Valley Maintenance & Restoration, Inc.

Serving the Wood River Valley since 1968

Mold Remediation

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Today home and business owners are becoming more aware that unseen microorganisms such as mold and mildew can significantly affect health and quality of life. Mold remediation is an area definitely best left to the professionals. Proper containment, air purifying equipment, worker protection, and documentation are all aspects of a remediation project that need to be considered.

Molds produce allergens, irritants and in some cases potentially toxic substances. When spores are present in large quantities, they are a health hazard to humans, potentially causing allergic reactions and respiratory problems. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis). Allergic reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed. Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people. Exposure to toxic-mold can lead to neurological problems and in some cases death. Prolonged exposure can be particularly harmful.

Valley Maintenance & Restoration, Inc. removes dangerous and unhealthy organisms using the latest equipment and methods to improve indoor environment and occupant safety.

What Causes Mold to Grow?

Mold spores are everywhere: indoors and outdoors, in the air we breathe, on the surfaces we use. It’s when mold grows excessively or uncontrolled that problems begin. Mold has five growth requirements:

How Long Does it Take Mold to Grow in a Wet Building?

That depends on the five growth factors mentioned earlier. Typically you don’t have much of a problem for the first 24-48 hours, perhaps a little longer in cooler months. After that, mold growth depends on air circulation, temperature and how long materials stay damp. Mold and other Remediation Services:

The first step in solving an indoor mold problem is stopping the source of moisture. Next is to remove the mold growth. Significant mold will require professional mold remediation and removal of affected building materials. Improper methods for cleaning mold include exposure to high heat, dry air, sunlight, ozone and application of fungicides.

Building Decontamination

Industry-recognized procedures and methods are used to manage potentially dangerous microorganisms. Some of these methods include: airflow management containment and air-filtering devices, demolition and dustless drywall removal, air-assisted cleaning devices and appropriate biocides. For more information on mold and indoor air quality, visit www.epa.gov.