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Black Mold Can Destroy Your Home And Health!

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  • Black Mold Can Grow Undetected
  • It Can Pose A Dangerous Health Risk
  • A Certified Technician Can Eliminate the Mold and the Risk

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Mold is considered a predator that can grow almost anywhere and in many cases undetected, which gives it an opportunity to grow uncontrolled and pose a dangerous threat to your health.

If you think you have found mold in your home, office or any other facility, you should have it inspected by a professional, certified inspector as soon as possible.

Why hire a professional?

Why can’t you take care of it yourself?

A certified inspector:

  • Mold Inspector - Mold Solutions NWThoroughly inspect every nook and cranny of your home, areas you may not think to look at.
  • So the problem can be properly addressed, they will not only locate the mold, but will also locate the reason for the mold. You can’t just treat the mold, you have to treat the problem, such as:
    • Open windows
    • Leaks
    • Cracks in the foundation
    • Sump pump failure
    • Any other sources of water intrusion or excess moisture
  • Offer a proposal or solution for mold remediation with a detailed explanation of the protocol.

A certified technician will:

  • Isolate and contain the affected area
    • Ducts, vents and other openings will be sealed off
    • HEPA air scrubbers, which are used to eradicate airborne mold spores, Use mold solutions that are eco friendly - Mold Solutions NWwill be used to prevent cross contamination to nearby areas
  • Treat contaminated areas using EPA registered products
  • Remove any stain left by the mold
  • Remove items that have been damaged, but can’t be remediated
    • Drywall
    • Carpeting
    • Upholstery
    • Padding
    • Cabinetry
  • Using a HEPA vacuum, the entire work-site will be swept clean of all debris to minimize the transference of contaminated particles.
  • Apply an EPA registered anti-microbial.
  • Perform a final inspection to make sure all areas have been treated correctly
  • Remove all equipment and materials used on the job site.

Mold Solutions NW

We are a full service mold solutions provider, who can remove the threats to your health and safety caused by mold. Our inspectors and technicians are IICRC certified and are experts in the field.

Our work is affordable, environmentally friendly, permanent, and all of our services are backed by a 10 year warranty.

 


Guide: How to Kill Mold in Seattle

What Kills Mold in Seattle?

Will cleaning kill mold - That Mold LadyMost people realize that mold is a living, growing organism, so when they see it growing in their home, the first thing they think about is killing it.

Just the idea of mold growing in our homes makes us shudder, but what’s even worse than the idea of it is the knowledge that too much exposure to mold spores can adversely affect our health, especially the health of infants, the elderly and those who have respiratory problems.

Mold spores are always floating around in the air outside, so it only makes sense that some will find their way into our homes. The problem arises when the spores that have entered our homes find a nice moist, warm place to land, attach to and grow.

Is mold hard to kill?

Mold is usually easy to clean off of non-porous surfaces such at tile, glass or metal and is  less easily cleaned off of surfaces such as plastic or finished woods that are semi-porous.

Ridding porous surfaces like wallboard, furniture and unfinished wood of mold growth can be quite difficult. Sometimes if the mold can not be remediated:

  • Parts of walls may need to be removed and replaced
  • Household items may need to be throw away.

What not to use on mold

So often you hear, just use a little bleach on it, and it will go away. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Here are the facts:

  • Mold thrives on moisture (water)
  • When using bleach (which is already 95% water), it is recommended that you  dilute it to 1 part bleach and 10 parts water…are you starting to get the picture?
  • This solution may remove the color pigment from the mold, but it leaves the mold alive and ready to grow some more.
  • Bleach emits a gas that is not healthy for your or your family.

Mold hides where you can't see it - Than Mold LadyWhat should you do if you think you have a mold problem? How can you kill it?

Oftentimes there is more than meets the untrained eye, mold hides in places you wouldn’t think to look.


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Are You Worried About the Dangers of Mold?

Have mold remediatedCertainly mold growth in your home is very undesirable, but there really isn’t any reason to be afraid of it, unless you don’t have it properly taken care of.

Mold is sneaky, it can start growing in places you can’t see and remain undetected for a long time. The important thing is that when it is discovered that the situation is taken care of quickly, correctly and permanently.

The process of removing mold is called:

Mold Remediation

The term remediation simply means: to remedy, or remove something bad or defective, correcting a fault. In this case, the something “bad” is mold.

Using the right procedures and products, mold can be removed from your home or office and you can once again breathe easier knowing there is no further danger.

Mold removal is a process

If you think you may have mold in your home…

  • Inspect for moldThe 1st step is to have certified inspectors thoroughly inspect your home.
    • They will look in places you might never consider looking.
    • They will give you a report of their findings and a detailed proposal for remediation.
  • Next, the area in question must be contained.
    • Rooms must be isolated.
    • Areas like vents, ventilation ducts, cold air returns and other openings must be sealed off.
  • Then the mold is treated, preferably with EPA-registered products, which are designed to fight contamination.
  • If there are items or materials that cannot be remediated, they must be removed and discarded.
    • Such things as drywall, carpet, upholstery, cabinetry or padding
  • An extremely important part of remediation is the clean up. It’s essential that all debris and hard to notice particles are properly cleaned up and removed in order to properly complete the process.
    • HEPA vacuuming is a must.
  • Next, an EPA-registered anti-microbial product should be applied to prevent regrowth.
  • Finally, another complete inspection should be held to make sure that all mold has been removed and all areas have been treated with the anti-microbial.

Mold Solutions NW is a full service mold solutions provider with IICRC certified inspectors.

This is the proven process that we follow, a process that will provide you with peace of mind so you can breathe easier.

If you think you have a mold problem, don’t panic, but don’t wait either.


Mold Prevention Guide for Seattle Residents

Wouldn’t You Rather Prevent Mold Than Deal With It?

Prevent mold before it starts to grow - Mold Solutions NWBenjamin Franklin once said: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

This is a concept used in countless aspects of our lives, prevent it rather than deal with it.

Nothing could be more true than when you’re talking about mold and mildew. Although they are a part of nature, they’re a part of nature that we don’t want in our homes.

Considered a fungus, mold and mildew are insidious, and once they begin they can not only be toxic, but hard to remove as well.

How are they harmful?

As the mold grows, it produces microscopic spores that travel through the air. The harm comes when they are inhaled, which gives them the opportunity to grow and thrive inside our bodies, especially in the lungs, which can cause respiratory problems.

How can mold be prevented?

In order to prevent excess growth in our homes, we need to understand what mold needs to grow and flourish.

Like most other living organisms, mold needs:

  • Oxygen
  • Food – Organic matter is what mold uses for its food source.
    • Plants
    • Food
    • Fabrics and carpets
    • Wood
    • Paper
    • Wallboard
  • Proper temperature – Mold grows best at between 40°- 100° Fahrenheit.
  • Moisture High humidity or excess water and moisture.

Control mold and mildew growth:

Keep in mind that when materials get wet and stay wet, they begin getting moldy. Once it has begun, mold can grow very quickly and very quietly, before you are even aware of it.

So it seems the key to preventing mold growth is to either prevent or repair water problems.

Water problems can be caused by:

  • Unrepaired leaks in the plumbing or from a damaged roof.
  • Landscaping that is too close, thus holding moisture too close to the outside of the home.Prevent mold by not watering your house - Mold Solutions NW
  • Watering your home when you should just be watering the lawn.
  • Excessive humidity caused by:
    • Condensation on the windows
    • Shower fans that aren’t used
    • Firewood stored inside the home
    • Too many houseplants
    • Excessive usage of humidifiers
    • Not using the exhaust fan over the stove
    • “Line” drying your clothes inside
    • Excessive cooling from the air conditioner

If there is water in your home that is not supposed to be there, remedy the situation to prevent further or future mold growth.

If you think you have a mold problem…