What are the categories of a water loss? Under what circumstances should a water damage loss be classified as Category 3 (IICRC S500) and therefore treated as a “grossly contaminated environment?” The answer could greatly increase demolition and decontamination required.
Archive for Mold and Moisture
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? This article provides a general overview on this topic.
Something you will routinely see on lab results for mold air samples is the concentration of Penicillium/Aspergillus spores. This refers to a large group of molds consisting of the Penicillium genus (200+ species), the Aspergillus genus (200+) species and a number of other less common genera.
Depending on the age of the air conditioning system, mold in your ac ducts and air handling unit can at times be present. This should not be a surprise since an air conditioning system is a relatively wet environment.
As part of determining whether an indoor environment is contaminated with excessive amounts of mold and requires remediation, Indoor Environmental Technologies (IET) routinely performs both air and surface mold sampling. While there are many types of mold sampling methods, IET has found this approach effective for interpretation in a building.
Major flood damage cleanup after a hurricane disaster is certainly a daunting assignment to take on. The relief efforts can be overwhelming, both physically and emotionally.
Feeling sick at home or in the office? While a number of factors can contribute to your health indoors, it’s important to rule out if mold is the reason. How can you know for sure? Consider what mold exposure symptoms or allergies there are and the possible consequences it could have on a person’s health.
What is that smell? Odors in a home can originate from a variety of sources, including chemicals, bacteria and mold and these odors may vary from mildly sweet to very unpleasant. Some describe it as a musty odor in their home. Read more
Is a mold assessment necessary before removal takes place? If mold is visible in the home, why have it tested? Valid questions.
There are several important reasons why Indoor Environmental Technologies, Inc. (IET), and published industry standards may recommend that a mold inspection be necessary prior to starting mold remediation work. In fact, many of the better remediation contractors in Florida will not start a remediation project without a mold protocol in hand. Consider four reasons why: Read more
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.