Mold Remediation

Mold Remediation

About Mold

Mold is a spore, which makes it extremely difficult to kill. When you scrub mold off of infected surfaces such as toilets, walls, and showers, the mold almost always grows back. This is because you have not killed the mold’s reproductive cells, which are called spores. Spores’ genetic material is encased in a tough protein exterior.

This armored shell makes the spore impervious to extremes of heat, chemical, and radiation. Spores can survive almost anywhere – even outer space. When conditions are not conducive to growing, the spores simply become dormant and patiently wait until conditions are more favorable to growth.

Once conditions are right – such as in damp, dark areas – the spores hatch, and your mold returns and begins multiplying. Mold spores can send off “seeds” in many directions at once and can travel up to three feet. Those “seeds” then grow and multiply on their own and quickly become difficult to contain. Until now, spores have been virtually impossible to kill using any cleaner or disinfectant that wasn’t extremely toxic to humans.

Artemis Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon utilizes a military-grade, patented formulation that eradicates mold with extreme efficacy and safely dissipates after the activation period to simple water and oxygen. That’s why professional remediators and restoration companies around the globe rely on Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon to pass the mold clearance test the first time.

Artemis Bio-Solution’s Proven Technology

Sandia National Laboratories has developed the most advanced full spectrum solution for chemical and biological decontamination. This formulation is currently being used by the US Military, FEMA, and Federal agencies for neutralizing biological and chemical hazards from terrorist threats and neutralizing contamination after natural disasters like Super Storm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina.

Sandia’s DF-200 decontamination formulation is so advanced, they have patented the formula. Artemis Bio-Solutions has been granted a license from Sandia, to formulate this patented technology for advanced mold remediation to formulate the Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon formula, now available to professional remediators around the globe.

Revolution in Mold Remediation and Prevention

Never has there been a product that can denature and eliminate spores, bacteria, and fungus without encapsulating. The Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon formula is in a class by itself, non-flammable, biodegradable, and noncorrosive decontaminating formula that eradicates bacteria, spores, molds, and fungus with unprecedented efficacy.

Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon also creates an invisible barrier that resists microbial growth of mold and algae on treated surfaces.

Why encapsulate mold when you can eliminate it? Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon outperforms any other remediation solution available. Homes, Offices, Commercial Buildings, Churches, Hospitals and Medical Facilities, Hotels, College Resident Halls, Athletic Facilities, Locker Rooms, Gymnasiums, Arenas, Nursing Homes, Veterinary Offices, Dental Offices, Farms, Food Manufacturing Plants, Food Service, Cruise Lines, Marinas and Yachts, Planes, Trains and Automobiles…Wherever there is mold and other contaminants! Many Threats. One Solution.® Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon.

About Mycotoxins

First, here’s an insightful video explaining mold and mycotoxins.

Health Effects That May Be Caused by Inhaling Mold or Mold Spores

Inhalation exposure to mold indoors can cause health effects in some people. Molds produce:

Allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions)

Irritants

Potentially toxic substances or chemicals (mycotoxins)

Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Mold does not have to be alive to cause an allergic reaction. Dead or alive, mold can cause allergic reactions in some people.

Allergic Reactions, Asthma Attacks, Irritant Effects

Allergic reactions to mold are common and can be immediate or delayed. Repeated or single exposure to mold, mold spores, or mold fragments may cause non-sensitive individuals to become sensitive to mold, and repeated exposure has the potential to increase sensitivity. Allergic responses include hay fever-like symptoms such as:

  • Headache
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Red eyes
  • Skin rash (dermatitis)

Molds can cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In addition, whether or not individuals are allergic to mold, molds can irritate:

  • Eyes
  • Skin
  • Nose
  • Throat
  • Lungs

Other Health Effects

Breathing in mold may also cause hypersensitivity pneumonitis, an uncommon disease that resembles bacterial pneumonia. In addition, mold exposure may result in opportunistic infections in persons whose immune systems are weakened or suppressed.

When mold grows indoors, the occupants of a building may begin to report odors and a variety of symptoms including:

  • Headaches
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Skin irritation
  • Allergic reactions
  • Aggravated asthma symptoms

These and other symptoms may be associated with exposure to mold. But all of these symptoms may be caused by other exposures or conditions unrelated to mold growth. Therefore, it is important not to assume that, whenever any of these symptoms occurs, mold is the cause.

For more detailed information on mold and its health effects, consult:

Damp Buildings

Although mold is frequently found in damp buildings, it is not the only potential contaminant — biological contaminants other than mold, and non-biological contaminants are often present and may also cause health effects. Damp buildings may attract rodents and other pests. Damp or wet building components and furnishings may release chemicals indoors.

Potential contaminants in damp or wet buildings include:

  • Bacteria
  • Dust mites
  • Cockroaches and other pests
  • Chemicals emitted by damp building materials and furnishings

For more information on damp buildings and health effects, see the 2004 Institute of Medicine Report, Damp Indoor Spaces and Health, published by The National Academies Press.

Mycotoxins and Health Effects

As molds grow, some (but not all) of them may produce potentially toxic byproducts called mycotoxins under some conditions. Some of these molds are commonly found in moisture-damaged buildings. More than 200 mycotoxins from common molds have been identified, and many more remain to be identified. The amount and types of mycotoxins produced by a particular mold depends on many environmental and genetic factors. No one can tell whether a mold is producing mycotoxins just by looking at it.

Some mycotoxins are known to affect people, but for many mycotoxins little health information is available. Research on mycotoxins is ongoing. Exposure to mycotoxins can occur from inhalation, ingestion and skin contact. It is prudent to avoid unnecessary inhalation exposure to mold.

For more information on mycotoxins, see the 2004 Institute of Medicine Report, Damp Indoor Spaces and Health, published by The National Academies Press in Washington, DC.

What are the advantages of using Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon For Mold Remediation?

Cost/Time/Labor:
With  Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon office/home relocation living expenses can be reduced significantly or eliminated altogether. Our process can take as little as a ‘few’ hours depending on the source of contamination and building contents. Unlike traditional processes which could cause your home or place of business to be closed and sealed off for weeks or months.

Mold/Mycotoxins/Allergens:
With Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon spores, toxins, allergens, bacteria, are neutralized on contact with unprecedented efficacy. Chem Decon fractures mold spores and the toxins within eliminating any chance of regeneration.  Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon  is not an encapsulate but a true spore decontamination product.

Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon contains zero VOCs, non‐flammable, is biodegradable, leaves behind a neutral residual barrier that prevents regrowth.

EPA Registered Formula: EPA Number 90920‐1 (part A) 90920‐2 (part B)

Guaranteed Mold Clearance:
With  Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon patented formula and adhering to the protocol you will pass the clearance test the first time.

Why use Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon for Mold Remediation?

With traditional remediation, protocols do not cover areas that are not directly impacted by water, mold or contaminates therefore post re‐contamination is likely to occur.  Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon effectively treats every cubic inch neutralizing all mold, bacteria, toxins, VOCs, and allergens.

Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon eliminates pollutant microns of even the smallest known size with an unprecedented efficiency.

Insurance companies prefer to eliminate the time and labor costs associated with traditional remediation processes. Using  Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon reduces remediation time and saves on labor cost.

Is Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon an encapsulate?

No, Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon does not encapsulate the contaminate. Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon eliminates the potential for re‐growth or reemission of the contaminate. The fact that Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon is not an encapsulate makes Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon the best choice for treating contaminated areas because the contaminate is completely removed from the area during clean up.

Is Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon environmentally friendly?

Yes. After use Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon decomposes into water, oxygen, and biodegradable components. Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon does not contain VOC’s, Ozone depleting chemicals or Ozone producing chemicals. Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon does not contribute to the negative impact associated with greenhouse gasses.

Is Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon biodegradable and non‐toxic?

Yes. After use Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon decomposes into water, oxygen, and biodegradable components. Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon does not contain VOC’s, Yes. Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon meets biodegradability criteria within 30 days making it “inherently biodegradable”. The by‐products of Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon formulations have not been determined to have cancer causing or other toxic effects. Because Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon is non‐toxic does not mean it is meant for ingestion and caution should be taken in storage. Keep away from children and used only as directed.

How do I mix Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon?

B Bio-Oxygen® Chem Decon is mixed 50 %‐part A 50 %‐part B Always mix enough products necessary for the application. Never dilute.

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