What Is Mold?
Mold is a fungus that appears in a variety of colors ranging from red to orange, pink, green and black. It requires moisture, stagnant air, and a food source. Any wet, organic building material such as drywall or plywood sheeting makes a perfect breeding ground for mold. Mold spreads through the air with spores that attach themselves to moist, porous surfaces. Colonization of mold fungus will continue as long as the conditions are right. In New Hampshire, peak mold season runs from April through November, and is most active during a rainy spring and high humidity during the summer.
Is mold dangerous? Most forms of mold are not harmful to humans in mild concentrations; in fact, mold spores are always present in the air that we breathe. Some molds, like Strachybotrys atra (commonly known as “toxic black mold”) are harmful and dangerous to breathe in any concentration.
As modern life requires living indoors most of the time, accurate identification of mold types and effective mold remediation strategies have become a necessary service in order to maintaining healthy indoor air quality in today’s airtight buildings.
Mold Inspection. It’s important to identify the type of mold before removing it. If the mold test shows toxic mold present, every effort must be made to contain the area and eradicate the source as quickly as possible. At New England Remediation Services, we have state-of-the-art mold testing equipment not available to the retail market.
Mold Remediation. Bleach does not kill mold. There are some products that appear to kill mold within minutes, however, it is simply the bleach removing the discoloration. Mold is a plant, and it has roots. Media blasting is the correct way to remediate mold; and dry ice is the best because it freezes the plant on contact – killing it instantly.
Cleaning and Restoration. If “remediation” is removing the source of the mold and killing it, “restoration” is preventing from coming back. Finding the source of the water intrusion and repairing it. After media blasting the mold, we treat the surface with a biocide; we then rebuild the affected area so you’ll never know it was there!