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Is mold remediation the same thing as mold removal?
Simply put, no. Microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere. It doesn't matter if you are indoors or outdoors. If someone promises they can get rid of all mold. They are living a fantasy, and you should be careful of anyone making claims likes this.
Because we have inspected, investigated, remediated, and retested so many projects, we understand the science behind mold and its growth. Our goal is to remove active breeding grounds, eliminate the active mold and mold growth, and bring spore counts back to normal levels.
Black Mold Remediation
Many people have heard of the different types of mold, but one always stands out and we get asked about it more than any other kind – black mold. It has the worst reputation of any other type of mold out there. A simple Google search of black mold will give you millions of searches pertaining to black mold removal, black mold remediation, etc. There is definitely a reason why black mold has such a horrible reputation. Black mold affects humans far greater than other types of mold because of its toxicity. All Pro Contracting Services by using our proven black mold remediation techniques.
Mold Remediation Process
Our process is very intensive, especially in the beginning. We believe that the best plan is made only after the most thorough of investigations. This is the only way to ensure that you are mitigating the entire problem and not just a portion of it. Ensuring our service is done properly and we have eliminated the problem completely is our number one concern.
At All Pro Contracting Services, we believe in understanding the whole issue then creating a detailed plan for mold removal. When the actual mold remediation process has begun we will simply follow through on our plan. Then follow-up with re-test to verify that everything is clean. Those steps are:
This step involves more than just looking at what is visibly growing on the walls, ceilings, and other areas. Mold can be a completely invisible intruder, simply waiting for the right conditions. It grows behind what you can see in areas that are hard to reach and impossible to see without special instrumentation. We check extensively using cutting-edge technology to search for hidden mold by accessing any hard to reach areas that may otherwise be ignored.
Once the mold locations have been determined, an identification of the source is begun. When All Pro Contracting Services knows the source of the moisture and how it gets into the home, we begin the next step.
Mold can spread rapidly under the right conditions. For this reason, All Pro Contracting Services goes to great lengths to determine the total extent of the mold intrusion. Our goal is to clean up the mold growing within your building and to eliminate further exposure to any mold.
All Pro Contracting Services will document the mold issue thoroughly. This may be done in a few ways: written, photo, and/or video. The documentation will provide everything needed to create a successful remediation plan.
With all relevant documentation in hand, All Pro will create a step-by-step plan to completely remediate the mold issue. Included in this plan will be:
- the scope of work
- the schedule
- any testing necessary
This phase is as basic as it seems. All Pro Contracting Services has a simple way to do high-quality work. It starts by properly planning the work. This is completed by this phase. Now we just live by our plan.
Plan the work, Work the plan.
Ensuring that all work was completed is simply not enough. Remember that mold can remain hidden. For this reason, we go back and re-test to exacting standards to verify that harmful types of mold like black mold do not remain.
What is Mold?
Mold - a superficial often woolly growth produced especially on damp or decaying organic matter or on living organisms by a fungus (as of the order Mucorales) 2 : a fungus that produces mold.Meriam Webster Dictionary
Basically, mold is a fungi. It can be found both indoors, outdoors, and under buildings. The exact number of mold species known to exist is uncertain but it ranges from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousand.
Mold spreads through the production of spores. Spores, unlike the mold itself, can survive conditions bright & sunny, too hot, too cold, very dry or extremely wet. Spores are transported by air, water, or other forms of contact to new locations.
Molds spread in moist environments. Mold is indiscriminant. It doesn't care whether the moisture was created by a broken pipe, a flood, a tiny leak, or Florida's high humidity.
Mold needs 4 things to thrive:
- Water - Mold can not grow without it.
- Air - mold needs oxygen to survive.
- Food - Mold requires organic material as a food source.
- Temperature - The ideal temperature for mold is between 40° - 100° F
When the conditions are right it doesn't take much for mold to grow, they only need an organic food source, such as cellulose, unfortunately this is abundantly available in building materials (e.g., wood and drywall). In fact, mold can begin to take hold in some environments in as little as 48 hours.
Signs of Mold
There are signs that you can look for that may be evidence of mold. Just because you see one of these signs it doesn't mean you have mold it means, it is time to call a mold remediation specialist.
- dark spots on your ceiling, floors or walls
- Musty odors
- mildew are
- Respiratory and allergy symptoms
Special Concerns with Mold
Mold can have many negative consequences, however, there are considerations beyond what is known:
- It can cause health issues
- It can compromise a building's structural integrity
- It spreads rapidly in the right conditions
- It can hide behind walls and under floors undetected
How Does Mold Affect People?
With molds there is a potential for health problems. Many times molds are not a problem indoors. Just like outside there are molds and mold spores everywhere. The problem comes when a mold spore lands in a wet or even damp location. Then it begins to grow.
Molds produce things known as Allergens. These are irritants and things that can cause an allergic reaction in sensitive individuals. The allergi reactions are typically symptoms similar to hay fever: sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and rash. These types of responses to mold are very common and they can be immediate or delayed.
Some people are allergic to mold. These people can experience an asthma attack. Additionally, after exposure to mold, some people get an irritation in the eyes, throat, nose, lungs, and skin. This can happen in people that are both allergic and not.
Research on the health effects of mold continues in research facilities. If you would like more information on this topic please visit the Florida Health Department or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mold websites.
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