Mold Remediation: The Process
Mold is a fungal growth that results in filaments which are multi-cellular in nature. Basically, this fungus is found almost everywhere in the world. They thrive in moist or damp areas which are not commonly exposed to sunlight and may grow exponentially for several years unnoticed. The presence of molds on natural materials can cause degradation of wood and fabric, among other things. The physical damage that a mold infestation can cause on a building may not be easy to spot since the fungi naturally grows in shady or dark and damp areas. These areas may be under the floor boards, near a leaky plumbing pipe under the sink or in walls which may have been flooded at one time. Homeowners can live in a mold infested home without any knowledge of the presence of the fungi until a well trained expert spots the telltale signs or until one of the people who live in the house might be diagnosed with a mold allergy or a disease related to the presence of the fungi. These organisms are dangerous for humans and their danger comes in several forms, including, but not limited to:
– allergic sensitivity
– toxic effects of inhalation or ingestion
– growth of molds in the body
One thing that our mold experts always point out to our clients is the fact that total removal of mold and mold spores in a building is truly impossible unless you are in a facility with the capacity of a high tech laboratory to sanitize and filter everything that enters. It is the level of mold and spores that we need to return to normalcy in order for our bodies to deal with it properly and for our homes to be safer.
Steps to Mold Remediation
Our company strives to prevent and help homeowners and their families from succumbing to any illnesses related to mold. We are also keen on preventing further damage to your residence by actively seeking out heavy mold growths and doing what we believe is best for you and your domicile.
The very first thing that we can do for you after your initial consultation with our very capable staff, is to inspect and assess the situation at your place. Our well trained experts have several techniques at their disposal to help them locate possible areas where molds may be thriving. One possible giveaway of a mold infestation is a water source which causes dampness in nearby areas. Discoloration of in the ceiling, walls and wooden flooring might also indicate mold growth underneath. Aside from looking for the presence of the fungi, we will also assess the damage that the mold might have caused. This last assessment will help us give an estimate with regards to possible restoration of the area, if you wish.
Preparation for removal of the infestation comes in several forms. Before we remove the harmful presence of the fungus, we need to make sure that the spores (the means of reproduction of mold) will not spread to other areas of the building when we try to remove the growth. Possible means of containing the mold and its spores include turning off blowers, fans and AC in the house, putting up actual barriers around the area to prevent the spores from floating around and applying negative air pressure. Our professionals might also use a complex but effective air filtration unit to “capture” any floating spores during the clean up and remediation process.
The actual removal and clean up of the mold colony may take a long time due to several factors. These factors include the size of the colony, the extent of the damage that the colony has made and the material on which the colony has grown. If the colony is thriving on porous material, the material itself might need to be removed since it will be extremely difficult to totally remove the colony from a porous material. Floor boards, dry wall and carpeting are porous materials that will manifest signs of the colony such as dark spots, discoloration and degradation. These cannot be rehabilitated and restored so our highly trained experts should carefully remove these and dispose of them properly.
If the fungus is growing on a non-porous material, there is a possibility that the said material might be cleaned and rehabilitated to its former usefulness. The damage that mold inflicts on non-porous materials is not as bad as the damage it can cause on porous materials. There is also a possibility that the fungus’ growth on porous materials may not be as bad as it seems and the material can be rehabilitated or saved.
Aside from the removal of mold and the materials that it has infested, our experts have also been trained to clean up and restore items which can be salvaged from the ravages of mold. We have the necessary cleaning supplies for sanitizing some items. Since mold has a specific odor, our team can deodorize areas as well.
Restoring the materials on which mold has grown and infested may take some time if the infestation and the damage is extensive. Your domicile may need to be renovated and some parts may need to be replaced.
Mold remediation is a necessary process in order to prevent further damage to your beautiful home and to prevent the members of your family from getting sick. Heightened levels of mold and their spores can cause you to get sick and fuel the damage that the fungus inflicts on porous materials. Get help from professionals in dealing with dangerous molds. Ensure the safety of your family and prevent further damage to your home by consulting us.
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