The Flood Co., based in Centerville, Utah, has announced that they are offering mold inspection services for homes in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is an important service because the presence of mold in a home or in any living space is a threat to the health of the people living there. Mold removal is vital but mold inspection is usually the first step that has to be taken. Any visible mold may only be the tip of the iceberg.
Daryl Olsen, president of The Flood Co., says, “Mold in a home or living space is a health concern and should be removed. Mold exposure is exposure to the chemicals produced by the mold colonies. Trying to kill mold does not take care of the problem. Mold need to be physically removed. But before that can be done, mold inspection must be conducted in order to determine the extent of the problem and the proper mold remediation measures can be determined.”
The company is focused on offering disaster restoration services that include water damage restoration, fire and smoke damage restoration, carpet cleaning, and mold damage restoration. Their service areas include Davis County, Box Elder County, Summit County, Salt Lake County, Utah County, Tooele County, Weber County, Wasatch County, Logan, and Heber City.
Mold remediation is a key service after the occurrence of flooding or water damage. Homeowners should not attempt to do this themselves as this is dangerous work. It is vital for homeowners not to do the remediation themselves. The Flood Co. has professionally trained mold remediation experts who have undergone intense and very strict series of tests and drills in order for them to get licensed as mold remediation technicians.
There are various health risks that come with mold exposure. The first risk is the possibility of getting a fungal infection. Those who have the highest risks for this are toddlers, babies, the elderly, and people with weak lungs or immune systems. The other risk is chemical exposure. All mold colonies produce chemicals that are carcinogens and are toxic to people. These chemicals can be found on both the colonies and on the spores. The problem with spores is that they can become airborne and people can breathe them in. This is why it is advisable for those who don’t have the necessary training not to try to remove the mold themselves as this can cause the spores to become airborne.
In mold testing, several questions needs to be answered. First is the type of mold that is present. Second is the levels of mold already in the air. Third is whether the levels are deemed to be unhealthy. And forth is how much of the mold has spread to other areas.
The Flood Co. makes use of the protocol developed by Wonder Makers Environmental of the Restoration Industry Association. It was designed for use after a mold remediation in order inspect the work done visually and to analyze air sample results. First of all, the protocol warns against doing post sampling if visual inspection indicates that the area is not yet free of mold. It is advised that mold removal and cleaning be completed and then visual inspection should be rescheduled.
The steps required by the protocol are: visual inspection; ensuring that total mold spore concentration is less than 2000 c/m3; if mold spore concentration is more than 800, step 3 may be skipped, which is ensuring that total spore concentration on the inside sample is less than that on the comparison sample; step 4 is making sure that the level of fungal type recovered inside is lower than 100 c/m3 above the level of the same fungal type in the comparison sample; step 5 is to check for the presence of indicator organisms Aspergillus/Penicillium on the inside sample to see if concentration is less than 200 c/m3; and ensuring that the inside sample is free of target fungal types, which would indicate that the remediation was successful.
Those who need more information about mold inspection or other services provided by The Flood Co. can visit their website, call them on the phone or contact them by email.
SOURCE: Press Advantage [Link]
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