More than likely, any mold you have growing in your house is the result of water incursion. Attics, crawlspaces, wall interiors, and basements are all key candidates for water incursion. However, an excessive amount of humidity and condensation in a house can also cause mold.
Mold growth can begin within 72 hours of water contact, if the water comes into contact with building materials and is not noticed or extracted properly. The mold growth may or may not be visible from inside the infected area. The mold contamination may stay hidden within the walls, under the floor, or above the ceiling.
Mold contamination can cause headaches, drowsiness, muscle aches, upper respiratory problems, nose bleeds, or even coughing up blood. This can result in transmitting further illness to people occupying the infected area. JPC Services can help with your mold problem by testing the indoor air quality, removing all mold and disposing of it properly, and treating all contaminated areas with biocides.
Three Steps to Remediate Mold
Identify and cut off the source of water.
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Eradicate the mold with a biocide.
Encapsulate the mold.
Mold can hide in unexpected places!
Behind wall coverings....
Who should do the cleanup?
Who should do the cleanup depends on a number of factors. One consideration is the size of the mold problem. If the moldy area is less than about 10 square feet (less than roughly a 3 ft. by 3 ft. patch), in most cases, you can handle the job yourself, following the guidelines below. However:
If there has been a lot of water damage, and/or mold growth covers more than 10 square feet, consult the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guide: Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings. Although focused on schools and commercial buildings, this document is applicable to other building types. It is available free by calling the EPA Indoor Air Quality Information Clearinghouse at (800) 438-4318, or visit there website..
If you choose to hire a contractor (or other professional service provider) to do the cleanup, make sure the contractor has experience cleaning up mold. Check references and ask the contractor to follow the recommendations in EPA's, the guidelines of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygenists (ACGIH), or other guidelines from professional or government organizations.
If you suspect that the heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC) system may be contaminated with mold (it is part of an identified moisture problem, for instance, or there is mold near the intake to the system), consult EPA's guide Should You Have the Air Ducts in Your Home Cleaned? before taking further action. Do not run the HVAC system if you know or suspect that it is contaminated with mold - it could spread mold throughout the building. Visit epa.gov/iaq/pubs/airduct.html, or call (800) 438-4318 for a free copy.
If the water and/or mold damage was caused by sewage or other contaminated water, then call in a professional who has experience cleaning and fixing buildings damaged by contaminated water.
If you have health concerns, consult a health professional before starting cleanup.