FAQ

FAQ

1) Mold vs Mildew (how to spot the difference)
Mold and Mildew are actually the same thing. They are “fungal growth”, which is just like form of mushrooms!

2) Is it okay to buy a home with mold?
Mold is ubiquitous. It is in every house, but some species have potential health effects. These health effects can be detrimental if a resident has compromised immunity or chronic respiratory distress.

3) How long does mold take to grow?
Amplified fungal growth only takes 2-3 days for certain types, and 2-3 weeks for others. There is no test or method to determine when growth begins. 

4) The dangers of removing mold yourself
Is it okay to clean mold yourself? Is it safe? Yes – but you need to wear protective gear and ensure that disturbed spores don’t spread into the HVAC system. 

5) Why you need a profession mold remediator
A professional can evaluate if there is “toxic” mold present and properly address the growth. They have the proper equipment needed to contain the spread of spores, and provide testing and analysis to ensure the indoor environment is back to normal.

6) How long does mold removal take?
Cleaning growth can take five minutes, five days or possibly longer. The length is dependent on reducing materials moisture, the extent of mold growth, and other Scope of Work considerations.

7) How to protect a house from mold
Protecting your home against future mold growth is possible. The most important variable in fighting mold is moisture levels. Relative humidity should be less than 55% in crawl spaces. 


8) Does Salem test for mold?
Yes! We perform air, surface and bulk sampling – around 125 to 150 times annually for clients. We also test for bacterial growth (air & surface), meth (surface only), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in air, and formaldehyde in air.

9) How often should I test for mold?
A properly planned and completed remediation, followed by post-remediation and surface sampling, none is necessary. 

10) What is ERMI mold testing?
ERMI- Environmental Relative Moldiness Index, analyzes the DNA of 36 fungal species. 26 "Group 1" species are associated with water dmaaged dwellings; 10 "Group 2" species are common outdoor molds. Two 18 sq ft high traffic areas of carpets or rugs are vacuumed for 5 minutes each, using a lab prepared cassette. A group average is computed for each, and those two are combined into the ERMI figure, which ranges from -10 to +20. We have had sites that had "normal" fungal environments. 

11. What is particle count analysis?
IAQ Analytics takes six particles size channel counts from a 60 second air sample and feeds that data into a computer program developed by Ph.D microbiologist. Data is analyzed using ISO, USEPA Clean Room and other international standards and is graded on a scale from 7.5 to 11.5 Scored from 7.5 ("Low Count") to 8.5 ("Conditional Pass") indicate good "Total IAQ". Scores 9.0 and above indicate the need for remediation. The advantage of this method is that you can immediately determine if addtional remediation is necessary. 

12. You have switched to the Goldmorr System for mold reledation. What is it?
Goldmorr GM6000 is the principal remediation agent. After its application, Goldmorr GM2000 is cold fogged throughout the remediation area and the HVAC system. It acts as an "air scrubber" in ductwork, removing particulate and fungal matter. Go to www.goldmorruse.com for videos and more information. See below for before and after photos of its effectiveness. 

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