Mold remediation is the science of removing elevations of microscopic fungal spores from an indoor environment. When mold spores are found in elevated levels in a dwelling they can be hazardous to the building's occupants and compromise the structure. Allergenic complications and symptoms are commonly associated with elevations. Of even greater concern, are mold that produce toxins, such as Stachybotrys sp. , which can thrive indoors if the conditions are present for its growth. The toxins that these molds produce have been associated with a wide variety of health effects in both humans and animals. Because of this, high standards of care must be followed when performing remediation to ensure the project's success.

When contracting 3D Environmental Industries, Inc. for your mold remediation needs you can be assured that the highest level of care and the most effective industry practices are being used to return your dwelling to a safe indoor environment. 3D Environmental Industries, Inc., follows the industry standard guidelines outlined in the *IICRC*/ S520 Standard for Mold Remediation, of which we are members of the review and input committee.

Who needs mold remediation?

A building that has elevated levels of allergenic or toxic molds may need mold remediation. If inhabitants of a structure have been experiencing increased allergenic symptoms (which may include runny nose, eye irritation, an unproductive dry cough, difficulty breathing or unexplained headaches), repetitive respiratory infections, or other undiagnosed medical problems, mold may be a factor, especially if you are aware of a moisture source, such as a leaky basement or roof. Many moisture sources can go undetected, as can mold growth within walls, air ducts, or other out of sight locations. Professional inspection and air sampling can help uncover these hidden hazards. Mold can also compromise the structure of your home or office by deteriorating building materials, of which the mold is actually feeding on. Correction of moisture intrusions causing mold growth, removing the growth itself, and then removing spores is the key to an effective remediation project.

3D Environmental Industries, Inc., prides itself on the standard of care it brings to the table when participating in a remediation project. We strictly follow the 5 principles of mold remediation as outlined in the IICRC's S520:

5 Principles

Safety First - 3D Environmental Industries, Inc. has a safety program in place to prevent their employees from the harms possible from prolonged exposure to high levels of mold. Safety efforts include respirator programs, an ongoing education process, and on site first aid and prevention measures.

Documentation - It is imperative that each and every step of a remediation project is documented. From the cleaning of equipment before it arrives, to pressure differentials and logging of treatment and protection measures, our team logs the entire process to ensure quality and accountability.

Correction of the Moisture Source - Remediation efforts are useless unless the moisture intrusion is addressed. If moisture persists, mold will continue to thrive.

Removal - Removal of spores is the number 2 objective after correcting the moisture source. Mold Spores are microscopic and therefore remain in the air and on surfaces throughout a contaminated area. An effective remediator will take steps to HEPA vacuum and damp wipe areas to remove spores almost entirely (it is virtually impossible to remove all spores.) If removal of a substrate is not possible, treatment with a fungicide will neutralize any growth. Treatment with an encapsulant will prevent future growth. In addition, air scrubbers (commercial grade air purifiers) are used to pull spore size particles from the ambient air. Remediators who claim they will kill all mold spores or neutralize may not be taking steps to remove them from the air space. Dead or non-viable spores do not loose their allergenic effects, and therefore must also be removed.

Containment - Containing mold spores at their source is key. The most common shortcoming committed by home remediators is to scrub or remove mold infested areas without proper consideration to containing the spores aerosolized in the process. There is no substitute for proper containment. Proper containment should be constructed with a decontamination station, 6 mil plastic barriers, and the use of a negative air machine. 3D Environmental Industries, Inc. follows the steps necessary to properly contain contamination

 
 


 

 

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