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27Apr 2017

Why the indoor air quality of dialysis centers and hospitals can’t be neglected.

Indoor Air QualityIndoor air quality is a major concern for dialysis centers and hospitals around the country. Dialysis and medical centers are especially vulnerable to mold, which compromises the integrity of air quality. But what makes dialysis centers and hospitals so prone to mold growth, and what does that mean for indoor air quality?

If you help operate a dialysis center or a hospital, you can’t afford to overlook the threat that mold poses for your air quality. Here are some of the reasons why your center is vulnerable to mold and why it matters:

  • Vulnerability: There are quite a few reasons why dialysis centers and hospitals are prone to mold infestations…
    • Dialysis centers: Dialysis centers can harbor multiple mold infestations if they are not properly maintained. Since dialysis centers use reverse osmosis water therapy, moisture is an integral part of the daily practice of dialysis centers. And, since mold only needs moisture in order to thrive, improperly maintained dialysis centers can be breeding grounds for mold.
    • Hospitals and medical centers: There is plenty of moisture to go around in hospitals and medical centers, as well. Combine the prevalence of moisture with the combination of all sorts of bacteria and chemicals, and you have a recipe for mold infestation and, as a result, poor indoor air quality.
  • Health: Poor indoor air quality can be detrimental to health, especially for those going through the volatile process of recovery. Airborne mold can cause allergic reactions, such as sneezing, coughing, and bodily irritation. When people are trying to overcome an illness or recover from surgery, the air must be as clean as possible.
  • More mold: Indoor air quality problems can lead to serious mold infestations. If the air quality is not properly regulated, then mold can infest countless surfaces in the building. This unfortunate fact was recently highlighted in Pittsburgh, where two University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospitals have experienced serious and dangerous mold infestations. A review by the CDC indicates that the mold infestation was a result of poor air quality since dust and mold spores most likely entered the medical centers through the ventilation.

What You Can Do About Your Indoor Air Quality

There are plenty of actions that you can take to make sure that your center meets the highest indoor air quality standards. If you would like to read more about how you can take control and make sure that your air is clean, then check out how you can improve your indoor air quality with these 5 tips.

If you would like to seek the counsel of skilled professionals about your indoor air quality, then contact us at Advanced Mold Diagnostics. We have years of experience of assessing and improving air quality, and we can put your worries to rest as you breathe fresh, clean air. Call us today at 1-800-642-8305.

 

Related Tags: Medical Indoor Air Quality | Mold Air Quality

22Apr 2017

When you hire a mold contractor make sure to ask if they use third-party mold testing!

mold testingWhen you’re looking for a mold contractor to take control of your mold situation, whether it’s a home, a business, a medical center, or any other facility, you want someone you can trust. A business relationship built on trust is one you can be proud of. That’s why Advanced Mold Diagnostics makes fostering trust a top priority with each of our clients.

One of the most important ways we do this is by using third-party mold testing. We believe that third-party testing is a huge advantage that we have over the competition, and it’s an important demonstration of our commitment to trust and to helping our clients. We want our clients to feel informed about their mold situation, and also capable of making the important decisions regarding mold. Third-party mold testing helps us do that. Here’s how.

Why Third-Party Mold Testing Is So Important For Mold Contractors

Advanced Mold Diagnostics thinks that third-party mold testing is important for two main reasons.

The first is accountability. When you hire professional mold inspection that does testing, they will arrive with specialized equipment that can detect mold through walls, ceilings, and other obstructions. That means they can find mold that you might not have even known was there and take samples.  Depending on how accessible the mold is, they might take samples from mold in an HVAC system or under outdoor cladding and stucco. And that is the extent of the onsite testing. The real work happens when they take those samples to the lab.

In the laboratory, mold testing will be run on those samples to determine what kind of mold you’re dealing with (there are thousands of species of mold, and not all of them can be dealt with in the same way). Depending on the severity of the problem, your mold contractor will deal with the problem in different ways. This is why third-party mold testing is so important. If your mold contractor runs the tests themselves, that’s a conflict of interest. A contractor might want to perform the more difficult (and therefore expensive) treatment, and if they do the testing themselves, they might find results that make that necessary. Third-party testing ensures that a neutral party decides the extent of the mold problem.

This leads us to our second reason: empowerment. If your mold testing company uses third-party testing but you never see the results, that company is still controlling your mold remediation choices. That’s why Advanced Mold Diagnostics has our third-party tester send the results straight to you, the client. When you receive the results from the lab, you are able to see the type of mold you’re dealing with and the choice to move forward is yours.

Advanced Mold Diagnostics takes its relationships with its clients very seriously, and third-party mold testing is a great example of our commitment to that principle. If you have any questions about the mold testing we offer call 1-800-642-8305. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Related Tags: Mold Testing | AMD Reliable Mold Professionals

 

14Apr 2017

What You Need To Know Before You Hire a Mold Contractor

Mold ContractorChoosing the right mold contractor is essential for the health of your building. If you’re a business owner or facilities manager, you want to get the best bang for your buck and make sure that your building is taken care of. That means you need a mold contractor who is trustworthy, gets the job done, and can be relied upon to give you the care and advice you need.

Before you decide on a mold remediation company to take care of your mold problem, you need to make sure you have all the facts. Will your mold contractor be able to give you the service you want at the right price? Here are a few questions to ask before making your decision.

4 Questions For a Potential Mold Contractor

  1. Do you have experience working with mold problems like mine? Not all mold infestations are created equal, and a contractor’s experience plays a large role in whether they can handle your infestation or not. Home mold infestations should be handled differently from commercial mold infestations, and if you have mold under your cladding or stucco, you’ll want someone with experience in those difficult materials, as well. Make sure you ask the contractor about their experience.
  2. How do you handle mold testing results?
    Different mold testing professionals have different ways of processing their mold testing results. If you hire a mold contractor that performs their own testing, ask them about how they handle the results.  A mold remediation company that sends the mold to be tested, and then sends the test results to you, is a company that wants to keep you in the loop about your mold problem. However, if a mold testing company does its own testing, or handles the results before passing them on to you, that could be a red flag. A company that keeps their customers informed with each step is a company you want can trust.
  3. Do you handle mold repair?
    Many people don’t realize how much damage mold can actually cause to their building. Mold can bubble paint, infect drywall, and leave permanent stains on light surfaces. The damp that usually accompanies mold usually means that water damage has occurred, too. You don’t want your mold removal company to leave you high and dry (or not so dry, given that we’re dealing with mold) after the mold is gone. Lingering water damage and mold damage is unsightly, and if it isn’t handled properly, can lead to even more mold growth. Make sure your mold remediation contractor can handle the repairs, or at least have a plan for clean-up.
  4. What is included in each package?
    Mold contractors will sometimes present several options of mold treatment available to their clients. It is always worth your while to determine the differences between these services and what you actually need, rather than just go for the one at a specific price point. Not all buildings will need all kinds of mold testing, and not all buildings will need stucco repair. Choose a package that is best for your situation. Any mold remediation contractor worth their certification will help you pick the package that is right for your situation.

Advanced Mold Diagnostics is the mold contractor you can trust! Call us today at 1-800-642-8305.

 

Related Tags: Mold Contractor | AMD Mold Remediation Contracting

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.

 

Related Tags: Signs You Need Mold Removal | Advanced Mold Diagnostics

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.

 

Related Tags: Commercial Mold Remediation Services | Commercial Mold

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