Mildew, mold and other related bacterial growth thrive in wet, moisture-rich environments. To decrease the chance of mold growth, contact us immediately after any signs of water loss.
In the case of any mold contamination, our expert certifications and ethics require us to report any possible contamination to the property owner to protect the occupants from any unnecessary or unsafe exposure to contaminants. At this time we will present cost effective remediation options to deal with the mildew and/or mold.
At ServiceMaster Clean®, our staff consists of Certified Mold Remediation Technicians (CMR). In order to become certified, technicians must undergo the IICRC testing and qualification program for mold professionals. Using a certified firm with certified technicians to provide services for identification and removal of microbiological contaminants is the most important step in the removal process. If the mold problem is cleaned without the proper precautions, the health risk can be significantly increased.
For mold remediation and removal services, contact the certified mold specialists at ServiceMaster Clean® at 1-888-930-3351.
General Information about Mold
Molds are found everywhere inside and outside, and can grow on almost any substance when moisture is present. Molds reproduce by spores, which can be carried by air currents. When these spores land on a moist surface that is suitable for life, they begin to grow. Mold is normally found indoors at levels that do not affect most healthy individuals. Mold colonies can grow inside building structures. The main problem with the presence of mold in buildings is the inhalation of mycotoxins. These mycotoxins may produce an identifiable smell.
Because common building materials are capable of sustaining mold growth, and mold spores are present everywhere, visible mold growth in an indoor environment is typically related to water or moisture indoors. Flooding, leaky roofs, improper building maintenance, indoor plumbing problems and incomplete drying techniques can all lead to mold growth inside.
For significant mold growth to occur there must be a source of water or moisture (which could be invisible humidity), a source of food, and a substrate capable of sustaining growth. Common building materials, such as plywood, drywall, furring strips, carpets, and carpet padding are food for molds. In carpet, invisible dust and cellulose are the food sources. After a single incident of water damage occurs in a building, molds can grow inside walls and then become dormant until a subsequent incident of high humidity; this illustrates how mold can appear to be a sudden problem, long after a previous flood or water incident that did not produce such a problem. The right conditions can reactivate mold. Mold growth begins between 24 hours and 10 days from the provision of the growing conditions. There is no known way to date mold.