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Top 5 Reasons Treatments Fail

Bryant Smith | NoMoldWNC
May 23, 2023
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The NoMoldWNC "Pure Maintenance" dry fog treatment is an excellent technique to get rid of mold, spores, and mycotoxins in a home. It's incredible to think that a home can go from potentially toxic to healthy in just a few hours. It's remarkable, but it's not magic. Treatments do not always work. Furthermore, therapies may be effective, but follow-up testing may be unsatisfactory. This is an extremely crucial distinction to make.

The top reasons for treatment or follow-up test failure, as well as what can be done to alleviate them, are listed below.

1. Something is still damp in the house!

This is hands down the most common reason, accounting for 75 percent of all retreats. It's crucial to be able to spot any water problems and confirm that they've been fixed, as well as that appropriate time and procedures have been taken to ensure that the location is dry. A saturated basement foundation is an excellent example of this. Wet wants to wick to dry, as we all know. The wood against the foundation walls will be saturated if the foundation is saturated. The paper on the sheetrock adjacent to the wood remains moist, just like the wood. The visible side of the sheetrock will be damp if the inside of the sheetrock paper is moist. This is the most common location for mold growth. Not because the mold was brought in by outside water, but because the indoor mold load was high enough for mold to find dampness. The visible surface of the sheetrock must be dry, but that is just half of the problem. The homeowner will frequently place a fan in the area, and the visible side of the sheetrock will dry out. This does not, however, guarantee that the foundation or the two by fours are completely dry. The underside of the carpet padding may still be moist in this case. Any moisture or saturated materials in the residence can cause the test findings to be skewed. To avoid a retreat, all of this must be investigated. Waiting another week to verify that everything is dry is typically the wiser business decision. I'd rather do that than risk a bad test result, inconvenience the customer, and stifle my company's efficiency by doing repeat work.

2. Moisture is accumulating in the HVAC system!

This is very frequent in high-humidity areas all around the country. Turning on the "fan-only" setting to allow the coils to dry is one of the first steps in the very thorough step-by-step procedures. This might or might not be sufficient. It's critical that the technician asks the proper questions during the bidding process. "Do you think the mold problem gets worse while the HVAC system is on?" is a fantastic question. On the basis of this information, adjustments to the step-by-step can be made. It would not be incorrect to increase the baseline advice on the step by step from 10 minutes per thousand square feet to 15 or 20 minutes per square foot. Another alternative is to fog the residence for 10 minutes per square foot before and after it has been fogged.

3. The drains or drainage systems in your home aren't working properly.

One or more dried-out P-traps, open-drain lines, or even missing toilets and sinks with the drain not closed or shut might cause this. The drainage system in each home is built so that the water in the p-traps seals the sewage from entering the house. If this isn't the case, the InstaPURE procedure will irritate what amounts to a municipal sewer system, causing spores to fly. This is something I've seen many times. Ensure that all p-traps are filled, that each sink is treated, and that all drains are sealed during the treatment.

4. Not altering the EverPURE process's settings.

The air pressure will stir up any dead spores, sending them airborne, compromising the after tests if the EverPURE process is finished at 90 to 100 psi. To ensure that the Goldshield lands lightly on each surface, decrease your air pressure regulators to roughly 60 to 70 psi.

5. Window sills and window tracks that haven't been adequately cleaned (minor, but still important)

Although peracetic acid vapor is one of the few antimicrobials that can work through the soil load, it is not magic, as previously stated. Layers of dirt on top of the mold, and more dirt on top of the mold, is asking a lot of the vapor.  Cleaning the window tracks and sills will help the process. This accomplishes two goals. 1. Addresses the bottom layer of mold and ensures that the fog reaches everything; 2. Provides a good clean surface for the Trihydroxy Il Dimethyl Propyl Octadecyl (i.e., Goldshield5) to form the covalent bond. Long-term protection will be provided in troubled locations such as window tracks.

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