What is asbestos?
Asbestos is the name given to a group of microscopic minerals that occur naturally in the environment as bundles of fibers that can be separated into thin, durable threads. There are three common forms of asbestos: Chrysotile, Amosite and Crocidolite, these fibers are resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals and do not conduct electricity. Because of these properties asbestos can be found almost everywhere and was widely used before 1970 for many applications. Many common day-to-day materials containing asbestos are textiles (cloths, blankets, tubing, tape, curtains), friable insulation (spray applied installation, blocks, pipe covering), paper products, roofing felts, flooring tile and sheet goods. If products containing asbestos are disturbed, tiny asbestos fibers are released into the air creating a hazardous environment especially when asbestos fibers are breathed in.
People may be exposed to asbestos in their workplace, their communities, or their homes. Asbestos has been classified as a known human carcinogen (a substance that causes cancer) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the EPA, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer Studies have shown that exposure to asbestos may increase the risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma (a relatively rare cancer of the thin membranes that line the chest and abdomen).
What is mold?
As outlined by IICRC S520 standard and reference guide for professional mold remediation; mold is a micro-fungi that uses non-living organic material for food in the presence of moisture. Mold develop from unique, microscopic seed-like structures called spores, which are not visible to unaided eye. When these spores settle on a surface under the right moisture and temperature condition, they absorb water, swelling to 2-3 times their original size and begin to form thread like structures known as “hyphae”. As the hyphae grow they form a tangle mass known as a “mycelium” which unlike the spore becomes visible to the naked eye.
The goal of BMS mold remediation services is to return the indoor environment to a state of normal fungal ecology. We adhere to the strict standards and guidelines as outlined by the IICRC S520 for professional mold remediation. To this extent we follow the five (5) general principles used in the remediation of mold-contaminated structures and materials; they are as follows:
1. Provide the safety and health of workers and occupants.
2. Document the condition and work process.
3. Contamination Control.
4. Contamination Removal.
5. Contamination prevention.