Mold contamination can be found in water-damaged buildings, can pose a serious health risk, and should be removed immediately. If a home or building has had water damage, a microbial investigation (inspection) or assessment is recommended and should be completed as soon as feasibly possible. The assessment should be performed by a company with microbiology or toxicology experience such as The Cornell Group. Any time we perform an assessment that results in remediation being performed by The Cornell Group we credit our client with the cost of the assessment.
Typically, a visual examination of the building and HVAC system is conducted to determine if visual contamination is present. Next, surface and air samples are taken and analyzed by an third party accredidated microbial laboratory. The Cornell Group can develop a recommendation or mold remediation plan stating the means and method to be utilized to remediate the contamination, a detailed scope of work and the engineering controls that are required.
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Mold is found everywhere as it is a naturally occurring organism. Mold is an essential component of natural decomposition outdoors. However, mold indoors can cause problems.
The term ”toxic mold” or "black toxic mold" is a misnomer. While certain molds are toxigenic, meaning they can produce toxins (specifically mycotoxins), the molds themselves are not toxic or poisonous. Hazards presented by molds that may produce mycotoxins should be considered the same as other common molds.
Molds reproduce by making spores and can enter your house through open doors or windows, by attaching themselves to pets or clothing or through your heating and air conditioning system where outdoor air intakes are present.
Molds need moisture to grow and something to consume or nutrients to feed upon. Common places for mold growth in the home are in bathrooms and basements where moisture is or has been present or humidity is high. Crawlspaces is another area of the home where mold is likely to occur.
Mold in the home or business can cause allergic reactions, hay fever-like symptoms, simple allergy symptoms, and asthma attacks. Even so, mold does not always present a health problem indoors. Some people are sensitive to mold while at the same time others are not effected. People that are particularly vulnerable are those with allergies or chronic lung diseases such as COPD and asthma. Most children or older people are also at an increased risk for allergic reactions and infections from mold spores.
Most indoor construction materials can provide enough nutrients for mold to grow if a certain amount of moisture is present. Cellulosic materials or materials that are made from paper or wood pulp such as ceiling tiles and paneling, paint, wallpaper, drywall and carpet, commonly support mold growth.
If mold is detected, even if no ill health effects are present, act quickly. Mold damages what it grows on and will continue to do so until remediation occurs and the issue corrected. The longer it grows, the more damage it can cause. The first step in remediation is solving the water or moisture problem that is enabling the mold to grow. The next step is to have the mold removed by a professional contractor to ensure that it does not return. The Cornell Group can remediate any mold issue you may have and are willing to provide an affordable solution to remedy your mold contamination.
Inspection services including recommendations
Repairs to the area of water intrusion
Proper containment and removal of the mold contamination
Restoration of the building components removed or damaged
A few links you may find helpful to answer any FAQs you have are as follows:
EPA Publication of : “A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home”
EPA Publication of “Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings”