When it comes to mold, moisture is one of the most important things to consider. Moisture is what all life needs to exist - and mold is no different. So that makes moisture control very important - whether you are having a mold remediation job performed or not.
A good example of this is a large condo job that us here at HERO Remediation are working on as we speak. The condo remediation project all comes down to moisture. Many of the residents are concerned when they don't see any issue on the surface, but our moisture meters, thermal cameras, and other tools indicate a different matter, and we recommend removing sheetrock to get to the actual issue. But once we open the walls and show them the damage and mold behind it, they understand why the moisture readings we found showed that we needed to remove the sheetrock.
Moisture - Good & Evil
Moisture control is very important, as we can see. In fact, the EPA provides a very helpful Moisture Control Guide that you can use. But without going into an entire EPA document, here are some basics that can help you keep moisture under control:
Stay In Control
We call it "moisture control" because it requires us to control the moisture in our home. Keeping relative humidity below 60%, keeping leaks and water issues at bay, and calling a professional like HERO Remediation whenever there is an issue - and doing it early enough that the issue doesn't become worse.
We find mold in all sorts of places here in Winter Garden and surrounding areas. We find it under sinks, in walls, in sub-flooring - and anywhere else you can think of. But one of the most common places where we find mold is in the attic.
Why is mold so often found in attics? How should it be remediated? Let's discuss:
What Causes Mold In Attics?
Mold occurs in attics for many reasons - below are just a few of the causes:
1) Lack of ventilation. This is by far probably the most common reason we find mold in someone's attic. Without proper ventilation, mold spores get the humidity and temperature levels they need to grow and populate.
2) Moisture. This is an obvious one, but still needs to be mentioned. If you had a roof leak or other issue that allowed moisture to get into your attic area for a period of time, then mold only needs about 48 hours in that environment to start to get a foot hold.
3) Too much ventilation. That's right - too much ventilation. An example of this is someone who has ridge and soffit vent which creates an upward flow of air and works properly. But then they also add gable vents thinking that more air equals better ventilation. But gable vents in that situation are like poking holes in a vacuum hose - and losing suction. Having ventilation that conflicts is often almost as bad as having too little ventilation.
How Should The Mold Remediation Be Done?
Every remediation job is different, but there are some basic parameters that we follow. First of all, we keep everything possible contained. We do not want any of the spores to leave the attic and enter your home. Having proper PPE is important - for you and our crew.
We also want to make sure that the visible mold is properly cleaned. We always use EPA approved products and methods to ensure that the mold is taken care of.
Then you will want measures taken to make sure that the mold does not return. Many products leave a film on surfaces to help prevent this, but you will also want to stop the conditions that caused the mold issue in the first place.
Winter Garden Mold Remediation Services
HERO Remediation provides Winter Garden Mold Remediation services and provides this service to the Greater Orlando area. So contact us today! (407) 608-9478
Windermere Air Sampling…Is It An Effective Way Of Testing For Mold?
Mold is a big issue in many homes today so diagnosing the problem is very important. A qualified mold assessor normally tests for mold by carrying out a visual inspection first, and then taking a surface sample. Another test that can be done in conjunction with these tests is air sampling. Let’s take a closer look at what this involves and whether it is an effective way to test for mold.
Air samples are a good way to diagnose a mold source that has not yet been detected. Mold spores are impossible to see with the naked eye, so the sample is sent to a lab and analyzed. The results will reveal whether or not there is mold present in the home and, if there is, will show the severity of the problem.
Hero Remediaiton is fully licensed and has years of experience. If you need air sampling services in Windermere, then give us a call: 407-608-9478
How Does it Work?
What areas of the home are air samples normally taken? Obvious places include areas where mold is already visible. Samples would also be taken in areas of moisture intrusion or water damage and anywhere that has a musty odor, which could indicate mold growth.
There are various factors that can affect an air sample reading. Firstly, its best to carry out testing with doors and windows closed and any indoor-outdoor air exchangers switched off. The weather also plays a role, for example, it is not a good idea to take an air sample during severe thunderstorms or extremely high winds as these can affect the accuracy of the test. Air pressure changes can also alter mold spore levels which would change those levels indoors as well.
How Can You Improve Your Indoor Air Quality?
A healthy indoor air quality is essential to the well being of a home’s occupants. There are a lot of simple ways to improve indoor air quality, one of those ways is regularly replacing your HVAC systems filters. But, how often should they be changed to maintain a healthy environment in the home?
While you need to have your HVAC system serviced once a year, you should change the filter a lot more regularly. Depending on the amount of use the system gets, every 3 months is ideal. However, under certain conditions, you may want to consider replacing it more often than that. When checking the filter, if you notice it is damaged or has become wet or damp, then it should be replaced immediately. If not, dangerous toxins such as mold spores can be released into the air and dispersed through the house.
Changing the filter as often as once a month is beneficial for some homes. This might be necessary for larger families or those with pets. If anyone living in the home has allergies or if there are any smokers in the house, these are also reasons to change the filter more frequently.
Your homes outdoor environment should also dictate how regularly you change HVAC filters. For example, if there is a lot of construction going on in the neighborhood, if you live in an agricultural area or even if there have been wildfires in the surrounding area, it would be wise to replace filters often.
Replacing your homes HVAC filter regularly is a simple and effective way to maintain a healthy indoor air quality.
Need air sampling in Windermere? Then contact us today!
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Mold Remediation in Doctor Phillips - Should you hire a company like us, Hero Remediation, or should you try to clean the issue yourself? Hiring a licensed and professional mold remediation company is very important. A qualified mold remediation company like us are highly trained to make sure that the mold issue is gone, and we also know how to keep it from coming back.
This is very important, because according to the CDC, mold can have very serious health effects that can plague you for many years to come. But what are some things to consider before choosing to clean it yourself or to hire a professional?
Mold…Should You Remove It Yourself?
With all the information we receive on a regular basis about the health hazards of mold - a homeowner might wonder if its OK to remove it themselves. While there are a variety of factors which determine this, a homeowner should be able to clean up mold themselves if the area it covers is less than 10 feet. However, before you start such a task, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Mold cannot grow without the presence of water. This means that there may be an underlying issue such as a water leak that you will need to diagnose and treat first, otherwise, the mold problem will keep recurring.
You can remove mold from hard surfaces with EPA approved detergents/cleaners. Scrub the area thoroughly and make sure the area is completely dry before you apply any paint, if not, the paint could start to peel. Do not apply caulk to a moldy surface either.
There are some areas where mold and mildew are very difficult to get rid of, carpeting is one of those areas. If a carpet in your home has mold, it is better to replace it. When mold forms on soft furnishings such as curtains and cushions, it is extremely difficult to remove the stains it leaves behind. If you desire to keep them, it would be best to seek advice from a furniture restoration company.
Before you start the mold cleanup process, make sure you have the proper protective clothing and wear a respirator to prevent inhaling mold spores. Keep other household members away from the area unless they are wearing protective gear also.
What if the Area is More than 10 Square Feet?
If this is the case - then hire a professional mold remediation company in Doctor Phillips like us. We will make sure that you get the mold remediation you need - when you need it.
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& Mold Remediation Heroes
Licensed Mold Assessor MRSA3389 | Licensed Mold Remediator MRSR3569
Florida is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. The warm weather is great for many reasons - but there is an unfortunate downside as well. The warm weather that we enjoy is also one of the reasons we have mold issues here in Central Florida. Here in Orlando, it is a constant battle. So what should you do if you think that you have a mold issue? Well, it is best to start out with a mold inspection or assessment. But what is the difference?
Orlando Mold Inspections
A mold "inspection" is primarily to see if there is a mold issue present in a home or business, and is primarily for discovery purposes. Our mold inspections are thorough and detailed, but we also make our mold inspection reports easy to read. Many people ask us what is included in our mold inspections. While there are no two mold inspections that are the same, we want to help you get a basic idea of how we perform our mold inspections. These parameters apply to both residential and commercial properties.
What is a Mold Assessment?
A mold inspection is performed by a qualified mold assessor, such as us, We are Florida State licensed mold assessors. The purpose of a mold assessment is not only to discover and inspect any mold or conditions conducive to mold in a home or other type of building, but also to identify the cause, work out what needs to be done to correct it, and even work with the remediation process to make sure it is done properly.
Important Things You Need to Know About Mold Inspections
Mold inspections should be performed by a qualified mold inspector/tester who has had specific training and notable experience in the mold field. Training and experience are necessary, as mold is a serious health hazard and should be handled only by the most qualified professionals.
Mold inspections are initially non-invasive, which means we do not do any destructive testing. We look for evidence of past or present organic growth. Once something has been discovered, we can start to get into the issue more seriously – finding the water source, seeing if it was a continuous issue or a one-time occurrence, and other factors. If the situation calls for it, and the client has thought about it thoroughly and given permission, intrusive testing may be done to fully inspect the issue.
Why Would I To Hire A Mold Inspector?
Common reasons people hire a mold inspector are:
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