MOLD TESTING AND REMEDIATION
Over the past few years mold has become an environmental and health hot button. However, mold naturally occurs in our outdoor environment and regularly infiltrates our indoor spaces. So, how do you determine what is or is not harmful?
It is important to know that there are many varieties of mold. A person’s reaction to each type of mold is dependent on their body’s specific trigger or allergy.
To people with sever allergies any mold type in any quantity COULD be harmful. However, to the general population mold spores only become hazardous when the indoor environment provides the specific conditions needed for existing spores to settle, colonize, and grow. So, don’t be overly afraid of the “M” word and don’t be bullied by scare tactics of companies that view mold as their personal gold mine.
If you are concerned that there may be a mold problem in your home or business based on health issues or odors, but you see no visible evidence of growth or moisture – mold testing is for you. This is a sampling of your indoor air compared to the outside air. This provides a spore count. If the count inside is higher than the count outside a recommendation of cleaning/remediation procedures will be provided. Likewise, if there are mold types that exist inside, but do not exist outside recommendations will be made.
If you have visible growth related to a specific water event, a recommendation can be provided based upon a visual inspection. Any remediation company would likely request testing prior to and following cleaning as this is the only way we can be certain that indoor air is returned to a normal level.
Mold remediation procedures do not vary based on the type of mold that is present. The steps are to identify and stop the source, contain the affected area, remove or clean all materials within the affected area, and then repair as needed.
Mold can be a serious problem, but it does not have to be. If you feel you have a mold issue give us a call and let us take care of it for you. If you feel you have health problems related to mold call your health care provider.