Water damage in a structure can result in damaged equipment, personal belongings and structural damage. A water incursion can even create an indoor environment that could be hazardous to building occupants and restoration workers.
Depending on the water source, it may contain bacteria, viruses, mold, chemicals, and even protozoa. Even water damage due to clean water, known as Category 1 Water, can result in mold growth in as short as 24 hours.
Category 2 Water, also known as Grey Water, typically contains a significant amount of biological or physical contaminants that can cause sickness when humans are exposed or if it is accidently consumed. Examples include toilet water with no feces, sump pump failures, and water discharged from a dishwashers or washing machine. Category 2 Water, that is not promptly removed or has remained stagnant for 48–72 hours, may at times be reclassified as Category 3 Water.
Category 3 Water, also known as Black Water, is grossly contaminated. It may contain harmful pathogens, microbes, and chemicals that could cause illness. Sources include sewage, seawater (like from Hurricane Sandy), rising water from rivers or streams, ground surface water or standing water.
Whenever water enters a building, no matter the source, it’s important to have it safely removed as quickly as possible. During the drying process other contaminates already in the building may also cause a health hazard. Buildings with materials that contain asbestos or lead based paints may become aerosolized during the drying process as portions of walls, ceilings and flooring may have to be partially removed or even demolished.
If not conducted properly, the drying process can result in airborne contaminants being spread throughout a property, even into areas not damaged by the water incursion. These contaminants may include mold and bacteria, viruses and protozoa, lead and asbestos, and chemical contaminants.
Another concern when water is present is the risk of electrocution. Drying equipment and fans need a source of electricity. If the electricity is out of service, generators may be brought in which also carry the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning if not properly vented.
The cleanup of mold following these types of water events is common. Visit www.fastmoldremoval.com to find chemicals such as MMR mold stain remover and Shockwave disinfectant – along with application equipment and personal protective gear necessary to ensure proper cleanup.
Fast Mold Removal.com, the distributor of the nation’s leading mold stain remover, MMR, is pleased to announce they have Shockwave available for immediate shipping.
As cleanout and rebuilding efforts in Hurricane Sandy devastated areas continues, many property owners and restoration contractors are discovering mold damage in many of these properties. Exposure to mold can cause allergies, trigger asthma attacks in susceptible individuals, and even result in fungal infections in people with a weakened immune system.
When mold is found, many of these property owners and restoration contractors turn to disinfectants designed for these types of situations. One of the most popular products is Shockwave. It is a concentrated formula that will disinfect hard, nonporous surfaces, and also sanitizes porous and semi-porous surfaces. Shockwave is an EPA-registered, quaternary ammonium chloride cleaner, disinfectant, and sanitizer designed for use on various surfaces subject to microbial contamination.
Unfortunately, due to the demand for this product following the massive scale of destruction and damage along the East Coast, some restoration contractors and property owners are having difficulty getting the product in a timely manner.
Fast Mold Removal.com, the company behind MMR mold stain remover, is pleased to have Shockwave in stock and ready to ship. “We have Shockwave in the warehouse available for same-day shipping to Hurricane Sandy victims,” stated Chris Heller with Fast Mold Removal.com. “Shockwave has been found to work well with MMR mold stain remover so we have been offering the product for some time and are pleased to be able to immediately supply either of these products to Hurricane Sandy victims. For people facing smaller projects, we also have the benefit of offering to break cases so that the customer does not have to purchase a whole case at a time. In fact, it is available in as small of a container as 10 ounces.”
Mold Solutions, owner of Fast Mold Removal.com, is a Frankfort, IL, based company. They manufacture MMR mold stain remover, the world’s premier mold stain remover. MMR is a commercial grade mold and mildew stain remover formulated to immediately eliminate mold and mildew stains present on wood and other hard surfaces. MMR penetrates soiled areas almost instantly, leaving surfaces clean and free from mold stains. The biodegradable product is manufactured weekly in the United States and shipped on demand to contractors, home owners, and building occupants. Through Fast Mold Removal.com, Mold Solutions distributes MMR, personal protective equipment, spray equipment and other mold remediation products.
Oftentimes, we are asked to take air tests and surface samples to determine the presence, frequency and type of mold that might be present in residential, municipal and/or commercial locations.
The general public often tends to label mold as either black or toxic. However there are many more types of molds – all with their own particular names and charcteristics. We often run into a mold known as Cladosporium.
Cladosporium is a common mold found both indoors and outdoors. There are numerous species of Cladosporium and manyproduce fungal colonies that appear as olive, brown or black in color. In indoor environments, Cladosporium is often found on wet surfaces. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “The most common indoor molds are Cladosporium, Penicillium, Aspergillus, and Alternaria.”
Naturally occurring Cladosporium spores in the outdoor environment are present year round in many areas and are known to be a common source of allergens and may trigger asthma attacks. They are also a concern for people suffering from respiratory diseases.
Cladosporium has been recognized as a human pathogen, although infections are not very common. The most common infections caused by Cladosporium are skin and toenail infections. It can also cause sinus and lung infections and corneal ulcers.
Cladosporium infections can occur in anyone, but infections are more typical in people with a weakened immune system. People in this category should avoid working and living in an indoor environment that has high levels of Cladosporium or other types of mold.
The CDC recommends the following prevention steps that can be taken to help reduce exposure for people with weakened immune systems or severe lung diseases.
Wear an N95 mask when near or in a dusty environment such as construction sites.
Avoid activities that involve close contact to soil or dust, such as yard work or gardening.
Use air quality improvement measures such as HEPA filters .
Take prophylactic antifungal medication if deemed necessary by your healthcare provider.
Clean skin injuries well with soap and water, especially if the injury has been exposed to soil or dust.
To learn more about Cladosporium and other fungal pathogens, or other health and safety, environmental or indoor air quality issues, consider the following online resources:
MMR mold stain remover, distributed exclusively at www.fastmoldremoval.com, is a powerful tool used in the remediation of mold and mildew. As demonstrated in our videos it provides unprecedented results in quickly removing mold stains from most building materials – including OSB, plywood, hardiboard, framing materials, decking, concrete, cinder block, composite decking, etc. As many have told us – the mold just seems to disappear.
But, we are often asked, “So, what actually happens to the mold?”
Knowing that MMR has been used successfully in hundreds of millions of square feet of mold remediation, we had a pretty good, commonsense idea of what was happening. However, we thought it would be interesting to send MMR to a third party lab. The idea was to test MMR against three molds commonly found in buildings following water events. So, pieces of plywood and wall stud were exposed to the molds until a point that they had flourished.
Aerobiology Laboratory out of Denver handled the testing. Photos were taken from both surface- and sub-surface levels. Results showed that MMR is highly destructive to mold and its morphology.
As we suspected MMR caused some serious damage to all three types of mold. Not only were the stains removed from the surface, but the root system (hyphae/mycelium) that grow below the wood’s surface was dramatically impacted.
We hope this report will help you better understand MMR’s end results on mold.
Many people are amazed when they discover that they have mold growing in their home.
The problem is, they’re not thinking of mold in the right way…they equate it with dirty living conditions. You can have a very clean house, and still have mold. It’s not about the dirt; it’s about mold spores that colonize anywhere there is moisture, oxygen and organic material for them to feed on.
Mold spores are extremely tiny and invisible to the naked eye, but the damage they can do is not. Once mold gets started, it doesn’t take long to take hold and begin the damage.
DAMAGE FROM MOLD
If you’re wondering what type of damage mold can cause in your home, ask the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and more recently Hurricane Sandy.
The news talks about power outages, shortages of gas, no food, no water, injury and evacuations. What you don’t always hear about is the destructive force of mold.
Once any type of water damage occurs, you only have 24-48 hours before mold can begin to grow. If you can repair and stop the damage right away, you probably don’t need to worry. But in natural disasters where homes are evacuated and flooded, it’s unlikely that homeowners will not be able to return soon enough to stop the damage.
For homes (or any other buildings) that were left standing in water after the storms, mold will be their largest enemy. By the time people were able to re-enter their homes after Katrina, mold was growing everywhere and the homes were beyond repair.
But it doesn’t take a hurricane for mold to begin growing; it only takes a leaky pipe, too much condensation or lack of good ventilation.
TELL TALE SIGNS OF MOLD
If your home, office or school has experience any type of water damage, be on the lookout for signs such as these: water stains, musty smell, discolored walls or ceilings, and/or warped floors.
Mold doesn’t go away on its own. If your home has experienced water damage that has resulted in mold growth, visit www.fastmoldremoval.com to learn more. In some cases the EPA suggests that a homeowner can deal with small amounts of mold themselves while in larger cases, seeking the assistance of a professional mold remediator may be more advisable.
MMR mold stain remover from www.fastmoldremoval.com offers the most effective mold and mildew stain remover on the market.
Frankfort, IL, November 5th, 2012
Many homes, businesses and schools have experienced moisture damage resulting in mold growth. Just recently, Hurricane Sandy caused massive destruction and property damage to many parts of the East Coast. Some estimates have put the damage at approximately $20 billion.
Much of the damage was caused by heavy rains, wind damage and flooding. Once moisture enters a structure, it only takes 24- to 48 hours for mold to begin growing. Mold can cause a host of medical concerns ranging from allergies and asthma triggers to fungal infections in susceptible individuals.
To help people prevent exposure to elevated levels of mold indoors, MMR mold stain remover was developed by Mold Solutions International. MMR eliminates mold and mildew stains by using a powerful cleaning agent that penetrates soiled areas almost instantly, leaving surfaces clean and free from mold stains.
“Whether from a devastating natural disaster, like Hurricane Sandy, or due to problems with humidity or a broken pipe, it’s important to have mold removed quickly and safely from any indoor environment,” reported Chris Heller from Mold Solutions. “MMR mold stain remover was developed to do just that. It is a safe, biodegradable, and non-flammable commercial grade mold stain remover that has been formulated to work on wood and other porous surfaces. This unique product is available for immediate shipping to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy and others elsewhere who have concerns over mold growth in their homes.”
Mold Solutions has developed an online video that showcases MMR’s effectiveness and ease of use. It can be seen at:
To learn more about MMR mold stain remover and how to safely remove mold from indoor environments, please visit http://www.fastmoldremoval.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 708-441-7982.
About Mold Solutions
Mold Solutions is a Frankfort, IL, based company. It manufactures MMR mold stain remover, the world’s premier mold stain remover. MMR is a commercial grade mold and mildew stain remover formulated to immediately eliminate mold and mildew stains present on wood and other hard surfaces. MMR penetrates soiled areas almost instantly, leaving surfaces clean and free from mold stains. The biodegradable product is manufactured weekly in the United States and shipped on demand to contractors, home owners, and building occupants. Mold Solutions distributes MMR, personal protective equipment and other mold remediation products through www.fastmoldremoval.com.