Basement Waterproofing Aspinwall, PA

—> Mold Removal

When it comes to Basement waterrpoofing, there is nobody better in the country! At Jet Dry we take pride and care in our services to ensure your home and living spaces are clear of mold, water, and mildew.

Mold by nature is pervasive, and mold spores are very commonly found in household as well as workplace dust. Although, when these spores become present in large amounts they become a major health hazard to humans and animals, and can cause respiratory problems and allergy reactions. By that time, you need to perform the mold removal before its too late.

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Certain types of molds can produce ‘mycotoxins’ that present a serious health risk to animals and humans. “Toxic mold” means certain types of molds that produce mycotoxins, i.e. Stachybotrys, and Chartarum – not all molds. Exposing yourself to higher levels of these can cause severe neurological problems and in some cases even death. Prolonged exposure in a daily workplace or home is also particularly dangerous.

—> Mold Exposure Symptoms:

  • Runny nose, sinus and nasal congestion
  • Irritated eyes, they may be itchy and/or watery
  • Breathing issues i.e. wheezing, difficulty breathing, tight chest -Coughing or sneezing
  • Irritated throat
  • Rash or skin irritation
  • Headaches
  • Asthma health effects

Exposure to mold can manifest itself in a variety of ways depending on the person, as some people are much more sensitive to mold than others. This type of exposure can cause extensive health issues including but not limited to: throat irritation, nasal issues, irritated eyes, wheezing and coughing, and even skin irritation in some severe cases. Those who are at a higher risk of for having mold allergies are those with chronic lung conditions, which can result in even more severe reactions when they get exposed to mold spores.

There exists sufficient evidence that a damp indoor environment is directly correlated to people with upper respiratory conditions and symptoms such as; wheezing and coughing in those with asthma.

The first step of an assessment is to figure out whether or not mold is present. This is done firstly by a visual examination of the premises. If mold is visibly growing this will help determine the level of remediation and removal that is necessary. If mold is seen actively growing and is confirmed then taking samples for species specific testing isn’t needed.

This method would be considered non-intrusive and only used when detecting visible and odor- causing molds. For told contamination, more intrusive methods are necessary, i.e. moving furniture, lifting up or removing carpet, removing wallpaper or panels to check behind them, inspecting ventilation, exposing parts of walls, etc.

A careful and detailed visual inspection for mold and moldy odors should be done to identify any major issues. Your focus should be one areas where there are immediate signs of water vapour or liquid moisture, or where issues are suspected. Your goal in investigating should be to locate

the indoor growth and determine how to fix the problem and remove any contaminated items safely and correctly.

Throughout the remediation process, the levels of contamination will dictate how much protection is needed for the remediation workers. There are 3 levels of contamination; Levels I, II, and III. For each level there are specific requirements for workers safety. They are as follows:

Level I: Small Isolated Areas

ex. ceiling tiles, and small areas on walls.

  1. Remediation can be done by regular building staff or homeowners as long as they are aware of the proper clean-up methods, personal protections and hazards.
  2. Respiratory protection is recommended, and respirators should be used in accordance with the OSHA protection standard act.
  3. Eye protection and gloves should be worn.
  4. Work area should be unoccupied. It is not necessary to remove people from areas surrounding work area, but it is recommended to remove any infants, people recovering from surgery, or anyone with respiratory diseases.
  5. It is not necessary to contain the work area, but dust surprising and misting are recommended. -Affected materials that cannot be properly cleaned should be removed from the premises and disposed of properly.
  6. Any work areas used for access by workers should be cleaned with a damp cloth/mop and detergent.
  7. Areas should be left visibly free of contaminants and debris, and be left dry.

Level II: Mid-Sized Areas

ex. indv. wall panels

  1. Remediation can be done by regular building staff or homeowners as long as they are aware of the proper clean-up methods, personal protections and hazards. Same as Level I.
  2. Respiratory protection is recommended, and respirators should be used in accordance with the OSHA protection standard act.
  3. Eye protection and gloves should be worn.
  4. Any surface in the work area that could be at risk for contamination should be covered with sheets of plastic that are then secured in place. This is to be done before any remediation methods are commenced.
  5. Misting (not soaking) surface before remediation is recommended as a dust suppression tactic. -Any work areas used for access by workers should be HEPA vacuumed and cleaned with a damp cloth/mop and detergent.
  6. Areas should be left visibly free of contaminants and debris, and be left dry.

Level III: Large Isolated Areas

ex. multiple wall panels.

  1. Environmental health and safety pro’s and industrial hygienists who have experience with microbial investigations or told remediation should be consulted with before remediation activities commence.
  2. Any personnel should be trained in handling hazardous material and also equipped with respiratory protection.
  3. Respiratory protection is recommended, and respirators should be used in accordance with the OSHA protection standard act.
  4. Eye protection and gloves should be worn.
  5. Any surface in the work area that could be at risk for contamination should be covered with sheets of plastic that are then secured in place. This is to be done before any remediation methods are commenced.
  6. Any ventilation ducts in the work area or directly adjacent should be sealed with plastic sheeting.
  7. Work areas directly adjacent should not be occupied. Removing all people from those spaces is not necessary; although removing infants and those with pre-existing respiratory diseases, or recovering from surgery, is.
  8. Misting (not soaking) surface before remediation is recommended as a dust suppression tactic. -Materials that are contaminated and cannot be cleaned should be removed from the premises and disposed of properly.
  9. Any work areas used for access by workers should be HEPA vacuumed and cleaned with a damp cloth/mop and detergent.
  10. Areas should be left visibly free of contaminants and debris, and be left dry.

 

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