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How to Prevent Mold in the Winter

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How to Prevent Mold in the Winter | Tri Span Environmental

Mold prevention can seem a bit harder when the air is cooler and the rain is more frequent. It seems like everything begins to feel damp and smell musty. Below are a few ways you can reduce your chances of developing a mold problem.
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4 Ways to Eliminate Mold in Your Home

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4 Ways to Eliminate Mold in Your Home | Tri Span Environmental

The speed that a small amount of mold can grow into a huge problem is alarming. Keeping your Los Angeles County home clear of mold can be easier if you follow the four suggestions below. read more →

5 Places Mold Can Develop Due to a Leaking Roof

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5 Places Mold Can Develop Due to a Leaking Roof | Tri Span Environmental

Moisture is one of the main ingredients needed to help encourage the growth of mold in your San Bernardino County area home. Below are five areas that can have mold problems directly related to water infiltration caused by a leaking roof.

Attic Spaces

The attic is the first space the water will try and access after a heavy rain on a leaking roof. Depending on the condition of your Orange County roof, water can pool quickly into the insulation and wood. It’s the perfect area of undisturbed air to begin growing large amounts of mold.

Behind the Siding

Faulty roof eaves and gutters can lead to water getting in behind the siding of your home. Eventually, the mold will become noticeable as it begins growing on the outer surface of the siding of your Riverside County house. The problem is that the mold will begin to invade deeper and deeper into the interior walls of the home.

Interior Walls

If you notice wet areas of wallboard, you might have a building problem from water leaks from the roof. It can run down behind the wallboard and completely soak the insulation, wood, and wall materials. Not only will begin growing mold, but it can cause rot of the structure of your Los Angeles County home.

Beneath Flooring

Serious roof leaks can actually allow enough water to enter behind the walls that it begins to spread out beneath your feet. The entire subfloor can become soaked. It can weaken the floor and cause failure and promotes the growth of mold.

Basements and Crawlspaces

Basements and crawlspaces of Orange County homes are already notorious for feeling damp and smelling slightly moldy. A roof leak will allow even more water to pour in and allow for mold problems to escalate. It can be a serious issue, even if your crawlspace has a dirt floor.

Call us at Tri Span Environmental if you suspect a roof leak is causing mold problems in your Los Angeles County area home. We will locate the mold and expertly remove it from your property.

How Professional Remediation Services Handle a Basement Flood

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How Professional Remediation Services Handle a Basement Flood | Cleanup Services

Opening your basement door and finding that you are looking at a few inches of water covering the floor can be shocking. At Tri Span, we are ready to come out at any moment and help you get this type of situation under control before your Los Angeles home sustains serious water damage.

Stop the Source of the Water Leak

A break in the main water line of your Orange County home can cause your entire basement to flood. It can be stressful knowing that anything stored down there will have some level of water damage. It’s critical to have this problem taken care of quickly to avoid a further problem of mold.

Pump Standing Water from the Basement

Our water damage specialists will start the water removal process right away by pumping any standing water out of the basement. The walls of your Los Angeles basement can become damaged by water if it’s allowed to stay for any length of time.

Remove Any Damaged Storage Items, Wood, or Wall Boards

Finished or semi-finished basements will often have walls added to close off separate areas. Flooding will damage portions of these materials. You may have items stored in cardboard boxes that will have to be removed. Wood stairs can become water damaged and might need to be removed as well.

Dehumidify and Dry the Space

Drying a basement area can take longer than most areas of the home. It’s a typically moist area that retains humidity in the air. We will add the power of dehumidifying to shorten the time it takes for the space to dry.

Repair Any Areas of Water Damage

Any building materials damaged by the water, broken plumbing, and other fixtures will have to be repaired or replaced. Window repair might be necessary if the water intrusion is the result of rainstorm activity through a window access.

Contact us at Tri Span if your Los Angeles home has suffered a basement flood. Water damage must be handled quickly to keep damage from spreading from contaminants like mold. We handle the Los Angeles County and surrounding area.

4 Situations Requiring the Services of Environmental Specialists

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Maintaining your home environment free of hazardous substances is critical to keeping you and your family safe and healthy. Here at Tri Span Environmental, we are certified and licensed in the abatement and restoration of your home from all types of harmful materials.

Removal of Lead Paint

The greater Los Angeles and surrounding areas have an ongoing problem with lead paint and potentially contaminated soil. It often goes undiscovered until major areas of older homes begin to be stripped of materials during an innocuous renovation. Removal of lead paint is dangerous due to the inability to avoid exposing it to the air. Lead poisoning can happen through inhalation of the lead dust particles that fill the air. Specialists will have the necessary equipment and protective clothing it takes to safely remove the lead from your home and adjoining soil.

Asbestos Testing and Abatement

Asbestos is a deadly fiber found in older building materials that gained popularity for fire-retardant and insulative qualities. It’s another substance that can harm humans when released into the air and inhaled. The bad thing about asbestos is the long period of time that can go between exposure and illness. If your San Bernardino or Riverside County home is tested to have the presence of asbestos, professional removal by experts at Tri Span will completely eliminate every trace.

Fire and Water Damage

The smallest of house fires in your Los Angeles County home can bring complete chaos to life. It’s hard to plan on what to do to bring normalcy back to each day. The home might be deemed uninhabitable until cleaning and repairs are done. You can call on us at Tri Span to begin to clean up right away and make the plans to begin reconstruction right away.

Complete Mold Removal

Science increasingly backs the health risks associated with mold growth within your living space. A mold problem always begins with tiny spores that enter the home through ventilation, windows, doors, and can attach to clothing when outside. With the right mix of air moisture and an undisturbed space in your Los Angeles area home, mold will attach and begin to reproduce at a fast pace. Complete removal is required to improve the air quality and protect your health.

Call us at Tri Span for any of these problems and we will provide a fast assessment, estimate, and begin bringing complete resolution. We handle environmental cleanup and restoration throughout the Los Angeles County and surrounding areas.

How to Get Rid of Mold Odors In the Basement

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How to Get Rid of Mold Odors In the Basement | Orange County Abatement

Mold is more common in homes in the Orange County and surrounding areas that you might think. It only takes a little moisture, dark, and undisturbed environment to end up with a huge problem that brings offensive odor and health hazards right to your doorstep.

Inspect the Basement for Signs of Mold

Look in all visible locations for signs of mold or mildew. Most often it will be gray or black in color. Look at lower edges of walls and around windows. Check any stored furniture items, boxes, and clothing for mold. Discard anything that is covered in mold. It will help eliminate the musty odor.

Keep the Home Well Ventilated

Mold is most likely to grow at times you are not using the heating or air conditioning system. It is due to the air becoming still and allowing the mold spores to find a spot and begin growing. Keep the air circulating well throughout your Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, or Riverside County home.

Keep Excess Moisture Out

Rain might be a scarce event in Los Angeles and surrounding counties, but it does come around at times. Make sure there are no leaks in the walls of your basement, window frames, or plumbing leaks from above. Eliminating the moisture problem will reduce the odor of mold.

Place Kitty Litter

If you continue to detect a strong mold odor in the basement, try placing an open container of kitty litter into the middle of the room. It will begin to absorb the smell right away. You should notice a difference within a few days.

Call In Mold Remediation Experts

If you feel you have tried everything and the odor persists, call in our mold remediation experts for professional help. We will track down the source and location of mold, providing complete removal at an affordable cost. You will finally feel free of mold and strong musty odors. You can reclaim the basement space for comfortable use.

Call us at Harbor Environmental Group to assist you in making your basement and home completely mold-free. We are available to help anywhere in the Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino areas.

Mold and Your Respiratory Health

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Mold and Your Respiratory Health | Orange County Hazardous Material Abatement

There are many species of mold, and they have been on earth since the beginning of life. Some molds are beneficial, such as the mold species from which the drug penicillin is derived. Other mold is an integral part of cheese making, but there are some species of mold which can cause serious ailments, including a variety of respiratory diseases, when the mold is growing inside a building.

Mold in Buildings Linked to Respiratory Disease

Molds found inside buildings develop where there is moisture. This means bathrooms, laundry areas, areas under the kitchen sink, hot tubs, and spa areas are the most likely places for developing a mold problem. Basements, crawl spaces, and garages are also common places for finding mold growth. Molds can also develop inside air conditioning systems and vents.

Molds produce spores for reproduction, and these dust-like spores become airborne as a means for the mold spreading itself to new locations. When these spores are inhaled or ingested, they can lead to respiratory ailments such as asthma and allergies, especially for some individuals.

Not everyone is affected in the same way when a mold is present in a home or other building, and the presence of mold is not always obvious or detectable by odor. Molds growing inside walls or under floors can still spread spores, even though the mold itself is not visible.

Some people do not experience any reaction to mold, but for other people, exposure to certain species of mold can cause wheezing, coughing, allergic reactions, fatigue, watery eyes, skin disorders, and bring on asthma attacks.

For children, early exposure to mold may make them more susceptible to asthma later in life. Elderly people and people with compromised immune systems are also especially vulnerable to the negative effects of mold growing in a building.

The best ways for preventing mold is by:

  • Having adequate ventilation in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry, and spa areas.
  • Quickly repairing leaks in water inlet pipes, drains, roofs, and around windows.
  • Making sure downspouts funnel rainwater away from the building and not allowing it to enter crawl spaces or basements.
  • Keeping indoor humidity at the correct level.

If you suspect mold inside a building is having an effect on your health, contact Tri Span Environmental for a consultation, and find out how you can eliminate mold and its health risks from your environment.

Problems with Mold and Mildew

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Problems with Mold and Mildew | Orange County Hazard Remediation

Mold and mildew are not exactly the same, and understanding the difference is important when remediation is needed.

Both mold and mildew can have serious consequences when they take up residence inside a home or other building. The problems they cause can affect the health and well-being of people, as well as the integrity of the building itself.

Is It Mildew or Mold?

Mildews and molds are different kinds of fungus, and both come in a variety of species. Both of these fungi grow quickly when conditions are humid or moist, which means they are often found in bathrooms, kitchens, and crawl spaces where moisture is present.

In most cases, mildew grows only on the surface of a wall, floor, or ceiling, while molds are capable of extending deeper into the material, making them harder to treat and potentially more harmful.

Mildew is usually white or light grey in color, and molds often appear dark green or black. Mold is what you find on old food in the refrigerator, and mildew more commonly appears only at the surface of whatever material it is growing on.

Because it is restricted to the surface, mildew is easier to get rid of than a mold problem. If the mildew is not extensive, it can often be remediated simply by applying a disinfecting agent to the area.

Molds, on the other hand, are more destructive and extensive in the damage they do, because they are capable of growing deeper into the building material. For example, mold which has gone untreated on framing members in a crawl space or as a result of a leaky drain pipe can destroy the integrity of flooring and framing materials, requiring the complete replacement of these structural elements.

While there are countless species of mold, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports there are five species commonly found causing problems in buildings. These are:

  • Aspergillus, usually found on walls and insulation materials and appearing in many colors,
  • Penicillium which often appears in areas with significant moisture,
  • Alternaria, the most common mold type found in showers, under basins and sinks, and on window frames,
  • Cladosporium, a mold which prefers colder environments,
  • Stachybotrys chartarum, also known as the toxic black mold because it releases a poisonous dust which can cause asthma, allergies, sinus infections, and other serious health problems.

Whatever type of mold or mildew problem you may have, effective solutions are available from Tri Span Environmental.

The First Step in Remediation at Tri Span Environmental

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The First Step in Remediation at Tri Span Environmental | Orange County Contractor

Tri Span Environmental is a leader among Southern California building remediation businesses. As experts in the field, Tri Span Environmental specialists know removal of hazardous materials from a building starts with complete containment of the toxic materials within the worksite area.

The Dangers of Contaminants

Containment of dust and debris is the first step in the complex process of removing asbestos, lead paint, mold, and fire-damaged components from a building. Protecting people from air-borne hazards and dust contamination during a remediation project is the highest priority for Tri Span Environmental on every job. In many situations, containment of dust and debris from the remediation area can be done while normal use goes on in other parts of the building.

Hazardous materials containment methods used by Tri Span Environmental in Los Angeles and Orange counties include setting up polyethylene barriers around the remediation site, closing vents and other openings with plastic sheeting and duct tape, and using HEPA filters and negative air pressure equipment for preventing dust infiltration into adjacent areas. Workers wear protective suits, gloves, and masks as needed and take steps to prevent hazardous dust and debris from entering living areas on shoes and when transporting debris off site for disposal.

Remediation & Cleanup Services

Inside the containment area on a remediation project, air filters and pumps keep fresh air moving in and hazardous dusts fibers from moving out. Once the remediation site is contained within a protective barrier, specialized vacuum cleaners designed for use with hazardous fibers and dust are used by Tri Span Environmental as part of the decontamination step.

Containment of hazardous materials is the foundation step in removal of asbestos, lead paint, and mold from any building. If not done correctly, dust and particles from the contaminated building materials can cause continuing problems and toxic exposure in the reconstructed building. Installing the proper hazardous material containment system is the first step on every Tri Span Environmental remediation project.

Hidden Mold Removal by Tri Span Environmental

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Hidden Mold Removal by Tri Span Environmental | Orange County Hazard Remediation

Tri Span Environmental is a general contracting firm that specializes in the removal of hazardous substances like mold. People hear the word mold and most think of black or green slimy growths over surface areas visible to the human eye. The truth is the most dangerous kind of mold is actually hidden mold, which Tri Span Environmental crews are experts at detecting and removal.

Hidden mold often first alerts humans to its presence via odd smells or the presence of water damage found on the walls or ceiling. Hidden mold can and does grow in places not readily seen by the human eye like behind wallpaper, paneling, inside ceiling tiles, on the rear side of drywall, beneath carpets and carpet padding. If pipes run through walls or ceilings and moisture accumulates, the mold can grow on pipes, too. The common denominator to facilitate mold growth is moisture, created by condensation accumulation or leaks.

How Does Mold Spread in Your Home?

Mold spreads by way of spores. Tri Span Environmental not only has the equipment and experience to detect and eradicate mold, but also has qualified professionals who know how to combat the onset of spore growth and spread. Normal cleaning of a facility or an area will not remove spores or mold sufficiently to return an area to a sterile working or living environment.

Often buildings easily provide mold and its spores the necessary triad of factors for further growth. These factors are:

  • Nutrients
  • Moisture
  • Time

Nutrients can consist of dust, building materials and any organic matter. Moisture can be the simple presence of humidity already in the air, such as exists in many California localities near a body of water or coastal region. Any degree of moisture hastens decay, a process that mold serves to fulfill in natural settings. As for time, mold and its spores requires as little as 24 hours to start growing into a colony.

Even if a building sports a dry environment, if the location was subject to a flooding incident or a leak, local residents or workers can rest assured that mold growth has likely started. Mold can cause allergies, health problems, and in severe cases, death. Mold is a liability to a company both financially and legally. Tri span Environmental offers contracts and services to entities in the Southern California or High Desert Area to assist in mold prevention, treatment and removal.

Tri Span Environmental’s mold removal services can protect clients from further harm and forestall future incidents of invasive mold growth.