MOLD & ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION
Mold can be destructive to your property and your health. If mold is not visible and obvious, a musty smell or the peeling, bubbling or discoloration of drywall and wallpaper can serve as warning signs. If you have an allergy issue (i.e. frequent sneezing, coughing, congestion or sore eyes), that can also be a sign if you have mold. Mold needs moisture to grow, so areas of the home that are damp or have flooded in the past are highly susceptible to mold growth.
These commonly include:
Asbestos is most commonly found in older properties, and if left in good condition undisturbed, is not harmful. However, damage to buildings, such as a water or fire loss, can affect asbestos-containing materials and create a serious health hazard to the building’s residents. Asbestos can commonly be found in older building materials, such as:
Roof Shingles, Tiles and Siding
Floor Tiles and Adhesives
Drywall or Joint Compound
Pipes, Furnaces or Attic Insulation
UNDERSTANDING COMMERCIAL MOLD REMEDIATION AND HOW IT’S DONE
There are few things that strike fear into the heart of a business like the term “mold damage.” Mold damage can means serious health complications in any environment, but especially in commercial buildings and facilities, where customers, clients, employees, and staff share the space, it is especially important to have commercial mold remediation performed whenever mold growth is suspected.
One of our high-profile commercial clients was hit hard. Their property was directly in line of the flash flood. Within minutes, the property was flooded, knocking out the power and even ruining the backup generators. Underneath the commercial property was a large 30-foot tunnel that extended along the length of the building and housed all of the electrical and plumbing materials for the building. This tunnel completely filled with flood water, and the flowing debris broke pipes which contaminated the water even more with sewage.
All told there were more than 2 million gallons of water soaking the property. It would take days and days just to pump out the water. It took nearly a week to clear the tunnel below the property.
Mold growth occurs in 24-48 hours when water or moisture is allowed to remain in an area. This means that before we could even get all the water removed from the commercial property, mold was already beginning to grow and spread its spores. If they entered the HVAC system, the growth would only spread from there.
Obviously, the situation was complicated and required immediate attention. The faster we could get the standing water removed, and start drying out the property, the better chance we had to head off more mold growth.
However, in this case, there was already a need for commercial mold remediation because of the presence of so much water that remained for more than 48 hours.
Steps in Professional Mold Remediation
Mold are fungi which grow in the form of multicellular thread-like structures called hyphae. Mold in homes favor warm, damp and humid conditions for growth and reproduce my making spores. Disturbing mold is disastrous as it leads to spreading of the spores which can survive even in extreme environmental conditions, such as dry conditions.Disturbing spores can distribute them and enhance mold growth. In squeezed corners due to the favorable conditions, mold growth behind walls is rampant.
Black mold is a type of mold that which releases spores when it feeds on organic materials in the households such as drywall, carpet, insulation or sub-flooring that have been exposed to moisture. One can tell the presence of black mold by the presence of a musty, smelly odor, like dirt and rotten leaves. Black mold is usually greenish-black but may also appear grayish with a sooty, powdery texture. The only way to distinguish black mold from other mold/fungus species is by examination under a microscope.
Dry rot is a type of fungi that cause damage to timber and is considered one of the most mold damaging destroyers of wood construction materials. For growth of the dry rot, it needs a suitable food base, in this case, timber. Extensive growth of the fungus produces fruiting bodies that release spores that spread and proliferate. Dry rot often grows near ventilation shafts which show a preference for concentrated oxygen. Water is the major condition for the dry rot to thrive hence that is taken as its vulnerability.
The primary measures for the fungi mitigation is;
• Locating and repairing the source of water causing the dry rot.
• Promoting rapid drying conditions in the affected buildings.
The effects of dry rot can be remedied by;
• Removing all or portions of the infested wood.
• Replacing the removed wood with pre-treated wood
Mildew is a thin dusting of black or gray growth produced by mold appearing on natural fabrics such as linen, silk and cotton, and occasionally walls. It also decolorizes paper and leather. Mildew presence is prevented by having a dehumidifier in the room to remove moisture and thereby preventing mildew spores from growing.
Molds produce irritating substances which act as allergens for sensitive individuals. Signs of molds in a home include allergic symptoms, mold growth also produces smelly odor, seeing signs of mold growth behind walls and in other hidden places.
Mold Remediation Course
comprehensive Certified Mold Remediator (CMR) course will teach you how to remediate mold contamination for both large and small projects. You will learn how to contain and clean mold-affected areas, as well as how to find the source of the problem and repair it.
This in-depth, 13-lesson course will help you gain a thorough and in-depth knowledge of mold remediation including:
Making a preliminary determination, calculating costs, and contracting labor.
Determining the scope of the remediation project and developing a 5-step project plan.
How to perform Project Documentation to track the environmental conditions before and after the remediation.
Contaminant control and removal protocols along with contaminant prevention.
Creating negative air pressure differentials using HEPA-filtered ventilation equipment.
Removing contaminated porous/semi-porous materials and cleaning non-porous materials.
Structural remediation and contamination prevention methods.
Understand how to determine the source, set-up containment and negative pressure, safely remove moldy materials, eliminate mold and protect surfaces from future mold growth. Also demonstrates mold clearance testing and analyzing the lab results from the project.
As you complete each lesson, you will use interactive flash cards and take practice quizzes that will test and verify your knowledge simultaneously through instant computerized feedback. Your computer records the results so you can easily track your progress. The course includes Remediation Proposal Templates you can use to calculate the estimated cost and timeline of the job. When you finish the course and pass the final exam, you will be a Certified Mold Remediator (CMR) and possess the knowledge and skills needed to start a full or part-time business.
Mold Remediation and Restoration
Any home or commercial property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should call us to inspect
Some restoration companies advertise “mold removal” and may even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy because removing all mold from a house or business is impossible; microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors.
Here are the facts:
Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
The Mold Remediation Process
Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:
Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
Cleaning Contents and Belongings