One of the biggest problems schools face on the east coast of the U.S. is humidity control when school is out for the summer. Many schools struggle with mold problems during the summer months, and these problems are directly related to the operation and maintenance of the HVAC system. Moisture control during summer break is essential whether or not the building is occupied. Read More
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This mold test can be very valuable!
Mold-Specific Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (MSQPCR) is a fast and highly accurate DNA-based analytical method for identifying and quantifying molds. MSQPCR methods can determine the genus and species level of molds. It was developed by scientists at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to detect and quantify molds associated with indoor air quality problems.
Mold has many smells.
Step One: Find the Source!
Air freshers, disinfectant sprays, candles etc. only cover up the source of a mold issue. You may think your house is clean after smelling the Sea Breeze candle, but the cause of that mystery odor must be found and eliminated or the environment is unhealthy.
Mold is very good at hiding.
Mold can grow inside walls, under carpets, inside heating and ventilation ducts, and more.
Step Two: Remove the Source!
You just found mold under your carpet? Rip it out! Some areas contaminated with a mold colony can be cleaned to remove the mold, but some materials must be thrown away. These include porous materials such as:
- Box Springs
- Stuffed animals
- Upholstered furnishings
- Paper products such as books and albums
Step Three: Clean the Air!
Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there. A visible mold colony can be removed but the spores are still in the air. The spores can survive in harsher, drier conditions than a colony, and if moisture returns, the spores can regenerate a colony. A mold contamination is not remedied until the spores have been eliminated.