Mold Remediation Standards and Protocols
What Happens During Mold Remediation
Conduct a Mold Inspection
Mold is a silent but dangerous contaminant that can quickly affect your homes air quality. Mold can grow indoors on wet or damp surfaces, such as wallpaper, ceiling tiles, carpets, insulation material, wood and drywall. It can start to grow within 48 hours and if left unchecked, can have serious impacts on both your quality of life and the physical structure of your property.
It is important to know that in many states a third-party inspection by a Certified Mold Inspector is a requirement, this mold inspector will assist you in create an effective and safe mold remediation protocol. If you think you see signs of mold or suspect that it has infected your home, our trained technicians will perform an initial mold inspection and can work with your third party certified mold inspector to help implement a thorough and professional mold remediation scope of work. Our technicians are certified through the IICRC in mold remediation and hold state licenses where required, armed with this expert knowledge we will be able to understand requirements to ensure your property is safely and thoroughly a mold free space.
Address the Source of The Mold (Moisture Problems)
Once mold is found, we work quickly to address the source of moisture that is feeding the growth of the mold. We use our state-of-the-art water extraction and dehumidification equipment to confirm water is extracted from floors, walls, cabinets, carpets, upholstery or other fabrics. This greatly reduces the possibility of mold proliferation.
Mold thrives on moisture and an organic food source, like wood, fibers or drywall. Dry areas are unable to sustain mold. When mold is detected inside your home, the most critical step is to eliminate the water source. Moisture inside the home can stem from a range of causes, such as a leaky roof, faulty plumbing or inadequate ventilation.
Additional methods to reduce the moisture inside the home include directing dryer vents to the outside. Basement walls that harbor moisture through leaks should be caulked; and, defective mortar should be replaced. The presence of excess moisture inside the home also indicates the need for additional insulation.
Seal Off the Contaminated Area and Contain the Mold Spores
After the source of the moisture has been addressed our mold remediation experts will get to work sealing off the contaminated area in preparation of the mold remediation process. We seal off the affected area to eliminate the risk of airborne spores continuing to spread to unaffected areas.
This process begins with the installation of plastic barriers, placed between entryways and exits, to prevent expansion of the affected areas. Negative air pressure is utilized to force the air containing mold spores into the sealed areas. Lastly, the home’s heating and air conditioning systems, as well as all ceiling and floor fans, are turned off to prevent the spread of spores once the mold remediation process gets underway.
Eliminate the Mold Through Professional Mold Remediation
Drywall, carpeting, wood flooring and other affected building materials in your home or building will be professionally removed and disposed of, immediately. Once these materials are removed, antifungal and commercial grade antimicrobial treatments are applied to areas where mold has flourished to stop the spread of spores and prevent new mold colonies. If certain porous surface areas cannot be removed; our experts are trained with a wide range of processes to remove any remaining mold spores and colonies while ensure the structural integrity of your property is intact. With industry leading and state of the art tools our certified technicians will seek, find, and remove all presence of microbial growth.
Clean, Disinfect and Restore Indirectly Affected Area
Once the source area of the mold growth is remediated and cleaned; our mold remediation technicians will move towards the final stage of the remediation process, disinfecting the remaining surrounding items and restoring the remediated areas of your home or business.
This is done by cleaning the surrounding affected items, such as curtains and upholstery, furniture and more. Once all of the items are cleaned, the restoration experts at ServiceMaster Elite then move to restore the affected areas of the property by replacing damaged drywall, flooring and restoring the property back to 100%.