Mold Removal and Mold Remediation in St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN
Northwest ServiceMaster provides Mold Removal, Mold Remediation, and Black Mold Specialists in the Twin Cities area.
With the increasing attention in the mass media, mold contamination—especially black mold—has become an over-whelming problem for homeowners, property managers, insurance providers, and restoration companies in need of mold removal.
The mold remediation process becomes urgent because in a moist, indoor environment, mold growth can begin in just 48 hours. The moisture can be a result of a flood, a slow leak, a broken pipe, or just high humidity. The growing concerns of allergies and poor air quality are identified with mold contamination.
Despite the rapidly growing body of knowledge about mold, it remains the subject of a lot of confusion. The following is a brief explanation of mold and the complications mold can create within a home, office, or indoor setting.
What is mold?
Mold is a microscopic life form that is found in all parts of the world. It is part of the natural decay process of all organic materials. There are many different species of mold. Although mold is diverse, common characteristics can be found:
- Mold requires a natural food source like cellulose, which is found in drywall, wood & other home materials.
- Mold must have oxygen.
- Mold also requires moisture. To avoid mold, buildings must stay dry on the inside.
- Mold spreads by microscopic seeds called “spores.”
Why is it a problem?
- The colored, fuzzy growth on the surface of a wall, floor, ceiling or other indoor surface is a problem.
- Active mold colonies usually emit a distinct, “musty” odor.
- Mold’s main function is to decay, digest, and recycle dead organic matter, which means it will damage the surfaces it grows on.
- Exposure to mold can cause mild to severe allergic reactions.
What is a reasonable and safe response?
If the drying of wet building materials is commenced within 24 hours, the chances of preventing mold growth can be lowered. If building materials remain wet and untreated, it is predictable that mold will grow. Therefore, addressing and eliminating moisture problems is the critical first step.
Once mold is present, drying is not enough. Mold must be either removed or decontaminated. This process is called mold remediation, which means “to remedy” or “to cure.” The extent of the mold problem and the resulting damage will determine the appropriate course(s) of action to pursue.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a helpful guidebook for homeowners about the cleanup and prevention of mold problems in homes. This booklet can be found at www.epa.gov/iaq/molds/moldguide.html.
Northwest SeviceMaster can help
In the midst of all the hype and hysteria about mold, Northwest ServiceMaster is committed to maintaining a reasonable, prudent, and responsible position. The professional staff at Northwest ServiceMaster has completed intensive mold remediation training and received instruction in the proper procedures for handling mold claims. Our technicians are prepared to handle your mold remediation dilemma and help you maintain a mold-free environment once the mold is gone.
Call us today. We are ready to help.