MOLD Mitigation Services
The reality is that every house and every property has mold. It's synonymous with nature, it's everywhere. The question is whether or not it's actively growing or if it's such a large quantity that it's changing the quality of the air that we breathe when we are in close proximity or inside that property.
We focus on the whole spectrum of properties: residential, religious, industrial, commercial, and government; and we've found mold in all of them.
What causes mold?
We believe that mold was designed by God to recycle life. It consumes dead organic materials. The key component is water. Mold like us needs something to eat, air to breathe and something to drink. When building materials are exposed to high enough levels of moisture, mold can start to decompose dead organic materials. This can be caused by water leaks and or high levels of humidity. At 60% relative humidity hygroscopic (moisture attracting or absorbing) building materials can absorb the excess water vapor in the air.
Where does mold grow?
Mold can grow on any and all surfaces.
We've had remediation projects where we've cleaned mold off of just about every surface imaginable. It doesn't have to be an organic surface to grow mold, we've cleaned mold off a cinder block walls, and we've even cleaned mold off of vinyl. We've cleaned mold off of so many different surfaces, that although mold decomposes and eats dead organic material, we've seen it grow on non-organic surfaces as well.
How long until mold starts to grow?
If there are no pre-existing conditions, then the typical time frame to colonize for some molds like Aspergillus and Penicillium is between 48 to 72 hours. While other molds like Stachybotrys take 7 to 12 days to colonize. If there is a previous water damage situation that was not properly remediated, then these time frames can be reduced.
Can I just Google "Is it mold"?
The plumber, painter, Realtor, insurance adjuster, carpet cleaner, waiter, landlord, and your brother's neighbor's cousin's best friend's father-in-law's sister all feel like they have a PhD in Mold since they spent 30 minutes on a Google search. However, you're trained and certified, be careful. To really know if you have a mold problem, you would have to have your property or building inspected and samples properly taken and sent to an independent laboratory for analysis.
Can I just use bleach?
Although it is commonly recommended by various organizations, bleach is not a good solution for mold remediation. If you read and follow the label of bleach you will see mixing ratios and instructions of cleaning and then rinsing what was cleaned. Bleach has no ability to inhibit the re-growth of mold. Molds typically like a slightly acidic environment. Since bleach is acidic, has no ability to inhibit, requires a rinsing and is a water based solution, it a poor solution to a mold problem, especially since the mold started to grow from a water problem to begin with.
Can I mix Bleach and Pine Sol to clean mold?
Unless you have a chemical engineering degree are are very experienced in mixing chemicals, we highly recommend that you not do that. In fact mixing incorrect chemicals can be deadly. Mixing ammonia and bleach can create a toxic gas you can't smell, that will kill you instantly. So mixing chemicals is never a good idea. There's some window cleaners that have ammonia in them, and if you mix ammonia and bleach it creates a toxic gas that will actually kill you the minute you breathe it.
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