Mould is a resilient and invasive environmental substance which can go undetected for long periods of time. It needs only moisture, humidity and organic material to breed and continue to thrive. It only takes a short amount of time for mould to grow wherever moisture is introduced and once developed can feed on drywall, clothing, carpeting and other materials in order to survive. Like any other fungi or bacteria, mould may present health risks to yourself and your employees. If you suspect or detect any signs of mould, it is important to have a professional mould inspection conducted.
Signs of Mould
Mould is not always visible to the eye and can be hidden under baseboards, carpet and even paint. Here are some signs to watch for to determine if mould has begun to grow:
- Strange Odours: Mould smells are generally pungent, musty, earthy and moist. Sometimes related to the smell of cheese.
- Visible Mould/Water Marks: Mould can sometimes appear as dirt when found in bathrooms or grout tiles.
- Bubbled Paint/Warped Materials: Paint bubbling on walls, rusty nails and warped drywall indicates a moisture issue.
- Health Symptoms: Coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, tingly skin and an increase in asthma symptoms which occur in certain rooms are a strong indication of the presence of mould.
Our certified professional technicians conduct a thorough inspection to evaluate key indoor environmental conditions to fully understand the problem. Using equipment such as thermal imaging we can scan all areas of concern to determine why mould is growing and what steps to take to prevent it in the future.
Mould Remediation & Removal
While it may be tempting to address the mould issue yourself, be aware of the health risks this poses. The process of remediation is complex and involves more than just removing mould from the affected area. There are a series of steps to ensure safety, minimize exposure and obtain lasting results. One of the primary stages is to determine the level of required mediation.
Removal and remediation are often used interchangeably when referring to mould however they are two different processes. Mould removal describes the physical process of removing the infected materials. Remediation is performed by professionals who follow comprehensive industry standards and practices to ensure safety and effectiveness.
- Remediation Plan: Once the inspection is completed and the source of the mould has been identified, a remediation plan can be developed.
- Containment: Depending on the extent of the mould issue, the affected area is isolated to prevent any mould spores disturbed during the cleaning process from spreading.
- Mould Removal: The process of removing all contaminated or moisture-damaged materials which may involve the use of HEPA vacuums or other industry approved equipment. As mould spores are microscopic, we clean not only the physical surfaces but use negative air pressure to extract all airborne spores.
- Prevention: Once the remediation process is completed, specialized products can be applied to materials to assist in preventing mould regrowth.
The extent of the mould problem may not be clear from a surface level or cursory look. If you think your property has experienced mould growth, don’t wait and let it continue to spread. Advanced Environmental provides comprehensive mould removal to ensure long-lasting protection against future mould growth. Call or email us to schedule a comprehensive mould inspection today.