The devastating result of major flood damage after a hurricane is appalling. For example, many who evacuated the Carolina coast from Hurricane Florence are no doubt anxious to return to their homes and begin cleanup. However, homeowners must be aware that the hazards from this event do not go away when the water drains out of their home. There are significant health and safety risks, both immediate and long-term, associated with river or ocean flooding.
The single most important thing to know about mold growth, whether in a house or commercial building, is that excessive moisture is primarily the culprit of what causes mold to grow. However, below are other factors along with moisture that can contribute to a mold problem.
There is a natural and least toxic pest control alternative to our environmental challenges. Healthy homes, yards and gardens are available to those who want the best for their environment and family.
As with most things, this is usually possible but by no means always practical or safe. If you are contemplating whether you should stay home during mold remediation work or leave, here are 6 important factors to consider first.
One of IET’s most frequently asked questions is, “How can I improve indoor air quality in my home?” This is, of course, a very big topic but here is an overview of 7 important ways to improve your indoor air quality.
When moisture problems occur and mold growth results, building occupants may start to develop mold exposure symptoms. They may report odors, allergies or a variety of other health problems indoors. Mold exposure symptoms can include breathing difficulties, headaches, allergic reactions, skin rashes, and aggravated asthma symptoms, among many others. The safety of building occupants and also of workers performing the mold repairs (remediation) must always be taken into consideration. Read more
Concern about mold exposure in buildings continues to be a significant issue. The bottom line is that mold has been around for eons and is not going away. It will grow whenever and wherever buildings get wet and materials suitable for microbial growth are present. So what is mold exactly and its effect on buildings? This article provides a general overview on this topic.
Is the Indoor Air You Breathe Healthy?
According to the World Health Organization, 40% of all buildings pose a serious health hazard due to indoor air pollutants. The EPA calls indoor air pollution the #1 pollution problem in America. The following is a list of common indoor air pollutants and some of their sources.
When visible mold is discovered in a property on materials or surfaces, a common question is, ‘can mold be cleaned?’ They may also wonder if they should clean the mold themselves.
Mold remediation contractors in Florida are generally conscientious, trying hard to bring each project to a condition where it will pass “clearance testing” (the Post-Remediation Verification inspection) on the first try. Some mold remediation guidance can be useful so that cleaning attempts are successful. If unsuccessful, this will certainly cost the mold remediation contractor additional cleaning time and therefore money, and it may damage their reputation with their client and/or insurance personnel. Depending on their contract, the contractor may be responsible for some or all of the cost of follow-up testing.