The Special Challenges of Mould Remediation.
Mould contamination continues to receive increased attention in the media and is a rapidly growing concern for homeowners, property managers, insurance providers and restoration companies. Mould can grow in as little as 48 hours any time excessive moisture is present indoors, whether the moisture is the result of a flood, a slow leak, a broken pipe, or just high humidity. Indoor mould contamination has been identified as a major contributor to allergies and poor indoor air quality.
What is Mould?
Mould is a microscopic life form found in all parts of the world. It is part of the natural decay process of organic materials. There are many different species of mould, and they share some common characteristics:
- Moulds require an organic food source. The most common food source indoors is cellulose, which is found in building materials such as wood and drywall.
- Moulds require oxygen, so they do not grow under water.
- Moulds require moisture. To prevent mould, buildings must be kept dry.
- Moulds are spread by tiny particles called “spores.”
Why is it a Problem?
- The coloured, fuzzy growth on the surface of a wall, floor, ceiling or other indoor surface is obviously very objectionable.
- Active mould colonies usually emit a very unpleasant, musty odour.
- Because the job of mould is to digest, decay and recycle dead organic matter, it will eventually destroy whatever surface it grows on.
- Exposure to mould spores can cause mild to severe reactions, depending on individual sensitivity and the type of mould.
What is a Reasonable and Safe Response?
The best way to deal with mould is to prevent it from happening. If the drying of wet building materials is commenced within 24 hours (assuming clean water), the chances of preventing mould growth are excellent. If building materials remain wet, it is inevitable that mould will start to grow. Therefore, addressing and eliminating moisture problems is the critical first step.
Once mould is present, drying is not enough. Mouldy materials must be either removed or decontaminated. This process is called remediation, which means “to remedy”. Proper remediation procedures will be determined by the size, scope and nature of the mould contamination.
ServiceMaster Restoration Can Help
At ServiceMaster of Calgary, we have completed intensive mould remediation training and have received instruction in the proper procedures for handling mould claims. We can handle anywhere from isolated and small mould-affected areas (10 square feet or less) to larger areas (over 10 square feet). These larger areas require a different response and procedures; be sure your contractor is adequately certified to deal with these.
Address the Issues Promptly
The best response is to address water intrusion issues promptly and thoroughly, before mould has a chance to grow. Should you find yourself with mould in your home or business - ServiceMaster is the industry leader in professional water damage mitigation and restoration services and stands ready to serve you.
More information on mould can be found in this document: ServiceMaster Mould Remediation PDF .