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10Apr 2017

Does your company need mold removal?

Mold RemovalDoes your company need mold removal? It’s an important question to ask, but the answer isn’t always as straightforward as we’d like. The best way to answer the question is to see if there are any signs of a mold infestation. Here are seven signs that you need mold removal.

The Signs Of Mold Removal

Strange smell: Mold often emits an odd odor when it infests a building. Look out for a musty smell, especially in areas where there is a large amount of moisture. Persistent odors are a telltale sign of the presence of mold.

Water stains: Water stains are telltale signs of mold growth. They provide a solid, moist surface on which mold can expand. If you have a problem with water stains in your building, then it’s time to contact a mold inspection company to further assess your situation.

Humidity: Humidity makes for a particularly mold-friendly environment. Mold only needs moisture in order to thrive, and humidity provides plenty of it. If your building has a relative humidity of 60 percent or more, then your building has a high risk of mold infestation.

Spores: The visual appearance of spores is a strong indication of the need for mold remediation services. Look for fuzzy or slimy discoloration on surfaces around your building. If you see mold, then don’t hesitate to contact mold removal services.

Leaky pipes: Certain companies, like dialysis centers, utilize a large and intricate water distribution system for their services. But whether or not your company is a dialysis center, your company still has plumbing and, as a result can have leaky pipes. Leaky pipes create water problems that are a prime location for mold infestation.  If there are any problems with your pipes, then your company may need mold removal.

Ventilation issues: Problems with ventilation can lead to a mold infestation since proper ventilation is required to adequately regulate the amount of moisture in the building. Insufficient ventilation can lead to excessive moisture, which invites mold.

Allergies: If multiple people in your building are experiencing allergic reactions such as a scratchy throat, congestion, breathing problems, headaches, or skin irritation, then mold may be the cause of these symptoms. The triggering of allergic symptoms and irritation indicates that your company may have a mold problem that should be addressed as soon as possible.

If you notice any of these signs, then you should consult with a mold removal company. At Advanced Mold Diagnostics, we provide the most effective mold removal services. Call us today at 1-800-642-8305.

 

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05Apr 2017

Learn the top 5 secrets about mold remediation nobody ever told you.

Commercial Mold Remediation ServicesEvery industry has its tricks, and it’s nice to have an insider look at the hidden gems you learn when you become more acquainted with the business. Not only can these facts be interesting, but they can also help you make an informed decision. When it comes to finding the right commercial mold remediation services, it’s important to have all the information you can get.

To help you make the best decision, let’s look at the 5 top secrets you didn’t know about mold remediation.

Top 5 Secrets of Commercial Mold Remediation Services

  • It’s never a DIY job: When you have mold on your food, you can just throw it out. If only it were that easy for commercial mold infestations. There are plenty of advertisements for Do-It-Yourself mold removal, and no shortage of YouTube instructional videos online. But the secret that you won’t hear on these videos is that commercial mold remediation requires the attention of a certified mold technician.
  • Different companies, different services: Not all mold companies provide the same commercial mold removal services. Some only inspect and assess, while others only provide mold removal. It’s more efficient and cost effective to find a company that provides the full range of services since they will have a more comprehensive understanding of, and approach to, mold.
  • No equality of quality: There’s a range of quality amongst mold removal companies. Some companies may seem like a good deal at first, but will only provide sub-par services which leave mold behind. Don’t go with the first mold company you find. Go with the company that you can trust to adequately handle your mold problem.
  • It’s all in the mold abatement rate: Every mold company claims to be the best, but the most objective way to judge the quality of a company’s commercial mold remediation services is to look at the mold abatement rate. If they aren’t upfront about the mold abatement rate, then they’re probably hiding something.
  • Mold is not just removable, it’s preventable: There are plenty of effective methods for preventing mold, and the best commercial mold remediation service can teach your company how to take the right steps to prevent future infestations. Make sure that you find a mold removal company that will show you the secrets of mold prevention.

At Advanced Mold Diagnostics, we provide comprehensive services at the highest quality. We maintain an incomparable mold abatement rate of 98.4% in the first round and have helped hundreds of businesses eradicate and prevent mold infestations. We can show you all of the secrets you need to know to have a mold-free building. Call us today at 1-800-642-8305.

 

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28Mar 2017

Discover the possibility of DIY mold remediation, but recognize the signs that you might need a professional.

Mold-RemediationWith all the buzz about dangerous mold in the news, many people think that mold is poisonous and can poison you if it’s in your building, making mold out to be a frightening scenario. While it is true that some mold produces toxic spores, truly dangerous mold infestations are less common than the media would have you think.

If you have a mold problem in your building, such as under the bathroom sink, on the wall of the bathroom, or on the ceiling near a leak in the roof, you can usually take care of it yourself. With these tips from Advanced Mold Diagnostics, you can safely take care of small mold problems in your building and start to become an expert at DIY mold remediation!

AMD’s Best DIY Mold Remediation Tips

In its annual report on mold safety, the United States Environmental Protection Agency reports that most mold problems contained to a 10 square foot space (a little bigger than 3 feet by 3 feet) can be remediated without professional help. However, there are a few caveats to keep in mind. If your mold problem…

  • Involves severe water damage to your building
  • Is in or near a heating or cooling system
  • Was caused by sewage water and not clean water
  • Is greater than 10 square feet

…then you should call a professional for your mold remediation. Otherwise, read on!

  • Wear protective gear. Not all mold is dangerous, and in such small quantities, there shouldn’t be anything to worry about. But mold can still stain clothes and rags, and the spores it releases can make you cough or give you a runny nose. Wearing rubber gloves and a respirator will prevent mold from affecting you while you are in the removal process.
  • Dry everything immediately. Mold grows in moist and damp areas, and it will continue to grow if it isn’t dried. Before you even remove the mold, fix all leaks and tighten all pipes and valves so that more water doesn’t spread. Dry the surrounding area completely before you tackle the mold.
  • Scrub with a mixture of detergent and warm water. Simple household cleaner is usually enough to do the trick with small patches of mold. You can try bleach if it’s a non-porous surface. Really scrub to get all that mold off!
  • Throw away absorbent materials. Mold spores can become lodged deep inside materials like carpets, pillows, and porous ceiling tiles. Make sure you throw away anything you can’t be sure you scrubbed all the mold off of.
  • Dry everything again! Now that you’re done, it is crucial to dry everything again. Mold thrives on moisture. It will regrow if it can. If there is no moisture to cultivate the mold, then it won’t come back! Some people find hair dryers helpful for this because they blow hot air and don’t take as long as drying by hand with a cloth.

That’s it! If you know what you’re doing, DIY mold remediation can be simple and easy.

Remember that doing DIY mold remediation is very different from what a mold removal contractor like Advanced Mold Diagnostics does. A professional like AMD can tackle huge mold infestations, use thermal imaging to find mold where you didn’t even know you had it, and repair water damage afterward. If you think your mold problem is too severe to tackle on your own, give us a call and find out what professional mold remediation can do for you.

 

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23Mar 2017

How do mold testing companies identify all that toxic mold?

Mold-Testing-CompaniesThe news today is filled with reports of mold growing in homes and businesses, mold that can be dangerous and even deadly if left unchecked. You may have heard about EPA warnings over this “toxic” black mold, and the terrible things it can do to respiratory systems. You might even think to yourself that the mold you see in your building could be toxic black mold, and become worried about it.

While it is perfectly reasonable to be worried about mold in your building, the good news is that “toxic” black mold is very, very rare, and most molds are in no way “toxic”.  But how can you be sure? What do mold testing companies know about your mold that you don’t? Read on to find out!

What Mold Testing Companies Know About Mold That You Don’t

The media is constantly talking about how big of a deal mold is in buildings. Advanced Mold Diagnostics agrees with this, and thinks that mold is a big problem, and should be addressed quickly and efficiently. But what many people don’t understand is that mold isn’t a big deal for the reasons that the news says it is.

Most of the focus on mold in the news focuses on “black mold”, a toxic mold with all sorts of horror stories attached to it. “Black mold” is a very vague term, and it’s not actually very descriptive. “Black mold” is actually just a generic name for a very specific type of mold that is toxic. The scientific name for the mold is Stachybotrys chartarum, a dark-colored mold that produces toxic spores. The CDC website on this mold lists it as “not as common as other molds, but not rare”. S. chartarum produces mycotoxins that can damage the human respiratory and immune systems.

However, it’s rare enough that when you see mold in your building, it is usually not “toxic” mold. The representation of toxic mold in the media is vastly exaggerated. But how can you be sure?

The purpose of mold testing companies is usually not just to see if you have mold or not. If you’re calling mold testing companies, you probably already know that you have mold, right? And it’s already enough of a problem that you’re calling a professional. So you don’t need someone to tell you that yes, you have mold. What you want to know is how big the problem is and how dangerous it is. If you own a business or medical center, you want to know if it will hurt your patients, or damage your building. You want to know if it could be a medical issue for your employees. You don’t want to be told if it is mold or not–you can see that for yourself.

Professional mold testing companies use state-of-the-art equipment to scan and test your building for mold. They’re not looking to see if you have mold. They’re looking to see if your building has mold in HVAC systems, any leaky plumbing, mold in between layers of drywall, and collect samples of mold to see what kind it is, and if it produces toxins.

So when you hire a professional mold company to look at your mold problem, know that they can tell the difference between dangerous or “toxic” mold and mold that isn’t hazardous to your health. They can also tell you how far the damage has gone and if you need to hire a professional mold remediator. If you are worried that the mold in your business or medical center might be hazardous or destructive, give Advanced Mold Diagnostics a call today. We’d be happy to help.

 

Related Tags: Mold Testing Companies | Toxic Mold Removal

14Mar 2017

Mold Remediation Can Make All The Difference!

commercial mold remediationBusiness and facility managers know that even in our modern age, your building is still the foundation of your business. Sure, the Internet might help you bring in customers, and it might even be where you do your business, but your physical location–whether that’s a warehouse, an office, a retail space, or anything in between–is the heart of your enterprise.

That means that keeping your building free of unnecessary inhabitants is extremely important to keeping your business in tip-top shape. If you want to keep your business operating at full capacity, you’ll need a happy and healthy mold-free building.

Find out why keeping your building mold-free can help your business with our list of the 3 ways commercial mold remediation can transform your business.

Let The Commercial Mold Remediation Transformation Begin

Keeping your building mold-free is a huge component of keeping your business healthy. Whether you are the business owner, the facilities manager, or someone else with an interest in the building itself, you should be aware of the ways that commercial mold removal can be important for your business.

  • Keeps Your Employees Healthy!
    You may have heard about the dangerous properties of mold spores. While most of those fears are overblown, it is true that certain species of molds can release toxic by-products. Less dangerous, but more annoying, are the larger variety of molds that release non-toxic spores that are irritating to the respiratory system, and are linked to allergies, coughs, and respiratory infection. If you want to keep your employees healthy and your customers from coughing, mold testing and remediation is the answer!
  • Keeps Your Building Looking Good!
    This is a simple reason that should be quite obvious: mold growth on walls, ceilings, tile, and other locations is unsightly! Big green or gray splotches on the walls, slick black streaks on the tile, and the smell can make even the most aesthetic building look shabby. And while you can scrub away the mold to make your walls look better, if the mold keeps coming back, there’s not much you can do. Commercial mold remediation can stop your mold problem entirely, making sure the mold doesn’t grow back and sprucing up your business in the meantime!
  • Helps Prevent Lawsuits!
    One of the most damaging things that can happen to your business is the dreaded lawsuit. Mold in the workplace, if it is hazardous to employee health, can and does lead to OSHA complaints. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration takes workplace complaints very seriously, and government intervention is not something that will help your business. Advanced Mold Diagnostics specializes in safeguarding your business by adhering to OSHA regulations on mold, and will work with you to make sure that your building is a mold-free space for your employees.

Let’s keep your business going strong! Call for an assessment today!

 

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