IISES

We specialize in Mold, Lead, Asbestos and Insulation. We can perform tests to determine if your house / business is exposed to ASBESTOS, LEAD or MOLD!

Mold Remediation and Mildew Treatment

It may be difficult to know if you have mold, and even more difficult to determine if that mold is toxic or non-toxic. We suggest you use your "common senses." If you can see mold growing in your home or business, it is a problem that needs to be properly remediated. Unfortunately, treacherous molds can hide behind walls, under floorboards and in roofing. If you don't see mold, it can still be a problem. If you smell mold or a musty odor in your building that, too, is an indicator you could have a serious mold problem. The trouble with mold is that it can cause a number of serious concerns for a property owner.

Mold can:

  • Cause allergic reactions and health problems for the inhabitants of a building.
  • Make even a prime property difficult to sell
  • Devalue your property's worth
  • In a short period of time, cause cosmetic damage
  • Over a longer time, cause structural damage to a building

The act of removing mold is called "mold remediation." You've probably heard the term and wondered what it means; it's just a fancy way of saying we're "remedying" the mold problem. By mold remediation, we don't just mean cleaning the infected area. The protocol of remediation - when executed properly - contains the affected area, cleans the infected area and rids it of mold; disposes of the mold and moldy materials safely and effectively; and, finally, repairs the cause to ensure the mold doesn't return. Remember, mold cannot grow where there is no water, so if the cause of moisture is not eliminated, the mold will likely return.

Got Mold? Now What?

The first question that most people ask when they discover they have a mold problem is, of course, "now what do I do?" And them, "can I clean it myself?" According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), if the mold covers an area of less than ten square feet (a patch of about three feet by three feet), then you can probably clean it yourself. If the area of mold is larger than 10 square feet, hire a professional.

The EPA also suggests that if your mold is toxic mold, regardless of the size of the problem, seek the services of a certified professional. There are over 1,000 kinds of mold in the United States , with different colors and textures, so it's not in your best interest to identify whether you have toxic mold by looking at it. In fact, it's impossible. Have your mold professionally tested to determine the type. In order to avoid a conflict of interest, we will not test the mold; however, we encourage you to receive a scientific report from an independent, third party mold testing company.

Remediation for the Rest of Us

While we understand the desire to "do-it-yourself," we stand by the EPA recommendation that a qualified and certified professional be utilized. This may seem obvious - we are, after all, a mold remediation company - but we just want your health and property safe.

There are several factors to consider when choosing a company to remove your mold problem. Budget, timeframes, certifications, and experience are just a few. It's an important decision, so the most influential factor is to hire someone you trust. At stake are the things most important to you: your health and your family's health; and one of your most important investments, your home or business.

Frequently Asked Questions  

FAQ: Five common places to look for mold in your home.

Check your attic. The wood sheathing underneath the roofing material is a common place for mold to grow.

Check your bathroom. Inspect the toilet seals and the tile in the shower.

Look at the window sills and frames. Especially homes with aluminum frame windows, which suffer from condensation.

Investigate the crawlspace. Look for signs of flooding, water damage or mold growth.

Plumbing fixtures. Hot water heaters.

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

I have a musty smell in one of my rooms, do I have mold?

Chances are, if you can't see the mold and have a musty smell, that you have "hidden" mold. Hidden mold tends to be located in the air ducts, on the back side of dry wall, paneling or wallpaper, on the underside of carpets and pads, behind furniture, just to name a few locations. Our inspectors can help you locate the water source, do the necessary testing and help you remove the mold from your home before it has an opportunity to do any further damage.

Will Mold make my family sick?
Mold can affect the health of people who are exposed to it. People are mainly exposed to mold by breathing spores or other tiny fragments. People can also be exposed through skin contact with mold contaminants and by swallowing it. The type and severity of health effects that mold may produce are usually difficult to predict. The risks can vary greatly from one location to another, over time and from person to person.
Symptoms of mold may be nasal and sinus congestion, asthma, sore throats, wheezing, coughing up blood, skin and eye irritations or upper respiratory infections (including sinus), to name a few.  However, what affects one person may have a completely different reaction if any, to another person.

If the mold is blackish in color, does this mean it's toxic?
Absolutely not. This is one of the biggest misconceptions of "Black Mold." Until samples of mold have been tested and analyzed by a lab, the type of mold cannot possibly be determined. IISES Inc. sends samples out to an accredited lab where they process the samples to determine types and counts of mold. Only at that time, can it be determined if the blackish colored mold is actually toxic.

What should I do if I think I have mold in my home?
Give us a call.  We'll discuss the situation and determine what type of service you need.  We will send a certified inspector to your home to assess the mold problem and can typically respond within 24 hours. If there is water present, start removing water immediately and start running a dehumidifier.  This will help eliminate the mold growth. If testing is necessary, the inspector will thoroughly explain the reason for the test; will take samples and put together a plan of action for you and your family.  We send the samples off to the lab, wait for the results which typically take 6-10 days, however mold spores can be identified within 24-48 hours. Upon receipt of the results, we will provide you with a complete report of our findings. We will also work with your insurance company if the situation is something they will cover.

Will my insurance company pay for the remediation and or testing?
Typically, if the mold is a direct results of a covered peril in your policy, then your insurance will most likely cover the damage. However, each policy is different and many policies now are eliminating coverage for mold issues, so we recommend looking at your policy and contacting your agent for a complete understanding of what is covered. And remember-it is your right as a homeowner to hire a company that you're comfortable with, even if your insurance company is recommending someone else.

How fast can mold begin to grow?
Mold growth can begin within 48 hours after a moisture or water problem.

What does mold need to grow?
"4 Components"

1. No UV Light
2. Humidity/Moisture
3. Substrate (drywall, carpet)
4. High temperature

Of these, controlling excess moisture is the key to preventing and stopping indoor mold growth.

Is Remediation expensive?
Remediation can be expensive. Unfortunately, with mold, it doesn't get any cheaper. Mold, if not removed, will continue to grow, eat away at the material that it's on and cause more damage the longer it's allowed to live. If mold spores are disrupted and become airborne, they can get into other areas of the home and begin growing wherever they can.

Why should I hire IISES Inc. to handle my remediation?
We care and we take pride in a job well done.  We recognize that remediation is a serious issue and always take measures to ensure the safety of our clients.
We follow the guidelines set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State Health Department for mold remediation.  We use state of the art equipment and procedures for all of our testing and remediation.
Prior to remediating, we make sure the homeowner understands the process and what will be taking place, and we also provide a timeline for the job.

Is IISES Inc.Certified and Insured?
sYes.  IISES Inc. has General and Professional Liability Insurance, Workers Compensation and Mold Inspection, Testing and Remediation Certifications.  

RESOURCES

News / Links

An Insidious Mold (Ballards in Texas)




EPA Mold Guides

EPA: A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your Home

Floods/Flooding

Centers for Disease Control

IISES Inc. specializes in the professional removal of toxic mold, mildew and asbestos.

Health Risks

Infection

Some mold species can cause respiratory infection when the live mold invades the tissues of the lungs or respiratory tract. This is not a significant risk for healthy people, but can be dangerous for individuals with severely weakened immune systems, infants and the elderly.

Toxic Effects

Very large doses of certain molds, whether inhaled or ingested, can result in poisoning caused by toxins (called mycotoxins) in the mold cells. It is not clear whether an individual can receive a high enough exposure to mold growing indoors to experience these toxic effects.

One particular type of mold that has been recently highlighted in the media is Stachybotrys chartarum (also known as Stachybotrys atra). Stachybotrys is a greenish-black mold that grows on materials with high cellulose content (drywall, wood, paper, ceiling tiles, etc.) that are chronically wet or moist. It is one of several molds that can produce mycotoxins under certain environmental conditions. The health effects of breathing mycotoxins are not well understood, but we do know that most molds can present some health risks, such as allergic reactions. Therefore, any mold growth in a building should be cleaned up, regardless of the type of mold. For additional information on this issue see Questions and Answers on Stachybotrys chartarum and other molds on the National Center for Environmental Health Web site.


The following groups of people may be at greater risk than others:

People at Greatest Risk from Mold
  • Infants and children.
  • The elderly.
  • People with asthma, allergies, and other respiratory (breathing) conditions.
  • People with weakened immune systems (such as people with HIV infection, cancer patients taking chemotherapy, and people who have received an organ transplant).
  • Any person at risk from mold should not be in an area that is likely to be contaminated with mold.
Possible Health Effects of Mold Exposure
  • Sinus problems
  • Stuffy nose, irritated eyes, or wheezing can occur in people who are sensitive to molds.
  • Wheezing, difficulty in breathing, and shortness of breath can be an allergic reaction to mold and can sometimes be severe
  • Skin reactions can develop.
  • Mold infections can develop in the lungs of people with weakened immune systems and with chronic lung diseases such as obstructive lung disease.

Treating Symptoms of Mold Exposure

If you or your family members have health problems after exposure to mold, contact your doctor or other health care provider.s   There are several thousands of types of mold. All molds are allergenic, however some molds are toxic. And all molds can produce allergens that can trigger allergic reactions in some individuals and have caused asthma attacks in people who are allergic to mold. Some molds produce toxins and irritants. To add to that, a reaction that one person may have from a certain mold, may have a completely opposite reaction to another, including no reaction at all.

The E.P.A. lists several health problems that may be associated with mold, including:
  • Asthma attacks
  • Allergies
  • Respiratory problems
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Pulmonary Hemorrhaging
  • Skin rashes
  • Acute or chronic liver damage
  • Acute or chronic central nervous system damage
  • Endocrine effects
  • Cancer
IISES Inc.only inspects, tests and remediates for molds. IISES Inc. is not a group of healthcare professionals or physicians. Any occupants that may feel that their existing health issues may be mold related should take their mold analysis to their family physician for advice.

 

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