No residential property is immune to one of the most common environmental hazards: mold. Microscopic mold spores are found virtually everywhere, entering through doorways and windows and growing along HVAC systems to contaminate the air. Spores exposed to any moisture or wet surfaces quickly multiply and spread.
Mold can spread one square inch per day, a troubling speed when months or years pass as it spreads in hidden walls and crevices. Mold causes severe structural damage to your home and health problems to your family. ATI’s mold remediation team not only removes existing mold but also identifies other risk areas to prevent future growth.
Our mold remediation experts inspect infected parts of the building, HVAC systems, crawl spaces, and water sources, analyze air quality, and engage a third-party Industrial Hygienist who will take samples of the growth to identify the type of mold. Our mold remediation experts repair and replace parts of the building that have been infected after removal and cleaning. ATI uses dehumidifiers, HEPA filters, disinfectants, and antimicrobial solutions to prevent further cross-contamination.
Exposure to damp and moldy environments can cause various health problems, including allergic reactions, fever, respiratory issues, vomiting and nausea and skin rashes. Different types of mold can cause health issues of varying severity. It is important to follow Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines and standards when dealing with mold.
Prolonged exposure can develop into complicated chronic health conditions, including chronic headaches and fatigue, asthma, upper respiratory infection, dermatitis, memory loss, nerve issues, autoimmune disease, and much more.
Yes. It can lead to health problems common with other mold exposures but can also cause black mold poisoning (“stachybotryotoxicosis”), certain types of cancer and, sometimes, death. Black mold removal is best left to professionals.
Since mold damage can cause health problems and structural damage, removal will mitigate these issues and prevent it from spreading further. Mold removal also improves indoor air quality and can simultaneously remove and address other allergens like mildew from the affected area. With a full-service disaster recovery firm like ATI, we can also repair and replace damaged or ruined ceiling tiles, drywall, grout, and other porous materials that have visible mold or water damage.
The main difference is that mold removal physically removes all mold spores, while mold remediation focuses on returning mold levels to normal.
It’s important to engage a third-party Industrial Hygienist to test samples. Based on findings, an appropriate remediation course of action is determined. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests that a mold remediation service is required if the mold growth covers more than 10 square feet.
Regularly check areas with high moisture content and clean with disinfectants and/or antimicrobial solutions. Keep those areas as dry as possible to prevent a mold infestation.