Mold Removal

Mold Removal

What is mold?
Mold is part of the fungi family. It is found everywhere in nature, and is responsible for breaking down and decomposing dead organic material.

What Causes mold?
A combination of moisture, poor ventilation, and a lack of sunlight provide a habitat for mold. A leaking roof, poorly ventilated attic, damp basement, dripping shower, leaky pipes and a number of other variables can cause mold growth.

How do I know if I have mold?
Some mold growth can be discovered by a visual inspection, but an air sample test will give you an accurate reading of the type of mold, and how much of it is in the air. It will also detect mold growth in areas that are not visible. (Behind drywall, above ceiling tiles, beneath the washing machine, under the carpet) Mold often produces a foul, musty smell as a bi-product of its metabolic process.

How do I get rid of mold?
The first step to remediating mold is to stop the problem at the source. (fixing a leaky bath tub) Next, the contaminated and damaged materials must be removed. Finally, the area is protected with an anti-microbial sealer.

Is mold harmful? 
It can be. There are three basic categories of mold, and each can have a different effect on your health. Young children, elderly, and people with respiratory problems are more at risk.

Allergenic mold can cause coughing, sneezing, wheezing, skin and eye irritation.
Pathogenic mold can suppress the immune system.
Toxic mold can serious damage to the respiratory and central nervous systems.

Everyone on Schuster Construction’s mold remediation team is a certified mold remediation worker.
Attic mold before soda blasting
The same attic, with the mold removed by soda blasting.
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