Archive for January, 2011

How is mold remediation done?

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

There are several methods used to eliminate mold from a building or home. One of the most popular is media blasting. As this article describes, media blasting uses gritty, abrasive substances applied with high pressure to clean a surface. Different substances are used, and each has its advantages and disadvantages.

Some media, such as sand and grit blasting, won’t actually destroy mold but will break it up into airborne particles that can spread elsewhere. Others, such as soda blasting, leave a lot of dust that has to be cleaned up afterward. Dry ice blasting can eliminate mold without producing a lot of residue, but can also strip away some of the surface being cleaned.

If you’d like to know more about media blasting, contact us. We can discuss the pros and cons with you to determine the right media for you.

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Signs of a mold problem

Friday, January 21st, 2011

This page on toxic black mold offers a lot of great information not just on black mold, but all types of mold. It’s a little hard to read because signs of a mold problem are mixed in with causes of mold problems. To help sort it out, we’ll focus on the signs.

  • Musty odors are one the best signs of mold. It’s clear when you detect them and they can guide you to the source of the problem.
  • Allergy symptoms and signs of toxic poisoning such as headaches, dizziness, and concentration problems can indicate a problem. If so, these signs also show the mold is having an effect on health and requires immediate response.
  • Discoloration on the walls or ceiling points to a water leak. Yellow stains could indicate just water, but green, brown, or black stains indicate mold growth. Cracked or peeling paint is another sign.
  • Warped wood is evidence of excess moisture, and mold almost always follows excess moisture.
  • Finally, and most obviously, visible black, green and brown spots are probably mold itself.

If you detect any of these signs, it’s important to get your home inspected and any mold eliminated. Contact us and we can handle the whole process from inspection to remediation.

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Mold prevention basics

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Though there are many hints and tips when it comes to mold prevention, there are some pretty basic principles that make it pretty simple. Mold needs air, moisture and a food source to grow. You can’t eliminate air from a home nor can you get rid of all food sources because almost any surface is food for mold. You’re left with controlling moisture to prevent mold, and this article provides the basics for reducing moisture in your home.

Proper ventilation is essential for all areas of the home including attics and crawlspaces. Ventilation keeps moisture moving so mold can’t use it to grow. Preventing condensation is another major factor because condensation means water sitting on surfaces. Eliminating clutter is third consideration for preventing mold. Clutter inhibits proper air flow and provides more surfaces for mold growth.

We hope you’ll be able to prevent mold outbreaks by following these principles, but they can still happen. If they do, contact us. We can diagnose and correct your mold problem.

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How the Indoor Air Quality Association helps you

Friday, January 7th, 2011

One of the associations of which we’re a proud member is the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA). It’s a membership that benefits both us and our customers. There is a lot of information about the association on its homepage, but here are the important aspects.

The IAQA sponsors research on the best practices for improving indoor air quality, then offering education on such methods to its members like us. Therefore, when you work with and IAQA member, you know you’re getting the most quality service out there. The process to become an IAQA member is intense, so you know an IAQA member is well-educated and professional. Another benefit of the IAQA, is that it provides a helpful guide to its members to make it easy to for you to find a member near you.

You can learn more about the IAQA on its homepage. For more on the quality, IAQA-approved services we provide, contact us.

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Preventing mold in the home

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Let’s hit the basics on mold growth in the home. There are many hints out there on preventing mold growth, and we intend to provide a lot of them. However, it helps to have a basic understanding on how mold grows in order to understand how and why the hints work. For a clear explanation, we recommend this page from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In order to grow, mold needs three things: oxygen, moisture, and a food source. The food source is the organic material on which the mold grows. The material can be wood, carpet, insulation, grout, and many other materials in the home. You can’t eliminate food sources from your home, nor can you do without oxygen. Therefore moisture is the major element you can control.

For more on how to reduce moisture in your home or if you have a mold problem, contact us. We can help get rid of the mold, diagnose mold problems, or dry out your home to prevent mold.

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How mold affects health

Friday, January 7th, 2011

There are a lot of claims out there about the negative effects mold can have on health. Some of these are irresponsible and amount to scare tactics used to frighten people into buying products or services they don’t need. At the same mold does cause some health problems. To give you the best information possible, we’re providing this information from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

  • Mold spores, which are almost impossible to eliminate from the air, are not a problem for most people.
  • The most common health problems caused by mold are allergic reactions such sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash.
  • Mold can also irritate the throat and lungs and cause asthma attics.
  • Specific types of mold produce toxic substances that can cause more serious problems.

The main point is that mold is not something you want growing in your home. If you have mold, contact us to get rid of it quickly and efficiently.

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