What is Mildew?
Mildew is an universal term use to describe the growths such as fungi, mushrooms, rusts, and yeast. As an expected part of the environment, they are present almost everywhere and vary naturally based upon geographic locations and seasonal conditions.
There are an estimated 100,000 species of fungi and at least as many species waiting to be discovered. Many live in the soil and take an active part in the decomposition of organic matter. Unfortunately, many porous building materials such as drywall, wallpaper, and insulation contain some type of organic material.
When building components become moist from flooding or excessive humidity, the fungi will produce spores. It is their ability to reproduce very rapidly through these spores that make them thrive virtually anywhere. As long as moisture is present, microbial growth will continue unchecked until the moisture and/or nutrient sources are removed.
Certain fungi or fungal products (i.e. mycotoxins) can be the primary causes of human disease, and can pose a major health risk if left untreated.
How can we help?
We can help by finding the causes of the mildew, and with a full inspection by Certified Technicians, we can make the proper recommendations which may include prevention, treatment or complete removal of contaminated areas. This is done both visually and electronically by inspection of drywall and air sampling. We measure moisture, temperature, and humidity to decide the best treatment option for your home.