Mold and its spores are naturally occurring in the environment. When excessive moisture or water accumulates indoors, mold can begin to grow in as little as 24-48 hours. If the growth remains undiscovered or ignored, it can cause extensive damage to your home and reduce its value. Also, mold potentially causes health problems. Certain species are allergenic, while others are capable of causing disease.
If your home smells musty but you cannot see the source, or there has been water damage, you may have a mold problem. Hidden sources of mold include the surface of walls behind furniture and cabinets, the backside of drywall, wallpaper, behind moldings, paneling, the topside of ceiling tiles, and the underside of carpets and padding. Areas prone to mold contamination are basements, crawl spaces, closets, bathrooms, and attics (due to roof leaks or insufficient insulation).
Determine the extent of mold contamination. If the area affected is ten square feet or smaller, mold may be effectively removed with a detergent solution by the homeowner (Please visit www.epa.gov for more information on indoor air quality and mold). However, only a professional should clean contaminated areas of any size when pathogenic and toxigenic species are present.
If your home, or a home you are interested in purchasing, has a mold problem, contact us. We can remove mold contamination from the residence, restore its condition, and dramatically improve indoor air quality. Our staff is well educated and trained. During inspections, we exercise care to not excessively disturb contaminated areas. This level of concern carries through to remediation. Our technicians treat your home as if it were their own, containing affected rooms in order to prevent further contamination. Remediation is performed thoroughly and water problems are addressed in order to ensure mold does not continue to plague your home.
Investigations and Assessments involve visual inspections and, often, testing. Testing is not always necessary at the time of the investigation if contamination is visible and the homeowner is interested only in its removal. Visual inspections are the most important method of determining the extent and source of water damage and mold contamination. It also aids the inspector in developing a remediation strategy.
Air testing is used most often when the source of an odor is not visible. A problem may exist if mold spore levels are higher than a control level or if a species present in the sample is not present in the control sample. Other methods of testing are swab, bulk, tape lift samples. Genus level ID is available from all methods of sampling in as little as 24-72 hours. If homeowners are noticing health effects, species level ID may be necessary. Swab, bulk, and air samples are capable of producing a species level ID; 7-10 days must be allowed.
If time is of the essence, sampling can be performed that will be analyzed at the lab using Real Time PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction). This method is more expensive but a species ID can be obtained from the lab in 24 hours or less, with a detection limit of one spore!
The remediation supervisor creates a site-specific remediation strategy using field notes from the inspection and following general guidelines established by the American Indoor Air Quality Council and the EPA. Remediation is conducted after the contaminated space has been contained and negatively pressurized, protecting other rooms of your home from excessive amounts of mold spores. Dust and spore counts are minimized during remediation using professional filtration devices exhausted outside. Quality control sampling is performed to quantify spores before and after remediation to ensure spores counts have decreased.
Our staff works with the client during all steps of the remediation process. ANCO identifies the nutrient sources of mold contamination, takes steps to stop the problem at its source, and offers advice to the client on preventing or reducing the likelihood of mold growth in the future.
Basement waterproofing services are also available.