• Have you recently had water damage or have suspect mold damage to your property? Is there a musty smell in your home?
• Are you in the process of buying or selling a home and the Home Inspector noted some areas of concern regarding mold and or water damage?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, a mold inspection is absolutely necessary. With thousands of water and mold damaged projects inspected and successfully completed, Ekwall Company Inc. has the credentials and experience to help find and recommend solutions to fit your needs. We will provide a visual mold removal inspection along with moisture, relative humidity (RH) and temperature readings using our professional equipment and then provide recommendations if needed.
Houses are designed to keep families safe and secure – protected from the elements outside. Unfortunately, there may come a time when a home is damaged or takes on some of those outside elements, making it dangerous for those living inside. If your home needs reconstruction, water damage or flood damage mitigation, or mold removal services, we have the skills, professionalism and training required to ensure that your property is taken care of.
Ever notice that whenever water damage is present there is always mold to follow? That’s because Mold needs moisture and oxygen to grow and multiply. It appears quickly and spreads everywhere. They multiply by spreading mold spores and those spores land and continue to survive by engulfing whatever is around them, continuing to increase in number. Not only do they gradually destroy what they grow on, but they can grow and survive on anything. If you have Mold present, you need to call a professional for Mold Removal as soon as possible. There are many of variety of molds, each with there own health risks. If they are not treated right away they can cause serious health problems.
• Heavy Breathing, and Wheezing
• Sneezing/Sneezing Fits
• Asthma Attacks
• Itchy, Watery Eyes
• Chest Tightness
• Skin Irritation/Allergic Reactions
• Runny Nose and Nasal Congestion
• Fungal Infection
Molds can grow anywhere and on anything. Like wood, carpet, insulation and paper. This means that when moisture is in the air or water damage occurs, it’s important to eliminate the moisture and get the water damage treated as soon as possible.
Sometimes it is inevitable to stop mold from entering your home, but there are some prevention methods to make it less likely.
• Make sure the humidity in doors is below 60%, with and ideal percentage being between 30-50.
• Any wet damp spots need to be cleaned and dried within 48 Hours.
• HVAC inspections need to be regularly scheduled
• Make sure appliances that generate moisture stay ventilated, i.e Dishwashers, Refrigerators
• Keep your air conditioning, heating, and ventilation drip pans clean, unobstructed, flowing properly
• Fix leaks and plumbing problems as soon as possible
• Making sure there is proper drainage, to prevent backup, and a dry foundation
• Do not run the HVAC system if you suspect mold. Call mold contractors for mold testing.
• These methods can prevent the need for Mold Remediation.
When mold is visual, it is obvious. Discolored spots start to form and spread quickly. Although its not always visible. Hidden mold can form inside walls or under your carpet and can spread and multiply without you even knowing. There is usually a moldy smell associated with it. If you know or suspect water damage in any of the areas that could hide mold, call for an inspection immediately. Better to be safe then sorry. There are certain indications that can tell you if you have hidden mold in your home:
1. As mentioned before a moldy odor will be present if you have mold forming.
2. Small spots that can be mistaken for dirt, can actually be the beginning stages of mold growth and should not be ignored.
3. If you have vinyl wallpaper, mold will appear orange, pink, or purple. Not the usual dark spots.
4. Water stains or discolorations on areas in your home, like the floors, ceiling, or walls could be a clue.
5. Damp, warped, bulging, and bowed walls are another indicator. As well as peeling, bubbling, cracking of the paint on top of those walls
6. Water leaks can be good areas to host mold growth.
7. If there has been flooding in the past, often the room where the water accumulated the most may have mold formation even after the Mold damage was cleaned.
8. High condensation on glass windows or metal pipes could be a sign of high humidity in the air. You should schedule an inspection.
It is always better to call a professional for mold removal. However, if you choose to deal with the problem yourself make sure you are wearing the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). These consist of:
• Gloves – To protect your skin from coming in contact with any mold/toxins during Mold Remediation. Hands are very absorbent. The longer the gloves the better. The Stronger the Cleaning materials, the thicker the gloves should be.
• Goggles – Always keep the eyes protected. A full face mask can also be used, as long as it covers enough as to not lest dust or mold spores through. Open safety glasses or goggles are not a good idea.
• Respiratory Protection – Stopping the inhalation of dust and spores is a must. It can lead to respiratory problems, as well as infections. The More serious the area determines the amount of protection needed. An N-95 can be used for a small area. For a medium amount of mold, upgrade to a half, or full face air purifier respirator. Make sure it contains a HEPA cartridge. If there is a large amount of mold in the area switch to a full face PAPR, which is a powered air purifying respirator that contains a blower to blow air into the HEPA cartridge. This should also come with a Mask to cover your entire face, as well as a Hood to cover your head.
• Disposable Protective Clothing – Disposable paper overalls can be used for a small amount of mold. You should wear a full body suit,and head and foot coverings for anything larger. Make sure ankles and wrists are covered.