Exposure to mold can cause health risks to those inside a property. Everyone’s immune response to mold is different. The length of time of exposure and the level of contamination both greatly affect the potential for adverse health effects. It is always best to identify and alleviate high moisture conditions before mold grows and health problems develop. If you find mold or identify something you think may be mold, below is a guide to help contain the problem until help can arrive.
Molds are a natural part of our environment and require three elements to survive: an organic food source, moisture, and a surface to grow on. Inside a structure, the food source can come in the form of drywall, structural building materials, insulation, and contents. Common events, such as roof leaks, pipe breaks, faulty appliances, or even excessive bathroom condensation can provide adequate moisture for mold growth. Mold requires moisture to be present to begin to colonize. If moisture is removed from building materials before within 72 hours, the likelihood of mold growth is reduced dramatically. If wet materials are left unresolved and moisture is present for more than 72 hours, mold is likely to start colonizing. If materials are wet for extended periods of time, more and more harmful mold can take root and can begin to affect the surrounding atmosphere.
While certain molds do not pose a health risk or hazard, some molds produce mycotoxins that can cause flu-like symptoms or other severe health problems. Quick and professional mitigation is the key to successfully preventing dangerous mold growth. Jim Black Construction's Water Mitigation Division is equipped with state-of-the-art thermal imaging technology and moisture detection instruments, allowing us to pinpoint the water-affected areas and to efficiently dry or, if needed, remove oversaturated areas prior to mold becoming an issue.
If mold has already become an issue, Jim Black Construction is fully equipped to remediate the affected materials safely. We pride ourselves on having highly trained, knowledgeable, and certified technicians, who follow the strictest industry protocols defined by The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). JBC also utilizes third-party industrial hygienists to perform pre- and/or post sampling to verify the mold issue has been treated per protocol and that the areas are now safe for occupancy.