Environmental Services

Certified Mold Inspectors (CALTEX certificate #051-01, #051-02) 

Inspections and Remediation

Mold is a Dangerous Problem. PROTECT the ones you love...

  • Are there unexplained musty odors around the house?
  • Does your family show symptoms of unexplained illness? Coughing; Sneezing; Headaches; Itchy Eyes; Rashes; Dizziness; Runny Nose; Allergies and Asthma?

"Studies show that nearly 100% of chronic sinus infections are due to mold" - USA Weekend 1999

Mold Remediation is the Solution to the Problem. We offer Services in:

  1. Mold Inspection
  2. Mold testing
  3. Mold remediation
  4. Odor Elimination

WHAT WE DO FOR YOU:

  1. Commercial and Residential application
  2. Footing to roofridge inspection
  3. Includes full report and recommendations
  4. Can include mold, mildew, lead and radon testing

Information to Keep You Protected

What is the Problem? Mold contamination in commercial buildings, institutions, and households is a growing concern. Without proper mitigation of an indoor moisture problem, mold can start to grow in as little as 48 hours. Mold contamination has been identified as major contributor to building - related illness.

What is Mold? Mold is a microscopic life form found in all parts of the world. It is part of the natural decau process of organic material. There are many different diverse species of mold all but have some common characteristics for survival:

  • Mold requires and organic food source such as cellulose, found in drywall.
  • Mold requires oxygen.
  • Mold requires constant supply of water. To prevent mold, buildings must be kept dry.
  • Mold is spread by tiny particles called spores. (A spore can be compared to a seed.)

What is Remediation? Remediation is the process of cleaning the mold and eliminating the moisture problem. This process is determined by the size of the remediation and whether occupants are experiencing any adverse symptoms that may be related to the mold. Since mold, destroys the surface materials it is on, remediation can preserve the structural integrity of the building.

Failure to address a mold problem, ultimately can result in high replacement and rebuild costs.

Why Does Mold Need to Be Remediated?

  • To reduce or prevent adverse health problems
  • To preserve the integrity of the structure
  • To avoid high replacement costs if addressed early on
  • To retain the beauty and cosmetic appeal of the structure
  • To be able to utilize the room(s) once again
  • To preserve resale value of the property

What is a Reasonable and Safe Response to Mold? The best way to deal with mold is to eliminate the moisture problem. Once mold is present, drying is not enough. Moldy materials must be either removed or decontaminated. This process is called remediation, and means to "remedy" or "to cure". We perform inspection, testing, containment, removal and safety based on EPA guidelines.

  • INSPECTION: A visual inspection is the initial step in identifying possible contamination problems.
  • TESTING: Tape/swab/air sampling is done to identify specific mold types.
  • CONTAINMENT: Containment is the practice of separating or sealing the affected area to keep mold from growing in previously uncontaminated areas.
  • REMOVAL/CLEANUP and SAFETY: We use "Cal-Brite"; a USDA approved, non-toxic and environmentally safe, odorless cleaning product; proven effective for over 18 years. We follow current and evolving mold remediation standards with proper safety precautions and equipment.
  • PREVENTION: We use mold inhibitors in our remediation process. The use of mold inhibitors as recommended by the Centers fro Disease Control (CDC) for the prevention of mold.

Where is Mold Commonly Located?

  • Basements near walls that have seepage problems
  • On attic walls, insulation, and ceilings near rook leaks
  • On and around wooden joists near pipe condensation
  • Under or around leaking air conditioning units
  • Near broken windows or broken window frames
  • Underneath wallpaper in poorly insulated/paneled areas
  • Near foundation cracks
  • On and around faulty external vents
  • Under linoleum near a sink leak
  • Under leaky sinks
  • On and around building infestation problems
  • On the underside of moist carpeting
  • Under wall paneling
  • Under wallpaper
  • Behind wallboard
  • Wet papers
  • On anything that contains cellulose, a food source for mold

Many more sources: Mold growth indoors may not always be in plain view. If a building smells moldy but you cannot see the source, or if you know there as been water damage and building occupants are reporting health problems, there may be hidden mold.

Mold can be hidden in the following locations:

  • The back side of dry wall, wallpaper or paneling
  • The top of ceiling tiles, and the underside of carpets and pads etc.
  • Pie chases and utility tunnels
  • Walls behind furniture
  • Condensate drain pans inside air handling units
  • Porous thermal or acoustic liners inside ductwork, or roof materials above ceiling tiles (due to rook leaks or insufficient insulation).
  • Materials such as dry wall with vinyl wallpaper over it or wood paneling can act as vapor barriers which trap moisture underneath and provide a moist environment for mold.
  • Behind wallpaper
  • Basement walls

What Are the Major Types of Mold?

  1. Stachybotrys is one member of a group of molds. These molds produce airborne toxins. These molds can cause breathing difficulties, dizziness, memory and hearing loss, and flulike symptoms.
  2. Cladosporium and Penicillium are more commonly found molds but these molds can cause allergic reactions, asthma, breathing problems, sinus infections, headaches, coughing and eye and throat irritation.
  3. Memnoniella and Aspergillus versicolor are two types of mold that can produce airborne toxins. They produce mycotoxins and can cause even worse problems. These problems are chronic fatigue, loss of balance and memory, irritability and difficulty speaking.

The Good, Bad, and the Ugly About Mold

While eliminating all mold spores in the indoor environment is not realistic, it can be controlled indoors by controlling the moisture levels and removing already present mold. Mold has been an ever increasing concern to the public as they have become aware of the variety of health effects and symptoms that can result from mold exposure. There are many types of molds and all of the types have a distinct potential to cause health problems. Molds can produce allergens which can trigger allergic reactions or asthma attackers in people who are allergic to them. Other molds can produce toxins and irritants. One of the major reasons to prevent mold growth, remediate(clean up) mold, and prevent recurrence is to avoid the potential health problems.

Molds can be found virtually anywhere because they can grow on almost any organic surface as long as moisture and oxygen are present. Molds can grow on wood, paper, carpet, food, insulation, and more! Mold growth often occurs because there is excessive moisture in a building-a leak or an unaddressed moisture problem. How do molds spread? Mold reproduces by creating spores that cannot be seen without the aid of a microscope. The spores can float through the air until the spore lands on a moist location and begins to grow and devour the surface,destroying it.

Some moisture problems have been linked to changes in building construction practices in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Some of these changes have resulted in buildings that are tightly sealed but lack adequate ventilation. This can lead to moisture buildup. Drywall often does not allow moisture to escape easily. Moisture problems may also include roof leaks, landscaping or gutters that direct water into or under the building and unvented combustion appliances. These cause mold buildup which then requires remediation.

If you suspect you may have a mold problem or a leakage issue be aware of the following:

  • a strong musty odor signals the presence of mold
  • mold can be furry and black, reddish, or other colors
  • areas of excess humidity
  • locations of leaking pipes around insulation
  • location of moisture on or near wooden surfaces
  • buckling wallpaper
  • brownish stains on walls

Odor Eliminator:  We use an organic Odor Eliminator that attacks and reacts with the source matter causing the odor and Eliminates It. Our USDA approved product won't hurt your pets but it will remove their stench. Odors can kill a sale. We kill the odors.

Pollutants that we eliminate:

  • dangerous off-gasing chemical
  • toxic bacteria
  • viruses
  • germs
  • mold
  • mildew
  • dust mites & their feces
  • post-fire & smoke odor distress
  • new construction or remodeling


Don't let your home make you sick. CALL TODAY 802.875.3616 the Mold and Mildew remediation specialists at Ethan Allen Associates ! These pollutants plus many more are not masked or covered up by so-called "air fresheners". They are eliminated!

We are able to eliminate odors caused by:

  • pet urine in wooden floors and carpets
  • dead rodents
  • vomit
  • smoke
  • cooking smells
  • garbage dumpsters
  • public urinals
  • kitchens
  • floor drains
  • bathrooms
  • attics
  • crawl spaces
  • toilets
  • musty basements
     

We cure sick homes and buildings. Odors don't stand a chance!

  • smoking odors
  • animal odors
  • urine and feces odors
  • cooking odors
  • obnoxious & musky smells
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