Whenever there is a discovery of mold within someone's living environment the first line of action will probably include a quick Google search for mold cleaner or something about how to clean mold. The results you will find will often include several how-to articles that include some sort of instruction on a diluted bleach mixture to "kill" the mold. While this may offer the searcher some momentary alleviation that there may be a simple solution to their mold problem, their still remains one problem. This doesn't necessarily eliminate the mold problem.
The first thing to note is that it is not really possible to fully "kill" or eliminate all mold. That being said, it is possible to remove mold from a home to the degree that mold and air quality levels are deemed safe for the living environment. The only problem here is that most home owners do not have access or have the qualified training on how to effectively detect and test for mold. Even if a homeowner manages to thoroughly clean and remove mold using a bleach based mold cleaner there is no guarantee that all the mold has been removed or that it won't return again.
To summarize, there are no specific solutions, mold cleaners, designed to eliminate mold. The most proven method for mold removal or mold cleaning is to hire a professional mold remediation service to remove the mold and to run thorough air quality tests to ensure that the mold has been effectively removed and the indoor living environment is safe.
Testing for mold is almost always something that happens before beginning any kind of further mold remediation services. There can be many reasons why you would want test for mold and we will cover a few of those reasons here.
If you are planning on purchasing and older home or live in an older home already, having a mold test may be something you would want to consider. Older homes are more susceptible to things like rotting wood and out-of-date weatherization standards. This could mean moisture damage and issues with air quality in the living environment, and therefore a higher chance for mold issues to be present. Hiring a a mold testing professional for these kinds of situations is very common.
Whenever water damage has occurred to the home or living environment, testing for mold is highly recommended. A qualified and licensed mold technician will understand this and should be testing for mold in most situations involving water damage before moving on to further water remediation services. Water, moisture, and poor ventilation in indoor areas are common reasons for the growth of mold spores. Those indoor qualities are precisely the situations that provide the perfect breeding ground for mold.
When the indoor air quality of your home or commercial facility seems questionable, whether you notice smells of mildew or stale air, this is another time where testing for mold is relevant. Many individuals may choose to ignore the signs of air quality problems, or try to alleviate the issue by allowing more airflow into the home, cleaning, and the using home air fresheners. However, this could just be masking a larger issue. When you choose to do a mold test when there are signs of air quality issues you could be preventing mold growth and much more costly mold remediation services.
It almost goes without saying, but anytime there are physical signs of mold growth in your living environment, either on walls, in crawl spaces, up in attics, or in any situation where you can see the mold, then mold testing should be mandatory. Hire a professional to do a thorough inspection and make sure the problem is only limited to the areas of mold you discovered. Often times, mold on walls could just be an indication of the unseen mold growth on the interior walls, or a sign that mold may be present in other areas throughout the home. Mold can have serious consequences to the health of individuals exposed consistently within a closed indoor living environment. Testing for mold doesn't need to be a daunting task and can save you a lot of money in the long run should you be able to prevent the need for extensive mold remediation. Detecting the mold is always the for step. Call a licensed professional today should you suspect mold in your living environment.
Having mold in your basement can become a serious problem for your Maine home. Often times, mold or mold spores growing in the basement of a home or commercial facility will go unnoticed until well beyond the point that the mold began to formulate. It's very common for mold to grow in basements because more often than not, a basement provides the perfect environmental breeding ground for mold to thrive and grow. Mold loves to grow in dark dingy areas, often with poor ventilation, and where moisture issues tend to occur. There are many basements in Maine that are prone to flooding and continuous moisture issues, and therefore testing for mold issues in your basement is recommended even if you may believe there is a small chance that mold may be present. Mold can have serious consequences to your health, so its best not to take chances.
Wherever there is a situation with standing water over a duration of time, it should be a precaution to have a mold inspection performed by a licensed professional after the proper water removal services have taken place. A mold inspector will know where to look for instances of mold, including the most unseen places, such as behind walls or various petitions, as well as the many hard to reach areas present in basements. More so, the mold inspector will also be able to use some of most state-of-the-art testing equipment to run thorough air quality tests to ensure that there are no mold pathogens in living environment. If you believe you may have mold issues, be sure to call a licensed mold inspector to have the proper tests conducted immediately.
As previous mentioned, there can be multiple reasons why mold will grow in your basement. So here are a few of those reasons and what you can do to better prevent the instance of mold growth.
Poor ventilation - Areas such as basements can often have areas with poor ventilation due to lack of opportunities for air flow. To prevent mold issues related to poor ventilation, try to occasionally to air out you basement by opening basement windows, or if possible, seek a professional HVAC technician to have a system installed that can control the air flow in your basement.
Moisture Issues - To prevent mold growth in your basement, you ideally want to keep your basement as dry as possible. The combination of dampness and dark in a basement make it the perfect environment for mold to grow. Also, it's very possible that ground water can leak into your basement or outside water can enter due to unseen penetrations in the exterior of the basement walls or more commonly, leaks in the seals around doors or windows. To better ensure a dry basement that's free of moisture issues, be sure that all the seals around doors or windows are secured to prevent outside water from entering. If you noticeably have moisture build-up in you basement, seek a professional that can help you with air ventilation systems that can properly regulate the air flow and moisture control of the indoor environment.
Flooding - While flooding is a scenario that you can't always prevent against, there are a couple of immediate actions you can take after flooding occurs to significantly decrease the possibility of mold issues in your basement. Standing water left over time is almost always certain to lead to issues like mold and other air quality issues. Hiring a water damage mitigation company to quickly and effectively remove the water can save a lot of future headaches. They will be able to remove the water and use high quality drying equipment to make sure there is no concern of moisture issues. After the removal is done, it would be wise to have a thorough air quality and mold test. A quality water remediation company will do this as they know it is vital part of the process against preventing mold and other air quality related issues.
Mold in your basement can be serious issue but there are many ways to prevent and resolve the issues should they take place. Should you encounter one of these issues, be sure to seek the help of a qualified mold remediation company to help you solve the problem effectively.
Stachybotrys, more commonly known by its household name, Black Mold, is a certain strand of mold thought of as being a toxic mold due to its accelerated ability to cause irritations and allergens from exposure. Contrary to what many believe, mold itself is not toxic, but it is the mycotoxins produced by mold that actually cause problems from exposure. Black mold is no different. It is simply a particular genus of mold and may be toxic due to the levels of mycotoxins it produces.
Whether you have mold or black mold in your home, it is recommended that you call a professional to inspect and safely remove it from your living area. You may be tempted to try to figure out if the mold may or may not be black mold, but it is very difficult to accurately notice the difference in types of mold and all instances of mold exposure should be treated with the same precautions. Mold can be potentially harmful and cause poor air quality in your indoor environment. Hiring an experienced professional who knows exactly how to detect mold and how to use proven methods of removal is almost always required.
The Science of Black Mold
There are approximately 50 known species of Stachybotrys, but the more notable species are known as S. chartarum and S. chlorohalonata--What we label as black mold in the U.S. Black mold is distinguished by it's spores producing slimy heads versus the dry chains produced by the spores of other mold forms. We commonly experience black mold from the fungal growth on in areas of homes or buildings that have water damage. The mold grows and begins to create issues of poor air quality in the indoor living environment. When mold is detected in your home or business facility, having a professional test the air quality should always be one of the first steps. From, there the air quality can be assessed and any black mold can be removed.
Mold testing is a very important aspect of overall indoor air quality testing in any living environment. Mold tests can be performed in homes, businesses, schools, hospitals, and any other commercial facility. Bios Environments has been a leader in mold testing in and around the Portland, ME area for over 20 years and continues innovate in order to accommodate the latest trends and technology in the field of mold testing and mold remediation services.
If you suspect that your home or commercial facility may be infected with mold, then it is highly recommended that you hire a licensed mold expert to professional inspect your building for traces of mold and toxic mold spores. A thorough mold inspection would first include a physical search of your home or business facility. Mold spores can be present almost anywhere in the home and is often in places where you cannot see it. Basements, attics, and hard to reach crawl spaces are just a few of the places checked, and mold can even grow on the interior of walls. This is why it is important to hire a professional who is experienced and trained in what to look for and has the proper mold testing equipment to detect any potential mold problems.
Having a mold test is an important and necessary part of keeping your indoor air quality safe. Since mold can cause a variety of health issues including irritation to the skin, throat, and eyes along with asthma and other respiratory issues, having mold testing can even be a great part of routine maintenance for you home or commercial facility. As a homeowner you want to keep you air quality safe for your family, and as business owner, it's a responsibility to manage the health and safety of your employees. If you have any concerns that mold may be preset in your home, call a professional like the one's at Bios Environments and schedule a mold test today.