- Full Mould Remediation
- Indoor Air Quality Testing
- Mould Inspections
IICRC Certified Mould Remediation Technician
Types of Remedial work:
- Attic mould
- Crawl spaces
- Basement and foundation mould
- Bathroom mould
- Leaky window issues causing mould
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What is Mould?
Mould is a living organism, but it is neither a plant nor an animal, it is a type of fungus. It is part of a group of living organisms that are very common and serve an important role in the environment. Moulds break down the leaves in when they fall to the ground in the autumn. It would be messy world without mould. Penicillin, an antibiotic that has saved many lives, is a type of mold, as is yeast. However, mould can grow on bread and other types of food, making it unfit to eat. Mould can grow on the walls, floors and ceilings of a home as well as on personal possessions. People often refer to some household moulds as mildew, although the term also can apply to moulds found outdoors.
As stated above, moulds are part of the natural environment. When found in the outdoors, moulds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mould growth should be avoided. Moulds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mould may begin growing indoors when mould spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mould, and they all need moisture to grow.
While mould spores are all around us, mould growth can be prevented. Mould growing in a building requires moisture, warmth, and food. Depriving mould of any of these three items will stop it from growing, but it will not kill the mould that is already there. Mould spores will remain dormant, and if the moisture, warmth and food all reappear, mould will begin to grow again. In addition, dead mould is still allergenic. This is why it is important to entirely remove mould from a building’s structure.
Why Is Mould Bad?
Typically, mould is not a problem indoors, unless the mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. In many cases, molds have the potential to cause health problems. Moulds produce allergens (allergens are substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Inhaling or touching mould or mould spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Typically, allergic reactions can range from hay fever-type symptoms, like sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rashes. Allergic reactions to mold are common and many people do not even realize it the mold that causing their symptoms. Often, the symptoms can be felt in individuals that may not have had any mould allergies before, or did not even know that they were allergic.
The symptoms can be felt immediately, but sometimes they are delayed. Mould has been known to cause asthma attacks in people with asthma and a mold allergy. In addition, mold exposure can be an irritant in a variety ways from itchy eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lung discomfort in both those with and without mould allergies. However, symptoms other than the allergic and irritant types are not commonly reported as a result of inhaling mould. It is important to note that research on mould and its health effects is ongoing. This does not describe all potential health effects related to mould exposure.
Why Use Dry Ice Blasting?
Dry Ice Blasting removes 99.9% of mould spores from wood, and it does so up to 80% faster than traditional cleaning methods. Dry Ice Blasting provides complete removal even in the tight angles of trusses, around nails, wiring and all plumbing without damage.
Recently, the restoration world has embraced dry ice blasting for its quick, thorough and complete cleaning results. The traditional methods of mould remediation involve a great deal of time consuming manual labor and back-breaking work. Manual sanding and scraping take up the majority of the mould remediator’s time in any remediation project and, therefore, account for the majority of the labor costs for any remediation contractor. The set-up of the project, including negative air set-ups, containment and HEPA vacuuming take minimal time and will always be required and necessary parts of the contractor’s project when it comes to mould remediation. Dry ice blasting replaces the manual sanding and scraping process for the remediation contractors. Don’t ever use bleach to kill mould, bleach is water based and will only contribute to the mould issue. Let a professional deal with you mould issues in a safe and effective manner!