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Mold

Health Effects

  • Symptoms can vary from person to person.  For those who are more sensitive and susceptible to mold, adverse reactions may be as minor as experiencing allergy/asthma or hay fever like symptoms (congestion, headaches, wheezing, eye or skin irritation) while some people may have more severe reactions such as fever, shortness of breath, lung infections or even death.
  • Infants, small children, elderly people and those with compromised immune systems are more susceptible to adverse reactions.


Statistics

  • There are several hundred thousand different species of mold which can be found both indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold grows best in damp, warm, humid conditions where lack of ventilation, moisture intrusion or excess humidity is present.
  • It only takes 48 hours for mold to start growing on building materials that are wet.  
  • The best way to address mold is to identify and remedy the source causing the growth.  Otherwise cleaning mold will not be long term successful and most likely will grow back.
  • Indoor air pollution is a growing problem in the United States and accounts for up to 50% of all illnesses according to a Special Legislative Commission on Indoor Air Pollution.
  • "4.6 million cases in the U.S. are estimated to be attributable to dampness and mold exposure in the home." according to a 2007 study by the EPA and Berkeley National Laboratory costing $3.5 billion.
  • Common indoor molds include cladosporium, penicillium, aspergillus, and alternaria
  • Mold comes in all different shapes, sizes and colors.
  • Just because mold is black doesn't mean it's "black mold" aka stachybotrys which is toxic.


Testing

  • There are 2 types of mold testing...both take 2 days to process in the lab
  • Surface testing (swab or tape) yes or no test, starts at $124 
  • Air testing (mold spore count) identifies and counts spores, starts at $184
     

Remediation

  • The best way to address mold is to identify and remedy the source causing the growth.
  • At YES we use products that actually eat away mold for good, we don't just cover it up.  
  • Some companies spray the effected areas to kill spores but don't actually take away the mold, the stain is still there.  Then they encapsulate (paint) over it so you know it's been treated. 
  • We do it right the first time by removing visual mold and go a step further in applying an environmentally friendly, non-toxic anti-fungal preventative.
  • All our remediation includes containing the work area in order to not spread airborne mold spores throughout.  
  • We can also treat the HVAC system to kill airborne mold spores that are circulating throughout the home.
  • All our technicians are IAC2 certified mold professionals.

 

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