- stop the mold growth
- correct the conditions that allow mold to flourish
- mitigate the damage
- protect human health
- “0” = Minimal Hazard
- “1” = Slight Hazard
- “2” = Moderate Hazard
- “3” = Serious Hazard
- “4” = Severe Hazard
Mold remediation isn't a DIY Job
Mold usually enters a home via airborne spores. Most mold species love dark, warm, humid places, but molds can grow anywhere and in virtually any temperature as long as it has access to moisture and nutrients. In the home, mold can pose serious health threats to people who are sensitive to it.
Molds, mildews, mushrooms and yeast growth are all signs of a moisture imbalance in a home. Locating and correcting the source of moisture is essential to permanently inhibiting mold growth. Mold often forms in a home following serious or prolonged water damage. The source of the water damage can be a leaking pipe, ice dams, a leaky roof, damaged gutters, foundation cracks, or poorly sealed windows and doors. Mold can also grow in basements and crawl spaces, bathrooms and kitchens.
Sometimes, extensive water damage caused by violent storms (like hurricanes), can trigger mold growth in a home. In other cases, inadequate ventilation, naturally high ambient humidity or improper drainage may cause prolonged elevated moisture conditions inside a home. Studies show that mold growth can be activated if surfaces in a home have an elevated moisture condition lasting as little as 48-72 hours.
Once mold growth begins in a home, immediate action is essential to:
We’ve identified about 100,000 species of mold. Fortunately only about 500 of them (about one-half of one percent), are known to cause human health problems. Mold exposure can occur through inhalation, ingestion or skin contact. Commonly, exposure to one or more of these toxic molds can cause a variety of health issues, including asthma problems in individuals who have the condition; rashes; headaches; and respiratory tract illnesses. Some species of mold can cause neurological problems, cancer or liver failure in sensitive individuals.
Molds also release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air around them. These emissions create the telltale "musty" mold smell in areas where mold growth is active.
If you discover mold growth in your home, it's important to leave it undisturbed! Undisturbed mold poses a much lower health hazard to most people than disturbed mold. Once mold has been disturbed, the process of remediation becomes more difficult, and the risks to human health increase. If you locate mold, contact a mold remediation specialist like CESI for help.
Is Sanitizing Ductwork in Your Home Necessary?
These include the evaporator coil and condensate pan (because they stay wet during air conditioning season and can act as a partial filter throughout the year), the filter section (because it is the point of capture for many of the contaminants), and the blower section (because it is a point of significant buildup over time).
We treat coils with a non-acid coil cleaner and Benefect as an anti-microbial. We treat blower and filter sections with an emulsifier for grease and dirt removal, also followed by Benefect as an anti-microbial.
Benefect is an all-natural anti-microbial made from plant oils. The health rating on Benefect is “0,” which means that there is almost no health risk.
Important Note: Health rating of materials was developed by the NPCA (National Paint & Coatings Association) as a compliance aid for the OSHA Hazardous Communication Standard. These ratings run from “0” to “4”:
Make sure you identify the hazard level of any materials used in your home’s HVAC System. Otherwise, you may be trading a dust or mold contamination issue for a chemical contamination issue.
There are all kinds of "magic goop" that can be applied after affected material removal and then HEPA vacuuming - removal is still paramount. I believe the truth of it is, unless we verify with sampling ...we offer nothing more than an opinion or maybe even an educated opinion (and you know what they say about opinions!). When you're sitting in a courtroom and the lawyer says, "Oh yeh .. prove it" you'll wish you had some physical proof to back you up. When you bid a job at $10,000 and some one with a pickup truck and a shop vac bids $1200, what makes him wrong if it's all just an opinion! I'll put my faith in some form of science. I was recently asked by an insurance company to verify that a client had cleaned up his own basement, which puts me on the hook legally if I clear it ... without testing.
What good are we if all we can say is "I guess so!"
Please accept this letter as an expression of gratitude and praise for your services and as a high recommendation for future clientele. We found our business with CESI to be highly professional, fairly priced, prompt, and thorough. We were most impressed with the speed and accuracy of your work, and your candidness in the matters at hand. Your guaranteed work gives us peace of mind, knowing that our house was properly and professionally remediated, and that the work you provided was backed by your guarantee. I would highly recommend CESI for any and all home or environmental cleaning services.Dr. Dennis M. Summers