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Tip of the Week: Mold Removal

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LIBI’s Tip of the Week!

Mold Removal

Long Island Builders Institute understands how much stress Superstorm Sandy has put on you and your family; so, LIBI has decided to help you repair, rebuild and prepare for your future.  Long Island Builders Institute, a non-profit organization, has been helping Long Island become a better place to live and work for the past 70 years and counting.  

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In this week’s “Tip of the week” we will be discussing mold removal, what causes it, how to prevent it, and what you can do to take care of an existing issue.     

1. Moisture causes mold, plain and simple. The key to controlling an existing or future mold issue is to control all moisture. Mold has the ability to feed off of almost every building material so it’s nearly impossible to eliminate a feeding source all together. The best way to eliminate mold problems is to remove any water issues.

2. In order to help prevent future mold problems, make sure the dirt surrounding your home is slightly sloped away so water flows away, not towards your structure. Any water that gathers against the outer walls of your home can lead to water leakage and mold growth inside of your home.

3. 5 basic principles for successful mold removal remediation:

  • Safety – Protect all workers and those living in the home. 
  • Assessment – Make an assessment during and after mold remediation. 
  • Contamination Control – Prevent cross-contamination and the spread of mold from contaminated areas to non-contaminated.
  • Source Removal – Remove all mold at its source.
  • Moisture Removal – Eliminate the moisture source that caused the initial mold issue.  

Learn more helpful tips at Superstorm Resource Expo, presented by LIBI, on Wednesday March 20th, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Long Island in Hauppauge.  For more information regarding the show, visit libi.org or “Superstorm Resource Expo” at Facebook.com. 

Source: http://www.moldmanusa.com/mold-articles/106-tips-about-mold-mold-remediation-mold-removal-mold-testing-and-mold-prevention

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Category 3 LLC March 17, 2013 at 01:51 AM
when hiring someone to do mold remediation in your home or place of business it is best to hire an IICRC certified microbial remediation technician or IICRC mold removal specialist.
Nesconset Dude March 17, 2013 at 01:52 PM
Mold hysteria is way overhyped. Clean it up with a diluted bleach solution and eliminate the source of the moisture. If you have that much mold in your home where you need full remediation, there are some other real serious problems there. Letting a roof or foundation leak for months on end comes down to basic home maintenance and a vast majority of the cases. Freak storms like Sandy are a whole different issue and are not the norm.
Had Enuf! March 17, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Mold remediation is mostly a ripoff. But hey, who am I to tell you not to spend your money foolishly. http://epi.publichealth.nc.gov/oee/a_z/mold.html
Category 3 LLC March 17, 2013 at 02:52 PM
A small amount of mold can be cleaned up by a knowledgeable DIY homeowner with the right protection and products. However when a mold issue becomes large scale i feel it is best to use a reputable and experienced person to remediate it. @Had Enuf! the link provided is a very good read for anyone concerned about mold in their home, in fact for some people mold can be extremely hazardous and to treat it lightly for those people isn't necessarily in their best interest. Unless you are an indoor environmental hygienist it would be best to leave the subject to the experts in the field.There are things written on the link posted that any person interested in having mold remediation done should consider, "Usually these exposures do not present a health risk. But when exposure is great, some individuals, particularly those with allergies and asthma, can experience illness that could be mild to SERIOUS or anywhere in between. Some mold species can cause respiratory infection when the live mold invades the tissues of the lungs or respiratory tract. This is not a significant risk for healthy people, but can be dangerous for individuals with severely WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEMS. Very large doses of certain molds, whether inhaled or ingested, can result in poisoning caused by toxins, called mycotoxins, in the mold cells. I think the best method for mold remediation is to do your research and be sure to meet with a few companies before making your decision. The link says a lot!
Category 3 LLC March 17, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Bleach does not kill mold, The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) who once recommended using clorine bleach for mold abatement was the first federal agency to stop recommending the use of liquid bleach in mold remediation.
Category 3 LLC March 17, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Agreed. It is really amazing how many people i see that just neglect the moisture issues in their home until the mold is growing everywhere. Then they will complain of illness. Hello, your entire basement is filled with mold, did you not notice this months ago? This is your home, your investment..take care of it, don't neglect it.
Pazzo March 18, 2013 at 04:55 PM
I read that a solution of water and tea tree oil (an antiseptic) works. Are there consumer products that you recommend for smaller DIY jobs?
Category 3 LLC March 18, 2013 at 09:54 PM
I haven't heard about the water and tea tree oil but I will certainly look into it. If you are in the Bohemia area there is a place where I got for supplies and you can purchase a gallon of anitmicrobial. Microban is a great product and there also some green products available as well. I am pretty sure they are open to the public. It is Alan Janitorial on Johnson ave. very helpful staff. Thanks for the tip!
Pazzo March 18, 2013 at 11:51 PM
And thank you, too. I will look for that product.

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