Steps for Effective Toxic Mold Removal
Toxic molds and fungi are a significant source of airborne volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that create indoor air quality (IAQ) problems. Toxic mold growth produces dangerous mycotoxins and infectious airborne mold spores which often cause serious health problems to residents and workers.
Learn the techniques and procedures recommended for safe and successful toxic mold inspection, testing, and remediation – whether the property owner prefers “do it yourself” or to hire a Certified Mold Remediator (CMR). How? Read mold remediation self-help books and visit internet mold advice websites, plus get professional guidance.
Locate and fix all sources of mold-causing water intrusion such as recurring flooding, plumbing leaks, leaky roofs or siding, blocked air conditioning condensation drain lines, and high indoor humidity (e.g. above 50 to 60 percent).
Inspect and mold test inside, above, and below each water-penetrated ceiling, wall, and floor with a fiber optics inspection device, a hidden moisture meter, do-it-yourself mold test kits, or inspection by a Certified Mold Inspector (CMI), and by cutting out small core dry wall samples from the water-impacted surfaces. Look in the middle and back of each core for visible mold growth.
Find and locate all toxic mold infestations (visible and hidden) in the entire home or building by thorough, all-around mold inspection and mold testing (with mold laboratory analysis and mold species identification of collected mold samples).
Where does mold come from?
Mold is a natural piece of the environment and can be useful for thriving wildlife. It breaks down dead organic matter, for example, leaves and trees, but when mold makes it way indoors, it wreaks havoc
When there is mold infestation in your home is mostly likely due to the moisture in the air or any surfaces that are wet. It doesn’t matter what type of mold it is, all mold cannot grow without water or moisture.
Things you should know about Mold.
There are health effects associated with mold exposure.
There is no guarantee to permanently remove mold from your property, only prevention.
If there is mold, clean up and eliminating the source of moisture feeding the mold prevents it from growing. Clean-up within 24-48 hours after detection.
Repair the water/moisture problem.
Reduce indoor humidity to 30-60%.
Mold can be found and grown on any surface; mold on hard surfaces can be easily cleaned with water and some sort of detergent but mold on absorbent materials will have to be replaced by your local restoration company.
Furniture Mold Cleaning
Water and mold can not only affect the structure of your home, but also your belongings. If your home has suffered damage from a leak or flood, it’s important to check all indoor furnishings and fixtures for signs of mold damage.
utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including:
Dry Cleaning – Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
Wet Cleaning – An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
Foam Cleaning – Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
Abrasive Cleaning – Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
Immersion Cleaning – Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product
Facts About Proper Mold Removal
The weather here can be many things, depending on the time of year, and even the time of day. Hot, muggy summers can offer pristine conditions for mold growth. Likewise, a frigid winter causing pipes to burst and homes to flood can equally encourage mold growth if the water is not removed quickly and effectively.
Here are some fast facts about the mold removal process:
Mold can grow very quickly. Some experts believe mold can start growing in 24 to 48 hours after a flood if standing water is still present. Environmental factors like temperature and air movement also play a role in the potential growth. This is what it is important to get a professional water restoration company into the space quickly. They will start the drying process immediately after a flood or other water loss, often even before the insurance adjuster arrives on site.
Restoration companies, like Total Restoration, work very closely with insurance adjusters. That means project estimators have a very good idea what areas have been impacted by mold, what it will cost to remove it, and what the insurance company is going to cover.
Spraying bleach on mold is not a recommended way of dealing with the problem. You cannot kill mold in that sense, because dead mold spores and just as dangerous as life ones. Mold is mold, and can be toxic in both forms. Instead, mold removal experts at Total Restoration work to eliminate the source of the mold and return your property to a safe state.
The best restoration companies abide by detailed industry standards for work like mold removal. This means there are best practices established industry-wide, and the process is proven to work time and time again. There are very effective chemicals, antimicrobials, and other products used during the mold removal and remediation process to be sure the spores are gone for good, and not going to grow back in the same place, or elsewhere.
Mold illness is a real thing. Not every person is susceptible to mold-related illnesses, but some are, and the effects can be serious. The main mold-related illness is called Chronic Inflammatory Disease, and it is the direct result of exposure to mold spores. Research shows about 25% of people are genetically predisposed to CIRS. Beyond CIRS, mold spores can also trigger asthma flare-ups, rashes, cough, and other physical responses.
Bottom line, if you’ve found mold, don’t stress. There are a lot of factors involved, but there are also proven ways to very effectively fix the problem quickly. It is key if you think there is mold in your home or business that it be addressed by experts. Trying to remediate or remove mold on your own could cause the spores to spread and contaminate other parts of the building, and it’s likely a problem that will not disappear on its own.
Mold Found in an apartment Unit
Hoarders come in all shapes and sizes, involving many different types of items from trash to treasures, like rare books and other contents. You can find a hoarder in any place from the cheapest apartments in town to the most expensive neighborhoods. If your friends, family, and loved ones have a hoarding problem and you need someone to come trash out the place for you to start from square one, you know who to call.
Water damage creates a perfect breeding ground for mold growth.
With all of the storms we have been having lately we have been inundated with water damage jobs and a lot of Restoration companies area are backlogged. If you are having to wait for someone to come to take care of your water damage areas the is a good chance that mold growth can occur and create a larger, more serious issue. Mold and mildew can start forming in as little too 24 to 48 hours. Make sure to keep the area as clean and ventalated as possible. Keep in mind that just because you don’t see mold, doesn’t mean it’s not there.
Mold Removal vs. Mold Remdiation
In reality, it is nearly impossible to remove all mold in a particular area. That’s not a bad thing. Mold in and of itself is not bad as we generally have it thought out in our heads. For example, Some molds are used to make some delicious types of cheese. Mold generally becomes a problem when it starts to grow on surfaces inside buildings. But outdoors, we encounter mold spores almost on a continual basis.
Inside exposure to mold is most dangerous to small children, those with severe respiratory issues, and those with weakened immune systems (for example someone receiving chemotherapy to treat cancer.) It should also be noted, that in some cases exposure to mold can lead to the development of asthma.
best way to avoid the development of mold are (Better Homes and Gardens):
Use dehumidifiers, fans, and open windows to help reduce the moisture in your home. Be especially vigilant during hot, humid months.
Fix plumbing leaks as soon as possible.
Do what you can to prevent rainwater from seeping into your home. Check potential problem areas regularly.
Clean the fabrics in your home routinely and keep them dry.
Store items in dry, well-ventilated areas.
Ways To Prevent Mold In The Winter
Although seasonal outdoor conditions have little effect on mold growth inside enclosed environments of a home, airborne spores that spawn mold may infiltrate the house any time of the year. Controlling certain factors specific to the cold season can at least reduce the odds of household mold contamination
tips preventing mold in the winter:
1. Run ceiling fans in the reverse (clockwise) mode for winter. A ceiling fan rotating clockwise pulls warm air upwards and pushes it across the ceiling and down walls and windows. This air circulation dries out condensation, eliminating another source of mold triggering moisture.
2. Humidify sparingly. Winter air is often dry and irritating to certain individuals. To alleviate these symptoms, humidifiers are commonly utilized to add water vapor to indoor air. Maintain indoor humidity levels at 60% or below to discourage mold.
3. Dry wet areas. Many parts of the house tend to be damp in the winter- windows, mirrors, pipes- due to condensation. By quickly removing moisture with a towel it prevents them from becoming potential for mold.
4. Check the attic. While your roof shingles may shed summer rain effectively, stationary seepage from melting snow on the roof is another matter. Roof leakage due to snow melt or ice dams on the roof is a common cause of mold growth in the attic.
5. Upgrade your insulation. Some house have minimal or no insulation inside exterior walls. Condensation forms on and inside cold, uninsulated walls in contact with warm, moist indoor air.
The Mold Mitigation & Remediation Process
When there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can affect your health and can also cause significant damage to your property
Inspection & Damage Assessment
Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water which can be hidden from plain view.
Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.