What You Can't See Can Hurt You

Sharp Mold Spores

In years past, if you couldn’t see something, you generally weren’t worried about it. Today, with the advances in science and technology, we now know that gases and micro-pollutants in the air – even those that can’t be discovered by sight or smell – can impact our health and well-being. Air quality can no longer be judged by our senses alone, especially indoors. One of those micro-pollutants that can affect the quality of inside air is mold.

Molds are fungi often hidden away in warm, humid corners of your home, even in Colorado’s dryer climate. Although they look stationary, molds have methods of getting airborne and into your lungs. To reproduce, they release spores into the air. And if the mold dries out, fragments can break off and attach to existing dust in your air where they can harm both your air quality and your health. Molds can stimulate allergic reactions, and some toxic molds may even impair your immune system.

Those involved in mold remediation test the air during and after mold cleanup to determine how effectively the contaminants have been removed or contained. This is done by using a laser particle counter to determine the number of airborne particles. This device draws in a sample of air, shines a laser light across the air stream inside of it, then electronically counts the particles that cross the path of the beam. In contaminated environments, the amount of particles will be very high, but after proper cleaning, they should be significantly lower.

Laser particle counter measurements show over 99% of the particles floating in indoor air that are one micron (1/1,000,000 of a meter) or smaller. The EPA calls these “lung-damaging” particles because they could lodge deep in the lungs when inhaled. Although the unit can’t differentiate between spores, skin fragments or cotton fibers, using one is helpful in determining if the property is experiencing a mold problem and can be used for additional quality-control and post-remediation checking.

Certain websites allow mold testing companies to enter data from a particle counter and get prompt online results so that you’ll have an answer quickly, instead of having to wait days or weeks for results.

Many of our customers who are researching mold cleanup, mold removal, or mold remediation services are surprised to discover Cyclone Kleen Up offers a free mold inspection service. We’re licensed by the State of Colorado as a General Contractor and we can provide a free mold inspection, property loss evaluation, and detailed estimation for our mold clean up services. We partner with trusted mold testing companies to get an accurate report and follow the mold protocol outlined in the report to remediate the mold in your home or business.

Once a positive report is received, our IICRC Certified technicians follow our systematic and well-planned mold abatement and remediation process to clean up mold and repair your property to your satisfaction. Contact Cyclone Kleen Up today for FREE on-site estimates for mold removal and remediation in the state of Colorado. Call us today at 719-299-3887.