Archive for Mold and Moisture

Purpose of Mold Sampling During An Inspection

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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.

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Hurricane Flood Damage Cleanup: Performing it Safely | 2019 Season

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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.

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Mold Exposure Symptoms: Why Mold Could Be Making You Sick Indoors

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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.

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What is Mold?

What is mold in buildings?

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.

[Updated 2019 – Originally posted Sept. 5, 2014]

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Smell A Musty Odor In My House: Mold Problem Or Something Else?

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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 Inspection Necessary Before Remediation?

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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

What Causes Mold Growth in a House?

What causes mold growth in homes?

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.

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Should I Stay Home During Mold Remediation Work?

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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.

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Can Mold be Cleaned off Materials?

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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.

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Mold Remediation Guidance in Florida

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.

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