What is Mold Remediation?
While mold is present everywhere, an excess of growth in your home or business can adversely affect your Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in many ways. Even the cleanest of properties can develop a mold issue. Mold remediation involves working to get the mold levels in your premises back to normal levels.
How Do I Know if I Have a Mold Problem?
Mold is not always a visible issue. A damp, musty odor, an increase of symptoms in asthma and allergy sufferers or a recent instance of water damage in your property are some of the signs that you could have a hidden mold problem.
Mold releases spores that grow if they land on a damp surface. If you experience any visible mold, it’s important to contact professionals immediately for mold remediation services as even more mold could be growing and feeding on building materials inside your walls.
Health Issues & Safety
When there is an overgrowth of mold, it can lead to several health issues. Even those without asthma can experience coughing, sneezing, and other breathing problems. People with an allergy to mold can experience health issues year-round, and in extreme cases can lead to an infection in the lungs.
It’s Important to Hire Professionals
When you have a mold problem, trying to fix the issue yourself can lead to the spread of spores into unaffected areas. Without the proper training and equipment, you could make the problem worse. A professional can find the source of the mold, fix the issue and complete any repairs that may need to be made after the remediation process is complete.
The Remediation Process
An initial walkthrough will help to identify the source of the problem and the scope of work involved. If mold is present, a general moisture survey of all affected areas will be taken, and a plan put in place. Depending on the severity and health concerns a Certified Industrial Hygienist may need to be consulted to take air samples and develop a protocol for the Mitigation Specialist to follow.
If mold is found to be an issue, mold remediation specialists will stabilize the area to control moisture levels while using containment measures to prevent the spread of spores.
Establish a Drying Plan
Drying and dehumidification measures will take place during this step. Temperatures will be controlled in the affected areas, so the dehumidification process happens as quickly and efficiently as possible. Excess water is removed, and specialized equipment is used to evaporate the remaining moisture.
With containment measures in place, HEPA filters are used to create negative pressure in the work environment. Negative air helps to ensure that mold spores do not escape during the remediation process. If air samples were taken at the start of the job, the Certified Industrial Hygienist will take air samples, again, to make sure the remediation was preformed properly.
Professional Mold Remediation
It’s important to call professionals who specialize in mold removal and remediation like the experts at RECLAIMIT RESTORATION. Our technicians follow IICRC guidelines when working on your home or business, so you can feel confident that all excess mold is removed. With our comprehensive services, we can fix the source of the problem, remove any affected building materials, sanitize and dry the space and make any repairs to your property after the remediation process has been completed. Mitigation strategies will be put in place to help prevent the problem from returning.
If you suspect a mold problem in your property, call our 24-hour emergency response line at 703-724-4490.
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