Mold Remediation Services

Mold Remediation Services

Concern about indoor exposure to mold has been increasing as the public becomes aware that exposure to mold can cause a variety of health effects and symptoms, including allergic reactions. Mold can be found almost anywhere; it can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There is mold that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. American Builders takes all of the necessary steps to eliminate mold and get your house back to a safe environment.

When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling the moisture. Since mold requires water to grow, it is important to prevent moisture problems in buildings.

Hidden Mold In some cases, indoor mold growth may not be obvious. It is possible that mold may be growing on hidden surfaces, such as the backside of dry wall, wallpaper, or paneling, the top of ceiling tiles, the underside of carpets and pads, etc. Possible locations of hidden mold can include pipe chases and utility tunnels with leaking or condensing pipes, walls behind furniture where condensation forms, condensate drain pans inside air handling units, porous thermal or acoustic liners inside ductwork, or roof materials above ceiling tiles due to roof leaks or insufficient insulation. Some building materials, such as dry wall with vinyl wallpaper over it or wood paneling, may act as vapor barriers, trapping moisture underneath their surfaces and thereby providing a moist environment where mold can grow. You may suspect hidden mold if a building smells moldy, but you cannot see the source, or if you know there has been water damage and building occupants are reporting health problems. If you discover hidden mold, you should revise your remediation plan to account for the total area affected by mold growth. More than likely, any mold you have growing in your house is the result of water incursion.

Even though chlorine bleach is often used to kill mold, bleach is not an EPA-approved biocide. Mold remediation companies certainly do good work when the mold is wide-spread and is in a public institution or in commercial buildings. And while most mold is not toxic, some mold is toxic. For this, you want a licensed, experienced professional dealing with the mold such as American Builders.

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