Unrepaired Water Damaged Materials
Some parts of a home or building can be prone to minor, periodic water problems. Though could be something like a minor leak from a bathroom drain that leaves wet spots in the basement ceiling. Condensation from the building’s wet wall, or an air conditioning system that is over-taxed and drips condensation onto the surrounding surfaces.
This persistent water can be very inviting for mold spores to populate. In the case of a seasonal water problem, the mold may flourish in the summer, only to vanish again in the winter. Tempting the property owner to leave the affected water-damaged materials unrepaired. In a scenario like this, it’s important to note that even a dormant mold problem can leave discoloration on the surface.
Individuals Complaining About Health Problems
Some people are genetically predisposed to react to mold spores, mycotoxins, and other airborne irritants. For some, breathing in these things can cause severe allergic or inflammatory reactions. At the same time, people with respiratory conditions like asthma and respiratory allergies are more likely to display symptoms in an indoor environment with air rich in mold spore and mycotoxins. Though even completely healthy individuals might still experience respiratory irritation, increased coughing, and sneezing in an indoor environment with a high volume of airborne mold spores.
In many of these cases, the individuals might not recognize that their symptoms are linked to an active indoor mold problem. They might dismiss their chronic symptoms, only to find they go away when they go on vacation or simply take a weekend trip. Then when they come back home their respiratory symptoms return.
The Affordable Remediation Sanitization Process
If you are servicing a client and notice signs of a mold problem, you might be tempted to try to clean it up yourself. Though this could be a very serious error. Especially if you are a plumber working at a commercial property where liability issues could come into play.
Without professional equipment and specialized training in mold remediation techniques, you are more likely to disturb the colony, rather than eliminate it. When this happens mold spores that may have been localized, are then released on-mass into the air, where they can spread to other previously unaffected areas.
If you find or suspect there is an active mold problem on a property you are servicing, the wisest thing to do is notify the property owner. Then encourage them to seek remediation from a qualified servicer like Affordable Remediation. We have the staff experts and specialized equipment needed to safely remediate any size mold problem. This might include further testing to make sure all active mold colonies have been dealt with. Afterward, we can help the client understand the steps they need to take to prevent a future mold problem.