We offer mold testing, remediation, cleanup and removal
in Norfolk, Omaha, Sioux City, Osmond, & Wayne.
We offer mold testing, remediation, cleanup and removal in Norfolk, Omaha, Sioux City, Osmond, & Wayne.
Mold is something we encounter every day. Mold spores are a fact of life whether we are indoors or out. Outdoors, molds play a role in the decomposition of organic matter such as dead trees, compost and leaves. Indoors, mold is often found in basements or shower stalls. However any moist area in the home may harbor mold. Indoor mold has the potential to cause health problems. Allergic reactions to mold are the most common health effects. Mold can also destroy surfaces and objects where it grows.
The best way to prevent mold in the home is the control of moisture. Without a water source, mold growth will discontinue. Install or repair gutters, fix drainage problems or leaks, and purchase a dehumidifier.
The most common types of household mold that are found indoors include: Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria, and Aspergillus. Stachybotrys, also known as black mold, is a greenish-black mold that grows on household surfaces that are high in cellulose content, such as wood, fiberboard and drywall.
Mold is not regulated by the EPA or government, so there are no standards that have been established for mold or mold spore levels. If you can see mold, it can be cleaned up with bleach or an antifungal agent. Some materials like drywall, ceiling tiles and carpeting may have to be replaced.
Mold Cleanup and Removal
It is recommended by the EPA that areas of mold over 10 square feet be cleaned up by experienced professionals. Environmental Services has the experience and protective equipment needed for mold cleanup. We will work to contain the mold and set up negative air machines to ensure the mold spores are not being spread around. If moisture is a problem, we have several industrial sized dehumidifiers to quickly reduce moisture.
If you can’t see mold, but are concerned about the air quality, Environmental Services can take air samples to test for mold. The results from the lab will tell you the type(s) of mold and the spore count in relation to the outdoor mold. If the results are elevated, we can further investigate to find the source of the mold and/or moisture and help you to alleviate the problem.