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What To Expect During a Professional Mold Inspection

Posted by MikaB on July 25, 2017

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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 Can I Eliminate Mold in My Home?

Posted by MikaB on June 20, 2017

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If you’re an unlucky homeowner who has just discovered mold, you can soon breathe easy. Yes, it’s true that mold is a common problem for homeowners, and if left unchecked, can be dangerous – not only to your home’s structural integrity but also to you and your family’s health. The best way to combat mold in the home is to enlist a trusted professional who will eliminate the problem quickly and safely while educating you on the best mold preventative measures.

How Can I Prevent Mold in My Home?

Mold grows in damp or wet environments; to continue growing indoors, it also needs a food source, such as sheet rock, your bathroom floor, the kitchen ceiling, and even pieces of furniture inside your home. The best preventative strategy is to control water and moisture intrusion.

This may start inside the house, by ensuring there are no leaky taps or windows with broken seals, but can also require taking a closer look at outside areas around your home’s foundation where water can easily find ways to seep inside.

If you do find areas where water is accumulating, dry them out thoroughly, and consider calling a professional to assist you in preventing further issues.

What If I’ve Already Found Mold?

When mold is suspected or detected, enlisting an experienced professional is the only way to be certain that all mold – and what’s creating it – will be eliminated from your home. Why? Professional expertise is required to properly contain and remove mold, for many reasons.

  • Mold can cause structural damage, creating dangerous and even life-threatening environments which are unsuitable to address on your own
  • Large commercial machinery is often needed to eradicate mold growth
  • Due to mold’s adverse health effects, personal protective equipment (PPE) may need to be worn during the elimination process
  • HVAC and air handling systems are often the root cause of mold, and require professional inspection
  • No matter what is causing the mold, specialized equipment must be used to locate the source, confirm the cause, and eliminate the problem thoroughly and safely
  • Professionals are able to set up strategic preventative measures, such as constructing vapor barriers, so you never have a problem with mold again

Mold is certainly bothersome, but uncontrolled, it can become a safety hazard. Don’t wait—call a trusted professional today. Titan Environmental Services has a proven track record of success and offers highly personalized service from a team of trained professionals.

Call us at (913) 432-5500. We’re here to help you say goodbye to your mold problem for good.

Living in a Meth Lab – Meth in Your Own Home, Business, or Car

Posted by MikaB on April 28, 2015

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The methamphetamine (meth)  lab problem is growing. Meth labs, used to make the illegal drug methamphetamine, are discovered in houses, apartments, motel rooms, sheds, or even motor vehicles. Just as of 2014, federal, state and local authorities were involved in the seizure of more than 1,045 labs in Missouri alone, and the number of meth labs seized by law enforcement agencies increases each year.

As the problem grows, and companies work to restrict the products needed to make methamphetamine, the methods and the locations of its production are changing. This adds to the trouble that health and environmental agencies face in monitoring meth related health risks.

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Everyone knows that meth is bad for your health. When people make or smoke meth everything around them is coated with a film that contains methamphetamine. When people or pets rub against these contaminated surfaces the meth enters their bodies through their skin and contact from hands to mouth and nose. Babies who crawl on contaminated carpets and furniture are most vulnerable. They naturally get the highest doses. How much third hand meth exposure is too much?

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The effects of meth residue transfer on to people through surface contact has been compared to studies that include: ingestion of pesticides that are sprayed on surfaces and absorbed through skin and mouth; level of adverse reactions from methamphetamine for children when used for behavioral issues; pregnant women using methamphetamine for weight control.

Some expert researchers, however, linked meth houses to respiratory, even neurological problems, in children. Research conducted by Mike Van Dyke at National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado, reveals very high levels of toxic chemicals are produced during meth cooking and hazardous chemical exposures can continue in rooms and buildings for an extended period of time, even if there is no methamphetamine left present in the home.

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Using these studies, proposed residue limits of .05, .1, .5 and 1 micro gram per hundred square centimeters, or the amount of meth residue that on a  surface a little larger than a square yard, were studied to decide if they offered protection for occupants. These also happen to be the lowest levels detected by test kits available to professionals.

Currently, there is no one method for tracking or listing homes that were used as meth labs. MDOH is creating a list of reported addresses. Your local health department can verify if the property in on that list. You should call your local law enforcement agency to confirm that a seizure of chemicals took place on the property, and to get the name of any hazardous materials contractor who may have removed materials. The contractor should have information on what chemicals were present on the property. Additional information may be obtained from your county health department, fire department, or the owner of the property. To find contact info or specific statistics on the states we work with select a state link:

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Exposure to any toxic material isn’t healthy, but in our modern world we are constantly faced with pollution from sources we may not even be aware of. We have come a long way in protecting people from dangerous materials such as lead and asbestos, and mold. Unfortunately, the odds of meth manufacturers and users becoming environmentally responsible and protecting the rest of us from their pollution, are very low.  It’s up to you to decide if the protection offered by laws and regulations is enough to protect you and your family from this danger.

We here at Titan dedicate all of our to time protecting the environment around you and your family. Whether it be the hazardous chemicals from a previous meth lab , lead paint in your home, mold growing silently behind your walls , or asbestos lingering in your home; our goal is to make sure everyone is safe from these silent dangers. Now is the time to take the steps to having a clean worry free home by getting an inspection. From there, if the test result come back positive, schedule an appointment with us and rest easy knowing that Titan Environmental Services will take thorough action to protect your family from anymore potential risk.

What You Should Know About Mold

Posted by titanadmin on October 23, 2013

Hairy, black mold isn’t just unattractive–it’s unsafe. Whether in your home or place of business, mold could be an issue and your health at stake.

Sure, the idea of throwing a dinner party at your moldy home isn’t an option–who wants to show off their hairy, black regions? But, the risk of grossing out your friends is just superficial. The real concern is the underlying risks you’re taking by living in moldy conditions.

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ARE YOU MOLDY?

A mold problem can usually be seen or smelled–but not always. Mold growth may often appear as slightly furry, discolored, or slimy patches that increase in size as they grow–or it could be dangerously hidden out of site. Often times they produce a musty odor, which may be the first indication of a problem–or when hidden, the first sign is your failing health.

The best way to find mold is to examine areas for visible signs of mold growth, water staining, or follow your nose to the source of the odor. If you can see or smell mold, you can assume you have a mold problem. Other clues include excess moisture and water damage. It may be necessary to look behind and underneath surfaces, such as carpets, wallpaper, cabinets, and walls. There are some areas of the home that are always susceptible to mold growth and should be part of routine cleaning to keep them under control.

The EPA’s: Ten Things You Should Know About Mold

  1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.
  2. 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.
  3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  5. 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 de-humidifiers; increasing ventilation; and using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dish washing, and cleaning.
  6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  7. 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 replaced.
  8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
  9. 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).
  10. 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.

(Sourced from epa.gov)

GOT MOLD? Call Titan Environmental at 816-561-0959 today for a free consultation.