Why is there mold in my home?

Mold is a naturally-occurring fungi found all around us, both indoors and out. If you have elevated levels of mold growth within your home it’s likely due to excess moisture.  This can be caused by water intrusion, unregulated humidity, poor ventilation, or improperly venting fans.  Our staff is trained to help identify why mold may be occurring and provide guidance on risk reduction strategies.

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Here’s the process we use to return your home to a normal ecology:

 

  • Identify and locate the source that allowed the mold to grow in the first place.
  • Formulate a detailed strategy by identifying the necessary steps to correct the issue, materials in need of removal or sanitation, and methods of reducing the risk of future mold growth.
  • Perform the work by utilizing one of our numerous methods for mold removal such as elimination of impacted materials, chemical or dry ice treatments, dehumidification, the use of hydroxyl generators, and/or mold-resistant coatings.
  • Offer an independent verification process to prove the work was successful. This is done by hiring an independent mold investigator (hygienist) who can perform post-remediation verification (PRV). This provides us with a visual assessment of the work zone, as well as air and surface samples.
  • What We Offer
    If you have visible signs of mold growth we can provide a professional, well-thought-out approach and execution of mold removal and risk reduction strategies so the mold won’t return. If you believe you have a mold problem but nothing is visible, we have a network of mold investigators that we can team you up with. If in fact you have a mold issue, we can restore the environment to a healthy level.
  • What Makes Us Better
    Education & Training. We have Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC), and National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) trained staff. No other company in New England invests more into their employees training than EnviroVantage. Our industry leaders will help educate you on why mold might be occurring, offer solutions to solve the problem, and then eliminate the mold.
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Is Mold Dangerous?

Certain mold spores — especially those with an elevated concentration — have been found to cause health problems such as a runny or blocked nose, watery or red eyes, a dry cough, skin rashes, a sore throat, sinusitis, wheezing, asthma, and/or pneumonia.

Where can you commonly find mold in homes?

Attic Mold

Mold on the roof sheathing and rafters is usually a result of poor ventilation, improperly venting fans, insufficient insulation, or a combination of these factors.  Our team will determine why it’s happening, what treatment is best, and what you need to do to reduce the risk of it returning.

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Basement Mold

All basements should have a self-draining dehumidifier that’s capable of maintaining a relative humidity of 35-50%.  Consistent humidity above 60% will result in mold growth on wood, paper, leather, and other organic materials.  We will help you make the environment healthy.

Living Level Mold

Building codes are requiring homes to be more energy-efficient.  This means tighter building envelops which can trap excess moisture.  We have seen hundreds of examples of mold growth as a result of home improvement.  Call us if you are starting to see mold growth in your living space.

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Duct Cleaning

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