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What Is Mold?

Mold is a fungi and an opportunistic pathogen that will take advantage of any conditions favoring its growth.  Mold can be classified as either viable (the spores are capable of reproducing) or non-viable (non-viable molds are dead spores, the cell walls break apart and release toxins).  Both are considered hazardous.


How Does Mold Grow?

Mold needs moisture, food, and favorable temperature to grow and thrive.  It normally takes about 24 - 48 hours to begin growth when the conditions are right but it can take longer depending on the conditions.  

Moisture can come from water intrusion (outside floods or water entry from an inside source), humid air, or dripping pipes.  Mold will grow when the relative humidity (RH) is approximately 50% or higher.

A food source is:  Porous items such as drywall, wood, paper, and cotton.  Mold can grow in dirt or dust if the conditions are right.  It is extremely important that your A/C ducts are clean and free of dust and dirt to help prevent mold growth.



Mold on Ceiling Tiles

Dark areas on ceiling tiles are a sign of moisture or a water leak.  Ceiling tiles are a feeding ground for mold growth.  The water source must be stopped, all mold must be removed, and the affected ceilng tiles must be replaced.  If any mold spores have been released into the room;  affected items must be hepa vacuumed and wiped clean.

Mold in A/C Vent

Mold can hide in a/c furnace systems.  A proper mold inspection will find the source of the mold and help you determine how to correct the problem. 

Mold found during a water damage inspection

Slow leaks can promote an environment for mold growth.  Moisture, plus a growth medium, is a perfect combination for dangerous mold growth.

Mold From Water Entry

Mold was found on drywall in a garage.  It was caused by water coming in through the cement blocks.

Mold From Water Leak

Water lines were found on carpet and on the painted wall.  The problem was water entering from a window seal.  The water was coming from the roof.

Mold in Ducts

5 molds found in AC return duct.   One of the molds was Stachybotrys.   We also found this mold in an adjacent room in the wall.   Mold will travel to your ducts from a contaminated room.

Is Your House Making You Sick?

by Andrea Fabry

Are you curious about the hype over toxic mold? Have you experienced a mold exposure and are unsure of your next step? Are people telling you mold is everywhere and it's no big deal? Are you afraid your indoor environment may be negatively affecting your health?

Andrea Fabry, former journalist, certified Building Biology Practitioner, and mother of nine, has a passion to empower people to ask good questions and seek answers. In 2008, undetected water damage created a toxic mold crisis that cost her family their home and their health. Andrea has seen the impact toxic mold can have on children and adults alike. She understands the confusion, myths, and lack of information surrounding toxic mold

Below are a few quotes taken from the forward of the book Mold: The War Within by Kurt and Lee Ann Billings


Mold: The War Within "provides an excellent guidebook to patients and others who suspect they are suffering from mold poisoning."

- Raymond Singer, Ph.D., FACPN, FNAN, FAPS


"A must-read for anyone:  Exposed to Toxic Mold.  The Billings should be commended on their extensive research and tireless work on this book."

_ Mary Short Ray, DO, Environmental Specialist


"The book: Mold: The War Within by Kurt and Lee Ann Billings is truly outstanding.  They personally learned the pervasive nature of molds and chemicals when their family became sick from exposures to hurricane-size molds and toxins during and after Katrina."

 - Doris J. Rapp, MD, FAAP, FAEM

Surviving Mold: Life in the Era of Dangerous Buildings

by  Ritchie C. Shoemaker, MD

Microbes, especially molds and bacteria, growing in water-damaged buildings make people sick. Powerfully written, Surviving Mold follows Mold Warriors (published in 2005) as the definitive source of information on "mold" illness, its basis in inflammation, its physiology and its links to politics, lawsuits and science. Written by America's most widely published mold-treating physician, Surviving Mold has true stories, cutting edge science and a wide open expose of the shenanigans in medicine, governmental agencies and courtrooms regarding this increasingly common problem in the US and around the world. If you have an ill-defined chronic illness, or know someone who does, your first step to return to health might be to ask if there is the possibility of exposure to musty basements, wet bathrooms, leaking roofs, flat-roofed schools, offices buildings with recirculated air or buildings with construction defects. If you already know that you could be sickened by water-damaged buildings, Surviving Mold will guide you through diagnosis and treatment, through remediation and return to health. Complete with multiple chapters written by guest authors, Surviving Mold is based on Dr. Shoemaker's experience with over 6000 patients he has treated from all 50 states and 30 foreign countries. The science in Surviving Mold is all peer-reviewed and published.

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Mold at Pittsburgh Hospitals

Mold was found at two Pittsburg hospitals and was linked to five deaths.   Click on button below to see the video

https://www.cnn.com/2017/01/28/health/moldy-hospital-bed-linen-deaths/index.html

Mold at Pittsburgh Hospital

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The National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Heath

Moisture and Mold Remediation

Standard Operating Procedures.

For More information click on the link.

https://www.ors.od.nih.gov/sr/dohs/documents/moldsop.pdf

Standard Operating Procedures

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Mold Remediation Standards and Procedures

When considering a mold remediation company; at a minimum the company should follow the ANSI/IICRC S520 Mold Remediation Standards.  This should include, but not limited to, proper negative air containments, clean/dirty rooms, hepa filtration machines, OSHA safety procedures, and Biocide use. 

The National Institutes of Health moisture and mold remediation standards operating procedures is also another good reference for mold remediation standards.   

https://www.ors.od.nih.gov/sr/dohs/documents/moldsop.pdf

Certified mold remediation professionals have the training and experience to:

  • Identify moisture sources
  • Evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected)
  • Prepare a mold remediation price/proposal for the client outlining the entire project (this should include containments, use of Hepa machines, clean-up procedures, safety precautions, and the time frame to get your home back to pre-loss condition)
  • Properly conduct mold remediation following industry guidelines
  • Communicate the daily progress of the job to the client
  • Dry materials to ensure that mold will not return




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Mold Needs a Water Source to Grow

For mold to grow; it needs a water source and a growth medium such as ceiling tiles, drywall, wallpaper or wood.   


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Humans are not the only ones affected by mold.  

Our animals also deserve to breathe clean air.  Many of our clients have called us to test for mold, not only for their health concerns, but their pet's health concerns as well.


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Curriculum Vitae

James Burt Sappenfield

Majestic Mold Testing, LLC

PO Box 409

Evans, GA 30809

• 27 years’ experience in Indoor air quality issues; mold inspections, mold testing, mold prevention and remediation, water damage

• Member Indoor Air Quality Association, “IAQA”; Atlanta, GA

• Inter NACHI; How to Perform Mold Inspections Course

• Former Board Member American Indoor Air Quality, “CRMI” Board Glendale, AZ

• Strategies for Conduction Meaningful Microbial IAQ Investigations, American Indoor Air Quality Council

• Council certified residential mold inspector “CRMI”, Charlotte, NC

• IAQ Services Enviro-Mold Indoor Air Quality Services, Inc.; Mold Remediation​

Goal: To help people achieve a healthy indoor air quality to live and work in.