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How we kill mold…. A white paper.

How I Kill Mold and Bio Contaminates                                       by Bob Byrne

Oxidative Mold Remediation

Introduction and Benefits

Not all mold remediation methods, solutions and services are the same.  Effectiveness, safety, costs and environmental impacts differ widely from one to another.

Most remediation methods treat mold as a physical substance versus a biologic contaminate, and they can have a negative environmental impact.

Oxidative Remediation, however, is an environmentally safe process designed specifically to address the unique challenges associated with bio-contamination.

Traditional, and the most commonly used, mold remediation methods developed during the 1970’s were designed to contain and remove inert hazardous materials like asbestos.  In an attempt to remove bio-contamination, these methods were modified to address the removal of mold contamination.  However they are not effective in dealing with the unique challenges associated with bio-contaminate removal and control.

The most common process(s) employs destructive/abrasive removal of surface contamination, air scrubbing to remove airborne contaminates created during abrasive removal, HEPA vacuuming to remove surface contamination remaining after abrasive removal, and the use of powerful antimicrobial and or pesticides intended to kill surviving bio-growth.  While this protocol removes the visible bulk contamination, embedded spores that survive the process are still able germinate once the environment becomes favorable to mold growth.

New remediation protocols based upon Oxidative Remediation are specifically designed to solve the unique challenges associated with bio-contamination.  These protocols address both fungal viability and fungal allergenicity.  Fungal viability is the potential for fungal growth when minimal growing conditions are met.  Because mold spores can remain in stasis (dormant) for decades, unless they are destroyed, they remain viable.  Fungal Allergenicity is the potential to cause an immune response or allergic reaction when exposed to the proteins common to fungi.

An important fact is, all mold (dead or alive) are classified as irritants, capable of creating an allergic reaction in those who are susceptible to its exposure.

Traditional Methods of Mold Remediation Do Not Work!

Traditional remediation methods do not resolve the fungal viability issue because spores can easily survive the process. Sanding, vacuuming, and the use of most antimicrobials or  pesticides simply have no effect on fungal allergenicity.  To be effective, bio-remediation protocols must address growing and dormant mold as well as the fungal proteins that cause irritation and allergenic responses.

Oxidative remediation protocols were developed from research that addressed the threat of bio-terrorism during the 1990’s. These protocols employ a highly effective chemical reaction that creates reactive super-hydroxyl radicals.  These hydroxyl radicals attack and decompose cellular proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and amino acids associated with all bio-contamination, and upon contact, complex cellular proteins and other organic compounds are reduced to their basic chemical form.  Once these complex proteins are digested, they are no longer a threat to our immune system.  Simply stated, oxidative remediation converts proteins from a hyper-allergenic to a hypo-allergenic state.

Oxidative remediation is not only more effective against bio-contamination than traditional methods, but is also environmentally safe because the chemical byproducts generated during oxidation quickly break down into elemental oxygen and water.  The process does not used chlorine, pesticides, poisons, heavy metals, or other environmentally dangerous chemicals, and there are no dangerous residues remaining after remediation.  Because the treatment is applied airborne it can penetrate deeply into porous surfaces, cracks, crevices and air passages typically traveling where other methods cannot reach.  The end result is the most effective level of biologic decontamination.

We use state of the art technology that was developed by NASA and that has been in use commercially for more than 25 years.  You will find it employed in surgical suites, lab clean rooms and in any location that demands proper performance.

Research by Kansas State and Duke University have proven the value of this technology.

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