Mold Remediation

If you’ve discovered a potential mold problem, the first course of action is to identify the moisture source.

What is mold remediation?
Mold remediation is the process in which mold is cleaned and removed from a home or building. Remediation is necessary in cases where significant mold growth is present in carpets, ceilings and/or drywall. Removing mold can be a potentially hazardous task and involves special chemicals and cleaners to not only remove the mold but also prevent future growth.

Why remediate?
Mold is a naturally occurring organism, vastly spread through most natural environments. When significant mold growth occurs in a home or public building, the health and safety of its inhabitants becomes a concern. Mold is linked to respiratory and allergy diseases, especially among infants and elderly. Additionally, cases of mold can be widespread and unsightly, as well as damaging to the structure of a building.

What does mold need to grow?

  • A food source such as leaves, paper, wood or dirt. Most building surfaces provide adequate nutrients to support mold growth as well.

  • A source of moisture. When mold spores land on material that is damp, for example, walls, floors, appliances (such as humidifiers or air conditioners), carpet or furniture-they can begin to multiply. Other sources of moisture in your home include damp basement or crawl spaces, constant plumbing leaks, clothes dryers vented indoors, leaky roofs and flooding.

  • A place to grow. Bathrooms and basements are where mold is most likely to grow. Other areas that have high mold exposure include antique shops, greenhouses, saunas, farms, flower shops, summer cottages, mills, construction areas

Blaze Assesses Mold Damage
Before any remediation can begin, the mold damage must be assessed. In some cases, home occupants may continue to live in their house while the remediation takes place. In other cases, such as when large amounts of drywall or ceiling must be removed, occupants must relocate during remediation. Also, before remediation, the water source responsible for the mold growth must be found and mended. Sources of water are not always obvious and in some cases there may be more than one source of water or moisture in a building. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment, the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.

Blaze Possesses Experience and Training
Blaze Restoration has years of experience in the proper procedures to restore mold-affected properties. We possess specialized training as Applied Microbial Remediation Specialists by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, Restoration and Certification. Blaze also has certification in the serum system application for mold remediation.

  • Removing mold can be potentially hazardous work as disturbing mold releases thousands of mold spores into the air, therefore personal protective equipment must be worn at all times during mold remediation.

  • Proper containment equipment will protect the building occupants during remediation.

  • Demolition should be accomplished with negative air pressure and other procedures need to be exercised to minimize the chance of spreading contamination.

  • We utilize advanced moisture-detection technology to locate potentially hidden pockets of moisture and follow all EPA and OSHA guidelines in our mold remediation services.

  • Blaze will refer customers to insurance experts when questions are raised about coverage.

Our Mold Remediation services include:

  • Assessment Prior to Starting Remediation

  • Inspection/Monitoring Tools for Moisture Detection

  • Containment and Isolation of Affected Areas

  • Specialized Remediation Equipment Usage (Air Scrubber and HEPA Filtration)

  • Antimicrobial Application Considerations

  • Air Quality Pre/Post Testing

  • Project Documentation and Recordkeeping

What Can I Save and What Should I Get Rid Of?

  • Substances that are porous, such as paper, rags, wallboard and rotten wood can trap molds and should be thrown out.

  • If the home has been flooded, remove all drywall to at least 12 inches above or around any water mark.

  • Harder, non-porous materials such as glass, plastic or metal can be kept after they are cleaned and disinfected.

  • Carpeting can be a difficult problem because drying does NOT remove the spores. Disposal of the carpet should be considered.

I found mold growing in my home, how do I test the mold?
Generally, it is not necessary to identify the species of mold growing and Centers for Disease Control does not recommend routine sampling for molds. Furthermore, reliable sampling for mold is expensive and standards for judging what is and what not an acceptable or tolerable quantity of mold is have not been established.

Renters
Report all plumbing leaks and moisture problems immediately to your building owner, manager, or superintendent. In cases where persistent water problems are not addressed, you may want to contact local, state, or federal health or housing authorities.

Moisture Control is Key to Mold Control:

  • If mold is a problem in your home it should be cleaned up promptly and fix the water problem. Mold damages what it grows on. The longer it grows the more damage it can cause.

  • It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.

  • Clean and repair roof gutters regularly.

  • Use air conditioners and/or de-humidifiers when needed. Keep air conditioning drip pans clean and the drain lines unobstructed and flowing properly.

  • Make sure the ground slopes away from the building foundation, so that water does not enter or collect around the foundation.

  • If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes-act quickly to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source. Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.

  • Vent appliances that produce moisture, such as clothes dryers, stoves, and kerosene heaters to the outside when possible.

  • Run the bathroom fan or open the window when showering.

  • Use exhaust fans or open windows whenever cooking, running the dishwasher or dishwashing, etc.

  • Pay attention to carpet on concrete floors. Carpet can absorb moisture and serve as a place for biological pollutants to grow. Use area rugs which can be taken up and washed often.