Did you recently have water damage and are worried about mold forming in places you can’t see?
Are you concerned about the air quality and health of your home?
Have you tried various methods to get rid of the mold but it keeps coming back?
Most people struggle with how to respond to mold and indoor moisture issues. Because of this uncertainty, many people take an “Ignorance is bliss” approach. This approach oftentimes leads to issues becoming progressively worse and insurance companies denying claims because the insured did not attempt to mitigate damages in a timely manner.
Disaster Plus helps remove the stress of not knowing what to do by providing solutions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In addition to answering your calls and providing on-site assessments, we also accept pictures, videos, FaceTime calls, etc. documenting your areas of concern, so that we may provide you with answers fast!!!
Our certified and highly trained mold remediation technicians can quickly identify and safely remove harmful mold from your property. With over 34 years of experience serving the Greater Charleston Area, our family run business has the expertise, systems, and latest technologies needed to make sure your issue is addressed in the most professional and efficient manner.
Black mold is an infestation of the house itself. It grows on damp wallpaper, drywall, wood and insulation and can cause mold poisoning and illness in humans. A person involved in cleaning and removing black mold should not inhale the spores, but should wear a respirator or mask suitable for that purpose.
A toxin produced by the black mold, Stachybotrys chartarum can kill the nerve cells essential for the sense of smell even during low exposure. Researchers at Michigan State University even recorded a link between black mold and a dangerous respiratory disease in infants called pulmonary hemorrhage, a bleeding disorder in the lungs caused by inhaling spores in the home.
Not only are respirators important for the person cleaning the mold but containment measures should also be taken to prevent the spread of the mold spores to other regions in the home or business.
Tearing out mold contaminated materials such as sheetrock, floor boards, and other affected items will cause particles to be released into the air and spread throughout the premises which can lead to even greater problems.
Disaster Plus immediately sets up containment separating the affected areas of the home or business from the unaffected areas. Air scrubbers are always running in order to remove any loose particulates in the air.
Disaster Plus also utilizes negative air machines on larger projects. Negative Air Machines are designed to filter air on job sites including Construction, Mold Remediation, and Painting. They can also be used to set Negative or Positive Pressure Isolation rooms, useful for containing airborne contaminants such as: Dirt, Dust, Drywall Dust, Sawdust, Metal Fumes, Smoke, Molds, Fungi and other Hazardous Materials.
At Disaster Plus we always have your safety and best interest in mind making sure the job is done right.
Providing Mold Remediation in Charleston SC, Mt. Pleasant, and the surrounding Lowcountry
- Moisture Detection
- Certified Indoor Environmentalists-CIE
- Certified Mold Remediators-CMR
- Structural Drying
- Soda Blasting
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Mold Inspection Services
Disaster Plus has a certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technician on staff that performs pre-inspections of possible fungal contamination. This inspection consists of thorough moisture detection and a visible inspection of potential contamination. There is no analysis or sampling that is performed in these inspections. All analysis and sampling is deferred to a CIH (Certified Industrial Hygienist) of the client’s choosing. Disaster Plus does not recommend or affiliate itself with any firms or laboratories to prevent any claims of impropriety, thereby limiting our exposure.
Pre-Remediation and Post Remediation Testing
We require that the property owner or management firm solicit the services of a Certified Industrial Hygienist to perform pre-remediation testing, develop a scope of work to be followed, and perform post remediation testing to insure that the building is safe for occupancy. Mitigation services are performed per IICRC S520 guidelines – the standard reference guide for professional mold remediation.
Associations and Affiliations
- Member Restoration Industry Alliance (RIA)
- Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) – Certified Firm
- Member Indoor Air Quality Association, Inc. (IAQA)
From the very first phone call to the moment they drove away I was so glad I called this company. You can tell that they go through a lot of training on how to handle and talk to people under stress. I hope I never need their services again but if I do, I will call again in a heart beat.– Angela C., Homeowner, Summerville, SC
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What exactly is mold?
Molds are a natural part of the environment and can be found almost anywhere that moisture and oxygen are present. Mold is a common type of fungus that proliferates under the right conditions, usually in warm, frequently moist environments, including baths, showers, toilets, kitchens, and basements. It is heterotrophic, meaning it gains its nutrition through absorption.
When a lot of mold is growing on a surface, these small organisms can appear black, white, orange, green, or purple. The type and the nutrient source, the surface material on which it grows, as well as the age of the colony determine the color of the mold.
They live almost anywhere indoors and outside, but thrive on moisture. They reproduce through spores that travel through the air. You’re exposed to mold every day, but they’re usually harmless in small amounts.
Mold is composed of small tubular strands called hyphae, threadlike filaments that group together into a network to make mycelium. Mycelium is considered a single organism. They are microorganisms that decompose dead organic material such as leaves, wood and plants. The individual mold colonies are too small to see without a microscope.
Mold needs water, a food source, oxygen and a temperature between 40 and 100 degrees F in order to grow. It can grow on wood, paper, and other materials made from wood.
Molds secrete digestive fluids that decompose the surface on which it grows in order to make nutrients available to reproduce itself. Mold can digest some synthetic materials such as adhesives, pastes and paints, but not inorganic materials such as concrete, plastic, glass and metal. However, it can grow on the organic dirt and dust layer present on inorganic surfaces.
Did you know that the average humidity in Charleston is around 73%?
While molds prefer damp or wet materials, some molds can get their moisture from the air when the air is very damp, such as when the relative humidity is above 60%. The high humidity makes enough moisture available to make surfaces damp enough for mold to grow.
The presence of mold in one’s home indicates a moisture problem.
Did you know that mold can begin to grow within 24 to 48 hours of moisture build up?
This is why immediate attention is required to prevent long term damage to the structure of your home and also to prevent health related issues associated with the fungus.
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Can you get sick from mold in your house?
Did you know that some of the health issues you suffer from could be associated with a mold problem? Indoor mold can trigger allergies or allergy-like symptoms affecting the respiratory system and thus one’s overall health. Common complaints made by those dealing with mold spores in their home include:
- Allergic Reaction to Mold
- Nasal and Sinus Congestion
- Sore Throat
- Wheeze/Breathing Difficulties
- Upper Respiratory Infections (Including Sinus Infections)
Many people think that a little bit of mold in a house, especially an older house, is normal and not really a big deal. The truth of the matter is that mold cannot only cause long term damage to your home, but it can be damaging to your health as well.
Most molds outdoors do not pose any serious problems. They serve an important role in nature, speeding the decomposition of things such as fallen trees, and dead plants and animals. However, when mold enters the home, it becomes a problem. Not only does it change the appearance of a home, but it can also damage the structural integrity as well as posing a health hazard. Just about everything in your home, from the glass windows to the wooden supports, drywall, carpets, curtains, doorknobs, and even the dust in your air ducts has organic materials on it. When provided with an ideal environment, namely dark and humid, mold digests organic materials and starts to spread.
When mold digests organic materials, it releases spores into the air to reproduce. It also releases a gaseous odor into the air, which it what causes the distinctive odor that generally accompanies mold. The odor can trigger allergic reactions immediately in those individuals who are sensitive to mold, and long-term exposure can be dangerous for everyone.
Mold loves to live in damp, dark, moisture laden places such as in your bathtub, shower, washing machine, laundry room, toilet areas, basement, around leaky pipes, in humidifiers, and yes, in your refrigerator. Your coffeemaker can be a source of mold contamination as well. According to the National Science Foundation (NSF), coffee makers they tested had mold, yeast, and bacteria growing in the reservoir. They also found that 55% of pet toys had mold growth as well as 45% of all pet food bowls tested. Dishtowels, dish sponges, and toothbrush holders similarly harbor mold. Researchers found that the TV remote is one of the dirtiest things in your house with 14% having mold growing on them. And 59% of gaming controllers tested had mold growth.
Some indoor plants, such as ferns, can harbor mold. It can appear on the plants or in the potting soil, since it can grow on anything organic that is moist and warm. Mold growing on plants may look white and fuzzy (or dusty). These are spores and can be released into the air where people can inhale them, sometimes causing allergic reactions.
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