Mold Remediation Services
Microscopic mold spores are everywhere. They float through the air, attach themselves to pets and clothing, and come right in through doors and windows. Because the spores are so small, there’s no way to keep them out.
Under normal circumstances microscopic mold spores won’t bother you. But, add some excess moisture and BAM, 48 hours later you’ve got a thriving mold colony.
How to Tell You’ve Got a Mold Problem
The number one way to tell you might have a mold problem is if you’ve recently experienced a water emergency and had some water damage. Mold spreads quickly on damp material if left unchecked.
If you haven’t had any noticeable water damage, another way to tell you might have a mold problem is by using two of your senses. Have you noticed a musty odor you can’t quite explain? Let your nose lead you to the malodorous area to investigate. Do any hidden areas have a pinkish or orangeish tinge? There might be unseen water damage.
Of course, mold could be hiding in plain sight. If you see any areas covered with gray, green, black, or even white mold, you’re going to need to take care of it as soon as possible.
Mold Remediation or Mold Removal?
According to the EPA’s guide on Mold and Moisture in Your Home, “it’s impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors.” Your best bet to getting a mold problem under control is to reverse or stop environmental damage – in other words, remediation.
Cleaning Up Mold Damage
Just as with a water emergency or fire damage, every case of mold remediation is unique and must be taken on a case by case basis. However, the basic process for mold remediation could go like this:
- Call in a specialist. While the health risks associated with mold have been exaggerated in the media, it’s best to be cautious when dealing with a mold infestation. There are possible health issues that could arise from breathing in mold spores and the EPA suggests calling in a professional if the area affected is greater than 3 ft x 3 ft.
- Assess the damage. Mold remediation experts have a variety of industry-approved techniques to find hidden mold colonies or signs of mold damage. Once the affected area(s) have been found, they can assess what kinds of materials the are dealing with and how best to approach the situation. They will also look for hidden water damage or unseen leaks.
- Stop the spread. The next step is to contain the mold and stop it from spreading. An experienced mold remediation specialist will have different ways to prevent the mold from spreading. These could include negative air chambers, physical barriers, and air filtration systems.
- Remove the mold. Once the mold is contained, it’s time to start the remediation process. This could include sanitizing techniques, antifungal or antimicrobial treatments, deodorization, removal of infested materials, and more.
- Clean up. Because mold can affect more than walls and ceilings, your furniture and carpet might be in need of some cleaning up. Mold remediation experts can also be adept at cleaning carpets and upholstery.
- Restore your home. If the mold problem is severe enough, you might need to have drywall, subfloors, or other structural materials replaced. Restoring your home could involve minor repairs, like painting or installing new carpet, or even major repairs, like reconstructing walls, ceilings, or rooms.
While the mold cleanup process above covers the basics, please remember that if you have a mold problem, you have a moisture problem. To stop one you must first stop the other. The presence of mold tells you that there is an errant water problem that must also be dealt with in order to truly get the mold under control.
Vorte Restoration Services is Here to Help
Finding mold in your home or business might be a scary discovery. It’s hard to tell the extent of the damage or even how to start fixing it. Luckily, Vorte Restoration Services has been helping families and businesses with every type of mold problem imaginable for over 20 years.
We understand the stress and terror of dealing with this possible health risk. Since 1990 we’ve made it our mission to help people whose lives have been disrupted. It’s our goal to help you fix the situation and get back to normal, as quickly as possible.
Our mold remediation professionals will arrive quickly to assess your particular situation. They will go over each step of the restoration process to make sure you understand what needs to be done and to answer all of your questions.
If you’re experiencing mold problems and need to have mold cleaned up, call us any time 310.325.5298. We’re here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.