Mold Remediation

The careful removal of all mold contamination from an area, including live and dead mold bodies, as well as particulates that may cause illness and property damage.

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Mold Indoors: Killing It Is Not Enough

 

 

By Michael Pinto

Indoor air quality is a broad field that continues to bedevil building service professionals. But the shift in focus over the last five years from general concerns such as adequate ventilation and sick building syndrome to mold contamination has caught many service contractors by surprise, particularly when they are asked for advice in dealing with mold growth or blamed for its appearance.

Unfortunately, many contractors are struggling to identify the current best practices in regards to mold – a reasonable way to evaluate potential contamination and implement control measures. With limited time, service managers try to make sense of media reports, liability concerns, and scientific research. As they dig deeper, many have found that media reports are often condensed sound bites, legal cases tend to emphasize the extremes of liability in an effort to win or fend off a claim, and scientific reports are filled with technical jargon or narrow limitations that restrict their application to the real world.

Without good information, positions related to mold situations are inclined to polarize. The extreme positions can be categorized as fungiphobics, those who are frightened by a single mold spore, and those who refuse to accept any possibility of health-related problems due to mold exposure, the mold minimizers.

The first step in developing a reasonable approach to mold is to understand that there is a reasonable approach. [Read more…]

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Three Critical Components Of Every Fungal Remediation Project

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By Michael Pinto

A Common Situation

mold remediation imageOver the last few weeks we have received numerous calls from individuals concerned about the appropriateness of mold remediation projects that do not address critical issues such as possible contamination of the HVAC (heating/ventilation/air conditioning) system or the contents of the building. In fact, we spoke with an attorney for an individual who is reportedly suffering from serious mold-related health concerns, and he was incredulous when he found out that after a major remediation of visible fungal growth from his client’s house no effort had been made to clean the rest of the structure. This lack of thoroughness was even more disturbing given that a hygienist had been involved in the project to conduct an investigation and help prepare the scope of work. This consultant’s own air samples had shown elevated levels of fungal spores throughout the home, yet the official project was narrowed down specifically to the rooms with visible contamination.

In a similar vein, we received the following e-mail from someone who had heard about our organization’s reputation for competency in the mold remediation field. Obviously, the remediation company’s name has been extracted to protect the guilty!

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Why Mold Restoration Professionals Should Avoid Using Bleach

By Michael Pinto

There are many situations in which restoration professionals may think that use of bleach as a cleaner/sanitizer is effective. Indeed, there are certain restoration projects, such as sewage backflows, floods, and even mold remediation, where individuals have been taught to use bleach as part of their restoration protocol. This history is supported by continuing references in publications put out by numerous organizations including the EPA, American Red Cross, Salvation Army and others. The use of bleach as a “disinfectant” seemed to reach new heights over the past few months as semi-truckloads of the chemical were donated for disaster relief efforts in the Gulf states following hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

 Despite this surge in bleach use for restoration of water-damaged and mold-impacted environments, I have one thing to say about the situation: Professional restoration contractors should not be using bleach for cleaning, sanitizing, or disinfecting surfaces! Of course this opinion comes with a few caveats: I do not have any financial or management interest in a chemical company that manufactures bleach or alternative chemical products. I have never been seriously injured by bleach in a personal or industrial accident. I use bleach for my laundry and a bleach derivative for sanitizing my swimming pool water. [Read more…]

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Mold Remediation Part One

REMEDIATION OF BUILDING MATERIALS

Excerpt from Fungal Contamination: A Comprehensive Guide for Remediation

This excerpt is taken from Chapter 10 of Fungal Contamination: A Comprehensive Guide for Remediation, Second Edition, a textbook used for mold remediation training that makes important and understandable connections between mold work and other restoration activities. This informative book of over 450 pages is available for purchase from Wonder Makers Environmental.


Remediating fungal contamination that is impacting building materials involves a number of steps that are widely accepted in the industry, and experience has determined that these steps should be performed in a particular order. This method offers the best possibility for removing visible mold growth and associated debris without cross contaminating surrounding areas. Remediation professionals should use the following steps as a starting point for developing a specific work plan for each project. [Read more…]