Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors, all year round. Although some
forms of mold are extremely dangerous or even toxic, most molds are relatively harmless. However, large concentrations of indoor mold can cause odors, health problems and, in some cases, structural damage to wood. An inspection and/or testing will determine how much mold is present in a home, and where.
Each indoor environment is an ecological system of interaction between the non-living physical environment and the living biological environment. It is important for restoration contractors to understand the construction principles of building systems and the effect of moisture on these systems and the materials used in the construction of such systems.
Damage Doctors is IICRC-certified in mold remediation. We possess a comprehensive knowledge of the interaction of building systems and related physical laws in order to remediate a contaminated building and return it to its intended function.
Excessive and prolonged exposure to mold can cause severe respiratory illness, difficulty breathing, coughing, wheezing and asthma attacks. The effects of mold can be especially harmful to the elderly, children, and anyone with a compromised immune system. The extent to which a person is affected by mold can only be determined by his/her health care professional.
Testing & Removal Estimate
If you discover mold problems in your home or have had water issues that lead you to believe you might have mold issues, call Damage Doctors immediately. We offer free mold inspections, however, sometimes a professional Air Quality Mold Test is necessary and we will consult with you and can provide this testing at very competitive rates compared to local labs.
The fundamentals of mold remediation are universal. Specifically, our mold remediation service is a multifaceted process that involves measures outlined in the industry standard S520.
If mold mitigation is performed in an uncontrolled manner, the mitigation process may result in a significant increase in the level of airborne mold contaminants. These airborne particles may then contaminate unaffected areas. It is important to note that killing mold and fungal spores does not eliminate the contaminated material’s allergenic or toxigenic properties.
Conditions That Promote Mold Growth
You will not likely experience mold growth unless you have a problem with moisture in your home. Excessive moisture can be caused by leaking pipes and appliances, flood damage or high levels of humidity. Most species of mold require that a surface be damp for at least 24 hours before the spores will begin to grow. Improper ventilation is another factor of mold growth.
Places Where Mold is Generally Found
Mold can grow in unexpected places, such as behind walls, the bottoms of couches or chairs, the backs of picture frames, inside heating and air conditioning systems, the inside of wall board and even beneath carpet. On dark surfaces, it may not be clearly visible.
Sometimes you know exactly where mold is located and what caused it. Any incident that produces moisture can lead to mold in the house. The following are some situations that can produce mold:
- leaking pipes or fixtures
- overflowing toilet or sinks and/or sewer backup
- leaks from roof or around windows
The Physical Characteristics
When it comes to mold symptoms, sight is obviously the most apparent, but what does mold actually look like? Unfortunately, this isn’t simple to answer. The colors can vary from black to green to white and even yellow.
The Musty Odor – Mold’s Calling Card
If you can’t identify mold by looking at it, you may be able to identify it by its smell. Some molds smell stronger than others but they almost always bear a musty odor due to the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that they release into the air. It’s a sour odor, sometimes quite pungent. This odor can sometimes reveal the presence of mold even when the physical growth isn’t visible to the naked eye.
Safe and effective mold removal
We employ state-of-the-art technologies and follow our industry’s standard of care to eliminate mold growth from homes, offices, healthcare facilities, etc. If your home or place of work has been impacted by water damage and ensuing mold growth, our team can take care of it.
Environmental cleanup services
Mold caused by moisture or water damage does not belong in an indoor environment. Damage Doctors is a leader in the professional remediation of mold from indoor spaces. Trusted by environmental and healthcare experts alike, we will address your indoor air quality concerns in a proficient and thoughtful manner.