Whenever there is a high amount of humidity or moisture the possibility of mold growing becomes possible. Mold growth can begin with the sudden release of water, like a large spill or overflow or burst pipe, or a leaking roof or faulty plumbing. Areas with high humidity and warm, moist air condensing on smooth surfaces will also cause mold growth.
If you see evidence of mold on a painted wall surface it should be a concern that there is growth on the opposite side. The inside of walls can create a perfect environment for the growth of mold. If the wall has been exposed to a prolonged period of wet or damp areas, you are almost assured that the mold growth on the inside of walls will be greater than that on the outside. The area’s must be contained, the mold removed and all the salvageable framing and materials cleaned.To be sure that mold is removed correctly and the occupants are properly protected, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification suggests that homeowners contact certified professionals to contain and remove the mold growth.
Correct inspecting and testing along with professional remediation is the key to preventing continued mold growth.
The germination, growth, development and circulation of most household microorganisms, such as fungi or bacteria, will typically require five conditions: ● An organic food source, especially cellulose materials like paper or wood, which are found in construction materials.
● Moisture and high humidity, 67% or higher relative humidity.
● Moderate Temperature, 68 – 86 degrees Fahrenheit (20-30 degrees Celsius).
● Stagnant air
● Time (anywhere from several hours to several days).
Remember that high amounts of mold, or certain types of mold, can create serious health issues.
The Truth About Sewage
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification website (IICRC.org) offers these facts to dispel some typical myths about sewage and the hazards it creates, especially for small children, the elderly and those with immune system or respiratory problems.
Sewage from oceans, lakes or rivers is clean.
Chlorine bleach decontaminates sewage.
Sewage-saturated carpets can be “saved.”
Partially sewage-flooded buildings are safe.
Complete cleaning and decontamination by a professional following the IICRC S-500 Standard for Professional Water Damage Restoration is important.
Our technicians are trained experts on the identification and removal of unpleasant odors. Offensive odors can come from a variety of sources and we'll work quickly to find the source and begin the process of eliminating the odor from your home or structure. Odors can originate from any number of sources inside and outside of the home or structure.
There are many methods to create an odor environment. We'll access your particular problem and work for total removal of all types of odors:
1. Odors created from fire, smoke and water damage.
2. Cigarette, Cigar, and pipe smoke.
3. Strong food and cooking odors.
4. Sewer and septic odors.
5. Dead or live animals (such as skunk) odors.
6. Pet urine and feces odors.