Molds can be found virtually anywhere because they can grow on almost any organic surface as long as moisture and oxygen are present. Molds can grow on wood, paper, carpet, food, insulation, and more! Mold growth often occurs because there is excessive moisture in a building-a leak or an unaddressed moisture problem. How do molds spread? Mold reproduces by creating spores that cannot be seen without the aid of a microscope. The spores can float through the air until the spore lands on a moist location and begins to grow and devour the surface, destroying it.
All remediation plans include providing information and instructing customers about how to properly prevent mold from returning. Once mold the mold is remediated, Columbus Environmental provides a guarantee that the mold will not return for years to come as well as issues a transferrable warranty.
Some moisture problems have been linked to changes in building construction practices in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Some of these changes have resulted in buildings that are tightly sealed but lack adequate ventilation. This can lead to moisture buildup. Drywall often does not allow moisture to escape easily.
Moisture problems may also include roof leaks, landscaping or gutters that direct water into or under the building and unvented combustion appliances. These cause mold buildup which then requires remediation.
You can do the following to prevent and reduce the growth of indoor mold:
• Repair any water leaks
• Provide good air circulation
• All HVAC systems should have a good electrostatic filter on the return
• Use bathroom, kitchen and laundry room exhaust fans
• Insulate and ventilate attic and crawl space areas
• Clean, dry or remove items that are damaged by water
Mold growth indoors may not always be in plain view. If a building smells moldy but you cannot see the source, or if you know there as been water damage and building occupants are reporting health problems, there may be hidden mold.
Columbus Environmental technicians are certified and trained to assess the level of mold present, whether or not it is visible.