Molds can be found virtually anywhere because they can grow on almost any organic surface as long as moisture and oxygen are present. Molds can grow on wood, paper, carpet, food, insulation, and more! Mold growth often occurs because there is excessive moisture in a building-a leak or an unaddressed moisture problem. How do molds spread? Mold reproduces by creating spores that cannot be seen without the aid of a microscope. The spores can float through the air until the spore lands on a moist location and begins to grow and devour the surface, destroying it.
Some moisture problems have been linked to changes in building construction practices in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Some of these changes have resulted in buildings that are tightly sealed but lack adequate ventilation. This can lead to moisture buildup. Drywall often does not allow moisture to escape easily. Moisture problems may also include roof leaks, landscaping or gutters that direct water into or under the building and unvented combustion appliances. These cause mold buildup which then requires remediation.
While eliminating all mold spores in the indoor environment is not realistic, it can be controlled indoors by controlling the moisture levels and removing already present mold. Mold has been an ever increasing concern to the public as they have become aware of the variety of health effects and symptoms that can result from mold exposure. There are many types of molds and all of the types have a distinct potential to cause health problems. Molds can produce allergens which can trigger allergic reactions or asthma attackers in people who are allergic to them. Other molds can produce toxins and irritants. One of the major reasons to prevent mold growth, remediate(clean up) mold, and prevent recurrence is to avoid the potential health problems.
Researchers have found serious health effects resulting from excessive exposure to mold. These negative effects can be among the following sicknesses, but not limited to:
- flu and its symptoms
- getting weary and tired
- excessive vomiting
- coughing blood
In the long run, expert mold removal is a much less costly option in keeping your family healthy and your home mold free.
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Molds can be found virtually anywhere because they can grow on almost any organic surface. Molds can grow on wood, paper, carpet, food, insulation, and more! We use our USDA approved chemicals to remove the mold and make sure it doesn’t come back. They are organic and non toxic so your family (and pets!) are perfectly safe. Call our office for more information on our remediation products.
Boat, Yacht, RV Remediation
ASD Environmental can help you with all of your needs. From boats and yachts to RV’s and campers. Mold requires moisture to survive and grow, and boats and RV’s are the perfect home for them! The main concern is not only getting rid of the mold but controlling and creating a moisture-free environment.
What is Remediation?
Remediation is the process of cleaning, removing, sanitizing, or demolition of mold and eliminating the moisture problem. The first step towards fighting mold/moisture problem is to contact a professional so that they can assess the extent of the damage.
There are a wide variety of molds which carry the potential to cause minor to serious health problems. Molds can produce allergens which can trigger adverse reactions or asthma attacks. Other molds can produce toxins and irritants. One of the major reasons to prevent mold growth, remediate (clean up) mold, and prevent recurrence is to avoid potential health problems.
Moisture problems may also include roof leaks, landscaping or gutters that direct water into or under the building and unvented combustion appliances. Since mold destroys the surface materials it is on, remediation can also preserve the structural integrity of the building. Failure to address a mold problem can ultimately lead to high replacement and rebuild costs.
We use non-toxic, biodegradable, and organic chemicals. We are the only company in our region that has exclusivity to Cal-Brite. Cal-Brite is an organic, hydrogen peroxide based product that is EPA and USDA approved. It is the only sanitizer that kills mold and bacteria WITHOUT being harmful to people or animals. Cal-Brite is a sanitizer and cleaner in one. It kills and removes the mold! When these two actions are combined, mold is effectively remediated and it’s future growth is actually inhibited!
Why Does Mold Need to Be Remediated?
- To reduce or prevent adverse health problems
- To preserve the integrity of the structure
- To avoid high replacement costs if addressed early on
- To retain the beauty and cosmetic appeal of the structure
- To be able to utilize the room(s) once again
- To preserve resale value of the property
Where is Mold Commonly Located?
- Basements near walls that have seepage problems
- On attic walls, insulation, and ceilings near rook leaks
- On and around wooden joists near pipe condensation
- Under or around leaking air conditioning units
- Near broken windows or broken window frames
- Underneath wallpaper in poorly insulated/paneled areas
- Near foundation cracks
- On and around faulty external vents
- Under linoleum near a sink leak
- Under leaky sinks
- On and around building infestation problems
- On the underside of moist carpeting
- Under wall paneling
- Under wallpaper
- Behind wallboard
- Wet papers
- On anything that contains cellulose, a food source for mold
- Many more sources
Mold can be hidden
Mold growth indoors may not always be in plain view. If a building smells moldy but you cannot see the source, or if you know there as been water damage and building occupants are reporting health problems, there may be hidden mold.
Mold can be hidden in the following locations:
- The back side of dry wall, wallpaper or paneling
- The top of ceiling tiles, and the underside of carpets and pads etc.
- Pie chases and utility tunnels
- Walls behind furniture
- Condensate drain pans inside air handling units
- Porous thermal or acoustic liners inside ductwork, or roof materials above ceiling tiles (due to rook leaks or insufficient insulation).
- Materials such as dry wall with vinyl wallpaper over it or wood paneling can act as vapor barriers which trap moisture underneath and provide a moist environment for mold.
- Behind wallpaper
- Basement walls
What Are the Major Types of Mold?
- Stachybotrys is one member of a group of molds. These molds produce airborne toxins. These molds can cause breathing difficulties, dizziness, memory and hearing loss, and flulike symptoms.
- Cladosporium and Penicillium are more commonly found molds but these molds can cause allergic reactions, asthma, breathing problems, sinus infections, headaches, coughing and eye and throat irritation.
- Memnoniella and Aspergillus versicolor are two types of mold that can produce airborne toxins. They produce mycotoxins and can cause even worse problems. These problems are chronic fatigue, loss of balance and memory, irritability and difficulty speaking.
Our LVLP mold remediation and restoration system is applied as a fine mist. It penetrates and deep cleans without causing damage to wood surfaces. It will not raise the grain or cause splintering. It does restore wood to its natural honey tone. It restores the root to its original condition and will bring the luster back to faded siding. Our system will lift failed sealers and stain. Our system for mold remediation is very effective. Our Mold Extraction Technology (MET) in mold remediation will pull the mold out of attics and basements. There is no need to paint or encapsulate moldy surfaces. We also offer mold inhibitors recommended by the CDC which inhibit the regrowth of mold and mildew.
Our system utilizes a Low Volume Low Pressure Methodology. Our products do the work and the LVLP System allows for thorough coverage, full soaking into the surface’s pores, and less streaking on the application surface. Streaking is minimized because a high pressure system is not used. High volume systems create streams and run off. The fine mist application coupled with our product(s) results in a deep thorough cleaning of the surface it is applied to.
Mold Extraction Technology
Our LVLP mold remediation and restoration system is applied as a fine mist. It penetrates and deep cleans without causing damage to wood surfaces. It will not raise the grain or cause splintering. It does restore wood to its natural honey tone. It restores the wood to its original condition and will bring the luster back to faded siding. Our system will lift failed sealers and stain. Our system for mold remediation is very effective. Our Mold Extraction Technology (MET) in mold remediation will pull the mold out of attics and basements. There is no need to paint or encapsulate moldy surfaces. We also offer mold inhibitors recommended by the CDC which inhibit the regrowth of mold and mildew.
Molds are one of the many types of fungi that develop in the form of hyphae, which are groups of multi cellular filaments. Although some types of molds have an important role in the process of biodegradation, or could be used in the production of some essential enzymes, antibiotic medicine, or beverages and food, most of the molds that are around are destructive and pose severe negative effects to the human body.
Our products are environmentally safe and USDA approved. They are non-toxic, biodegradable, and organic.