What Is Mold?
- Molds and mildews are simple, microscopic organisms that can grow virtually anywhere if they have adequate moisture, nutrients, and appropriate temperatures.
- Molds and mildews can be very destructive to the materials on which they grow, and where colonies are extensive they can produce enough spores and by-products to be harmful to health.
- Some of the most commonly found molds are species of Cladosporium, Penicillium, and Aspergillus.
- Stachybotrys is a type of mold that has been associated with negative health effects in people. It is a greenish-black mold that can grow on materials with high cellulose content – such as sheet rock, drywall, ceiling tiles, and wood – that become chronically moist or water damaged.
How Does Mold Grow?
- Mold seeks moisture, warmth, and food.
- Most materials found in homes will support the growth of mold if they become damp, such as particle board, paper, painted walls, wood, carpet, sheet rock, leather, cloth, and many more.
- Flooding, leaking water pipes or fixtures, backed-up or faulty drain plumbing, leaky roofs, and damp basements or crawl spaces are all sources of indoor moisture that can encourage mold growth.
Is Mold Harmful?
- Most Types of mold are routinely encountered and are not hazardous to healthy individuals. However, long term exposure may cause or worsen conditions such as asthma, hay fever, or other allergies.
- Most long term exposures occur from mold growth within buildings where conditions exist that support mold growth. Mold levels within the controlled environment of a structure can be exponentially higher than found in nature.
- Molds (such as Stachybotrys) can produce mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are also neurotoxins, which have been determined to cause neurological damage.
- Mycotoxins may cause illness in people who are sensitive to them, or if they are exposed to large amounts in the air, or from long term exposure.
- Exposure can occur if someone inhales the spores, handles moldy materials, or accidentally ingests it.
What Can You Do About Mold?
- Respond Promptly to get professionals on site when you see signs of moisture and/or mold growth, or when leaks, spills, or back-ups occur.
- Properly Clean and dry any damp, wet, or contaminated items, furnishings, and building materials within 24 -48 hours of an occurrence to prevent mold growth. Improper cleaning can make the problem worse!
- Fix The Source of moisture, such as broken or leaking pipes or fixtures, sewage back-ups, moisture generating source (such as an improperly vented appliance), or other contributing factors As Soon As Possible.
- Absorbent materials such as drywall, ceiling tiles, carpet padding, etc. may need to be properly disposed of and replaced.
Improperly Cleaning Molds Can Put Your Own Health at Risk and Increase the Area of Contamination
Main Services Delivered:
- Sewage Extraction/Septic Tank
- Hazardous Materials Removal
- Pack-out/Itemization/Video Records
Before: Dry wall with mold grow.
Before: Excessive retained moisture has allowed for extensive mold growth!
After: Containment Setup.