Recent Mold Remediation Posts
The IICRC and Mold Principles
The IICRC outlines five major principles of mold remediation.
1. Make sure safety and health precautions are taken by cleanup professionals, such as SERVPRO. 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.
Application of these principles may involve multiple disciplines and professionals from a wide range of restoration and indoor environmental fields.
Mold and the Truth about it
Mold occurs naturally throughout the environment- both indoors and outdoors. In fact, mold spores could probably be found in nearly every structure in the United States, regardless of how new or clean the structure is. That's because mold is no more dangerous than dust or pollen.
Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.
If there us an ongoing moisture problem in your office, your home, or in your customers home, it is important to be alert for:
- The presence of visible mold
- strong, musty odors which may indicate mold is present
- Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have cause mold growth
If you suspect your home or business is suffering from a mold problem, call SERVPRO. We will call in a air consultant to take air samples and come up with a proper protocol.
Some interesting facts that every person should know about mold before calling the professionals in. Outdoor mold exists nearly everywhere. Most likely, every home has mold somewhere. Not all mold is harmfully toxic but it can certainly cause allergy problems. Mold helps break down, or decompose, organic material. Mold growth in a home is not limited to flooding & water damage – any exposure to moisture such as a lawn sprinkler, condensation, steam in example from an unvented shower in the bathroom or periodic leaking that is not attended to will foster the growth of mold. And your homeowner insurance may specifically exclude coverage for damage directly related to mold.
As you can see, mold in general is not the most exciting thing on the planet. At least I would rather watch mold grow then watch paint dry. When it comes to mold, don’t try to be a self-proclaimed expert, just call in the professionals. Once the right professional is called and verifies that is in fact mold, then you call in the mold mitigation and remediation team of SERVPRO.
Mold Safety Tips
If you think you see mold in your home, do not disturb it. The reason to not do that is you can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your entire home. When mold is disturbed it can release microscopic mold spores that easily become airborne with the ability to circulate inside your home, which is what you want to avoid happening.
What Not to DO:
- Do not blow air across any surfaces with suspected or visible mold growth.
- Do not spray bleach or any other disinfectants on the mold.
- Do not attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Do not disturb or touch the mold.
What to Do:
- Make sure you stay out of any area that you suspect has mold growth.
- Turn your HVAC and any fans you have off.
- Contact SERVPRO.
Here at SERVPRO we are specialists in mold cleanup, remediation and restoration. Our crews are highly trained and certified restoration professionals. We will call in a air consultant to take air samples and come up with a proper protocol. We will then use specialized techniques and equipment to properly remediate your mold problem safely and in a timely manner.
Mold Mitigation and Remediation
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals work to control and remove mold contaminants while protecting the health and safety of building occupants. When a water leak or intrusion occurs in your residence or business location, act promptly! Contact SERVPRO within 24-48 hours for thorough clean-up and drying of the resulting water damage. Water can damage materials in two ways: first, by direct contact with water; and second, by absorption of moisture from the air. SERVPRO restoration professionals must establish an environment for favorable drying; however, depending on the extent of the water damage, removal of all water-damaged materials might be necessary to prevent or limit mold growth. Moisture control is the key to mold control.
If you are suspect mold may be present in your property, call SERVPRO to help you begin a assessment. We will call in a air consultant to take air samples and come up with a proper protocol.
Controlling Mold Growth
Mold is likely to grow in places that are dark, warm, and humid. These places include kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. It’s also likely to grow in places that have previously had a water damage that wasn’t dried properly. If you smell something musty in the air or see black spots growing on your walls, you may have mold.
How to Control Mold Growth
- Fix anything that is leaking. That includes pipes, windows, and roofs. A leaking structure or pipe that isn’t fixed will eventually cause mold growth and damage the structure that is absorbing its moisture. Most people discover a leaking roof or pipe when they see secondary damage to their home, like a small pool of water on the floor or a water spot on their ceiling.
- Control the humidity in your home. Mold likes to grow in high humidity. An appropriate humidity level for your home is 40-50% Relative Humidity (RH). In the winter months, it may be lower than 40% RH. You can purchase a home hygrometer (a humidity meter) and temperature gauge at your local home and hardware store or online for less than $10.
- Ventilate humid areas. Humid areas in homes are typically the kitchen, shower, and laundry areas where warm water is used. After doing any of these activities, turn on your ventilation fan.
- Hire an experienced and proven water damage cleanup company. If your property experiences flooding, hire a company with a record of successfully cleaning water damages from properties. This company should extract water and monitor your property as it dries. Ask for documentation to verify your structure has been properly dried.
If you find or suspect mold growing in your home, call SERVPRO. We will call in a air consultant to take air samples and come up with a proper protocol. After that we will assess your property and remediate your mold and help you find the cause of the mold and properly take care of it.