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What To Do When You See Or Smell Mold

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                                               What To Do When You See Or Smell Mold
                                                          By Fred Terlaak



    Mold growth around the bathtub or shower stall is to be expected. Its presence typically isn't cause
for alarm. But if you see (excessive) mold growth or smell a constant strong musty odor, it may be a
more serious situation requiring further investigation. If you are certain that only a small area is
affected with light growth, it makes sense to remove the mold yourself using the proper tools and
methods.

However, if you're not sure of the extent of the mold growth, or you know or suspect that you have a
mold growth issue that requires professional remediation; it is a good idea to engage a mold testing
company to assess the severity of the problem. Of course you also want to check your home owner's
insurance policy to see if it covers mold damage. In most situations, the testing company will not only
determine if excessive mold requires professional removal, but they can also provide a scope of work
for the remediation contractor.

It is important to note that mold removal projects are never identical. However, certain processes are
typical of most mold remediation undertakings. Make sure you check the rules that apply to your
location because the laws and regulations regarding mold remediation vary by jurisdiction.

A professional mold remediation contractor (may require licensing by your State) will follow a
remediation process composed of three phases:

1. Pre-Remediation

2. Containment

3. Remediation

PRE-REMEDIATION

In this phase, as the name implies, everything is prepared for the work to begin. Typically, the
following steps would be taken before the actual remediation:

*Initial walk through inspection to assess extent of the damage

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*Moisture measurements and documentation

*Documentation of water damaged and mold contaminated material and areas

*Evaluation of the ventilation system

*Identification and elimination of all sources of water intrusions

*Data evaluation - active growth vs. settled spores, porous vs. hard surface materials

*Possible microbial sampling to obtain reference data

*Hazard communication

*Development of remediation plan

CONTAINMENT

The purpose of containment during remediation activities is to limit release of mold into the air and
surroundings, in order to minimize the exposure to the technicians performing the remediation work
and building occupants to mold. Mold and moldy debris should not be allowed to spread to areas in
the building beyond the contaminated site.

Generally there are two types of containment recommended - limited and full. The larger the area of
moldy material, the greater the possibility of human exposure and the greater the need for
containment. Typically the size of the area helps determine the level of containment. However, a
heavy growth of mold in a relatively small area could release more spores than a lighter growth of mold
in a relatively large area.

Limited Containment

Limited containment is generally recommended for areas involving between 10 and 100 square feet
(ft2) of mold contamination. Fire-retardant polyethylene sheeting is used to construct the enclosure
around the moldy area. The containment should have a slit entry and covering flap on the outside of
the containment area.

The containment area must be maintained under negative pressure relative to surrounding areas. This
will ensure that contaminated air does not flow into adjacent areas. This can be done with a
HEPA-filtered fan unit exhausted outside of the building or containment.

Full Containment

Full containment is recommended for the cleanup of mold-contaminated surface areas greater than
100 ft2 or in any situation in which it appears likely that the occupant space would be further
contaminated without full containment.

REMEDIATION

The goal of a mold remediation project is to restore the affected building and contents to a (near)



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pre-loss condition and reestablish a healthful environment for its occupants. It is important to prevent
the dissemination of mold contamination to the unaffected area and to protect the interior environment
and health and safety of the workers and occupants during the remediation.

Depending upon the contaminated material, a variety of processes and techniques may be used to
remove mold. Generally, the live or dead mold must be completely removed, and the airborne spores
must be reduced to an acceptable level using HEPA filters.



Fred Terlaak is the CEO and co-founder of Service Depot. The 11-year-old Austin mold damage
remediation company is licensed by the State of Texas and also provides water, fire and smoke
damage removal services. Service Depot posts technical information on its website to help its
customers maintain a safe and clean environment. For more tips and tools visit =>
http://www.servicedepotonline.com




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                         Top Technique For Bathroom Wall Mold Removal
                                            By Drago Marxx



 Since bathroom mold is such a problem, finding out how to remove the source is important. Black
mold will need a source, this is why you will see mold and mildew grow on the ceilings and walls of the
showers and tile. If you see spores growing on the ceilings or your walls in the bathroom it is most
likely because the black mold is eating the source of the material. You can notice this by the smell of
the area. This smell will be a musty odor and you will usually start to feel a bit weird being around it.
This is because of the toxic excrement which it releases.

The toxic excrement is really where most people begin to feel effects of mold. Bathroom wall mold
removal is tough to solve, but always remember to look for the source of the problem.

Mold and Mildew are very common on bathroom walls as well as bathroom ceilings. How to rid black
mold on ceilings of your bathroom and home is where you should be concerned.

Mold killers and natural cleaning products are an interesting can of worms. For you to effective kill mold
and get rid of the spores of your wall you need to consistently clean the area of remove the food
source. Bathroom wall mold removal will involve either decreasing the humidity in the bath area or
using an encapsulation process. This encapsulation process will effectively block toxic black mold from
amplifying. This happens with natural cleaning products that have the strength to remove mold and
also prevent them from coming back. Mold killers are excellent for cleaning the bathroom, but be sure
that are organic and strong enough to do the job. You are really looking for a surface mold killer and
also a protectant for future growth.

Kill Mold Without Odor in your bathroom.

After you find the source of where you mold problem is coming from you will then most likely begin to
smell some funky odors. This is usually because black mold is a living organism and you are breaking
it down and removing it.

The excrement it leaves behind is very potent and when cleaning the area, you will smell the pungent
odor. Be sure to clean the area completely. If you do smell an odor you can be assured you are
cleaning the area. Depending on how long the mold and mildew has been there, you may come across
the challenges of removing the stains of the mold and mildew. These stains can be multiple colors,
sometimes black, pink, or green. The colors are different due to the different species of the mold and
mildew. Bathroom mold is the most challenging to remove, due to the environment it is located within.
Be sure to effectively remove the source of the problem, then dive into protecting your bathroom walls
and tiles using a protectant that is organic and natural.

Bathroom wall mold removal is best done using an organic mold cleaning product that can clean
effectively and also protect your walls and tiles from it coming back. Look into a mold removal kit that
removes and prevents black mold from coming back.

Maurice Manhattan http://www.mold-removal.biz/ask/




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