Mould Removal

Condensation and Mould Surveys in Yorkshire

Mould remediation services in Yorkshire, York, Harrogate and Scarborough

Do you suffer from mould?

Moulds are unsightly and destructive, and if left unattended too may cause irreversible loss to decorations, furnishings and fabrics, as well as compromising air quality. Living with moulds or accompanying moulds for long periods can be unhealthy potentially leading to health issues especially in the vulnerable; young children, elderly or people with weak or compromised immune systems.

The presence of visible mould, represents a sustained water/moisture problem most likely to have occurred through a leak or simply humidity created by lifestyle condensation.

To prevent mould it is necessary to establish the cause of the problem, and remove the initial source of moisture. Where leaks have occurred, obviously attending the repair and drying of materials effectively is priority to prevent further damage. Where condensation is the issue, created by lifestyle moisture production, specialist advice and solutions may be required.

If you suffer with condensation or mould problems, see our condensation page or contact us and request a survey.

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Mould and Condensation Surveys

We provide professional and credible condensation and mould reports specifically focused on the environmental conditions causing and providing the habitat for mould growth and measures of remediation/repair.

Our surveys are only undertaken by experienced and fully qualified surveyors who hold the National Qualification for remedial surveying C.S.R.T. awarded by the BWPDA / PCA our industry body. This proves that our surveyors have been independently examined and tested, proving their extensive knowledge and expertise.

All of our surveys are carried out in accordance with The British Standards Code of Practice.

Mould Inspections

Our mould inspections include;

  • Diagnosis to the source of moisture and effective repair
  • Assessment of the atmospheric conditions
  • Classification on the severity and extent of mould
  • Establishing a safe and effective mould remediation programme

Mould Remediation Services

Dryfix offer specialist mould remediation and microbial cleaning services with emphasis placed on the health and safety of occupants and our operatives in mind. Some moulds contain mycotoxins within their cell walls, it is these toxins which can be potentially hazardous to health when exposed too. Dealing with mould is therefore a task which must only be undertaken by a specialist, as mould growth and its removal is subject to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002.

Our mould cleaning regimes, are carried out in accordance with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) guidelines, and Universal Standard Code of Practices; providing established and effective working standards compliant with COSHH Regulations, backed by comprehensive method statements & risk assessments.

Protection from mould exposure is created through a combination of engineered controls and specialised working practices such as; controlled demolition, source containment, air pressure control, specialist respiratory equipment and personnel protective equipment.

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Standards and quality assurance.

Upon completion of our cleaning programme, inspections and swab testing is undertaken, documented and recorded. The objective of fungal / mould remediation is not to disinfect or sterilise but rather to restore the environment and previously affected surfaces to a 'normal' fungal ecology level.

Our mould remediation work is only undertaken by trained and accredited Mould Remediation Technicians who follow the latest safe practices of mould remediation set out in IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Standards) S500 and S520. Dryfix only use specialist microbial solutions for the remediation of mould and NOT ordinary house hold bleach cleaners.

IICRC - The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration CertificationDryfix Preservation Ltd are a certified firm with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) the world's largest certification body for the disaster restoration industry.

The IICRC is a non-profit standard-setting organization dedicated to raising industry standards through technical proficiency. By administering a strict process of certification, the IICRC provides a means by which consumers can receive the highest quality of service from trained, knowledgeable, professional technicians.

All of our technicians are National Flood School trained and IICRC qualified in water restoration, mould remediation and structural drying.

When comparing Dryfix with other contractors you must ask yourself who vets those contractors, who determines their technical skills, are they Health and Safety trained and are they good enough to be acceptable to an insurance company?

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Want to know more about Mould?

Contrary to the belief moulds are not plants, moulds actually belong to the kingdom of living organisms Fungi (Eumycota - 5th kingdom), moulds are simply micro-fungi.

Moulds and fungi, also unlike plants do not contain chlorophyll, therefore do not derive their energy from sunlightMoulds and fungi, also unlike plants do not contain chlorophyll, therefore do not derive their energy from sunlight, hence the reason why most moulds prefer dark, damp conditions. It is common nonetheless, to see moulds/fungi living symbiotically with plants, as each contribute to this mutual relationship. Moulds and fungi perform the laborious task of breaking down complex organic substances into simple food compounds for plants in exchange for sugars and energy derived by the plant through photosynthesis.

Categories of mould

Moulds can be described as either one of three types and can be categorised even further by their preference of temperature and moisture requirements and the manner in which they cause infections;

The main three categories of mould are;

1: Saprophytic - Moulds which live off dead organisms (usually types found in forestry)

2: Parasitic - Moulds which live off other living organisms (athletes foot)

3: Mutualistic - Moulds which live symbiotically with their host (fungi symbiotically living with algae to form lichen)

Colonies & Spores

A single mould spore is approximately 1 - 20m microns in sizeA single mould spore is approximately 1 - 20m microns in size (micron = one-millionth of a meter). The eye can only see down to 50m microns which makes mould spores invisible to the human eye. Mould spores are present in abundant quantities in our everyday environment, only when conditions are right (generally dark and humid with limited air movement) do spores germinate forming colonies of mould. It is these formed colonies of millions of germinated mould spores all huddled together which you see.

When moulds colonize, they 'sporulate' releasing spores into the atmosphere which are carried through the air in the hope of landing on other surfaces where conditions may also be/become viable for growth, expanding the colony. It is these spores which release chemicals known as MVOC's (microbial volatile organic compounds) which create the smelly musty odour associated with mould growth. Microbial volatile organic compounds can also affect health of anyone who is exposed causing allergic reactions, illness and respiratory problems, particularly within the vulnerable; young children, the elderly and people with weak or compromised immune systems.

Moulds require a food source to sustain life, a humid environment, regulated temperature and limited air movement provide the perfect conditions to thrive. Your most likely to see moulds appearing after recent flooding or water damage incidents generally caused by incomplete drying and humidity. Moulds can also occur where persistent surface moisture is present caused by condensation.

Toxic Mould

"Toxic Mould" is a term invented by the media in the 90's following some case examples. It is true that some moulds are more harmful than others but this is individual specific. Most moulds are not toxic themselves although some can produce toxic gases (mycotoxins) and others can contain toxins within their cell structure which can be potentially hazardous to health when exposed too.

There is no dispute that moulds can damage the health of people and these risks increased when living with moulds in a closed environment. The issue is the magnitude, what maybe be tolerable by one person maybe dangerous to others, so what is considered to be a safe level of mould exposure?

It has taken years for the general acceptance of the cancer related illness caused by the effects of smoking and to recognise the dangers of working with asbestos causing "asbestosis" which were then followed by world wide panic.

Whilst there are know risks to health from moulds, the level and severity of these risks can change overnight through new discoveries and classifications determined by the scientific community. Our safest precaution is to treat moulds universally ensuring good practice is implemented taken from the knowledge we have to date.

Due to the potential health risks involved dealing with mould is a task which must only be undertaken by a specialist who understands to these potential health risks and can implement the safest control measures in its cleaning and removal. Mould growth and its removal is subject to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002.

Avoid DIY mould treatments!

Large areas contaminated with mould pose the highest risk to health. Atempting to remove mould yourself can result in the distribution and spread of dangerous spores into the air, placing yourselves and other occupants of the building at risk. Even small contaminated areas can potentially pose high risk if handled incorrectly or in a dangerous manner.

Applying DIY treatments to mould may also result in moulds reacting defensively producing harmful mycotoxins, which may cause allergic reactions or sickness. General household chlorine bleach (Sodium Hypochlorite) is also not recommended for effective mould remediation, as bleach has no residual activity for long term control and eradication of moulds. For these reason DIY treatments are not recommend and should be avoided.

Dryfix mould remediation is only undertaken by experienced and trained technicians who follow the latest safe practices of mould remediation set out in IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Standards) S500 and S520. Dryfix only use specialist microbial solutions for the remediation of mould and NOT ordinary house hold bleach cleaners.

"Remember bad mould remediation is worse than no remediation at all"

Remember not all moulds are bad!

Not all moulds are bad, remember moulds and fungi contribute to the valuable chain of our eco system, breaking down complex organic substances into simple compounds and molecules to digest forming natures very own organic recycling process. Without moulds and fungi this process would simply end and the world would consume itself buried in a trail of matter.

If you need help with the symptoms of mould or its cause, please do not hesitate to Contact us.

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