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MOLD!!! It's a scary word. But, don't reach for the bleach. That can make it worse in the long run. And don't feel like you have to live behind a paper mask or respirator. Just call us. We will conduct a professional assessment, make recommendations, and conduct the necessary mold abatement.
In reality, mold is part of our everyday life. We are around it all the time. Problems occur when mold...
If any combination of these occurs, or you suspect that is the case, it's best to call us. As mold removal professionals we deal with mold safely and efficiently. Our work is guided by the ASNI approved S520 Standards of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We know how to control indoor air quality through use of dehumidification, HEPPA quality air filtration, structural containment, destruction of mold colonies, and removal of affected materials. Depending on the situation, we may even work with strategic partners in environmental testing to perform pre and post sampling to determine mold species and verify that our mold removal work is thorough.
WHAT NOT TO DO WHEN YOU FIND MOLD
Bleach is NOT the answer. It provides effective mold cleaning only on non-porous surfaces such as class and ceramic. Even then, it has to be done right. When dealing with mold colonies on porous and semi-porous materials, bleach will not kill the colony at a sub-surface level. Also, micro-nutrients in bleach may actually feed mold colonies, causing mold growth worse then before. So, don't use bleach to remove mold on porous and semi-porous materials.
Don't hire contractors that are not well versed in the IICRC S520 Standards. It is these standards that minimize health and property risks during the mold clean up process.
Don't disturb a mold colony by touching it or blowing air on it to dry it out. Some species of mold, if disturbed, actually respond by a rapid and intense release of viable spores. This can further compromise indoor air quality and possibly contaminate adjacent area not previously affected.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND MOLD
If there is excessive moisture associated with the mold, find and stop that source of moisture.
Cover the mold with plastic and tape the edges.
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