J&P; Home and Environmental Inspections LLC
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J&P; Home and Environmental Inspections LLC



John Prohaska
P.O.Box 36143
Des Moines, IA. 50320
United States
515-240-5672

 






Attention Remediators

J&P; Inspections is qualified
to perform Mold Clearance
on foreclosed homes across
the state of Iowa. Call us
today for more information.

 



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    "A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home"

    Mold growing outdoors on firewood. Molds come in many colors; both white and black molds are shown here.


    Magnified mold spores

    Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on. You can prevent damage to your home and furnishings, save money, and avoid potential health problems by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth

    Mold Basics

    Contents

    • The key to mold control is moisture control.
    • If mold is a problem in your home, you should clean up the mold promptly and fix the water problem.
    • It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.

    Ten Things You Should Know About Mold

    1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.
    2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
    3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
    4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
    5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60% ) to decrease mold growth by: venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside; using air conditioners and de-humidifiers; increasing ventilation; and using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning.
    6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
    7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
    8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
    9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
    10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

    Why is mold growing in my home?

    Molds are part of the natural environment.  Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided.  Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air.  Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet.  There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.

    Can mold cause health problems?

    Molds are usually not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing.  Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins).  Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.  Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis). Allergic reactions to mold are common.  They can be immediate or delayed.  Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people.  Symptoms other than the allergic and irritant types are not commonly reported as a result of inhaling mold.  Research on mold and health effects is ongoing.  This brochure provides a brief overview; it does not describe all potential health effects related to mold exposure. For more detailed information consult a health professional.  You may also wish to consult your state or local health department.

    How do I get rid of mold?

    It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors; some mold spores will be found floating through the air and in house dust.  The mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present.  Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors.  If there is mold growth in your home, you must clean up the mold and fix the water problem.  If you clean up the mold, but don't fix the water problem, then, most likely, the mold problem will come back.
















Moisture causes mold & mildew. Mold testing pinpoints the cause
of mold issues in your home.

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Infrared technology helps to identify moisture and structural
issues in your home.

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