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Mold Services in the Panhandle
We are an experienced and professional mold removal company and we provide a variety of services to deal with mold outbreaks in your home or building. The first step in the process is to complete a physical examination of the building to look for infected areas. Because mold grows best in a moist environment, our BES Mold Remediation mold removal technicians will search for signs of water damage and mold hidden behind walls or under the flooring where even small leaks allow it to grow undetected. Comprehensive air quality testing can also be done to check for elevated counts of mold spores in the air. If the mold is toxic, these spores can cause serious health problems for those who are exposed to them, so it is important to understand the type and amount of mold that has contaminated the home. As a premier Northwest Florida mold removal company, we will use the latest technology and techniques to identify mold within your home so it can be appropriately removed.
Once the mold has been detected, our mold removal teams will explain the process necessary and discuss a remediation schedule that fits your needs. Using the appropriate equipment, we ensure the mold is removed properly to prevent further damage to your home and to protect the health and safety of those around. Because some mold can be toxic, it is important to use only a licensed, experienced mold removal company like us who are trained to handle it safely.
Mold is considered a woolly or powdery fungal growth that forms on the surface of materials in damp, stagnant atmospheres Avery large group of microscopic fungi that live on plant or animal matter. Most are filamentous organisms and produce spores that can be air-, water-, or insect-borne. A common trigger for allergies. For people who are sensitive to molds, exposure can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, or wheezing.
Moisture is the leading nemesis of wood homes. Water in the form of rain, humidity,and plumbing leaks can cause mold, undermine the structural integrity of the home and ruin finished surfaces. In some energy-efficient buildings, moisture that makes its way into exterior walls must fight harder to find its way out.
Mold testing might be the answer. Here are some common causes and signs of mold problems. If you suspect you might have a mold issue in your home, contact us.
1. High Humidity
We live in an area of the country that typically has high humidity, we need to be on the lookout for potential mold problems. Since outdoor humidity affects indoor humidity levels, areas with high humidity are more likely to have the mold issues.The optimum relative humidity range in your home should be between 30 and 50%. If your relative humidity (RH) level is greater than 55%, mold and other fungi may thrive. While relative humidity levels are fairly consistent outdoors, they can fluctuate drastically inside due to artificial heating and cooling (HVAC) systems. Relative humidity levels can also vary from room to room, and should be monitored in various parts of your home to ensure that RH levels are within the optimum range. You can monitor humidity levels in your home using humidity sensors, and in areas of high humidity, use dehumidifiers and other products to control humidity levels in your home or building.
2. Water Leaks
Since mold requires moisture to thrive, many mold problems originate from some kind of water intrusion, like plumbing or water leaks, which can provide plenty of moisture, and can occur undetected for quite some time. When leaks are discovered, take the appropriate steps to minimize potential mold growth. If mold is already present, follow these mold cleanup tips.Like other types of water leaks, water intrusion through the roof is difficult to find until it is too late. If you suspect a leaky roof, check in the attic for signs of water damage or mold growth. Also be on the lookout for signs of water damage or mold growth in ceilings on the uppermost floor of the home.
Flooding is a common cause of mold related issues, since it can take several days or even weeks to fully dry out the home or building once flooding occurs.
4. Mildewy/Musty Odors
Odors can often be the first or only sign of a potential mold problem, since mold commonly propagates in places not normally in view. This does not necessarily mean that you definitely have a mold problem, but it should prompt you to look for the other signs, or to look for the mold growth itself (How to Find Mold).
In some cases, mildewy smells will only be evident when the air conditioning or heat is turned on, or it may just be much more evident when the HVAC system is running.
Mold is a type of fungus that grows on plants and fibers and is most frequently associated with damp, musty places such as bathrooms, basements and attics. Mold travels through the air as tiny spores that make their way into the wet regions of a house or building, where they breed. When mold is found, it is best to nip it in the bud without delay because it will spread fast.
Mold is an unsightly in one’s home. However more importantly, it is a serious hazard to one’s health, especially to those that suffer from allergies and asthma. Mold spores are an allergen and an irritant. Common symptoms are throat, eye and nose irritation.
To eliminate mold, you will first need to remove the origin. Find out how and where the moisture is seeping into your home and deal with it accordingly. If the area where mold is established is not large, and the moisture can be eliminated easily, it may be tackled by the homeowner. If it is a larger area, bigger than 10 square feet or more, the homeowner is better advised to a professional who deals with mold removal on a regular basis will most likely want to be called in. Bay Engineering Solutions has those types of professionals. Professionals that will eliminate your mold problem and restore your home to a Healthy Home
For small area’s such as the mildew in a bathroom, using a commercial cleaner can be done if the room is well ventilated and the mildew or mold is due to moisture from the shower building up. When cleaning mold, the area will have to be scrubbed clean and depending on the size of the area it must be allowed to dry completely. This measure can be repeated to ensure better results if not the entire mold and mildew is eliminated. How ever know that the constant moisture in the bathroom will continually invite mold into your home. Proper ventilation can help that problem.
If, the mold does return or it spreads, it is time to refer to the professionals. A certified mold technician knows how to aggressively remove the mold at is origin to ensure the mold does not return. If mold remediation and extraction is not done properly, it is simply an invitation for the mold to return.
When you first see mold in your home, you may be immediately repulsed by the look of the green or black fuzzy fungus. Growing rampant over walls, ceilings or even on the bathroom tile, mold spores can make your skin crawl. But beyond the ‘ick-factor’ of mold is a much more serious threat, one that affects the health of your family. Mold health problems can be experienced well before you actually find evidence of mold in your home. Since mold spores can be airborne, you may be breathing in these toxic spores for months before you understand what’s happening.
Since many signs of mold health problems can be attributed to other illnesses, you may not even realize that the cure to your illness lies not in a physician, but in a mold removal contractor. Mold is considered a biotoxin since it is a biological organism and can be toxic. In order to live, mold breaks down and destroys whatever organic material it invades. This process then releases microtoxins in the spores, which are airborne and travel through your home finding more places to infest. You and your family easily inhale these airborne spores as you sleep, eat, watch television and enjoy your home.
The inhalation and possible physical contact with spores leads to a long list of complications and health problems. Understanding these problems and realizing that the symptoms you are experiencing could be due to exposure to mold gives you a clear direction toward the resolution. Some symptoms and complications of mold health problems:Respiratory complications including:
- Persistent cough
- Nose and/or throat irritation
- Nasal and/or sinus congestion
- Aspergillosis (when mold begins to grow in the lungs)
- Mood swings
- Memory loss
- Chronic body aches and pain possibly leading to a Chronic Fatigue or Fibromyalgia diagnosis
- Allergies to food
- Skin rashes and/or irritation
- Eye irritation
If you and your family are experiencing any of these symptoms, it may be time for you to contact a mold removal contractor to inspect your home. Moldremoval.com provides assistance in finding that right contractor. who can help you rid your home of mold and prevent these mold related health problems from worsening or developing into chronic conditions.
Mold and mildew issues are generally related to three conditions; 1) the indoor temperature and humidity, 2) the climate, and 3) the type of construction details used in assembly of the building envelope. The table below correlates the type of problem with the main cause identified. For example, mold and mildew on inside surfaces occur where high relative humidity levels are found indoors, and the prevailing climate includes cold weather or driving rain coupled with little sunshine. The cause may also have been the construction details used; that is, there may have been a thermal short-circuit or a thermal bridge or insufficient insulation in the region of the mold and mildew problem.
Considering the indoor conditions associated with all of these different problems, high indoor relative humidity is present in all cases and the interior air pressure of the house at the ceiling level was often higher than the outside (80% of the houses that reported problems were electrically heated and did not have active flues). Poor airtightness can also be associated with most of the problems reported.
The indoor conditions and the climate continually stress the house envelope. This stress is aggravated further if the region lacks a good drying season. Keeping this in mind, we can improve the performance of houses, with regards to moisture damage, by controlling some of the moisture sources, ventilating, and improving the design and construction of the building envelope.
Reduction of the amount of moisture generated will lower the level of humidity within the unit. The less moisture generated, the less there is to condense or to migrate into cavities.
Ventilation can remove the moisture that has been generated and create a favorable (negative) pressure difference across the outside walls and ceiling.
|Mold and mildew on inside surfaces of exterior walls||High relative humidity levels||Cold weather Driving rain/little sunshine||Cold interior wall surfaces due to missing insulation or thermal short circuits|
|Window condensation||High relative humidity levels||Cold Weather||Thermal resistance of glazing too low|
|Basement and crawlspace condensation||High relative humidity levels||Cold weather High water table Rain||Poor drainage Faulty air barrier Faulty vapour barrier Improper flashings Cracked foundation Blocked drain tile|
|Attic condensation||High relative humidity levels Pressurized interior||Mild weather/high outside relative humidity /little sunshine OR Very cold climate||Poor attic ventilation Faulty air barrier Faulty vapour barrier Increased insulation|
|Moisture in wall cavities||High relative humidity levels Pressurized interior||Cold weather OR Driving rain/little sunshine||Faulty air barrier Faulty vapour barrier|
|Siding damage||High relative humidity levels Pressurized interior||Cold weather during spring Driving rain/little sunshine||Faulty air barrier Faulty vapour barrier AND/OR Faulty rain screen|