In recent years, significant publicity has surrounded the detrimental effects of mold and bacteria contamination on human health. Molds are simple, microscopic organisms that are found virtually everywhere. However, when excessive mold growth occurs, exposure to individuals becomes potentially harmful, and in extreme cases, toxic. Exposure to molds and bacteria in indoor environments can result in a variety of symptoms including, but not limited to: respiratory problems, nausea, sinus congestion, chronic fatigue, skin irritation, and possible fever. The only way to effectively resolve indoor mold problems is to eliminate the source (water intrusion) and expertly remove all traces of the mold.
Having recognized that excess amounts of mold and bacteria growth are a problem, what actions can be taken to remediate and prevent recurrence? Envirostar offers a wide variety of consulting services for elimination of mold and mold-related problems. We perform our tasks with integrity and professionalism. Our team is professionally trained and OSHA and HAZMAT certified to handle all your indoor air quality needs.
Envirostar can assist you with inspection, assessment, specifications and remediation of fungal contamination. Envirostar’s expert work force has a long-standing and excellent reputation with environmental agencies and insurance companies. We maintain close contact with local municipalities in which we work, insuring full compliance with all laws, regulations and client needs.
Although there are no regulated remediation procedures or sampling guidelines, the New York City Department of Health has published a recommended guideline for the removal of mold. There are many aspects to the process (site survey, photos, etc…), but if broken down to the basics, there are nine steps.
- Establish containment: Isolate the infected area so that further contamination is avoided.
- Control air inside and outside of containment: Use negative air pressure in containment so that no air escapes and further contamination is avoided.
- Control spore levels within infected areas.
- Employ proper personal protective equipment and decontamination procedures.
- Remove moldy materials.
- Properly clean infected surfaces
- Properly handle waste materials
- Conduct Clearance testing
- Properly use and maintain equipment.