There are at least 100,000 known species of mold in the world and 1,000 common species in the United States. Aspergillus, Cladosporium, Penicillium, and Stachybotrys are known to grow indoors where a favorable environment exists. A consensus of opinion among several governmental agencies, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), mycologists, and microbiologists is that mold may start to grow and spread within 24-48 hours. It grows exponentially when the right conditions exist:
Inspection - Thorough visual inspection of all possible contaminated areas, attic, crawlspace, basement, HVAC and Duct System, floors, walls, ceilings.
Pre-testing and Analysis performed by AFTERDISASTER, an independent indoor air quality hygienist, prior to the start of remediation.
Containment and Protection of structure and contents not yet affected:
Removal and safe disposal of unsalvageable materials (usually porous materials such as drywall, insulation and ceiling tiles).
High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Vacuuming of all surfaces
Wet cleaning of affected areas using detergents recommended for mold remediation.
Application of an antimicrobial approved by EPA for mold remediation.
Drying of the structure to safe moisture levels (determined by hygrometer measurement).
Final HEPA Vacuuming of all surfaces.
Clearance inspection and testing by AFTERDISASTER.
Removal of containment.
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