Black Mold In Maryland Workplace

Black Mold in the Workplace

Maryland metro area houses many office buildings serving as a workplace for hundreds of thousands of office staff members. Most workplaces are a very safe environment, loaded with the latest comforts of modern office designs and features. Office spaces became so comfortable, its hard to imagine it as being a hazardous environment. A leaking pipe in the  main restroom changed that reality for Jack Hezman, a senior lending adviser for the firm.When complaints arose from office staff members, about strange physical symptoms in a small Rockville office, EnviroCare was hired to investigate a possible black mold infestation.

Black Mold In Maryland Workplace

Jack started to display an array of symptoms like a rash, headaches and watery eyes, in the past few weeks. Thinking he was alone, Jack took a few days off and stayed home. The symptoms subsided and he went back to work, only to have the same rash reappear. Other staffers started having issues like runny nose, sneezing and fatigue.

An EnviroCare inspection with a thermal imaging camera reviled a pin hole leak in the restroom caused extensive water damage in the walls, that led to black mold to grow and infest the office.

“I thought I was loosing my mind, I never imagined black mold could make me sick like that”

Toxic mold is becoming a real issue for employers with raising awareness for mold effects. Some employees are going as far as suing the workplace or refusing to work in offices with mold problems.

After preforming a mold remediation process and testing the air for black mold, the Maryland office passed the clearance test. EnviroCare Cleanup & Restoration  allowed employees to go back to work with confidence.

 

 

 

EnviroCare is Now the Newest Member of the EAA

EnviroCare & The Environmental Assessment Associations

EAA Certified Firm

EnviroCare Cleanup & Restoration is now the newest member of the Environmental Assessment Association. EAA members adhere to higher level of industry standards and go through meticulous background checks to insure each one is a high quality, educated professional.

The Environmental Assessment Association (EAA) is an international organization dedicated to providing members with information and education in the environmental industry . EAA represents thousands of environmental professionals who provide services to a wide variety of clients including lenders, federal & state agencies along with private companies.

EAA Membership and Environmental Impact

As part of the EAA membership, EnviroCare employees have to comply with strict regulations and uphold industry standards and ethical conduct. EnviroCare is one of many water damage restoration companies in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Using environmentally safe cleaning practices with zero environmental impact is one of the reasons for EnviroCare’s popularity with the local community.

As mold removal and water damage gains more and more awareness with US home owners, many uncertified cleaning companies claim to be professional restorers but end up doing more harm then good. Its time to establish some ethical ground rules for cleaning companies, to ensure indoor air is kept harmless after an mold removal or water damage project.

 

Water Damage & Mold Removal


Water Damage

No one can anticipate a flash flood, storm or a burst pipe, worst off are the damages left behind by the water. If not recovered rapidly  water damage may result in rapid mold growth that will require professional mold removal. Water will go in to all building materials if you let it. After working as a specialist at EnviroCare Water Damage Restoration for over 10 years, I’ve learned water has a mind of its own and even after so long in the water damage industry, water still manage to surprise me.

Removing Black Mold Safely

If you have black mold growth, you will need to take steps to remove it ASAP. The EPA has issued new guidelines for “do it yourself ” mold removal projects if you want to take the risk of exposing yourself or others to toxic molds. The guidelines for professional mold removal companies, devised by the IICRC, are much stricter to ensure minimal exposure to mold toxins. A safe mold removal project should include:

Black Mold

  • Careful removal of infected building materials
  • Creating barriers to prevent contamination
  • HEPA Filtration to purify the air
  • Moisture detection & monitoring 
  • Dehumidification 
  • Mold Testing
  • Mold cleanup, treatment & prevention

EnviroCare is obligated to follow the IICRC S500 and S520 standards for water damage and mold remediation. Following those standards ensures the safety of the occupants dwelling in the property and prevents re-occurrence of mold growth.