You pack their school lunches with healthy food. You read them bedtime stories. You make sure they brush their teeth twice a day.
You do these things to protect your child’s developmental, health, and safety.
And you do it all out of love.
Unfortunately, sometimes your own home can become an enemy of your health – and the health of your loved ones.
Maybe a water heater leaked. Or perhaps a spring downpour overloaded your gutters.
In any case, part of your home’s interior got wet.
Now, you have mold. Your home is harboring a potential health problem, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Mold tends to bully people who are already susceptible to other environmental challenges:
- People with compromised immune systems
- People who suffer from allergies
- The very young and very old
- People who have been exposed to mold repeatedly
Mold-related health problems might reveal themselves in various ways.
“As with any health complaint that a person may have, we need to determine the source, what is causing you to be ill,” says Dave Bayne, owner and general manager of A1 Mold Testing & Remediation. “Mold-related illness can exhibit the same symptoms as many other illnesses. The first thing to determine is what the state of your indoor environment is and if there is a potential problem.”
Possible Mold-Related Health Problems
Mold can have many effects on humans and animals, including:
- Respiratory problems, like congestion or sinus trouble
- Sore throat and coughing
- Headaches or fever
- Shortness of breath
- Immune system suppression
- Lung diseases, like bronchitis
- Memory loss and mood swings
Sadly, this is just a partial list of potential mold-related health issues. In some cases where people and animals are particularly susceptible, mold and its toxic byproducts can cause death — even in hospitals, where you’d never suspect that mold is a problem.
However, there are a few bits of good news here:
- Mold doesn’t affect everyone the same way — some people tolerate mold better than others.
- Professional remediation can eliminate your mold problem.
- Once the mold problem is gone, you may see improvement in your family’s health.
Owner and general manager Dave Bayne has two decades of remediation experience. In that time, he’s spoken with thousands of customers concerned about their families’ health.
As a dad to four children, Dave understands that you want to protect your family.
Believe it or not, Dave bought his first home with a mold problem. However, before he moved his family into this new home, he remediated the issues that were present.
Why did he take the time to do so? He cares about the health of his family.
Because the science shows that long-term mold exposure is bad for your health.
Federal Government Recommends Remediation in Certain Cases
The federal government has published information on this very subject.
The Centers for Disease Control has a straightforward recommendation for anyone who is affected by mold:
“If you are susceptible to mold and mold is seen or smelled, there is a potential health risk; therefore, no matter what type of mold is present, you should arrange for its removal.”
Pretty basic, right?
The hard part is that mold remediation isn’t always simple. It requires education, experience, and specialized equipment.
How We Protect Your Home During a Remediation
Many families remain in their homes during remediations – even large-scale jobs. This is possible because of the way we isolate the mold problem.
Here are some of the OSHA-approved techniques we use to protect your home and your family:
- We apply carpet mask (plastic sheets) to protect your carpet
- We cover delicate floors to prevent scratches or other damage
- For the remediation itself, we set up a containment area to stop mold from spreading as we work
The containment area uses heavy-duty plastic sheets and various poles and clamps to create a nearly airtight “box” of sorts for our crew.
We use industrial-grade HEPA air filtration machines to negatively pressurize the containment area, and those air filtration machines are then vented to the exterior of the home.
What Happens in Containment, Stays in Containment
Here’s what happens inside the containment area:
- Workers wear special suits and respirators to protect themselves
- They remove all moldy materials, place them into heavy-duty plastic bags, and seal the bags, HEPA vacuum the bags, wet wipe the bags, and then remove them from the containment
- The air filtration machines capture the mold spores disturbed by the workers
- Workers use vacuums with HEPA filtration to clean all surfaces within the containment area they then will detergent clean framing and wet wipe all surfaces within the containment
- In some cases, we treat remaining areas with anti-fungal products to prevent future mold growth, mainly on foundation walls and structural members
- Any drywall or lumber that’s removed is neatly cut in a way that can easily by rebuilt by a construction contractor
- Workers dispose of all waste materials from the remediation
Once we’ve completed the remediation, we work our way out of the house, cleaning our way as we go.
What Happens After a Remediation
Remediations often remove portions of moldy drywall, internal wall materials, and more. A1 workers remove these moldy pieces with care.
We cut neat lines and in precise dimensions, which makes rebuilding, “or build back,” as easy as possible for your construction contractor.
Dave Bayne may perform a post-remediation inspection. This inspection ensures that the A1 crew removed all moldy materials.
Remediation = Peace of Mind
No wonder parents have trouble sleeping at night.
The good news is that you have the power to keep your home healthy and safe from certain environmental hazards.
You can stop mold and its health impacts by calling A1 Mold Testing & Remediation. Our customers tell us that our expertise and hard work helps give them peace of mind.
Call or email today, ask for Dave Bayne, and trust your family’s health to A1 Mold Testing & Remediation.