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Mold is an environmental concern that requires remediation

There are more than 100,000 species of mold. Of these, 200 have been proven toxic to humans. Mycotoxins are potentially toxic chemicals that are present on certain species of spores and small fragments of mold and fungus that are released into the air. Human exposure to mycotoxins can cause attacks on vital systems such as immune system, nervous system (headaches, fatigue, muscle & joint pain, nausea, depression, and memory loss), gastrointestinal system, respiratory system, and vascular system. Mold can be more serious for those with existing breathing disorders, allergy sufferers, and those with weaker immune systems (chronically ill persons, infants, children, and elderly).

The most common indoor molds need the following conditions to grow and survive:

1. Moisture:  Mold does not need a lot of water to grow. Small amounts of water from leaks and condensations are enough to encourage mold growth. Common sites for indoor mold growth include:

  • Bathroom tile and grout
  • Basement walls
  • Areas around windows
  • Water fountains and surrounding area

Common sources of water or moisture include:

  • Roof leaks
  • Condensation due to high humidity or cold spots in a building
  • Slow leaks in plumbing fixtures
  • Humidification systems
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Floods

2. Food Source: In addition to moisture, mold needs nutrients, or food, to grow. Mold can grow on virtually any organic substance. Most buildings are rich sources of organic materials that mold can use as food, including:

  • Textiles such as carpet and draperies
  • Adhesives (wall paper glue)
  • Wood and building materials

3. Temperature: The ideal temperature for most mold to grow is between 68-86 degrees Fahrenheit.

Why choose professional remediation:

Mold remediation must completely eliminate the mold. Killing mold or drying mold-infested surfaces are insufficient methods of remediation. Dead molds have the potential to cause illness. Drying mold and then removing it can cause more problems; increased dryness of mold only adds to its airborne mobility.

Professional mold remediation is the recommended path to take. Trained mold remediation crews have knowledge, tools and safety equipment not normally available to the general public. Additionally, hiring a professional insures the following:

The process of professional mold remediation is:

  • Dry the area – identify the source of moisture and ensure that the source of water intrusion is repaired. Indoor environment should not exceed 60% Relative Humidity.
  • Containment – creating an area of containment isolates the work area; protecting both the occupants and the contents of the building.
  • Remediation – includes HEPA vacuum and physical removal of all affected materials (mold contamination needs to be removed since both allergic and toxic properties of mold remain in dead organisms and spores)
  • Restoration – Antimicrobial agents may be applied to the affected structure. Contents affected by microbial growth can be restored at our facility. Any necessary structural repairs are coordinated with our project managers and construction coordinators.

What to expect during the remediation process:

  • IICRC certified professionals working directly with the customer throughout the remediation process.
  • Air samples are taken by Compleat Environmental Services and evaluated by an independent third-party laboratory within a few days.
  • Full explanation of all processes and procedures to customers.
  • Clean and safe working environments are maintained throughout remediation.

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