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Frequently Asked Questions
Is mold dangerous to my health?
It can be, and all depends on the type of fungi and the individual. There are tens of thousands of micro-molds and approximately 200 that we know of, that emit mycotoxins that can have an allergic, infectious or toxic effect on human heath. From cold and flu-like symptoms, asthma, to rashes, lesions, to . . .
How do I kill the mold?
On a large scale (10 square feet or more), killing it is not recommended. Laboratory tests have proven that even dead mold emit metabolites like mycotoxins, aflatoxins, satratoxins, trichothecene. If a large area is affected, call a professional remediation company like Aqua Restoration, to properly remove it without creating additional damage.
How do I know what kind it is?

The only way to identify the type or variety of specie of mold is to take a sample and have it analyzed by an accredited laboratory. Unless you can guarantee not to taint or cross contaminate or even understand how to take a sample, I would recommend calling a company that specializes in that. A Certified Industrial Hygienists, Environmental Assessor or Consultant should be called in to get a foot print of the contaminated area and check the results of the indoor environment and air quality, compared to the outside air quality.

How do I get rid of it?


On a smaller scale, and without giving away any trade secrets, I would first recommend to find and fix the source. Remember, moisture is the most common element missing for fungal growth. Molds like to grow with a moisture content above 16%, and at 20% or higher, it is ideal for growth. Dry the area to normal standards for the said building materials (10% to 12%). HEPA vacuum the entire area with aggressive methods, and if the surface will accept a damp cleaning, do so with a mild solution of soap and again if the surface will allow, add bleach to the solution at a 10:1 ratio or about a cup (8 ounces) per gallon of water. Not necessarily to kill any hyphae or spores, but to deodorize and sanitize the area. Then rinse with just straight water wiping the entire surface once again to remove the residue of soap and bleach. Let it air dry, then HEPA vacuum one more time to remove any particles.

How much does it cost for Remediation?


It is hard to get an accurate price for a complete remediation project without a couple of hours of office work to estimate and give a brief description of services to be performed. It is considered a hazardous condition and you can expect costs similar to those associated with hazardous waste removal.

When is it safe to return?

Once the remediation is complete and the supervisor feels confident enough that the test will pass, the consultant is called back to take "clearance samples" to compare with "preliminary samples" as standards that were set prior to remediation.