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Frequently Asked Questions:
What is mold contamination?
Mold contamination is the presence of mold growth and/or mold spores, whose identity, location, and quantity are not reflective of normal fungal ecology for similar indoor environments. Mold contamination can produce adverse health effects, cause damage to materials and/or adversely affect the operation or function of building systems.
How does mold damage develop?
Mold is that four letter word that nobody likes. Mold requires a combination of four main ingredients to grow – oxygen, water, nutrients and temperature. Nutrients for mold growth can be a variety of material, such as paper, wood, or fabrics. In addition, mold has ways of finding nutrients from various synthetic products like adhesives and paints. Moisture is one of the key factors that aids mold growth. Certain mold species feed off the moisture in the air when the relative humidity is elevated. Different types of mold reproduce at normal temperatures indoors. Minimal types of mold are able to grow below 40 F or above 100 F. Mold found outside this temperature range may remain dormant or non-active, but have the possibility of growing again when the temperature permits.
How does mold enter a building?
Mold spores are capable of entering a building through doors and windows. Mold spores also enter locations on people and animals, in addition to objects that maybe transported into a building.
Is mold harmful to humans?
This question is rather difficult to answer for various reasons. The amount of exposure an individual can tolerate varies from person to person. Trying to estimate or measure the amount of exposure levels is extremely difficult. Exposure refers to the amount of mold fragments or microscopic spores that enter a person usually while breathing or sometimes by absorption through the skin. Certain types of mold may impact one’s health. Natural Mold Removal recommends that you consult your doctor with any questions and concerns relating to mold damage or mold exposure. People with compromised immune systems may be more likely to infection from certain types of mold. Allergies and asthma in susceptible people are the two biggest health problems resulting from exposure to mold. Most people are able to tolerate moderate levels of mold exposure without adverse health effects.
Does mold exposure share the same effect on each individual?
Mold exposure may affect each person differently. Depending on one’s genetic makeup they may be more likely to develop an allergy to mold.
What is reliable mold testing and what are the different methods used?
The two most effective detectors for mold are your eyes and your nose. Mold can appear in different colors. When looking for mold, you might want to first look at each individual water source at your location. Did you find mold damage? Did you find water damage? ASAP Restoration LLC is your one-stop-shop for all your environmental needs. We offer either standard, next business day, same business day, rush, or weekend/holiday turn around for all mold samples. We offer various methods of mold testing including spore trap (air testing) tape, and swab.
What is the best way to remove mold?
The best way to remove mold depends on where the mold is located and how much is present. No two jobs are ever the same. We will prepare a detailed scope of work after we receive all requested documentation.
How do you confirm that the mold was removed/ remediated properly?
A third party air clearance testing is recommended. Properly performed clearance testing gives you clarification that the mold remediation was performed properly.
The answers above are strictly an opinion and should not be construed as medical advice.
Where can I get more information about mold?
Environmental Protection Agency
Information on Mold/Moisture/Mildew. Available in HTML and PDF.
Center for Disease Control
Information on Mold. Various topics on mold including information about strains.
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