There are over 400,000 species of molds and only about 100,000 species of them have been named. Of those 400,000, you can find 1,000 different species of mold in your home at any given time.
Mold becomes a problem inside a home or business when there is excessive humidity or moisture for an extended period of time. The problem can originate from sudden water releases, like a broken supply line or large spill that goes untreated, or from a chronic condition, like a leaking roof or a slow plumbing leak. Even high humidity or warm, moist air condensing on cool surfaces can trigger mold problems. It's always best to have the mold evaluated and removed by a certified professional.
Mold can grow almost anywhere in the home or business if conditions permit. If there is visible mold growth on painted wall surfaces, property owners should be concerned about what may be growing on the opposite side of the same wall. The inside of the walls of a house often differs drastically from the outside and could create a perfect environment for mold. If the wall remains wet for a prolonged period, it's almost guaranteed that the mold growth on the back side will be worse than on the front.
What NOT To Do:
Do NOT paint over mold problems.
Mold loves to eat paint as a snack food. Don’t expect to kill mold successfully by using paint containing a mildicide or with a primer sold to hide water damage stains. Do not rely on Kilz etc. to kill mold. It does not kill mold, and the product is NOT an EPA-registered fungicide. Kilz is only a product to hide or camouflage defects like water damage stains prior to painting over problem areas.
Do NOT use chlorine bleach (sodium hypochlorite) to kill mold or disinfect moldy areas. Bleach is not an effective or lasting killer of mold growth and mold spores on any materials such as wood timbers, drywall, plasterboard, particleboard, plywood, plywood substitutes, ceiling tiles, and carpeting/padding..
Do NOT put air movement on mold to attempt to dry it out. Mold is air borne and will spread quickly once air movement is introduced to it.
Why Use a Certified Technician?
Professional restoration technicians understand the need for quick response. Immediate remediation is key to controlling any escalating costs. The longer the remediation is delayed, the higher the cost of restoration. Certified restorers have the knowledge to test materials and apply the restoration techniques required to return the items to their pre-loss condition. Look for the clean trust logo to verify IICRC certification.
Certified professionals have the training and experience to:
• Identify moisture sources
• Evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected)
• Contain damage to the smallest area possible
• Physically remove contamination
• Dry materials to ensure that mold will not return
• Perform or recommend procedures for returning property to a pre-loss condition
The IICRC Outlines Five Major Principles of Mold Remediation.
1. Make sure safety and health precautions are taken by cleanup professionals and occupants. Mold-contaminated buildings can be associated with a number of health problems. Anyone involved in the mold remediation process must be protected from exposure through a combination of practices and controls.
2 . A post-cleanup assessment by an independent environmental expert. An effective mold remediation cannot be developed without first determining the extent of the contamination to be removed. To ensure that remediation work is being properly performed, it is highly recommended that appropriate documentation of the remediation process be kept by project management
3. Control of mold before it spreads further. Eliminating mold at the source of contamination is essential. Once mold spores spread through the air, it will be much more difficult to capture.
4. Oversee the proper physical removal of the mold. The mold must be physically removed from the structure. Attempts to isolate mold or remove signs of mold on the surface are not adequate. Note that bleach alone cannot kill mold.
5. Ensure that moisture is controlled to limit future contamination or recontamination. Mold growth is virtually inevitable if moisture is not controlled. Moisture problems must be identified, located and corrected or controlled as soon as possible.
Four words simply summarize the basic steps to effectively and safely remove mold, perform mold remediation, mold mitigation, and mold abatement: CONTAIN, KILL, REMOVE, and PROTECT.
the mold from spreading into uncontaminated areas.
the dead mold.
the cleaned out area against future mold infestations.