Educate Yourself Before Hiring A Mold Remediation Specialist!

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If you suspect mold in your home, educating yourself on the basics facts can take away a lot of the mystery and X-factors about hiring a mold remediation specialist. Mold is an unwelcome but common phenomenon. While treatment should begin ASAP to minimize the extent of contamination, there’s no need to panic and make uninformed decisions.

Mold contamination facts

To become familiarized with the issues involved, here are some facts about mold contamination and hiring a mold remediation specialist.

  • A qualified mold remediation specialist is not a carpet cleaner, general contractor, or local handyman. This person is a trained, experienced professional certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning And Restoration Certification, the industry organization that publishes guidelines for mold remediation and tests/certifies technicians.
  • Microscopic mold spores exist everywhere in nature. There‚Äôs no effective method to keep airborne spores out of a house.
  • Mold spores remain dormant unless activated by moisture from sources like a ruptured pipe, chronic leakage or inundation due to outdoor flooding. Mold spores may also be activated simply by high humidity or condensation.
  • Active mold growth including release of airborne reproductive spores begins about 48 hours after exposure to moisture.
  • In susceptible individuals, inhaling toxic spores can cause responses ranging from allergies to debilitating long-term illness. Always consult your physician about physical symptoms.
  • Professional mold remediation begins with indoor air sampling to determine extent of contamination as well as pinpointing location of mold.
  • Not everything that looks like mold is mold. Mold remediation specialists sample growing mold to confirm the type. Testing also helps guide remediation methods and use of EPA-approved fungicides.
  • Affected rooms may be sealed off to prevent contaminants spreading during treatment. Negative air pressure may be induced with blowers to contain airborne spores in contaminated areas.
  • All active mold growth must be removed from a structure. Mold on hard surfaces can usually be removed and the surface treated with fungicides. Where mold has penetrated porous building materials such as wood or drywall, affected materials must be cut out and replaced.

For more facts to consider when hiring a mold remediation specialist, contact Rytech, Inc.

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