Understanding Mold and Our Remediation Process
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With so many instances of mold development in our coastal community, many property owners undoubtedly attempt to discover DIY methods for mold removal and management. Typically, the damage is often worse than what is visible and more stubborn to remove than some elbow grease can resolve.
From the time our AMRT crew first arrives, we have control over the situation. We regulate the movement of mold spores, the drying of the structure, and limit further out-of-pocket expenses for the customer. Our fast response to these emergencies allows us to start effective mitigation immediately.
How Can Mold Colonies Be Removed?
Removing mold colonies often combines several strategies, products, and experienced personnel of our roster. Our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) provide multiple avenues to eradicate active colonies without destroying the underlying host material. The decision ultimately rests with the results of thorough inspections and damage assessments. Effective methods for removing active mold colonies can include:
- Surface cleaning with biocides
- Media blasting and abrasive cleaning
- Controlled demolition
Is Remediation Worth It?
Mold does not dissipate naturally, especially in scenarios where the underlying moisture has not been resolved or addressed. It is important to seek out competent and professional remediation services from our SERVPRO team, as we can help with mold management and related services simultaneously:
- Mold damage repairs
- Moisture removal
- Thorough structure drying
- Mold inhibitor application
Have Mold Related Questions? Call Us Today – (727) 614-0099
Microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, so removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and they may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
- Let your nose lead the way. Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher than normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
The Mold Remediation Process
Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:
- Emergency Contact - (727) 614-0099
The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.
- Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.
- Mold Containment
Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.
- Air Filtration
Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.
- Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.
- Cleaning Contents and Belongings
We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.
Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal.