SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Jan 06, 2016 – “Although the January, 2016, heavy rains are much needed in drought-stricken California and Arizona, one unforeseen consequence is an increase in health-destroying, toxic mold growth inside residences, workplaces, and commercial buildings,” cautions Phillip Fry, Certified Environmental Hygienist, Professional Industrial Hygienist, and webmaster of www.floodmold.com
The heavy rains drive mold growth, which can begin after just 24 hours of wetness of building materials, because of three possible water intrusion problems, adds Fry, who has also been webmaster since 1999 of the mold health website www.moldinspector.com, which lists the top 100 mold-related illnesses.
The first problem is that heavy rains enter buildings through roof and siding leaks to soak attics, ceilings, and walls, causing hidden internal toxic mold growth.
The second problem is that many California and Arizona homes are built on hillsides, or at the bottom of hills, or with the landscaping grade going downward toward the house, rather than away from the house, which enables excessive rainfall to enter into concrete floor slabs, basements, and crawl spaces, causing water to wick upward into floors and walls above.
Hillside and bottom-of-the-hill crawl spaces in California are especially vulnerable to water intrusion and resulting mold growth therein that can grow upwards into the floors and walls resting on the crawl space. In addition, aerodynamic, super light airborne mold spores from the crawl space mold can travel in the air to cross-contaminate the rest of the house by entering open windows and doors, plus the fresh air intake of heating/cooling systems.
Third, high rainfall translates into high indoor humidity. If the humidity level indoor exceeds 70%, such high humidity alone can drive significant mold growth on building materials and contents such as furniture, carpeting, and clothes.
Fry’s firm EnviroFry Upkeep Masters, LLC, provides infrared, moisture meter, fiber optics video camera, hygrometer, and visual inspection to find wet spots and mold growth inside walls, floors, ceilings, attics, crawl spaces, and heating/cooling air ducts, plus air testing, in homes and commercial buildings in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Tucson, Arizona, as well as San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, California coastal communities, San Jose, and San Francisco, California.
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Company Name: EnviroFry Upkeep Masters, LLC
Contact Person: Phillip Fry
Country: United States