More and more people have become aware of the potential health risks created when water-damaged structures are not dried out quickly and correctly. Mold may be responsible for a “sick building syndrome,” allergic reactions, and other health problems. Mold growth is often invisible to the naked eye and confined to crawlspaces, the interior of wall and ceiling cavities, HVAC ducting, and other inaccessible locations. Most mold species require high levels of moisture during initial growth but can mature and reproduce at much lower moisture levels. EMERG-NC Professional Restoration Specialists can help prevent mold growth by providing rapid response and efficient drying utilizing the most appropriate, state-of-the-art equipment for the job. There are numerous articles and news stories about mold in an indoor environment and the health hazards it can create. Sometimes questions arise, such as: What should I do when mold is growing in my home? Does it matter what kind of mold it is? How can I help ensure it will not come back?
Mold is the term used to describe a very large group of fungi. Molds are vital to the earth’s ecosystem, aiding in the decomposition of dead organic materials. They grow wherever there is moisture – both indoors and out.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), microscopic mold spores are everywhere, in the air and on surfaces. The CDC states: “Mold growth, which often looks like spots, can be many different colors, and can smell musty. If you can see or smell mold, a health risk may be present. You do not need to know the type of mold growing in your home. The CDC does not recommend or perform routine sampling for molds. No matter what type of mold is present, you should remove it. Since the effect of mold on people can vary greatly, either because of the amount or type of mold, you cannot rely on sampling and culturing to know your health risk. Also, good sampling for mold can be expensive, and standards for judging what is and what is not an acceptable quantity of mold have not been set. The best practice is to remove the mold and work to prevent future growth… If mold is growing in your home, you need to clean up the mold and fix the moisture problem.”
Based on the CDC recommendation, anytime you find mold in your home, you should locate and fix the source of the moisture (such as a leaky pipe or seepage around a window), otherwise mold will return after its removal. If the area of mold contamination is large (more than about ten square feet), or if you are concerned with the health risks dealing with mold, consult EMERG-NC Property Rescuers Professional Restorers to clean the mold and remove necessary materials or items.
Moisture must be removed before mold gets established. If mold has already established a foothold, EMERG-NC Property Rescuers Professional Restorers will be able to take the necessary actions and steps to prevent further contamination and to eliminate the problem. We are trained and certified personnel that are able to mitigate the damage properly and quickly, since we know that time is the enemy!
EMERG-NC Property Rescuers Professional Restorers have the training, expertise, and state-of-the-science metering and drying equipment to completely remove the mold from the indoor environment. We can also help with project assessment, providing guidance on the best course of action.