The presence of mold, water damage, or musty odors should be addressed immediately. In all instances, any source(s) of water must be stopped and the extent of water damaged determined. Water damaged materials should be dried and repaired. Mold damaged materials must be remediated ASAP.
The prompt remediation of contaminated material and infrastructure repair must be the primary response to fungal contamination in buildings. The simplest and most expedient remediation that properly and safely removes fungal growth from buildings should be used. In all situations, the underlying cause of water accumulation must be rectified or the fungal growth will recur. Emphasis should be placed on preventing contamination through proper building maintenance and prompt repair of water damaged areas.
In addition to mold being inside of ductwork, it can also be on walls, in basements, or wherever there is water intrusion. We quarantine the whole area to assess the mold damage. This might involve taking ceilings and walls down to find the source of the water.
Once we identify the source, our crew repairs the cause and can remediate the mold situation, put in containment to keep it from going into other rooms, put in air scrubbers to contain airborne particles, or put up new drywall or 2x4 wood. We also apply a mold inhibitor and fog the entire area to be sure no mold spores exhaust.
Our team also handles water and fire damage remediation if there is water in the basement. Fire and water or rain all cause mold.
A wide variety of symptoms have been attributed to the toxic effects of fungi. Symptoms, such as fatigue, nausea, and headaches, and respiratory and eye irritation have been reported. Some of the symptoms related to fungal exposure are non-specific, such as discomfort, inability to concentrate, and fatigue. Severe illnesses such as OTDS and pulmonary hemosiderosis have also been attributed to fungal exposures.