LMH Mold


Lincoln Military Housing Mold

The recent discovery of the Lincoln Military Housing Mold prompted Lincoln and the Navy to offer free mold inspections to any resident requesting one. Now, to ensure that requests are met in a timely manner, Lincoln has decided to hire an additional inspection company to bolster the effort. While the causes of the mold remain unknown, remediation efforts are available to residents.

Mold is not something to be taken lightly but, with timely identification, its presence and its effects are quickly and easily remedied. Mold may grow in unlikely places, but it is easily treatable. Furthermore, the recurrence of mold can be completely inhibited by simply removing its source of moisture.

The inspection and testing for mold first involves visual examinations, the taking of air samples, and the collection of physical specimens. Inspectors will examine basements, other areas where moisture has accumulated and, in some instances, remove the drywall to inspect enclosed areas. If mold is detected, a sample is collected with a piece of specialized tape. Similarly, air samples are collected either passively or using forced air. These samples are then sent to a laboratory for testing.

There are thousands of types of mold. Many are beneficial and others need to be dealt with. Regardless, when  mold is encountered in a household environment, they should all be treated and removed. In the early stages, there is no real danger, but precaution is always the best course of action.

The removal of mold, or, technically, mold remediation, involves various procedures. Small infestations can be cleaned and disinfected with bleach. Larger areas may require the removal and replacement of drywall or other building materials.

The second stage to the successful elimination of mold in a home is the removal of the water source sustaining the mold. Mold spores are, simply, incapable of multiplying and reproducing without a source of water. It may be as simple as replacing a worn washer on a dripping tap or running a dehumidifier in the basement. Nevertheless, without this step, the mold will eventually return.

If you find or smell mold of any color in your military housing, report it to the office immediately. The early detection and removal of any type of mold is always the safest course.

 December 13th, 2011  
 LMH Mold

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