Mold FAQ:

Q: Why doesn’t Chavez test for mold?

A: As a property owner, it may sound like a simple solution to have one company do both the testing and the remediation for a mold problem. We believe that scenario creates a big conflict of interest. When you think about initial testing to confirm the need for remediation, and the post-testing to confirm that the remediation was successful is in the hands of the same company, it creates a very real conflict of interest! We don’t perform environmental testing because we believe using a third party to identify and confirm that a problem actually exists, as well as confirming that our remediation effort was successful, is ultimately the best answer for you. Using an independent third party gives us credibility and you the customer, confidence that the job is done right!

Q: Should I be concerned if I have mold in my home?

A: It’s never really a question of whether you have mold in your home or not, the answer is … you do! The better question and concern should be; “is the normal mold in my home out of control”? Keep in mind that we all deal with mold spores daily; they are in the air we breathe both indoors and outdoors. Mold spores are microscopic and cannot be seen without significant magnification.

There is a difference between everyday mold we encounter and what is considered a mold problem. Elevated spore counts will come from wet or high humidity indoor situations, if left to dry slowly.

Q: Does mold remediation remove every mold spore in my home?

A: It is not reasonably possible to rid a structure of all mold spores since they travel in our everyday air. Mold remediation is about reducing mold spores levels in a structure to reasonable and acceptable levels, or levels that would be considered normal.

Q: Since I have had mold remediation done in my home, do I have to worry that it would ever come back?

A: No, and yes. I wouldn’t “worry” about a return of a mold problem, but realize, if an excessive moisture situation returns, the same cycle of growth and amplification will begin with different spores. Usually, mold problems are a result of a water event within your structure. At some point excess moisture triggered the growth and amplification of the present mold spores within your structure. Mold remediation brings excessive spore counts to what is considered a normal level.

Q: Is black mold dangerous?

A: Many times the term “black mold” is used to describe a type of mold called stachybotrys, which is toxic and has been referred to by the media as the “black mold”. However not every mold that is black in color, is stachybotrys and not all toxic molds are black. Actual mold species and their toxicity can only be determined through microscopic analysis by a qualified mycologist or an indoor environmental professional.

Q: What are your normal mold remediation procedures?

A: I can’t tell you exactly, without knowing what your environmental protocol is asking for, as each plan is site and project specific. Generally, we would follow a written protocol by a qualified Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) to complete the project.

Here are some examples of what you might find in a typical procedure plan.

  1. Critical barriers- are established using 6-mil poly sheeting to stop or prevent airflow from one area to another.
  2. Containment chambers- erected of 6-mil poly sheeting, chambers are used to restrict air movement to prevent cross-contamination during the demolition and removal process.
  3. Negative air machines- are used to create negative air pressure within the containment chambers, or to exhaust contaminated air out of the contaminated areas.
  4. Air scrubbers- are commonly used in conjunction with negative air setups. Like negative air machines, air scrubbers filter and clean the air that flows through it. The air is filtered with HEPA air filters to remove airborne particles as small as 0.03 microns.
  5. Personal protective equipment (PPE) – safety equipment worn and used by all remediation technicians while in contaminated work areas. PPE or safety equipment such as tyvek suits, goggles, respirators, are used to protect the remediation workers while they are working.
  6. Controlled demolition- , partial or complete demolition of moldy building materials.
  7. HEPA Vacuuming- vacuums equipped with high efficiency HEPA air filters. Once demolition is completed all remaining surfaces are HEPA vacuumed to remove loosened spores and debris.
  8. Clearance testing- once the remediation process is completed, re-testing is performed to ensure the indoor environment is back to its normal level. Testing should only be performed by a qualified indoor environmental professional (IEP).

Q: What are some health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposure?

A: Some general effects and symptoms associated with mold exposure may include allergic reactions, shortness of breath, asthma, and other respiratory complaints. Exposure to high indoor levels for an extended period of time may include; headaches, fatigue, memory loss, nose bleeds, bleeding lungs, nausea, etc.

If you have any health questions and how they might affect you, you should consult your health care provider.

Q: Who is at the greatest risk for suffering affects from mold exposer?

A: Those most vulnerable to the health effects of mold are; pregnant women, young children 7 and under, senior citizens and those with compromised immune systems.

Q: Are there any tall-tell signs that I can look for if I feel that I may have a mold problem?

A: Many times mold problems can be identified by tell-tale signs of odor and some visual (red, green, black, etc.) signs of growth. But, hidden problems may not be as apparent and can only be detected by professional air sampling to find airborne contaminates.

Q: What is the key to controlling mold growth?

A: The key is in controlling excess moisture within your structure. Respond to water intrusions immediately. Repair the source of excess moisture and completely dry out all affected areas. The ideal indoor humidity range is 30% to 50% relative humidity.

Q: My contractor is ready to start my mold remediation project, but I am unsure of his training. Should I be concerned?

A: Yes, I would be very concerned. It is in your best interest not to allow those unfamiliar with mold remediation to disturb contaminated areas. If the proper measures are not taken before they disturb the contaminated areas, you could have mold spores lifted and carried throughout your entire house or business. They should never spray bleach or other chemicals on colonized mold contamination, as spores could be released and become airborne. Using biocides to “kill mold” is highly unlikely, and doesn’t reduce the airborne mold spores that contaminate the air.

Q: What can Chavez Restoration Environmental Remediation Services do for you?

A: We started our initial training with mold remediation in the late 90’s and have successfully complete hundreds of projects both commercially and residentially. You can be confident that Chavez Restoration has the training, experience and specialized equipment to return your home or business to a safe and healthy environment. We will work with your Indoor Environmental Professional until final clearance has been achieved to ensure your homes wholesomeness is restored.

At Chavez Restoration we have been solving our client’s problems since 1967. We pride ourselves on professionally restoring our customer’s property while meeting their needs and exceeding their expectations. It’s more than just our philosophy; it’s a daily practice at Chavez Restoration.

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