It would be very easy for us to take the low road and convince you that you must contact us to save your life. The media, mold remediation and mold inspection companies are known for black mold fear trap antics. Scare tactics are played out and do a disservice to the community that we serve. Listen, not all mold is bad. Some mold can be removed yourself with the right equipment, safety precautions and techniques. The mold that we want you to be mindful of is the multi-cellular, toxic fungi. Mold that possesses mycotoxins is what you have to watch out for.
How Long Does It Take to Populate?
Knowing how long mold takes to populate is key to saving your home or business before it’s too late. If you wait too long to address the issue, a costly mold remediation service is the only way to occupy that area without suffering from health complications. This is why it is imperative that you contact us right away when you notice the first signs of mold occupation. Most mold takes about 24 to 48 hours to grow. This is a small sliver of time to address the issue. The mold that everyone is afraid of is black mold AKA strachybotrys. Black mold won’t surface for about a week. But when it comes, it is always joined by it’s cousins, pennicillum aspergillus, cladosporium and chaetonium.
Several Types of Mold
Since, Americans have enjoyed access to indoor plumbing, the social expectation is to bathe every day. Within the last 10 to 15 years, it has become known that bathing and shampooing our hair daily is unnecessary and can even prove to be harmful. In essence, when we bathe daily, we are washing away the good bacteria that our bodies need to function as a healthy individualized eco-system. The same thought process can be used for mold. We are part of the human species living on planet earth. There is no way that we can get away from fungi, be it, bacteria, mildew or mold but we can eliminate any fungi that harms us. Of the 200,000 different types of known mold, only a small percentage is harmful to humans.
Black Mold Removal and Treatment
Removing black mold should not be taken lightly. Personal protective equipment also known at PPE must be worn at all times. Gloves, head to toe disposable Tyvek suits and full face respirators are necessary. The effected area must be contained using plastic and tape. An exhaust fan with a HEPA filter is required to push the contaminated air outside. Then a HEPA vacuum must be employed to suck up the spores. Using a biocide is better than bleach or vinegar because it is specifically designed for the task at hand. Proper removal of the contaminated articles is key. Otherwise you run the risk of cross contamination. Finally, we clean the effected area, the air and ducts for a comprehensive removal.
How Concerned Should I Be?
Once again, we don’t want to scare you. Our goal is to empower you to make informed decisions about your health, home and work place. One thing that you should know is that indoor air quality is typically at least 4 times more toxic than outdoor air. That’s a huge statement considering all the industry and pollution in NYC. Carbon monoxide levels are a major contributor to toxic environments and other contaminates. Air born mold spores that release mycotoxins are very harmful to your health. If you have pets, young children, anyone with a compromised immune system or an elderly parent living with you, don’t take any chances, contact us today.