Is there a musty or stale smell in your home that just won’t go away no matter what you do? Is there a place in your home that is continually damp or wet and you don’t know why? Do you think it’s mold or mildew?
Mold can have a big impact on indoor air quality. You may suspect hidden mold if your Kalamazoo, MI, area home smells moldy, but you cannot see the source, or if you know there has been water damage and you or your family are experiencing health problems. Mold may be hidden in places such as the back side of drywall, wallpaper, or paneling, the top side of ceiling tiles, the underside of carpets and pads, etc.
Other possible locations of hidden mold include areas inside walls around pipes (with leaking or condensing pipes), the surface of walls behind furniture (where condensation forms), inside ductwork, and in roof materials above ceiling tiles (due to roof leaks or insufficient insulation).
Investigating hidden mold problems may be difficult and will require caution when the investigation involves disturbing potential sites of mold growth. For example, removal of wallpaper can lead to a massive release of spores if there is mold growing on the underside of the paper.
If you believe that you may have a hidden mold problem, call Better World Builders, and begin with our mold inspection/testing so we can determine the issues, correct the causes, and destroy the mold, mildew, and odors forever!
The main goals of mold remediation are to prevent future mold exposures as well as structural damage that can be caused by the underlying causes of dampness. Effective mold remediation requires the use of efficient equipment as well as the physical removal of mold in order to prevent ducts from structural damage.
If mold is not eliminated completely from the original source of the moisture, mold will certainly come back, even after using bleach, which is not recommended! One of the reasons is that even when you clean a surface with bleach, mold may still be lurking deep within the material in areas your cleaning missed or cannot reach at all.
Mold Remediation is essential before more issues occur. Opting to not seek professional help can be detrimental to you and your family's health. Besides, you can also risk reinfestation if you attempt to get rid of mold on your own.
Better World Builders has experienced and trained professionals that remediate mold properly and thoroughly, using the right equipment and products to prevent its return when corrective actions have been taken to prevent moisture from returning.
We use a patented, non-toxic two-part product that eradicates bacteria, mold, mildew, and their odors by destroying them at their source. Dead mold may still cause allergic reactions in some people, so it is not enough to simply kill the mold, it must also be removed, and surfaces must all be cleaned to remove mold spores.
The best way to control mold growth is to control moisture. Many common moisture problems can be traced to poor decisions in design, construction, or maintenance. Moisture control does not require everything to be kept completely dry.
Moisture control is adequate as long as vulnerable materials are kept dry enough to avoid problems. That means the home must be designed, constructed, and maintained so that vulnerable materials do not get wet. It also means that when materials do get wet, the building needs to be ventilated in such a way that the damp materials dry out quickly.
Evidence shows an association between exposure to damp indoor environments and adverse health effects, including:
- Upper respiratory (nasal and throat) symptoms
- Asthma symptoms in sensitized persons with asthma
- Dyspnea (shortness of breath)
- Lower respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children
- Asthma development
Call Better World Builders at (269) 383-7862 or request service online to expertly manage your home’s ventilation needs to make sure moisture is controlled properly so you do not continue to have mold and moisture issues in your home. Mold remediation is not a standalone service. This is a service provided when Better World Builders is completing an energy efficiency project or retrofit in your Kalamazoo, MI, area home.