Mold Removal & Mold Remediation
will schedule a visit to your home to evaluate your mold issues.
completion of the initial pre-test, the specialist will provide a
scope of work detailing steps to be taken to make sure the mold is
fully removed. At this point PSI Clean Specialists’ professionally
trained technicians will follow the mold
remediation and mold
removal scope of work, set
up proper containment of contaminated areas, and properly remove your
mold issue. [more]
What are molds?
Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one
knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens
of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow
best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce
by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions,
such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.
What are some of the common indoor molds?
How do molds affect people?
Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, exposure to molds
can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing,
or skin irritation. Some people, such as those with serious allergies
to molds, may have more severe reactions. Some people with chronic
lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may develop mold
infections in their lungs.
In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM)
found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold
with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise
healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with
hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated
condition. The IOM also found limited or suggestive evidence linking
indoor mold exposure and respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children.
Where are molds found?
Molds are found in virtually every environment and can be detected, both indoors
and outdoors, year round. Mold growth is encouraged by warm and humid conditions.
Outdoors they can be found in shady, damp areas or places where leaves or other
vegetation is decomposing. Indoors they can be found where humidity levels are
high, such as basements or showers.
How can people decrease mold exposure?
Sensitive individuals should
avoid areas that are likely to have mold, such as compost piles,
cut grass, and wooded areas. Inside homes, mold growth can be slowed
by controlling humidity levels and ventilating showers and cooking
areas. If there is mold growth in your home, you should clean up
the mold and fix the water problem. Mold growth can be removed from
hard surfaces with commercial products, soap and water, or a bleach
solution of no more than 1 cup of bleach in 1 gallon of water.
If you choose to use bleach to clean up mold:
- Never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners.
Mixing bleach with ammonia or other cleaning products will produce
dangerous, toxic fumes.
- Open windows and doors to provide fresh air.
- Wear non-porous gloves and protective eye wear.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when
using bleach or any other cleaning product.
- Keep humidity levels as low as you can - no higher than
50%--all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help
you keep the level low. Bear in mind that humidity levels change
over the course of a day with changes in the moisture in the air
and the air temperature, so you will need to check the humidity
levels more than once a day.
- Use an air conditioner or a dehumidifier during humid months.
- Be sure the home has adequate ventilation, including exhaust
- Add mold inhibitors to paints before application.
- Clean bathrooms with mold killing products.
- Do not carpet bathrooms and basements.
- Remove or replace previously soaked carpets and upholstery.
What areas have high mold exposures?
- Antique shops
- Construction areas
- Flower shops
- Summer cottages
I found mold growing in my home, how do I test the mold?
it is not necessary to identify the species of mold growing in a
residence, and CDC does not recommend routine sampling for molds.
Current evidence indicates that allergies are the type of diseases
most often associated with molds. Since the susceptibility of individuals
can vary greatly either because of the amount or type of mold, sampling
and culturing are not reliable in determining your health risk. If
you are susceptible to mold and mold is seen or smelled, there is
a potential health risk; therefore, no matter what type of mold is
present, you should arrange for its removal.