Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some questions that we frequently receive. Don't see your question? Contact us for more information.
Dow Corning did research and studies that costed over $2 million, a very large sum of money in 1976, to ensure that our products would receive the proper EPA registration. Our EPA-registered microbe preventatives are trusted by many large corporations, including Reebok, New Balance, Franklin Sports, Rockport, Brillo Pads, and Nike, and have been used in thousands of different products, from hospital drapes and clothing, to socks and baby diapers. Our materials were recently used to treat 6 different schools in Dade County, FL in a major study on improving school attendance rates through applying antimicrobial treatments throughout the buildings.
No, you do NOT. There is a mild aroma associated with our product, which some people find unpleasant. We will do everything in our power to limit your inconvenience while we are working; however, the containment area will limited access due to safety concerns.
Yes, there is an aroma. Our mold remediation product is designed so that it does not evaporate or form a “cloud”, so you don’t have to worry about it leaching onto other surfaces. The solution chemically changes when it is applied and it permanently fuses itself to the treated surface. Heavy abrasive cleaning may remove the treatment, but normal cleaning will not have any effect on the solution.
Our mold remediation treatment will sanitize the mold and bring it down to an acceptable level by the time we are done with treatments. But, if the MPI Antimicrobial is to remain effective, the treated areas will need normal cleaning. The treatment’s killing of microorganisms can be hindered by small things such as paint, dirt and dust, or even dead microbes.
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Remediation (IICRC) has defined 3 different levels of mold contamination. They are listed below.
- Condition #3 (actual mold growth):
is defined as an environment contaminated with the presence of actual mold growth (mold you can see) and associated spores.
- Condition #2 (settled spores):
This is an indoor environment that has contamination from settled spores that were dispersed directly or indirectly from, and reflective of, the fungal ecology of a Condition #3 area. You may also see traces of actual growth.
- Condition #1 (normal fungal ecology):
This environment may have settled spores, fungal fragments, or even some traces of actual mold growth, but the amounts will be that of a normal indoor environment’s fungal ecology.
Purpose of Remediation Treatments:
Changing the environment from Condition #3 or #2 to Condition #1 is the ultimate purpose of the mold remediation treatments.
Our product, FastMold MPI Antimicrobial works to create an odorless, colorless, positively-charged polymer which forms a chemical bond to any treated surface where it is applied. It is as if the solution creates a layer of electrically charged swords for protection. Then the quaternary amine sword punctures the cell membrane or any microorganisms that come into contact with it, and the electrical charge shocks the cell. The dead cell has nothing transferred to it; therefore, the antimicrobial doesn’t lose any strength and is ready for the next microorganism cell.
Yes, we run HEPA Air scrubbers in all containment areas. HEPA Air scrubbers work by removing all contaminants from the air, thereby purifying it. To prevent the spreading of mold to nearby areas, we utilize HEPA air scrubbers for every mold remediation project.
Yes, we do Air Quality Testing and lift testing.
We want to prevent the mold spores from traveling around your home or office, so we isolate the affected areas with a 6 mil. polyethylene plastic. Using this plastic and tape we will create mold containment zones that keep air from moving to unaffected areas in the building. Not only do we tape and poly every air duct, cold air return duct, and doorway, we also utilize HEPA air scrubbers on every project. While the application is underway, we will limit access for homeowners and outside workers to the structure.
The time required varies greatly based on the size of the project and the extent of the damage. An average crawl space or attic will take roughly 1.5 to 2 days on average.
Absolutely! Every remediation project that includes MPI Preventative comes with a 10-Year warranty.
Lack of proper ventilation and the intrusion of moisture are the most frequent causes of mold in crawlspaces and attics that we see.
Eliminating mold usually involves wood or wood-based building materials, which are all porous in nature. Household bleach has been proven effective, but only on non-porous (hard) surfaces, and even then only on certain strains of mold and fungi. These facts were determined in independent studies conducted by The Clorox Company (manufacturer and distributor of Ultra Clorox® Regular Bleach), and are stated on product labels.
Although bleach (sodium hypochlorite) is very corrosive, the properties of bleach prevent it from "soaking into" wood-based building materials to get at the deeply embedded mycilia (roots) of mold. Using bleach as a mold remover should be reserved for kitchen and bathroom countertops, or for tubs and showers, and to help neutralize indoor mold spores. Beware of any mold inspector or mold remediation company that recommends or uses bleach for mold clean up on wood-based building materials.