Mold can be found almost anywhere; it can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. Molds can be found growing on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or un-addressed. It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment, however, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture. Concerns about indoor exposure to mold have been increasing as the public becomes more and more educated and aware that exposure to mold can cause. Mold remediation can prevent a variety of health effects and symptoms, including allergic reactions, commonly associated with mold problems.
Since mold requires moisture to grow, it is important to prevent excessive moisture problems in buildings. Moisture problems can have many causes, including uncontrolled humidity. Some moisture problems in buildings have been linked to changes in building construction practices during the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. Some of these changes have resulted in buildings that are tightly sealed, but may lack adequate ventilation, potentially leading to moisture buildup. Building materials, such as drywall, may not allow moisture to escape easily. Moisture problems may result from roof leaks, landscaping or gutters that direct water into or under the building, and unvented combustion appliances. Delayed maintenance or insufficient maintenance is also associated with moisture problems in homes, schools, and buildings.
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, paneling, the top of ceiling tiles, and the underside of carpets and pads, etc. Other possible locations of hidden mold can include walls behind furniture (where condensation forms), condensate drain pans inside air conditioning units, and porous thermal or acoustic liners inside ductwork. When considering a mold remediation inspection, it’s important to consider these areas.
At Southern Environmental Services, Inc., (SESI) we can help. By employing proven diagnostic as well as remediation processes to mitigate the source of the mold problem, not just dealing with the symptoms. Our highly trained staff investigates and identifies all “suspect” areas then methodically sterilizes, repairs and treats all instances along with any potential sources of mold.