July 2017

What To Expect During a Professional Mold Inspection

Posted by MikaB on July 25, 2017

Home Mold Inspection

If you believe you’ve found mold in your home, the optimal way to plan its removal is to hire an experienced professional to conduct an initial mold inspection. This inspection determines the type of mold and extent of damage in your home, so that you can implement the most effective cleanup methods.

This article explains what generally happens during a home mold inspection, what credentials you should look for in a mold inspector, and common removal tactics and cleanup methods.

What Happens During a Home Mold Inspection?

What happens during a professional mold inspection may depend on the inspector’s credentials and experience. From our experience, we recommend that any mold inspection include the following:

  • Visual inspection: A visual inspection checks for mold throughout your house, including hidden areas like the HVAC system. That inspection is not limited to just the inside of your home. The inspection also includes the building envelope and surrounding landscape.  
  • Diagnosis: After inspection, the sources of moisture intrusion and/or relative humidity sources are identified.
  • Fungal sampling: Air, surface, and bulk samples are taken to determine the type and level of contamination. For example, air sampling can determine if the type of mold in your house is the type that causes allergic reactions from inhalation.
  • Written report: The report will detail findings and recommendations to remediate problem areas and prevent future occurrences of mold growth.

What You Should Look for in Mold Inspection Companies

Credentials include a state and/or a professional association certification that shows an individual can test, handle, contain, and safely remove mold. We would recommend that you choose a mold inspection company with such certifications, because the process of mold removal can pose health risks. Moreover, if mold is not removed thoroughly, it will just come back.  

At Titan Environmental Services, we are certified to perform mold testing and removal. That means we comply with current safety and other guidelines, as designated by the US Environmental Protection Agency, American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists , and American Industrial Hygiene Association. We would recommend that any mold remediation professional have similar credentials and follow these guidelines.

What Are The Best Mold Cleanup Methods?

You will receive a written report outlining the recommendations for mold removal. This report will typically recommend containing the mold and applying biocides. At the very least, containment removes and then seals mold in a plastic bag for disposal. However, that process becomes more intricate if large areas of your home are contaminated.

Most biocides are ineffective at killing mold. Biocides may also affect human health. Thus, you should insist that a professional follow US Environmental Protection Agency guidelines on biocide use.

If you have any questions on mold remediation methods, testing for mold in your home, need to hire a mold remediation professional in the Midwest, or are interested in taking our 8-hour mold remediation technician training course, please call us at (816) 960-4675 or contact us online at Titan Environmental Services.

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How to Prevent Hidden Mold in Your Home

Posted by MikaB on July 20, 2017

hidden mold in showerMold is a tricky thing to remove from your home. Many times, homeowners clean up the mold they see but don’t realize that there is mold hidden behind walls and floors or in dark places like the basement or attic.

Or they clean up the mold, but don’t eliminate the cause of the moisture.

In either case, it’s highly likely that hidden mold will spread.

Hidden Mold Spreading Means DIY Cleanup Did Not Eliminate the Problem

Hidden mold is the mold that you can’t see that returns to the same place when given time to grow. Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there. It will be back if proper cleanup methods are not followed.

When to Look for Signs of Mold Growth

All mold growth can lead to minor health issues such as headaches, a stuffy nose and sore throat, or as serious as a lung infection. Some types are very dangerous like black mold. So, how can you determine when you should suspect mold growth?

  • Actually seeing the mold on walls, floors, etc.
  • The scent of mold even if you can’t see it
  • Recent water damage such as a burst water pipe, flooding, or condensation.

Steps for Mold Removal

If you notice any areas in your home that are showing the signs of mold, you should call a professional to make sure it is properly and thoroughly removed.

  1. Hire a mold inspector. It is not enough to do a home test on your own as these tests aren’t always accurate. A professional can easily determine the type and extent of mold growth in your home. This can be expensive, but it is a necessary step.
  2. If mold is found, contact your insurance company to see if mold removal is included in your homeowner’s policy. You can use that information to hire an expert mold removal company which within your budget.
  3. Hire a professional mold removal company such as Titan Environmental Services to do the job effectively and efficiently. We have the necessary equipment to inspect, identify, and eliminate the problem. We can also give you suggestions to prevent growth such as ways to ventilate your home to avoid dampness, identify problem spots, or even how to make modifications to your house to enhance airflow.

Avoid hidden mold taking over your home by calling Titan Environmental Services. Contact us online or call us at (816) 960-4675 if we can be of assistance!

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Mold-Causing Problems In Your House and What to Do About Them

Posted by MikaB on July 12, 2017

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Mold can have deleterious effects to the structure of your home and your health. Preventing mold growth is the best way to prevent any ill-effects from occurring. Once mold sets in, its spores will quickly spread and elimination can be difficult and expensive.

We want to help homeowners prevent this situation from happening by showing you how and where mold grows, and what homeowners can do to stop it.

How Mold Grows

Mold needs one thing to grow: moisture. There are many types of mold which can grow in both warm or cold temperatures. However, it all needs water or moisture to grow. So if there is a mold problem in the home, you must take steps towards mold cleanup and fixing the source of moisture.

Moisture Culprits in Your Home

One of the most common places for mold to grow is in the bathroom. The surfaces of the bathroom, like the tub and walls, are usually damp. Make sure you are checking your bathroom’s surfaces every few weeks, particularly if you notice any odd smells. Areas like behind toilets, underneath sinks, and around any tile near the shower are usual culprits.

However, there are also other moist places in your home, many of which are hidden. These places include the HVAC system, unit ventilator, and the roof, wall, and water pipes where water leaks can happen. Many of these areas can be hard to reach and require a professional inspection.

Control the Moisture

Controlling moisture requires preventing water leaks, controlling humidity, and preventing condensation.

Preventing Water Leaks In the case of water leaks, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) homeowner’s guidelines recommend cleaning up the leak as soon as possible, ideally within 24-to-48 hours. Typically, mold will not grow if the moisture dries out within this time. You must also fix the source of the leaks.

Being proactive is the best way to ward off any mold growth from water leaks! Do the following EPA-sanctioned steps to make sure your home is always protected from an emergency:

  • Repair roofs and clean gutters
  • Make sure water does not pool around your property’s foundation; make sure the ground slopes away from the building
  • Clean and repair air conditioning drip pans and drain lines

Controlling Humidity

In controlling indoor humidity, ventilation is key. Opening windows, running bathroom exhaust fans, and using de-humidifiers will help protect your home. Remember that the ideal indoor humidity environment is between 30% to 50% humidity. Pro tip: you can measure this using an inexpensive humidity monitor!

Preventing Condensation

Condensation can accumulate on windows, walls, or pipes. It usually occurs when the indoor environment is very humid, or when there is a difference between surface and air temperature. For example, a hot steamy shower will cause condensation on (colder) mirrors. Cold water pipes may also accumulate condensation if the air around it is warmer. Once condensation accumulates, wipe and dry surfaces as soon as possible. Afterwards, prevent condensation by increasing ventilation, increasing air temperature, and covering cold surfaces with insulation.

Now that you know where moisture hides in your home, and what you can do to prevent it, your home will be significantly more mold-free!

Need assistance preventing mold in your home? Titan Environmental Services stands ready to assist you with sound, results-oriented solutions. We serve customers throughout the Midwest region and beyond. Contact us today at (913)-325-4328.