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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.
If you can’t find it, remove it, contact us for an investigation or mold removal:
Save on the Energy Bill or Save on Your Health Bill?
New homes, schools, office buildings, and more are being built as airtight as possible in an effort to save on energy, and to be able to better control the indoor environment.
But if the indoor environment isn’t properly controlled, contaminants such as formaldehyde, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide (CO), and radon can build up and circulate throughout the house.
Mold can form on children’s toys when they aren’t taken care of appropriately. Mold can develop on toys that are kept in the basement, or left in a damp area outside. Bath toys that aren’t properly dried out can develop mold. The mold can easily damage children’s growing immune systems and cause respiratory problems and allergies.
Here are a few ways to prevent and clean mold:
- Boil the toys in hot water to remove mold. Squeeze them out then lay them out where they can dry quickly.
- Clean them with vinegar or hydrogen peroxide.
White Vinegar: Mix one gallon of water with half of a cup of white vinegar. Let the toys soak for one hour, squeeze them out and scrub them down.
Hydrogen Peroxide: Mix two parts water and one part hydrogen peroxide in a bucket. Soak the toys, scrub them, rinse them with water then let them dry.
- Plug up the holes that allow bath toys to squeak. Water can seep in and start mold growth. It can easily be done with a drop of hot glue.
- Run the toys through the dishwasher or washing machine.
If you think you may have mold in your home or building, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us for a Free Estimate.