Mold can grow on just about anything porous such as drywall and wood, cabinets, textiles, and furniture. As it grows, it develops roots that take hold of the surface and releases spores into the air. The spores travel until they settle on something. If the conditions are right, they attach, grow roots, and start the growth and spore process all over again.
Traditional mold removal often involves scrubbing the affected area and then the use of a toxic chemical solution to kill the mold. Vacuuming afterward removes visible residue. A HEPA filter traps mold spores, and the cause of the mold is determined and fixed, so it doesn’t regrow.
Looking Beyond Industry Standard
While these processes are considered to be the industry standard, there are many potential hazards. The scrubbing of a mold inhabited area will release innumerable mold spores into the surrounding air. Spores are as small as 3 microns, which means that they pass through the smallest of spaces and float through the air for an extended time. The use of chemical solutions can leave a “chemical cloud” behind for an indeterminate amount of time. People sensitive to chemicals and are already ill from the toxic mold environment may not tolerate the toxic chemical cloud left behind.
What’s more, these chemical processes often make the surface look better, leaving the root of the mold intact – particularly on porous surfaces. Those roots need a dark, damp, porous environment to start growing again.
But there’s a better way.
It is possible to remove mold without the use of any chemicals. It’s called Dry Ice Blasting. It’s nontoxic, nonconductive, and noncorrosive.
A Chemical-Free Process
A Dry Ice Blaster is a piece of machinery that shoots a sand-like grit of dry ice at a molded surface at roughly 700 miles per hour. The ice is carbon dioxide, a natural product in the earth’s atmosphere. The extremely low temperature and abrasion of the ice removes the mold and mold root from the surfaces.
Dry ice blasting leaves behind no chemical cloud, making it the only nontoxic, large scale method of mold removal available. The blaster can reach small spaces such as in between boards or attic angles. A HEPA vacuuming of the area cleans up any residue left behind by the blasting process.
The most beneficial part of dry ice blasting? The mold is destroyed and removed right down to the root, making it the safest and most effective means of mold remediation today.
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