Advanced Mold Diagnostics, LLC is an environmental consulting company located in Broomall, Pennsylvania.

28Mar 2017

Discover the possibility of DIY mold remediation, but recognize the signs that you might need a professional.

Mold-RemediationWith all the buzz about dangerous mold in the news, many people think that mold is poisonous and can poison you if it’s in your building, making mold out to be a frightening scenario. While it is true that some mold produces toxic spores, truly dangerous mold infestations are less common than the media would have you think.

If you have a mold problem in your building, such as under the bathroom sink, on the wall of the bathroom, or on the ceiling near a leak in the roof, you can usually take care of it yourself. With these tips from Advanced Mold Diagnostics, you can safely take care of small mold problems in your building and start to become an expert at DIY mold remediation!

AMD’s Best DIY Mold Remediation Tips

In its annual report on mold safety, the United States Environmental Protection Agency reports that most mold problems contained to a 10 square foot space (a little bigger than 3 feet by 3 feet) can be remediated without professional help. However, there are a few caveats to keep in mind. If your mold problem…

  • Involves severe water damage to your building
  • Is in or near a heating or cooling system
  • Was caused by sewage water and not clean water
  • Is greater than 10 square feet

…then you should call a professional for your mold remediation. Otherwise, read on!

  • Wear protective gear. Not all mold is dangerous, and in such small quantities, there shouldn’t be anything to worry about. But mold can still stain clothes and rags, and the spores it releases can make you cough or give you a runny nose. Wearing rubber gloves and a respirator will prevent mold from affecting you while you are in the removal process.
  • Dry everything immediately. Mold grows in moist and damp areas, and it will continue to grow if it isn’t dried. Before you even remove the mold, fix all leaks and tighten all pipes and valves so that more water doesn’t spread. Dry the surrounding area completely before you tackle the mold.
  • Scrub with a mixture of detergent and warm water. Simple household cleaner is usually enough to do the trick with small patches of mold. You can try bleach if it’s a non-porous surface. Really scrub to get all that mold off!
  • Throw away absorbent materials. Mold spores can become lodged deep inside materials like carpets, pillows, and porous ceiling tiles. Make sure you throw away anything you can’t be sure you scrubbed all the mold off of.
  • Dry everything again! Now that you’re done, it is crucial to dry everything again. Mold thrives on moisture. It will regrow if it can. If there is no moisture to cultivate the mold, then it won’t come back! Some people find hair dryers helpful for this because they blow hot air and don’t take as long as drying by hand with a cloth.

That’s it! If you know what you’re doing, DIY mold remediation can be simple and easy.

Remember that doing DIY mold remediation is very different from what a mold removal contractor like Advanced Mold Diagnostics does. A professional like AMD can tackle huge mold infestations, use thermal imaging to find mold where you didn’t even know you had it, and repair water damage afterward. If you think your mold problem is too severe to tackle on your own, give us a call and find out what professional mold remediation can do for you.


Related Tags: Mold Remediation | Tips for DIY Mold Removal

23Mar 2017

How do mold testing companies identify all that toxic mold?

Mold-Testing-CompaniesThe news today is filled with reports of mold growing in homes and businesses, mold that can be dangerous and even deadly if left unchecked. You may have heard about EPA warnings over this “toxic” black mold, and the terrible things it can do to respiratory systems. You might even think to yourself that the mold you see in your building could be toxic black mold, and become worried about it.

While it is perfectly reasonable to be worried about mold in your building, the good news is that “toxic” black mold is very, very rare, and most molds are in no way “toxic”.  But how can you be sure? What do mold testing companies know about your mold that you don’t? Read on to find out!

What Mold Testing Companies Know About Mold That You Don’t

The media is constantly talking about how big of a deal mold is in buildings. Advanced Mold Diagnostics agrees with this, and thinks that mold is a big problem, and should be addressed quickly and efficiently. But what many people don’t understand is that mold isn’t a big deal for the reasons that the news says it is.

Most of the focus on mold in the news focuses on “black mold”, a toxic mold with all sorts of horror stories attached to it. “Black mold” is a very vague term, and it’s not actually very descriptive. “Black mold” is actually just a generic name for a very specific type of mold that is toxic. The scientific name for the mold is Stachybotrys chartarum, a dark-colored mold that produces toxic spores. The CDC website on this mold lists it as “not as common as other molds, but not rare”. S. chartarum produces mycotoxins that can damage the human respiratory and immune systems.

However, it’s rare enough that when you see mold in your building, it is usually not “toxic” mold. The representation of toxic mold in the media is vastly exaggerated. But how can you be sure?

The purpose of mold testing companies is usually not just to see if you have mold or not. If you’re calling mold testing companies, you probably already know that you have mold, right? And it’s already enough of a problem that you’re calling a professional. So you don’t need someone to tell you that yes, you have mold. What you want to know is how big the problem is and how dangerous it is. If you own a business or medical center, you want to know if it will hurt your patients, or damage your building. You want to know if it could be a medical issue for your employees. You don’t want to be told if it is mold or not–you can see that for yourself.

Professional mold testing companies use state-of-the-art equipment to scan and test your building for mold. They’re not looking to see if you have mold. They’re looking to see if your building has mold in HVAC systems, any leaky plumbing, mold in between layers of drywall, and collect samples of mold to see what kind it is, and if it produces toxins.

So when you hire a professional mold company to look at your mold problem, know that they can tell the difference between dangerous or “toxic” mold and mold that isn’t hazardous to your health. They can also tell you how far the damage has gone and if you need to hire a professional mold remediator. If you are worried that the mold in your business or medical center might be hazardous or destructive, give Advanced Mold Diagnostics a call today. We’d be happy to help.


Related Tags: Mold Testing Companies | Toxic Mold Removal

14Mar 2017

Mold Remediation Can Make All The Difference!

commercial mold remediationBusiness and facility managers know that even in our modern age, your building is still the foundation of your business. Sure, the Internet might help you bring in customers, and it might even be where you do your business, but your physical location–whether that’s a warehouse, an office, a retail space, or anything in between–is the heart of your enterprise.

That means that keeping your building free of unnecessary inhabitants is extremely important to keeping your business in tip-top shape. If you want to keep your business operating at full capacity, you’ll need a happy and healthy mold-free building.

Find out why keeping your building mold-free can help your business with our list of the 3 ways commercial mold remediation can transform your business.

Let The Commercial Mold Remediation Transformation Begin

Keeping your building mold-free is a huge component of keeping your business healthy. Whether you are the business owner, the facilities manager, or someone else with an interest in the building itself, you should be aware of the ways that commercial mold removal can be important for your business.

  • Keeps Your Employees Healthy!
    You may have heard about the dangerous properties of mold spores. While most of those fears are overblown, it is true that certain species of molds can release toxic by-products. Less dangerous, but more annoying, are the larger variety of molds that release non-toxic spores that are irritating to the respiratory system, and are linked to allergies, coughs, and respiratory infection. If you want to keep your employees healthy and your customers from coughing, mold testing and remediation is the answer!
  • Keeps Your Building Looking Good!
    This is a simple reason that should be quite obvious: mold growth on walls, ceilings, tile, and other locations is unsightly! Big green or gray splotches on the walls, slick black streaks on the tile, and the smell can make even the most aesthetic building look shabby. And while you can scrub away the mold to make your walls look better, if the mold keeps coming back, there’s not much you can do. Commercial mold remediation can stop your mold problem entirely, making sure the mold doesn’t grow back and sprucing up your business in the meantime!
  • Helps Prevent Lawsuits!
    One of the most damaging things that can happen to your business is the dreaded lawsuit. Mold in the workplace, if it is hazardous to employee health, can and does lead to OSHA complaints. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration takes workplace complaints very seriously, and government intervention is not something that will help your business. Advanced Mold Diagnostics specializes in safeguarding your business by adhering to OSHA regulations on mold, and will work with you to make sure that your building is a mold-free space for your employees.

Let’s keep your business going strong! Call for an assessment today!


Related Tags: Commercial Mold Remediation | AMD Mold Testing and Remediation

12Mar 2017

Mold isn’t as much of a threat when you know the secret to staying mold-free.

Mold TreatmentReal estate is all about location, location, location… or so the saying goes. In order to properly navigate the real estate market, experts claim that you have to understand the importance of location. But it’s not just real estate that has a straightforward but difficult guideline for success. Professional athletes and world-renowned musicians consistently declare that “practice makes perfect.” Entrepreneurs claim that passion and persistence are the keys to financial well-being. But is there a secret key to unlocking the door to a mold-free medical center?

Believe it or not, mold does not have to be the substance that stays at the back of your mind, causing you to worry about whether or not there’s an infestation in your medical center. Your medical center can be free of mold.

Here’s the secret: timing. Timing is everything when it comes to mold treatment. As long as the timing is right, your medical center will not have to be concerned with mold infestations.

Mold Treatment: Timing Is Everything

Long-lasting mold treatment is all about timing, but what does that mean? Let’s take a look:

  • Mold Inspection: If there is any concern about a mold infestation in your medical center, then you should find a mold inspector. The sooner that a thorough inspection is completed, the easier it is to address any mold problems. The longer you wait, the more damage mold can cause. A mold inspection can bring you peace of mind and prevent major mold problems. Make time your friend, not your enemy. Have a professional inspect your medical center as soon as possible.
  • Mold Prevention: You don’t have to sit around and wait for mold to come and find you. You can take precautionary measures to prevent mold from ever knocking on your medical center’s door. Make sure that your building’s plumbing is well-maintained and that there are no major leaks or spills. Be weary of areas that are prone to the buildup of moisture. Remember that mold can grow wherever there is moisture. Contact a mold treatment company that can provide specific preventative advice to your medical center.

Mold treatment comes down to timing: staying ahead of mold by taking preventive measures and inspecting for mold so that you can address any potential mold infestation before it gets out of hand. At Advanced Mold Diagnostics, we provide the most effective and thorough mold services. We can not only ease your worries about mold by taking care of any problems, but also by showing you how you can prevent mold from growing in your center.

Go ahead and check your mold score with us today, or give us a call today at 1-800-642-8305.


Related Tags: Effective Mold Treatment | Mold Removal Company

06Mar 2017

Not all mold remediation companies are equal, and some may not be up to the task.

Mold-Remediation-CompanyNot all mold remediation companies are created equal. Some companies are more reliable than others. In this regard, the business of mold removal is like other industries: you have the good, the bad and the ugly. Not every restaurant has great service or tasty food. Not every car dealership is trustworthy. And not every mold removal company will provide you with the service that your medical center requires.

Now, the fact that there are inadequate mold removal companies should not deter you from consulting with professionals about mold. Instead, you need to make sure that you find the best company for the job. The question does not concern whether or not you should hire a mold removal company. The real question you should be asking is: What mold removal company should I consult with?

Choosing The Right Mold Remediation Company

At Advanced Mold Diagnostics, we leave no stone unturned with our inspection and removal services. We understand that medical centers have enough on their plates, and the last thing they need is a mold infestation to worry about. The mindset at Advanced Mold Diagnostics is that, while we cannot provide medical services for people in need, we can support those that do. Our mission is to make your medical center a mold free environment so you can get back to the wonderful and all-too-necessary work that you do every single day.

Since our mission is so important, we take all of our work seriously. But over the years, we have seen that other mold remediation companies are not always up to the task. in fact, 30% of our mold removal projects involve cleaning up the mold that other companies have left behind. Needless to say, our experience has confirmed that you cannot just trust any mold removal company to eliminate your mold.

We wish that we could improve the companies who do a disservice to their clients by providing inadequate service. We wish that we could train them and show them how they can improve. In an ideal world, you would be able to just pick up the phone, call the first mold remediation company that you come across, and have them remove mold from your medical center. But that is not this world.

In this world, you not only have to find a mold remediation company, but you have to find the right one. At Advanced Mold Diagnostics, we provide effective, reliable mold remediation services. The numbers speak for themselves: we have a 98.4% mold abatement rate. That’s why we are called to clean up the mold that other companies have left behind: companies know that Advanced Mold Diagnostics can succeed where other companies fail. You don’t need to take a risk with another company, you just need to choose the right company, knowing that your mold problem is in good hands. Call us today at 1-800-642-8305.


Related Tags: Effective Mold Remediation Company | Advanced Mold Removal