What Not To Do About Mold
- Do not ignore possible toxic mold health symptoms experienced by one or more residents or co-workers. It might be mold if occupants experience unexplained health problems like ongoing itchy eyes, bloody nose, sinus problems, headaches, nose congestion, runny nose, skin rashes, skin sores, coughing, breathing difficulties, memory problems, feeling disconnected, chronic fatigue, and many other mold symptoms.
- Do not fail to realize that perhaps only one or a few occupants may experience toxic mold health symptoms, while others may have none, while all living or working in the same mold-infested area. People differ significantly in their sensitivity and body reaction to mold.
- Do not procrastinate inspecting for mold problems and toxic mold clues. Inspect your home and workplace regularly for roof leaks, plumbing leaks, water damage, mold smells, visible mold growth, high humidity [above 50 to 60%], and a wet or damp basement, crawl space, or attic.
- Do not assume there is no toxic mold problem if there is no visible mold. The worst mold infestation problems are often the ones you cannot see inside floors, ceilings, walls, basement, attic, crawl space, and the heating/cooling equipment and ducts. In addition, airborne mold spores are invisible to the eye. Testing will help you uncover these hidden mold problems.
- Do not fall into the trap of thinking that new homes and workplaces are perfectly healthy. They often have built-in toxic mold infestation from moldy building materials, no mold inspection by builders during construction, storing materials on the ground or during construction with no protection against rain, high humidity and ground moisture, and no application of a fungicidal coating to wood building materials.
- Do not believe that simply drying wet building materials is enough. If toxic mold spores and mold colony growths run out of moisture, they do not die. Instead, mold becomes dormant, patiently waiting for high humidity or a future water leak to resume mold growth. Even dormant mold and its smell can make some mold-sensitive persons sick.
- Do not use bleach which is ineffective to get rid of toxic mold. You need to use a product that's specifically designed for cleaning mold.
- Do not use other ineffective products to kill toxic mold, such as paint primers that hide water stains but are inappropriate for mold remediation, regular paint, which mold eats as a snack food, paint containing a mildewcide if used as the sole mold remediation treatment, ammonia, and most other household cleaners and disinfectants.
- Do not think that just spraying something on the toxic mold will take care of the problem. You need to both kill all visible toxic mold growth and invisible mold spores encountered in mold remediation, and remove and discard the mold-damaged building materials. In addition, the mold remediation area needs to be protected with a fungicidal coating.
- Do not fail to understand that many mold remediation contractors' efforts fail because of: (a) failure to find and fix all of the hidden toxic mold infestation locations in a home or workplace due to incomplete and unprofessional mold inspection and mold testing; (b) inadequate worker training; (c) not using effective mold containment procedures and mold remediation techniques; (d) taking shortcuts; and (e) sometimes fraud and dishonesty.
DO seek the services of a mold remediation professional. Expediant has the experience, equipment and staff, and supports the use of EPA guidelines to serve you and treat your home.
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