Mold needs only a damp, moist environment and organic material
to establish itself and thrive. Roof and foundation leaks, high
interior humidity, overflowing washing machines and more severe
forms of flooding are common sources of moisture. Drywall backing,
wallpaper, carpet backing, household dust and wood products are
commonly attacked organicmaterials and eventually destroyed by
it. The source of moisture must be identified and eliminated.
Some of the thousands of varieties of mold
have been found to be toxic or give off toxic byproducts.People with
low immune systems and newborn babies are more susceptible to possible
health and respiratory problems from prolonged exposure to household
Abatement is the process of removing or restoring
all contaminated building materials. The level of remedial effort
necessary is based on the extent and type of contamination present,
especially if some of the more hazardous common mold types are predominant,
such as stachybotrys. For cases involving hypersensitive responses (allergies),
the level of abatement can be dependent on the degree of sensitivity
exhibited by the exposed individuals. Medical and health related questions
should be referred to a medical practicioner.
Our work is done with the use
of poly containment and negative pressure high volume HEPA air filtration
devices that capture airborne mold and spores released during abatement
work. Non-toxic chemicals are used to kill mold and spores while cleaning
surfaces. Air testing may be conducted after abatement is completed.