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Who needs Air Quality Testing and Mold Remediation?
- Anyone purchasing a home
- Individuals experiencing unexplained chronic upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheezing
- Persons experiencing exacerbated Asthma symptoms for no apparent reason.
- Persons smelling musty smells in their building
- After finding unexplained water spots or discoloration on walls, ceilings, or floors
Mold in a home, school or business needs to be removed as soon as possible!
Mold in a home, school or business needs to be removed as soon as possible! Handling mold without the proper equipment and experience can be very hazardous to your health. Many things must be considered before starting any mold clean up. For example, cleaners such as bleach or ammonia will release mold spores into the air. This creates even more contamination and adds to the problem. Cross contamination can lead to a small fungal contamination being spread across other areas of your home or office.
Inappropriate handling of mold and fungal contamination can lead to unintentional negative consequences. It is important to have the knowledgeable professionals at ServiceMaster Fire and Water Restoration by Hopkins assist you. We identify the specific mold or fungal contamination then work to quickly correct the problem. Whether it is a crawl space, wall, floor, attic, or other part of your home or business, we can help.
To schedule a mold inspection or removal services today,
call 276-521-9200 or request an appointment online.
Overview of The Remediation Process
Air Quality Testing
The first step in the process is testing the air quality. A professional air quality test gives you and our team information about the nature and extent of your mold problems. Information from the test identifies potential hazardous substances in your living space. Air quality tests compare the outdoor and indoor mold levels. After air samples are taken, they are sent to the lab and analyzed. The lab results provide a detailed analysis of the species and levels of spores in the air, both inside and outside of your building. Mold is a normal part of our environment. However, when more fungal contaminants exist inside than outside it provides evidence of an indoor fungal contamination. We are able to identify the specific type of mold that exists. This informs our team about the appropriate method of mold remediation and removal.
Air Quality Tests Are Important and Necessary
Anyone purchasing a new home should inspect the Air Quality
Examining the Air Quality in a home you are thinking about buying can be essential in knowing the extent of any unseen mold or fungus. Even the nicest and clean homes can have mold hiding in crawl spaces, walls, behind paint, or a variety of other areas. Previous water damage can be easily hidden but the remains of the mold damage can be found through a simple air quality test. It is important to be well informed when making large purchasing decisions for your family. Even if mold is discovered in your dream home then damage can likely be corrected before you purchase the home or move in. Remediation and removal can begin once the issue has been found. Finding the issue before purchasing the home can provide you with the knowledge for the best decision for you and your family.
Identify Type of Mold/Mold Species and the severity of the contamination
Determine Potential Health Risks of Unseen Fungus and Mold
Identifying the type of mold is important in determining a proper course of action. It is important to know if you are, have been, or in the case of new home purchases, if you will be exposed to contaminated air. Some mold species produce mycotoxins that are associated with many negative health effects. Molds that produce allergens are the most common and allergy symptoms are a direct result. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has found a link between indoor exposure to mold and upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people. Asthma symptoms can also be exacerbated. Over 100 species of mold fungi are known to cause infection in humans. Many spores are recognized as toxic and are highly disease causing. Severe health complications can result from exposure to these kinds of spores such as Stachybotrys.
Determine Spore Count Levels of Mold Species
Spore counts detect the degree of active mold growth by indicating the quantity and concentration of mold spores in a specific area or location. High spore count levels are indicators of active mold growth which can be directly correlated to health problems and physical property damage.
Determine Containment Areas and Appropriate Remediation
Lab reports indicating high spore levels are usually related to areas where moisture or water intrusions have happened. Knowing this can help identify and isolated specific areas of containment. Laboratory data that indicates the level and type of fungal contamination is crucial to developing a scope of work/protocol. The reality is that many mold issues are hidden in crawlspaces, wall and ceiling cavities, behind kitchen and bathroom cabinet’s, behind shower and bathtubs.
Without the laboratory data, it would be impossible to determine how widespread the fungal contamination has become. You would literally need to cut inspection holes throughout the walls and ceilings in their home, pull up all of their flooring, and tear out their cabinets without the proper data. This information can be discovered by a simple indoor air sample. This information can save you money with targeted intervention.
If professional services are indicated, the recommendations vary depending on the extent of the contamination. They may include negative air and air scrubbing inside and outside of the contained areas, HEPA sanding and vacuuming of surfaces, cleaning and covering household items and furnishings, treatment with approved chemicals, or the removal of contaminated materials such as drywall, flooring, insulation, etc. The bottom line is that it is important either to rule out a mold issue or to receive expert advice in the appropriate handling of the issue.
To schedule a mold inspection or mold remediation services today, call 276-521-9200 or request an appointment online.