We are experts in restoring buildings that are contaminated with mold damage. Our certified professionals’ have expertise in mold removal and indoor air quality. We have staff with certifications in the following areas:
- Water Damage Restoration from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration
- Fire & Smoke Restoration from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration
- Certified Microbial Remediation Supervisor (CMRS Designation) from The American Indoor Air Quality Council
We provide safe, contained removal of all types of contaminated items including: Wallboard, Paneling, Flooring, Ceilings, Carpets, Drapes, Furniture and Personal items.
We use a variety of cleaning methods to safely remove mold from contaminated surfaces. We will select the mold remediation method according to what is appropriate for your situation.
Mold remediation generally consists of three steps:
- Containing the affected area
- Removing the contaminated items
- Cleaning the contaminated surfaces
What Is Mold?
Mold is a microorganism that is a subset of the fungi family. It is neither a plant nor an animal. Mold can be found in soil, air and water. Molds vary in size, shape, color, and length of cycle, moisture and food source requirements and level of toxicity. There are over 100,000 known species of mold! New mold can be formed if the spores are deposited in a location with sufficient moisture and an adequate food source.
Mold releases enzymes that break down organic material. Many species of mold reproduce using spores, which are “seeds” for the formation of new mold colonies. Air movement, water and even insects can transport spores.
Generally, mold needs three things to grow: food, water and the right temperature. Mold thrives in the same temperature range that humans generally prefer (48°F to 70°F), and mold feasts on components of wallboard, carpets and other common household furnishings and construction materials. Thus, the only way to control mold is to eliminate its water source.
How To Test For Mold Inside A Building?
Industrial Hygienists or similar professionals can perform visual inspection of the building to identify visible mold growth and the location of the water source that is supporting the mold growth, and the pathways of the water within the structure. This includes investigation of all rooms, basements, crawl spaces and attics. If water staining of biological growth is readily apparent, samples of affected building materials are useful in determining whether there are species of mold present that would indicate a potential health concern.
Indoors and outdoors airborne viable mold samples are useful to test for the presence of problem molds if no growth is discovered during the visual inspection. These samples are able to detect mold spores that can produce mold colonies when exposed to adequate moisture and a desirable food source.
How Is Mold Removed?
Steps to remediate mold contamination in a home or commercial properly depend on the extent of contamination and the species present. HEPA-vacuuming techniques, wet wiping surfaces with anti-microbial solutions, and sealing the porous materials are some of the common methods of remediation.
How To Prevent Mold?
- Maintain indoor relative humidity below 60%.
- Ensure that the house/building is well ventilated to help maintain a uniform temperature, preventing condensation of water vapor.
- Ensure outside wall penetrations (window, conduit, etc.) are adequately caulked.
- Ensure that HVAC drain pan outlets are kept clean and free of debris.