Mold Remediation

Mold Remediation and Cleanup

DocAir founder and President, Barry Westbrook, is a Professional Engineer and Certified Industrial Hygienist with over 28 years’ experience as an environmental scientist. He heads up a team of diagnosticians and remedial technicians committed to treating you just the way we would want to be treated – honestly, fairly, and with no smoke and mirrors.

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Barry Westbrook, CIH, PE

The Hype…

You want mold to go away and never return. Unfortunately, your best interests and the interests of the mold remediation industry are not aligned. The remediation industry benefits from mold hype and hysteria. You benefit by eliminating the conditions that promote mold growth.

Of course, we want to minimize the amount of mold spores in the breathing air, regardless of the mold type. Testing obvious mold residues to determine the species does nothing to resolve the problem. Do you really need to know whether the mold is Penicillium, Aspergillus, or Cladosporium? Does the color of the mold matter? Mold testing laboratories want you to believe that extensive testing is essential, but in most cases, testing does not affect the diagnosis or the treatment. DocAir promotes practical, science-based solutions that serve our customers’ best interests and eliminates unnecessary costs.

Is Mold Hazardous?

Mold is a leading cause of poor indoor air quality. Mold spores are potential allergens, meaning that they can trigger allergic responses much like animal dander or pollen. In addition, some types of mold produce toxins that can be harmful to humans.

The degree of mold hazard depends mainly on the airborne concentration. Whether the mold is black, white, red, or green; we want to minimize the concentration in the building environment.

What about Black Mold?

The term “toxic black mold” is misleading – it actually refers to certain species of mold, such as Stachybotrys charturum, that produce harmful mycotoxins. While no definitive link between Stachybotrys and specific human health effects exists, anecdotal evidence suggests that this type of mold can cause a wide variety of symptoms. While mycotoxins are almost universally toxic, other molds are allergenic and still others are pathogenic.

Stachybotrys on wood

Stachybotrys on wood

Stachybotrys on gypsum board

Stachybotrys on gypsum board

Stachybotrys on ceiling tile

Stachybotrys on ceiling tile

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“Black mold” is also a misnomer, as many varieties of mold can appear black. In fact, Stachybotrys can appear in a variety of different colors, including pink. Black mold should not be assumed to be “toxic black mold.”

You can visit the CDC fact page on mold, the WHO guidelines for Dampness and Mold, or the EPA Introduction to Molds for more information.

What should I do if I find mold?

Although you may typically expect to find small areas of mold on shower curtains or other chronically wet areas, you should not have active mold growing on walls, floors, or ceilings. That would indicate that there is a moisture management problem that must be resolved.

DocAir’s building scientists will identify the root cause of the problem and determine an effect solution. In many cases, mold is a sign of a leaky or poorly regulated indoor environment. Fixing the mold problem also improves indoor comfort and reduces the cost of heating and cooling the building. Of course, we want to remove mold residues from the indoor environment, but only after we have identified a plan to prevent it from recurring.

Is mold testing needed?

Although mold testing can be useful in some cases, in many cases it is not necessary. Clients walk away from a real estate purchase because of the mistaken perception that the property has a “mold problem” because of mold sampling that was improperly conducted and improperly interpreted. If you own a property or have a property you may want to purchase, do not let the value of that property be damaged by pseudo-scientific mold sampling. In almost every case, mold can be removed and the cause can be corrected.

DocAir’s Mold Remediation Process

  1. Identify the cause and origin of the mold
  2. Correct the cause
  3. Address the safety concerns of residents and employees
  4. Apply a proprietary formulation of aggressive cleaners to the affected surfaces.
  5. Physically scrub and remove mold residues.

Free Diagnostic Inspection

Even if you think you might have a mold problem, please contact us today to schedule a no-cost diagnostic inspection. There is absolutely no obligation and the appointment is 100% free. The inspection is comprehensive and will provide you with valuable information on ways to make your home or building healthier, more comfortable, and more energy efficient.

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