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2110 S. Tenth Street. Springfield, IL 62703

 

Ph: 217.525.6653

 

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Mold Inspection and Remediation


Mold is a type of fungus and in normal situations, it can be completely harmless.  However, in excessive amounts and conditions, mold can cause structural damage to buildings and serious health problems for humans.  Simply put, mold spores are everywhere - in air and on surfaces.  When their environment becomes warm and humid, they flourish.  The most common events that promote mold growth are pipe leaks, sewer backups, and water damage.  Mold lives and thrives on organic materials such as wood, paper, cotton, wool, and many others.  The typical by-product of mold is the presence of a musty odor. 

 

 

Mold is found everywhere, indoors and outdoors.  It is common to find mold spores in the air of homes and growing on damp surfaces.  Much of the mold found indoors comes from outdoor sources.  Therefore, everyone is exposed to some mold on a daily basis without evident harm. Mold spores primarily cause health problems when they enter the air and are inhaled in large numbers.  People can also be exposed to mold through skin contact and eating.

 

Odors are typically common, but are not totally indicative, as some mold has an odor and some does not.  Typically the decay of the host material also contributes to the odor we associate with mold infestation.  This odor can often times linger in a home, attaching itself to all types of items such as wood and drywall.  Odors are extremely hard to remove from household furnishings, carpets, and other woven or cloth fabrics, if the mold is not treated promptly to remove the source of the odor.

 

Leaks or water infiltration is typically the culprit that started the mold problem in the beginning.  Any initial water infiltration should be stopped and cleaned immediately.  An immediate response (within 24 to 48 hours) and thorough clean up, drying, and/or removal of water damaged materials will prevent or limit mold growth.  If the source of water is elevated humidity, relative humidity should be maintained at levels below 50% to restrain mold growth.  Emphasis should be on ensuring proper repairs of the building infrastructure so that water damage and moisture buildup do not reoccur.

 

Detection must be done first to be certain that there is indeed a mold problem.  If there is a mold problem, then the initial work will identify problems ensuring the proper repairs are performed.  Only experienced professionals should perform this initial step so that a complete investigation is performned, benefiting the home or business owner.

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2110 S. Tenth Street
Springfield, IL 62703
Ph: 855-525-6653
Fax: (888) 440-6658
E-mail: Stabilizeinc@aol.com


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