Every home or business owner should be aware of the problems mold can create. Even the cleanest house or workplace can have mold growth. Mold damages structures and threatens people's health.
Mold also known as fungus, is a general term that refers to the microscopic organism that grows on bread left out for to long, on oranges once they have been left uneaten, in the shower grout & tiles when kept unclean and on leather goods left in a closet that has no ventilation.
Mold is commonly found throughout our ecosystem, and assists in the break down of matter. Hundreds of thousands of types of mold exist all with a different affinity for temperatures, food sources and water requirements.
While it is true that some may be more harmful than others to humans at elevated levels all mold can present problems when found indoors.
Some of the common molds found in an indoor environment are, Cladosporium, Aspergillus, Penicillium, Basidiospores and Alternaria.
Some of the molds found in the indoor environment that may suggest water damage event are Stachybotrys (referred to as toxic mold or black mold), Chaetomium, Fusarium, Ulocladium, Penicillium and Aspergillus.
For the common molds to grow indoors, excessive moisture and humidity are common causes of mold growth in a building. For mold to grow it needs moisture, the proper temperature, food (fabric, wallboard, insulation, and cellulose are common food sources) and a substrate capable of sustaining growth.
Mold causes property damage by way of stain, rot and eventually the breakdown of building materials.
Mold may cause health related symptoms by way of releasing a musty odor during initial growth, dispersion of spores and the continued cycle of re-growth, all of which are opportunities for exposure.
US lawsuits from mold claims have exploded over the past ten years. In a groundbreaking 2001 case, a Texas jury awarded $32 million to Melinda Ballard"�a 48-year-old marketing representative"�after her insurance company failed to identify and promptly deal with mold in her home. And in 2003 entertainer Ed McMahon settled, for $7 million, his lawsuit claiming that toxic mold in his Los Angeles home made him and his wife ill and killed his dog Muffin. It should be noted that both lawsuits carried substantial bad faith awards as a result of the insurance companies mishandling of the claim.
If you suspect there's mold in your home or building, you should perform your own assessment of the property for any indications of water intrusion or suspect staining typically associated with mold growth. Any signs of water damage or past history should be provided to an environmental professional to help determine the next steps to the inspection and possible sampling.
The mold inspector will tell you whether you have elevated mold levels in your house, and what you need to do to clean it up. In some instances clean-up can be done on your own while other instances may require the assistance of certified mold Remediation Company.
If you see mold growing, don't wait"�get rid of it. Don't risk the health of your family, pets, employees, or tenants.
A mold inspection is highly recommended after any water damage event in a property or during any industrial, commercial,multi-family dwellings or single family residence real estate transactions.
The following are resources provided by various government agencies for the handling of conditions.
The Mold remediation industry follows the guidelines laid out by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) S520 the Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation.
Remdox's Certified, experienced mold inspectors can perform a through mold assessment, recommend cleanup action, and connect you with high-quality mold remediation contractors. Remdox staff has consulted on thousands of mold inspections, assessments, and remediations across the country. In general as it relates to health concerns Remdox identifies any mold as being a source for adverse health effects. All mold can contribute to increase in allergy symptoms which is the most basic health effect from exposure, therefore the identification and proper procedures for preventing and handling any indoor sources is of importance.
Qualified Remdox personnel have the following certifications:
Remdox's certified staff has consulted in thousands of mold inspections, assessments and remediation projects nationwide, ranging from mild to severe, in single-family dwellings, (to) large tract house communities, high-rise condominiums and office buildings, other commercial properties, and public buildings.
Remdox professionals in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Orange County, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, New York, Boston, New Jersey, Washington DC, Denver, Montpelier, Concord and Las Vegas, are trained and certified in the testing, assessment and identification of existing and potential mold and fungus issues, as well as, creating sampling and remediation plans for mold in residential, commercial and industrial properties. Remdox professionals can also provide coordination and project management of abatement contractors in the remediation process.
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