MOLD REMEDIATION - ADVANTAGES WHEN WORKING WITH FIVE STAR RESTORATION
When it comes to mold remediation it's always best to hire Five Star Restoration professionals. We are a full-service, IICRC certified property restoration company that can assess and repair your property damage.
Our vast experience will help determine the source of the mold damage and apply the proper solutions to restore your property. We offer our customers a helping hand and the best mitigation methods available with over decades of experience.
Removing mold is challenging. It requires specific equipment and very specific training and certification to do the job properly. If not treated properly, mold can be toxic and a potential health hazard.
If you have mold, we have the knowledge, experience, and specialized equipment to solve the problem. We conduct our mold remediation services, quickly, efficiently, and thoroughly.
When you have an emergency, we are available to you 24/7/365. We assign a Project Manager at the beginning, and they will be your main point of contact throughout the project.
Besides, if your situation involves an insurance claim, we work directly for you with your insurance company on your claim. This is what we do every day so what are you waiting for? Call us today for an appointment!
Our Residential and Commercial Mold Remediation Service Include:
24/7 emergency response – We will be on-site and ready to help within hours
Prompt mold infiltration assessment from trained professionals
Industrial-grade water extractors, dehumidifiers, air movers, and other equipment used to efficiently remove excess water
Efficient containment of affected area and removal of contaminated materials
Cleaning of contents and other personal possessions
Application of disinfectants and antimicrobials used to help prevent future mold growth
Sanitation, deodorization, and air purification
Assistance with the insurance claims process
5 STEPS TO PROPER MOLD REMEDIATION
It's understandable to want to try to remove mold as soon as you find it. However, attempting serious mold and mildew removal on your own can make the damage and danger worse by releasing mold spores into the air and causing additional risk.
Mold remediation is a multi-step process that gets out-of-control fungi back to natural levels. Remediation also addresses the causes of a mold outbreak to help stop it from happening all over again.
Five Star Restoration mold remediation experts have the training, experience, and equipment needed to remove mold and repair the damage. We can help to:
1. Inspect and assess the mold damage
The first step of remediation is mold inspection. Your home and business will be searched thoroughly for visible signs of mold. Experts will also take air samples to figure out what type of mold it is.
The kind of mold will tell experts how they should go about ceasing the outbreak. The air sample will show what the spore count is, which can be an estimate for the level of contamination.
2. Contain the mold
All of the areas that have mold are sealed off. The mold is contained to help prevent its spread into other areas of the property. There are various ways to contain mold.
Some containment areas may have physical barriers with negative air chambers and negative air pressure.
Heaters, fans, and cooling systems everywhere in the house must be shut off. They will move spores around and make it more likely for mold to continue to thrive in other places.
3. Filter the air
High-efficiency air filters are put into the home’s HVAC unit to clear the entire house of active spores. This will help prevent the spores from remaining and turning into fungi.
Depending on contamination levels, experts may also use special HEPA-filtered vacuums to pick up any spores that could have settled onto a surface.
4. Mold Clean-Up
Antifungal and antimicrobial substances are used to clean the existing colonies of mold. This method of cleaning mold will help prevent more mold from forming. The method of clean-up depends on where the fungi are growing.
Non-porous and hard locations, such as a bathtub or sink, can be cleaned well by wiping and then adding a safe, approved biocide. Mold can travel into porous locations, such as wood floors and walls. There may be a larger problem within these places.
Once every infected porous area is inspected, the ones with deeper mold growths will have to be removed and replaced.
5. Sanitize and Restore the property
Your house must be sanitized once the remediation is finished. Clothes, furniture, curtains, and similar items will be cleaned. Fogging equipment is used to deodorize both your belongings and the air.
Signs That You Need Mold Remediation
Mold may be present in your home and affecting your life even if no actual mold is visible. Here are four things that may indicate you need mold remediation.
The general rule is that when mold is visible, it is time to kill it and remove it. But mold isn’t always visible and so there are other criteria to strongly consider when it comes to mold remediation. Here are the four criteria to look for mold in your home.
1. Frequent Water Intrusion
Mold means moisture or humidity is, or has been present. Water does not necessarily mean mold growth is present. Water does not necessarily equal mold growth as spores have to already be present.
But since mold spores are microscopic, a water event is usually the trigger that causes mold to be seen or otherwise detected.
Most molds cause the organic material the mold is consuming to change colors. Whether the food source for the mold is human food or drywall paper, if colonization is allowed for enough time, there will usually be a discoloration that will reveal a mold problem.
Most molds, when allowed to grow in abundance, are visibly seen in certain colors. Mold is not only black. Many species are visible in gray, white, brown, red, and even some hues of pastel colors. Some molds look like dust, or fuzz, while others look like sand granules.
Certain molds thrive on certain food sources, and they all require different moisture content or relative humidity in the ambient air.
3. A Musty Odor
Is there a musty odor that prevails, or comes and goes? Some molds are odorous when colonizing. Although some species do not cause odors, when a musty, moldy odor is combined with other criteria, one can conclude that mold is present.
Even if mold is not visible, remediation may be necessary.
Please note that odor alone should not be the only criterion used to determine whether remediation is necessary. Some actively colonizing fungal species give off odors. Dead or dormant spores generally do not but are just as detrimental to human health.
The absence of odor does not mean that there is no mold and odor does not mean that it is caused by fungal growth. Do not rely solely on scent for detection.
4. Adverse Human Health Effects
A good indication that there is “unacceptable fungal ecology” within a building envelope is that occupants feel health symptoms when spending extended periods in a certain space and feel much better when spending extended periods outside that space.
If residents in a home or employees in a workplace experience congestion, allergy symptoms, headaches, fatigue, or respiratory problems after each night’s sleep or after the end of each workday, this may be an indication of unhealthy air quality.
One environmental hazard to cause unhealthy air quality is a mold infestation.
If one spends a week on vacation away from work and home and all symptoms disappear, perhaps the home, school, or workplace has unacceptable fungal ecology or unhealthy indoor air quality.
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Now that you know what mold remediation is, you can make an educated decision when choosing a mold service.
Choosing Five Star Restoration is a smart route when dealing with a mold outbreak in your home or business. Why? Simply because the mold will be contained and properly cleaned.
Most importantly, measures will be taken that prevent the mold from coming back.
Don’t hesitate to contact our office at (951) 368-2227 to speak with one of our specialists to schedule an appointment for you.
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