We don’t mess around with mold. You shouldn’t either.
Respiratory problems, runny noses, and itchy and watery eyes can be symptoms of a mold allergy. Mold is a serious problem. If left unchecked, it can spread quickly and cause potential health issues and damage to your building. At the same time, there is a lot of misinformation about mold and its health affects.
ServiceMaster of Kalamazoo can help you wade through mold remediation procedures and best practices, dispelling myths about mold and how to clean it up.
Here are some helpful resources on mold:
- CDC Mold Facts
- CDC “Black Mold” Facts
- Mayo Clinic: Mold Allergies
- EPA Understanding Mold
- OSHA on Mold
- Study by the Jewish Medical Hospital (partially funded by Clorox) indicating that bleach may neutralize some allergens on one type of mold
- Oregon State study demonstrating the lack of affect bleach has on mold
- 8 Bad “Facts” About Mold That Everyone Thinks Are True
- 3 Tips for Controlling Mold
What we mean by “mold remediation”
Many people think that simply spraying mold with bleach is enough to eliminate their mold problem. This is, in fact, not the case. Bleach may kill some molds on some kinds of material, but it has not been shown to kill all molds and it is not effective at killing molds on porous surfaces such as wood.
But even if you can “kill mold” it is not enough to “kill it” and forget it. Dead mold still contains allergens and causes health problems. To properly remediate mold you must:
- Identify the source of the problem. Mold grows where there is moisture. If you do not take care of the moisture problem, you have not taken care of the mold problem. ServiceMaster will help you find and fix the problem at the source, not just cover up the evidence.
- Use proper tools and cleaning agents to make sure you are not spreading mold spores as you clean up the mold. ServiceMaster has the correct tools and processes to properly contain the mold spores as the mold is being removed.
- Remove the affected areas. ServiceMaster follows specific recommendations and best practices for mold removal. If mold affects more than 10 square feet then removal of the affected areas and testing is recommended.
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We Take Mold Seriously & We Don’t Prey Upon Fears
While mold can be a serious problem and should not be treated lightly, there is also a lot of misinformation about mold. That misinformation allows unscrupulous companies to take advantage of the situation and perform unnecessary, costly services that may or may not address the problem.
At ServiceMaster of Kalamazoo we work hard to stay up to date on industry best practices for dealing with mold as well as the local and state government regulations detailing mold remediation requirements.