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Odor Control

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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:

  • Carpeting
  • Cardboard
  • Mattresses
  • Box Springs
  • Padding
  • Stuffed animals
  • Upholstered furnishings

Other materials:

  • Paper products such as books and albums
  • Food

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:

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Why Is There Mold In My Basement?

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Why Is There Mold In My Basement?

Mold is a symptom of a moisture problem.  Mold starts to grow from one spore invisible to the naked eye at only .3 microns in size.  To propagate it the spore needs something to attach to, a nutrient and moisture.

 

The first two are easy to find – drywall, cloth, wood, etc., all so readily available in our basements.  The spore lies dormant without moisture.  Once the moisture is added to the mix, it can become a full-blown colony within twenty-four hours and a full-blown terrarium within two weeks.  Moisture can be as slight as humidity.  At 60% humidity, mold can thrive.  The colony grows as more spores are released by the new colony.

 

Spores are everywhere all the time.  Where they become a threat to our health is when the concentration of mold spores is excessively high.  A colony one square inch in size can create such an environment.

 

Remediation of a mold-filled environment is not the first remedy.  The mold will return if the moisture returns.  Once a mold colony has been identified, the first step is to eliminate the moisture.  Is there a water intrusion, a leak in the floor or wall, a leaking pipe, are the gutters on the house clogged or not performing properly, is the humidity too high?  Once the moisture is addressed, then mold remediation can be very successful in improving the environment of the basement.