PuroClean Disaster Response is ready to help you resolve any mold issues. Our staff is certified by the IICRC in Advanced Mold Remediation and will analyze and address your problem using the most advanced testing and scientific processes. We will establish a containment zone around the mold to ensure that other areas of the house will not be contaminated while we remove the mold.
Even though Boulder has an arid climate, mold is everywhere and it can grow given the right conditions. Mold needs a food source, the right temperature range, water and oxygen.
Food sources are easy to find in the home; natural textiles, drywall, wood, carpet, some paint, even a layer of dust in a storage room or crawl space. Small leaks, humidity in the bathroom, elevated ground water, minor floods or just seasonal changes, all of these can provide the moisture required.
With connections to over 30 health conditions such as allergic reactions, sinus infections and asthma, mold is not something to be ignored in your home. Exposure to mold has been related to over thirty health conditions including respiratory illness, asthma and lung disease. Prolonged exposure can make a minor condition worse and make all of us more sensitive to it. A lot of us are sensitive to mold, for those who are, exposure and contact can cause allergic reactions including sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose and more severe conditions including headaches and a skin rash. Over 100,000 species of mold exist and all of them can cause problems. Even the non-toxic and most common strains can cause health problems. The very fact that they are most common means that we are exposed to them frequently.
The only truly effective solution to a mold infestation is to remove it, which is why you need PuroClean Disaster Response of Boulder to inspect, test and treat your mold problem. If mold infests drywall, it will spread throughout adjacent walls and even into your home’s ductwork if surface mold is not properly cleaned up. Did you know that painting over mold does not kill it because paint can be food for mold?
If you suspect a mold problem in your carpet or walls, it is time to enlist a professional mold mitigation service. The technicians at PuroClean Disaster Response are certified in Advanced Mold Remediation and will develop a specific plan to solve your mold situation using the most scientifically advanced treatments. Call us at (720) 773-3400 to protect your home and family from the serious structural and health problems that mold can cause.
A lot of us are sensitive to mold, for those who are, exposure and contact can cause allergic reactions including sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose and more severe conditions including headaches and a skin rash.
For some people prolonged exposure to mold can cause chronic conditions such as sinus infections. If you are one of those who experience chronic sinus problems avoid contact and inhalation of mold and mold.
Mold needs four things to grow; food, moisture, oxygen and the right temperature range. Any organic material can be a source of food this includes drywall, plaster, wood, latex paint, carpets and textiles. Any of these can provide the place for mold to grow when moisture and temperature are right.
Mold will continue to grow as long as conditions are right. Once it infests drywall it will grow through the entire wall and spread to adjacent walls, it will grow up the wall from a basement to the main floor, it will spread from the attic down to the walls in the main part of a home. Do not assume that it will stop. Act fast, time is not on your side. If it spreads into walls and carpets then professional mold mitigation services are required.
When mold remediation is started quickly enough most mold infestations can be stopped and the underlying materials cleaned and restored. But if carpets, furniture, drywall and other softer materials are infested, disposal and replacement is advised.
Surface mold if not cleaned up can spread into the ductwork in your home and subsequently infest the heating and cooling system which further spread it through the home. Anything that can support the build-up of dust, can support mold growth.
Painting over it is not a solution. Paint can be food for mold. Surfaces need to be thoroughly cleaned and the mold removed before a new coat of paint is applied. If you find yourself in this situation use a mold resistant paint after the cleaning.
When you find mold What should you do?
Killing mold is not the complete solution, you have to remove it to be sure. Dead mold spores still contain toxins and allergens that can be dispersed in the air. It has to be contained and removed.
Protect yourself; wear a mask, especially if you are sensitive, and wear rubber, latex or other similar gloves.
Contain it: Don’t take action that might spread the mold, clean it with a rag and keep it contained in the rag, don’t use a standard home vacuum. Most home vacuum filters will not contain mold but rather send the spores back into the air. Vacuums with HEPA class filters are the only ones acceptable for use in removing mold. These filters will capture the spores and contain them
Use Hydrogen Peroxide: Hydrogen Peroxide is the best commonly available cleaning agent to use on mold. It will starve the mold of oxygen and kill it. Other household remedies such as bleach are less effective; bleach will only affect the surface mold but not the underlying spores.
Dispose of everything properly: Put the used rags, masks and gloves into a plastic bag and seal it. Don’t give it a chance to further spread through the house.
Be diligent: if you see mold starting, clean it up as outlined above. Keep susceptible areas dry and clean
On more complex and serious mold infestations PuroClean Disaster Response will be your one call to create a comprehensive plan that includes testing, laboratory sampling, a mitigation plan and final verification testing.
We partner with Environmental Engineering companies to complete the testing and to develop the recommended mitigation plan. Our certified technicians will then complete the mitigation plan and the Environmental Engineering company will return to test and verify the results. We will use independent laboratories to complete any required work. By having the Environmental Engineering company, the laboratory and the mitigation company independent of each other ensures an objective and thorough plan and result.
If needed, this process will include complete a documentation package including the environmental Engineering assessment, test results, laboratory reports, the mitigation plan and the follow up testing.