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Commercial & Residential Mold Removal

Maintaining your home and protecting your family from avoidable disease are two good reasons to assess the potential impact of mold on your home. Many families wait until mold contamination is very high before acting to correct this problem. In most cases, an ounce of prevention can avoid untold expense left in the wake of unattended mold infestation.

If mold is found in your home, there are two potential paths of mold removal. The degree of contamination will determine which path is recommended. The mold removal process can be either invasive or non-invasive. Non-invasive mold removal is generally less involved, requiring minimal reconstruction and repairs following the process. Therefore, it is less expensive.

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Non-invasive Mold Removal

This mold removal process consists mostly of HEPA vacuuming, sanding, surface wiping and HEPA air filtering. Most building materials contaminated with surface mold (wood, glossy painted wood, glass, metal, ceramic, etc.) can be effectively decontaminated with this non-invasive process and pass third party environmental assessment and testing. The main cause of surface mold is the increase in relative humidity (Rh) inside the structure. In these cases, non-invasive remediation is generally the best option for your home.

Dry Ice Blasting

It is a process in which a blasting gun fires dry ice particles (rice-sized) at supersonic speed to impact and clean a surface. The particles are accelerated by compressed air, just as with other blasting systems. Upon impact the dry ice sublimates (goes from a solid to a gas without passing through a liquid phase). The substrate (surface) is left free of mold spores.

Invasive Mold Removal

This mold removal process consists of removing and discarding porous building materials that cannot be decontaminated through non-invasive means. Moisture infiltration typically causes moisture to penetrate walls and generate mold inside wall cavities. Generally, this is caused by moisture entering your home’s exterior envelope through compromised roofing or siding or through an interior water source, such as piping or faucets. Seepage, flooding and leaks create a tremendous mess for the homeowner. These problems result in severe material damage that many times requires some level of invasive remediation. From a cost perspective, the labor of invasive remediation is slightly more expensive, but what truly drives up the cost of this remediation is the reconstruction and repair necessary following the removal of mold damaged building materials.

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Mold Remediation Steps

  1. Provide for the safety and health of occupants and workers
  2. Documentation of the conditions and work process
  3. Control the mold contamination at its source
  4. Physically remove the mold
  5. Eliminate the water source to prevent recontamination
  1. Provide for the safety and health of the occupants and workers
    Because of the adverse health associated with mold, performing mold remediation can expose workers and occupants to health and safety hazards. It is essential to implement engineering controls such as containment of the work area, air pressure controls using air-scrubbers/negative air machines and appropriate personal protective equipment (for the workers) to prevent cross contamination.

  2. Documentation of the conditions and work process
    In order to properly conduct mold remediation it is necessary to first perform an inspection of the building to determine the extent of the mold contamination. This should be done by a certified mold inspector or remediator. In most cases if the mold is visible it is not necessary to perform air samples. If there is no visible mold but mold is suspected then a visual inspection along with moisture, temperature and humidity readings are necessary. Air samples can then be used to reveal mold colonies and determine the extent of contamination throughout the building. By gathering this necessary data a certified mold tester and remediator can provide you with a written protocol for remediation. After the work is completed and to avoid conflicts of interest an air sample conducted by an independent third party should be performed to verify the remediation is complete. Watch out for companies that test their own work it is like grading your own papers.

  3. Control the contamination at its source
    It is imperative that mold contamination be controlled as close as possible to its source. When remediation is under way mold spores become aerosolized becoming hard to capture. A properly installed containment can prevent cross contamination, protect occupants and make it easier to properly clean the air of mold spores.

  4. Physically remove the mold
    The best way to get rid of mold is to physically remove it, place the contaminated debris in 6mil plastic bags and remove from the site. Many companies will attempt to kill or encapsulate the mold. Dead mold is just as bad as living mold and it still needs to be removed from the site. Encapsulating mold is covering up and not solving the problem.

  5. Eliminate the water source to prevent recontamination
    Mold growth is inevitable if moisture is not controlled. In order to prevent recontamination after remediation the source of water needs to be eliminated and once the materials are dry reconstruction can begin.

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