Absolutely Dry understands the importance of dealing with mold growth or potential mold exposures as quickly as possible. The quicker we can respond to a situation, the better chance we have to prevent more mold growth and contain what has already accumulated, especially in the event of water loss. Every situation of mold is different and we can provide the appropriate solution for your unique exposure. When dealing with a mold problem it is very important to work with an experienced company that can set guidelines and protocols to help ensure the proper removal and disposal of affected areas.
What is mold?
Mold is a naturally occurring organism that can be found both indoors and outdoors. Mold is alive, but is neither a plant nor an animal. It is a type of fungus. While small amounts of mold are common in everyday life, elevated levels of mold inside your home may be a cause for concern. Some people are sensitive to molds, and exposure can cause symptoms such as eye irritation, stuffiness, and can worsen the symptoms of asthma.
If your home has mold inside it anywhere, the first ones that are going to show symptoms of exposure will be your children, the elderly, and your pets. Those groups are particularly susceptible to the health complications associated with mold and mildew exposure. This can include breathing problems, rashes, headaches, sneezing, hoarseness, or even just a constant runny or blocked nose. These could be signs of more serious problems, so why wait on getting the service that your home needs to determine if you have a mold problem?
Molds are divided into 3 basic groups:
- Allergenic: Molds that can cause symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, and runny nose.
- Pathogenic: Molds that can cause suppressed immune systems.
- Toxic: Molds that can cause serious health effects in almost anyone.
Mold and sewage backups contaminate indoor environments and create unhealthy and possibly dangerous conditions and degrade building materials. We follow The Clean Trust approved S520 standards to safely contain, remove and replace the affected building structures to ensure the building is returned to the pre-loss condition. Our foremost concern is with the containment of the area and the safety of the technicians and the building occupants.
Containment and Removal
Successful microbial remediation is partly about containment and removal. With mold, the work area needs to be contained so microbial contamination cannot be spread elsewhere. High efficiency air scrubbers are used to capture mold spores from the air while the structure is being cleaned and repaired. This helps reduce the chance of cross contamination and secondary damage.
Mold Prevention Tips
- Fix leaky plumbing and leaks in the building envelope as soon as possible.
- Watch for condensation and wet spots. Fix source(s) of moisture problem(s) as soon as possible.
- Prevent moisture due to condensation by increasing surface temperature or reducing the moisture level in air (humidity). To increase surface temperature, insulate or increase air circulation. To reduce the moisture level in air, repair leaks, increase ventilation (if outside air is cold and dry), or dehumidify (if outdoor air is warm and humid).
- Keep heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) drip pans clean, flowing properly, and unobstructed.
- Vent moisture-generating appliances, such as dryers, to the outside where possible.
- Maintain low indoor humidity, below 60% relative humidity (RH), ideally 30-50%, if possible.
- Perform regular building/HVAC inspections and maintenance as scheduled.
- Clean and dry wet or damp spots within 48 hours.
- Don't let foundations stay wet. Provide drainage and slope the ground away from the foundation.