Mold can find its way into a home following a severe flooding caused by an indoor issue, like a burst pipe, or from outside sources like a severe storm leading to damage or flooding. Once it is there, the trouble begins. Mold bacterium eats away at the surface it has attached to which can lead to a number of other concerns such as property or structural damage, depending on where the mold has settled or spread to within your home or place of business. Many people also find that a mold problem affects their sinuses and breathing, those with environmental allergies, asthma, or a weakened respiratory system find the worst reaction.
Mold Facts You Should Know
Mold is a microscopic spore of the fungus family. It exists everywhere. Removing all existence of mold is impossible but when the mold spores have settled into a particular area of your home or commercial building and have started a colony of growth, removing the mold colony and the opportunity for further growth is the purpose of mold remediation.
- Mold spores can be found outdoors and inside of your home or other buildings.
- Mold spores float along in the air or may be on the surfaces throughout your home or business.
- Mold growth, a colony, begins under the ideal conditions: moisture, temperature, and a natural food source (which can be the drywall, wood beams, a wooden desk, or the dust settling on a non-natural surface like plastic).
- Moisture is the key to mold survival. If the water source or moisture in your home or business is not addressed, mold will likely grow again. Even a high level of humidity can encourage mold growth.
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The Mold Remediation Process
Getting rid of the mold in your home requires a multi-step process. This process is essentially the same for each home, but each step of the process is modified for the unique needs of your home or business.
Step 1: Point of Contact
You’ve either just discovered a worrisome mold growth or experienced a catastrophic event that can cause mold problems, like flooding or water entering the building after damage in a storm.
One of our representatives will ask a series of questions to determine the level of response required for your particular mold problem such as what type of equipment we may need to bring, other necessary treatment resources, and the number of personnel required for the job.
Step 2: Inspection and Assessment
Upon arrival to your location, a mold remediation specialist will inspect your property and assess the mold growth by using specialized technology for hidden mold detection and locating any water sources that cannot be visibly seen.
Step 3: Quarantine
We’ll develop a containment plan to prevent your current mold problem from getting worse. Depending on your unique problem we may use physical barriers, negative air pressure, and modifying the current air circulation and temperature control of your property.
Step 4: Air Cleaning
This step alone can often be an extensive process. Using HEPA vacuums and “air scrubbing” machines, we work to filter the air and capture loss mold spores. The purpose of this step is to prevent new growths from forming while the current colony is under its own quarantine and removal process.
Step 5: Dry-Out
This stage often begins right after the assessment, overlapping with other steps in the mold remediation process; sometimes even those later in the process. Water extraction techniques are employed to remove any standing water and other steps are taken to identify and remediate the source of the original water intrusion. Special fans and dehumidifiers are used to help “dry out” the structure.
Sep 6: Mold Removal
This is where we get down and dirty, using antifungal and antimicrobial treatment solutions to remove the current mold colony and suppress the presence of mold spores and chances of new mold growth. This stage may include minor to severe levels of reconstruction. Removing highly or deeply infested items from the home and destroying them. These items can range from drywall and wood support ot carpeting and furniture.
Step 7: Structure and Contents Cleaning
Salvageable items, those not deeply infested with mold growth are sent through a deep and specialized cleaning to remove any presence of mold and restore the condition of the item if affected by mold growth. The cleaning process not only removes the mold but also sanitizes and deodorizes.
Step 8: Reconstruction and Restoration
Once the mold has been addressed, moving forward towards completion begins. Depending on the extent of your mold issue will reflect how extensive your reconstruction process will be. This stage is for conducting the necessary minor and major repairs to return your home or business to back to its original state—before the mold. Replacing wood beams, drywall, subflooring, carpeting, and painting are all part of this step.
Step 9: Review
Each step is carefully followed and the reaction to the mold infestation are is based on the original assessment. A review of the whole process is necessary to ensure a job is well done—and that we won’t be returning! During this stage we will verify:
- Your moisture problem was resolved.
- There is no visible sign of mold or musty odors.
- The reconstruction was completed to your liking.