Mold Remediation Services Fairfield County CT
“My wife and I were previewing a home and noticed a patch of darkish mildew in the corner of the kitchen. For the inspection, we were advised to contact a mold specialist and we found you on the internet. You came and discovered that mold had grown behind the wall with all the appliances and saw where moisture was coming in. Thank you for protecting us during the buying process, and more importantly, drying and cleaning up all the mold!” – (Kevin & Jen, Stamford CT)
What you need to know about Mold:
What you can’t see can’t hurt you? Is that true? Well, with mold, that is far from the truth. What you need to understand about mold, is that it is a result of sitting moisture, and can cause a multitude of health issues for you and your family.
Mold thrives under moist and damp conditions. If you have water infiltration from your roof, window, siding, basement foundation, water leaks from pipes, plumbing, or appliances, etc, you need to properly mitigate the root cause. Only then you can begin the drying process, which can require removing sheetrock or plaster, tiles, flooring, light fixtures, furniture, etc. Call 911Storm to assist in these labor-intensive tasks.
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Once all the water-damaged material has been properly removed, 911Storm will professionally clean, dry, and treat the mold-effected areas with environmentally safe cleaning agents and hi-tech equipment to prevent further mold growth. Air quality testing will be conducted and provided to you for your family’s peace of mind that we did our job correctly.
Please do not attempt to remediate mold on your own. 911Storm utilizes all OSHA and EPA required protective equipment to handle these specific situations. Exposing yourself to these conditions can have a tremendously negative effect on your health.
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Black colored mold (aka Toxic mold) and many other members of the fungi family can produce Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) during the process of living, consuming and degrading substances to obtain nutrition. The VOC’s are the cause of the typical “moldy/musty” unpleasant indoor odors that are commonly associated with heavy fungal contamination. Human exposure to elevated levels of VOC’s, especially in homes and buildings with RH higher that 60%, may cause direct or indirect negative immune impact, such as irritation of the mucous membranes and the central nervous system leading to symptoms of headaches, decreased attention span, difficulty in concentration, slip disorder, runny nose, hypersensitivity, dry eye, itchy skin and dizziness.
What is the right mold test? Or should I order a several tests at once?
There are a variety of sampling techniques that can be used to help determine whether or not you have elevated level of mold as well as if this mold alive or not. Typically, there is one or two tests per livable area or room. The environmental science does create each type of sampling for a special purpose and situation, so the mold inspector mey use one or another way, or multiple ways, to investigate the specific type, concentration and the severity of your molds. It is a judgement call and, mostly, it is up to subjective opinion of the mold inspector. There are mold tests that where developed to take samples from the air, different surfaces, hidden in-wall cavities and some additional special tests, including the clearance test. Each mold sapling method has its advantages and disadvantages. Remember, the single mold spore is not visible by a naked eye. If you already see a spot of mold on any indoor surface, the concentration of mold spores there can reach up to 2,000,000 on 1 sq inch. So, sometimes, the combination of several testing techniques can develop much more clear understanding of your indoor air quality and environmental health of your property.
Some techniques identify in every detail of what species of molds are present. This can be helpful since some mold species pose a greater health risk than others to all or specific groups of people.
Mold tests by themselves cannot give you the full picture, but when combined with other evaluation methods (such as very detailed professional inspection with additional specific tools) you can better understand the extent of the problem. This should help you to choose the right protocol for mold mitigation.
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