Frequently Asked Questions

Who pays for bio-recovery services?

In many cases your homeowners, business or auto insurance will pay for this service. We also accept major credit cards and can work out a solution for you.

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Can I have an employee of my business clean up the scene?

OSHA’s Blood borne Pathogen Standards; 29CFR1910.1030, states that employees must be provided with information and training prior to dealing with blood or other potentially infectious material (OPIM), including:

  • The Blood borne Pathogen Standard
  • Epidemiology, symptoms and transmission of blood borne diseases
  • Your facility’s exposure control plan (businesses must have one in advance of any exposure)
  • PPE (personal protective equipment) provided at no cost by the business
  • Information on the Hepatitis B vaccine and information on how to receive it (provided at no cost by the business)
  • Provide a method to safely remove and/or store biohazardous waste (A medical waist disposal contact is required.)

Can’t I just let my regular cleaning or janitorial service clean up biohazardous waste?

Only if you know that they comply with OSHA’s Blood borne Pathogen Standard, 29CFR1910.1030 (see above). You are ultimately responsible for whom you choose to clean up a biohazardous situation.

Why is mold growing in my home?

Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the sores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air.  Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and all of them require damp conditions to grow.

Is mold dangerous to humans?

Molds produce allergens, which can cause reactions in people who are allergic to mold such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash.  For people who have asthma, mold can also cause asthma attacks. Some molds produce mycotoxins. There are poisonous substances that can cause health effects in humans. Mold exposure is unhealthy. Mold should be properly cleaned up when found in any indoor environment.

How quickly does mold grow?

Mold requires several conditions to grow. It needs food, moisture, and the right temperature. Once these are met, spores may germinate after 12 hours and can start to grow within 24 to 48 hours. How quickly molds colonize depends on what kind of mold it is. This is why it is essential to act immediately in the event of water damage.

How can you prevent mold from spreading during removal?

To take care of a mold problem, you must remove the mold and mold spores. You must also fix the water problem. When removing mold, it is important to prevent spores from spreading to unaffected areas. To do this, the remediator will set up a containment to block vents, doors and any other openings through which spores could reach clean areas. Negative pressurization is established in the contained area.