3 Keys to Toxic Mold Illness Prevention
Thursday, June 15th, 2017 | Categories: Black Mold, Commercial Building Inspections, Humidity, Indoor Air Quality, Sick Building | No Comments
3 Keys to Mold Illness Prevention:
Understanding the THREE KEYS to mold illness prevention can save your families health and avoid costly repairs.
1.Have your home or building professionally inspected by a indoor Air Quality Professional annually.
2. Eliminate sources of dampness, high humidity and moisture to prevent mold growth.
3. Increase ventilation and proper filtration.
Preventive maintenance and awareness can stop little problems before they become big issues.
About the 3 Keys:
1. Professional Inspections:
Regular (annual or more frequent) inspections of your property should be on your schedule. Volunteer Mold and Indoor Air Quality offers affordable inspections that include looking at your building from the foundation up and includes Infrared Thermal Imaging. The most important step in prevention is a visual inspection. Checks of the building envelope and drainage systems assures that they are in working order. A lot can change in a property in just a few months and catching little issues early can save you thousands.
2. Dampness, High Humidity and Moisture Prevention:
Control of all forms of moisture is essential. Wet or damp areas and materials should be cleaned or dried out as soon as possible. Moisture due to leaks, condensation and other anomalies must be fixed immediately. Relative humidity (RH) should be measured and controlled constantly. RH should never exceed a maximum of 55% or a minimum of 40%.
3. Ventilation and Filtration:
Air movement and fresh air exchange is critical to a comfortable and healthy indoor environment. Filtering air as it moves can remove particulates, including mold and pollen spores, as it circulates. Airborne particulates caught in quality filters reduces what passes through your nose and lungs. We are huge advocates on the use of ceiling fans to circulate air and properly designed central air systems with good active filters.
What To Do If You Suspect You’re Building Is Contaminated:
Contact, a building science expert, for a professional inspection. Moisture problems in your building can have many sources, including uncontrolled humidity, roof leaks, and landscaping or gutters that direct water into or under the building.
Unvented combustion appliances and standing water following a flood are other sources. Also, you should remove all visible mold. Visible mold on external surfaces, especially on the walls of a building, may be an indicator of more severe contamination beneath the surface.
Remember that mold removal without correcting the underlying problem is not be effective since the mold will just grow back.
If a greater problem is suspected, or a moisture problem has resulted in extensive fungal growth, an environmental investigation with emphasis on physical inspection is recommended. An experienced professional should be consulted to evaluate the situation and recommend or supervise the proper corrective action.
Selecting a qualified professional who can assist in providing a safe and healthful work environment is faster and easier than you think.
Call us for a free phone consultation and schedule an appointment to have your home or office professionally inspected.