Mold should not be permitted to grow and multiply indoors. When this happens, health problems can occur and building materials, goods and furnishings may be damaged.
Why Mold Testing Matters
On average, people spend between 80 to 90 percent of their time indoors. With that statistic in mind, it’s not hard to understand how important to your health it is that the air in your home is free of contaminants, especially mold spores. Intrusion of mold into the indoor environment can cause serious health problems if left unchecked. The information you will find in the Mold and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) section of this website is dedicated to informing home and business owners of the potential health problems that are possible from exposure to toxic types of mold, both what you can see, and what you can’t see.
Courtesy Care is certified by the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) in Mold Testing and Remediation.
Remediation means removal. And here at Courtesy Care Cleaning and Restoration that’s exactly what we do.
Our trained mold remediation technicians can perform testing of your home for mold contamination, giving you valuable information that will help you insure that your home and family remain healthy and free from the effects of mold contamination. If our Certified Mold Inspector finds mold contamination in your home, we at Courtesy Care offer our mold remediation services and will return your home to a healthy state.
What is mold?
Molds are fungi. Molds grow throughout the natural and constructed (indoor) environment. Tiny particles of mold are present in indoor and outdoor air. In nature, molds help break down dead materials and can be found growing on soil, foods, plant matter, and other items. Molds produce microscopic cells called “spores” which are very tiny and spread easily through the air. Live spores act like seeds, forming new mold growths (colonies) when they find the right conditions.
Environmental Protection Agency’s Mold Removal Standards
Top 10 Reasons to do Mold Testing and Removal
Be concerned about possible mold problems if one or more occupants is suffering from unexplained health problems such as ongoing itchy eyes, bloody nose, coughing, breathing difficulties, difficulty in remembering things and in thinking clearly, feeling disconnected from the world around you, and/or chronic fatigue. Please remember that some occupants may experience mold-related health symptoms, while others may have none, with all living or working in the same mold-infested area. People differ significantly in their sensitivity to mold.
You contribute big-time to becoming a mold victim when you ignore roof leaks; plumbing leaks; sewer line leaks; water stains on ceilings; the indoor smell of mold; visible mold growth; high humidity (60 percent humidity alone is enough to promote mold growth); a wet or damp basement; and a wet or damp crawl space.
Do not use chlorine bleach to try to kill mold growth and mold spores because that method is completely ineffective. Bleach is too weak even when freshly manufactured to kill mold. Bleach that sits on store shelves and in your home continually gets ever weaker over the passage of time. In addition, read the manufacturer’s usage directions on the bleach container. The manufacturer does not recommend its use to kill mold. Bleach is not an EPA-registered fungicide.
Products such as Kilz, paint containing a mildicide element, any paint, Lysol, ammonia, or other household cleaners and disinfectants are largely ineffective if the mold is not otherwise abated. Painting over a mold problem does not solve it. It only hides the problem temporarily and gives the mold something delicious to eat-the paint itself!
Only EPA-registered fungicides can kill mold, but just spraying visible mold does not solve mold problems. You need to kill all visible mold encountered in mold remediation, but it needs also to be removed from the home or building. All of the water and mold damaged building materials then need to be disposed of and replaced with mold-free building materials. In addition, the cleaned-out area needs to be treated with an EPA-registered fungicide and wood protectant.