Mold is Hazardous ! Get Tested !
There are a few key steps in determining the type of mold that is in your home and how to treat it.
- Step 1 – Inspection
- Step 2 – Damage Assessment
- Step 3 – Mold Removal or Remediation
Step 1 – Inspection
Mold assessment typically starts with the obvious visual inspection. However, identifying mold just by sight is not always. It takes a trained expert, and sometimes advanced diagnostic methods and technology to properly identify the type of mold infecting the premises and where it’s coming from. In some cases our inspectors have found out that mold isn’t even the real problem. If you don’t actually need our services, we’ll be the first to tell you!
The inspection process can take anywhere from 1-2 hours depending on the size of the premises, the extent of the mold infestation, and the different types of methods, technologies or equipment that may need to be employed for proper on-site analysis.
Proper assessment protocol includes:
- Comprehensive assessment by a trained technician
- Interior / exterior inspection
- Exclusion testing for other potential irritants (i.e Radon, CO2, CO, VOC’s, etc…)
- Air quality testing & ventilation assessment
- Premises and occupant background survey
- Detailed report explained in plain language so you can make an educated decision
- Laser Particle Counter Readers
- And more...
IMPORTANT: Do not risk unnecessary exposure to toxic mold! In most cases, an experienced professional inspector should be able to advise you as to the likelihood of the presence of toxic mold, and whether or not the premises should be evacuated immediately.
Step 2 – Damage Assessment
Damage assessment – although typically done at the same time as inspection – is a distinctly different and equally important, part of the process. This step is necessary to determine what, if any, demolition and/or restoration must be done to the physical structure in order to ensure adequate removal and/or remediation of the mold infestation.
In some cases, adequate treatment can be applied without any physical alteration of the structure. In other cases, extensive demolition and repair may be indicated. Needless to say, this is an area where it is especially important to ensure that you are working with a trusted professional.
Many clients have commented to us their unfortunate experiences with other mold removal outfits, which they feel took advantage of them by being less-than-honest about the actual extent of damage and the extent of the work required to effectively treat it.
Our trusted professionals are always:
- Highly experienced
- On-time & On-budget
Our local technicians come highly recommended by actual customers!
(For more information, please see our MOLD DAMAGE page)
Step 3 – Mold Removal / Remediation
Every mold job is different – the amount of mold, the type of mold, the extent of the damage – it always requires a unique approach. This is, of course, is where an experienced mold remediation expert is invaluable. You want to make sure that you are working with someone who understands mold itself and the removal / remediation process.
What is the difference between mold removal and mold remediation, you may ask?
Essentially, mold removal can be thought of as a more superficial process – removing the mold from your buildings surfaces. Whereas remediation, involves both the removal of the mold as well as the identification and rectification of the source, such as:
- Moisture leaks
- Grading / standing water issues
- Infected subfloors & wall cavities
- Defective ventilation system
- Contaminated carpeting, furniture, etc
This may sound simple, but the list goes on and on, and more often than not the source of the problem is not as simple as it may seem.
The modern mold remediation process employs advanced methods, products, equipment, technology and techniques that are all necessary and all used in harmony to provide an ideal outcome.
This often includes:
- Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments (chemical & non-chemical)
- Hazardous disposal techniques and equipment
- Negative air chambers for spore containment
- Physical and chemical barriers to prevent spread
- Fogging / Deodorization equipment