Mold Remediation Products Manufacturers & Resellers
|Star Brite / Kinpak - Montgomery, AL
Distributor, Manufacturer, Service Company
Phone: 954-587-6280, 800-327-8583 (toll free)
Manufacturer & distributor of mold & fungus air quality remediation products for drying air to prevent mildew growth & stopping odors. Remediation products are available in 12 oz. & 36 oz. containers & in 12 oz. & 48 oz. refill packs. Remediation products dries air & keep boat or RV fresh. Products...
Brand Names: Star Brite
Pullman-Holt Corp. - Tampa, FL
Phone: 866-490-1945 (toll free)
Manufacturer of mold remediation products for decontamination, housekeeping, & facility maintenance industry. Mold remediation products include concentrated multi-surface cleaner/degreaser that meets or exceeds Green Seal & DFE standards.
| A & V Envirotech - Milwaukee, WI
Worldwide manufacturer of improved microbes & nutrients suitable for composting household & municipal waste. Products are used to digest variety of household food waste, paper, yard & organic municipal waste including leaves, straw, grass & animal waste within 4 to 6 weeks. Microbes used are... Brand Names: Nutri Bio 1000, Odor Out EZ, Oxy Bio, Bacti Bio
Atmosphere Products Co., Inc. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Distributor of indoor & mold & fungus air remediation products including air fresheners.
Kleen Technologies - Brea, CA
Distributor Of Mold Remediation Products .
Mold Remediation Basics
The first step in solving an indoor mold problem is stopping the source of moisture. Next is to remove the mold growth. Common remedies for small occurrences of mold include:
- Non-porous building materials
- Household cleansers
Significant mold growth may require professional mold remediation and removal of affected building materials. A conservative strategy is to discard any building materials saturated by the water intrusion or having visible mold growth.
There are many ways to prevent mold growth; see ventilation issues in houses .
In extreme cases of mold growth in buildings, it may be easier to condemn the building rather than clean the mold to safe levels.
Certain contractors are capable of repairing mold damage - usually by removing the affected areas and eliminating the cause of the excess moisture.
There are also cleaning companies that specialize in fabric restoration - a process by which mold and mold spores are removed from clothing to eliminate odor and prevent further mold growth and damage to the garments.
Improper methods for cleaning mold include exposure to high heat, dry air, sunlight (particularly UV light), ozone , and application of fungicides . These methods may render the mold non-viable, however, the mold and its by-products can still elicit health effects. As noted in following sections, the only proper way to clean mold is to use detergent solutions that physically remove mold. Many commercially available detergents marketed for mold clean-up also include an anti-fungal agent. The most effective way at this point is formal Mold Remediation .
The goal of remediation is to remove or clean contaminated materials in a way that prevents the emission of fungi and dust contaminated with fungi from leaving a work area and entering an occupied or non-abatement area, while protecting the health of workers performing the abatement.
Cleanup and removal methods
The purpose of the clean-up process is to eliminate the mold and fungal growth and to remove contaminated materials. As a general rule, simply killing the mold with a biocide is not enough. The mold must be removed since the chemicals and proteins , which cause a reaction in humans, are still present even in dead mold.
Wet vacuum cleaners are designed to remove water from floors, carpets and other hard surfaces where water has accumulated. Wet vacuuming should only be used on wet materials, as spores may be exhausted into the indoor environment if insufficient liquid is present. After use this equipment must be thoroughly cleaned and dried as spores can adhere to the inner surfaces of the tank, hoses, and other attachments.
Damp wipe is the removal of mold from non-porous surfaces by wiping or scrubbing with water and a detergent . Care must be exercised to make sure the material is allowed to quickly dry to discourage any further mold growth. With surfaces such as metal, glass, hardwood, plastics, and concrete, you should scrape off as much of the mold as possible. Then, scrub the surface with a moldicide or fungicide cleaner.
High Efficiency Particulate Air filtered vacuum cleaners are used in the final cleanup of remediation areas after materials have been thoroughly dried and all contaminated materials have been removed. HEPA vacuum cleaners are recommended for the cleanup of the outside areas surrounding the remediation area. During this process the workers wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent exposure to mold and other contaminants. The collected debris and dust should be stored in impervious bags or containers in a manner to prevent any release of debris.
Equipment for mold remediation. Several types of equipment may be used in the remediation process and may include:
- Moisture meter : a tool that measures the moisture level in building materials. It can also be used to measure the progress of the drying of damaged materials. Pin moisture meters have a small probe that is inserted into the material. Pinless moisture meters usually have a flat sensing area that is pressed directly against the material's surface. Moisture meters can be used on carpet , wallboard , woods , brick , and other masonry .
- Humidity gauge : measures the amount of humidity in the indoor environment. Often gauges are paired with a thermometer to measure the temperature.
- Borescope : a hand-held tool that allows the user to see potential mold problems inside walls, ceilings, crawl spaces, and other tight spaces. It consists of a camera on the end of a flexible “snake”. No major drilling or cutting of dry wall is required.
- Digital camera : used to document findings during assessment.
- Personal protective equipment (PPE): includes respirators , gloves, impervious suit, and eye protection . These items can be used during the assessment and remediation processes.
- Thermographic camera : Infrared thermal imaging cameras are often used (and effective) in addition to moisture meters to double check moisture meter findings, and look at the broader picture. They help mainly in identifying auxiliary points of moisture intrusion.
- Dehumidifier: If you have high humidity in your home from things like aquariums or house plants, a dehumidifier can help bring down the level of moisture in the air. This in turn will reduce the chances that mold can build up within these areas of your home.