If you see or suspect evidence of mold in your home or
business, Special Forces certified specialists will assess the
problem and professionally clean up the mold and prevent its ability
to re-grow. There are many serious health risks that may occur from
exposure to mold, it is important to take precautions and limit your
exposure to mold and mold spores. By calling in the Special Forces
experts to handle the problem you will have a team with a long line
of experience in mold remediation.
Ten Things You Should Know About Mold:
Asthma and Mold
- Potential health effects and
symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic
reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.
- There is no practical way to
eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment;
the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
- If mold is a problem in your
home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources
- Fix the source of the water
problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
- Reduce indoor humidity (to
30-60%) to decrease mold growth by: venting bathrooms, dryers,
and other moisture-generating sources to the outside; using air
conditioners and dehumidifiers; increasing ventilation; and
using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning.
- Clean and dry any damp or wet
building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent
- Clean mold off hard surfaces
with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent
materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be
- Prevent condensation: Reduce
the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows,
piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
- In areas where there is a
perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by
drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors
with leaks or frequent condensation).
- Molds can be found almost
anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing
moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood,
paper, carpet, and foods.
Molds can trigger asthmatic episodes in sensitive individuals
with asthma. People with asthma should avoid contact with or
exposure to molds. One third to one half of all structures have damp
conditions that may encourage development of pollutants such as
molds and bacteria, which can cause allergic reactions -- including
asthma -- and spread infectious diseases. The only way to get rid of
the mold, is to completely dry the building.
It is essential to remember that damage resulting from water is
progressive. The longer the water flows or wet conditions exist, the
more is absorbed and the greater is the recovery problem. Merely
stopping the source of the incoming water does not stop further
water damage, though it is an obvious and critical first step.
information on mold and it's effects from the EPA