Mold Remediation

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Mold Damage

Any building that has suffered from water damage or problems with excess moisture is at risk of mold growth. There are thousands of different types of mold found outdoors and indoors. Regardless of what type of mold we are talking about, the all present potential risks and become problematic when they start actively growing. If you find that your home or business has begun to show signs of mold damage, it’s important to act as quickly as possible to have it treated and remediated to reduce long-term risks to your property and improve air quality.

When mold damage is discovered in your property, some of the most common questions that come to mind are:

Is mold dangerous?

Mold spores are harmful if inhaled, and some types of mold can produce harmful toxins. In certain cases, exposure to mold can lead to serious respiratory problems, allergic reactions, or even toxic shock syndrome.

What can breathing in mold do?

Inhaling mold spores can cause a range of symptoms including sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, runny nose, sore throat, headaches, and difficulty breathing. If you have asthma or another lung condition, exposure to mold can trigger an attack.

What kills black mold?

Many household cleaners will kill some mold on non-porous surfaces like tiles and glass. But if you are able to see the black mold, using household chemicals does not guarantee a complete removal. Most of the times you will need a lot more powerful chemicals to be able to achieve the results you desire.

Skirting board on a wall damaged by mold.
Moss and Mold spots on the ceiling

Mold remediation Process

The remediation of mold is a complex process and involves much more than just a simple wipe clean of affected surfaces. Most mold damage scenarios are often best treated by mold remediation professionals. Mold spores are small, airborne particles that can enter your home through open doors, windows, or even ride on your clothing. These spores take root in areas with high moisture levels and organic matter, such as drywall or insulation. Left unchecked, mold can cause extensive damage to your home and may pose a serious health risk to you and your family. American Water and Damage Restoration technicians understand the science of mold and have the experience and training to safely and effectively remove it from your home. In most cases, they will also work with you to implement measures to prevent future mold growth.

American Water Damage and Restoration technicians use three criteria to evaluate and determine the best course of action in our mold remediation process:

  • amount of property damage,
  • degree of contamination and
  • replacement costs vs restoration costs.
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The Removal and Remediation of Mold

Removing mold safely requires expertise. Despite some resources suggesting a simple spray and wipe, it is a detailed and controlled cleaning process. Here’s American Water and Damage Restoration’s guide to how to remediate mold.

Five Steps in the American Water and Damage Restoration’s Mold Remediation Process

If you have mold growing in your home, it’s important to call a professional mold remediation company as soon as possible. Mold growth can cause serious health problems, and it can also damage your property. Mold remediation is a complex process that requires specialized equipment and expertise. 

If you call any American Water and Damage Restoration mold remediation team to assist you with any mold issues on your property, these are the steps we may take to treat the mold problem.

Fix Any Moister Issues First

Mold loves moisture and moisture is the usual cause of mold problems. If you suspect that your mold problem has been started because of a leak or other water problem, we will ensure that we fix this first. If your home or business continues to have a water ingress problem, removing your mold problem will be very difficult.

Since we live in the Pacific Northwest and we have a lot of moisture around us on a year round bases, your mold problem might be the result of the natural environment. We may need to check on your windows and doors to see if they allow any moisture other than normal to enter your home or business. Other things in your environment that can cause mold issues are a shower room with improper ventilation. If that is the case, extra ventilation may be required

Isolate Areas of Mold

You do not want any cross-contamination, so the areas with mold MUST be isolated properly before we start any demolition, cleaning, or drying processes. 

Airflow across mold contaminated surfaces will spread the mold spores thus spreading contamination, therefore properly isolating the area is essential. 

Remove Any Absorbent Materials

Certain items that were affected by mold will have to be removed. Depending on what they are, they may be sent to specialized cleaning or completely removed and discarded. Examples: porous materials like gypsum boards, or fiber materials like carpets, rugs, furniture. These materials may have fibers that are impossible to clean thoroughly. We will have to throw them out in order to stop your mold problem to become a re-occurring mold issue. 

Clean Away the Mold

Once we remove the affected porous or fiber materials, any remaining materials like plywood subfloors or framing materials can be cleaned. Our mold remediation technicians will remove any traces of mold before they apply any antimicrobial or biocide sprays which we use to clean the affected surfaces during a wet wipe. Typical “mold removal” products that you can find in retail stores, do not actually remove mold. They only assist in the cleaning after removal. Using the proper materials and techniques to get rid of mold is essential.

Dry the Area Thoroughly

Before we complete the mold remediation process, we will ensure that the affected area has be thoroughly dried. We will deploy airmovers and dehumidifiers along moisture meters to provide an accurate reading and determine if the materials have been properly dried.

When is a Mold Removal Specialist Needed?

You need a mold removal specialist as soon as you suspect you may have mold issues. If you have an area that has been affected by mold, a mold removal specialist will be required to guarantee an effective mold remediation. 

Other Situations that Require a Mold Removal Specialist

Disaster Recovery: if you develop a mold problem because of flooding, you need a mold removal specialist. The flood water may be severely contaminated by chemicals, sewage, or bacteria. Expert help will be required as the contaminated materials may pose serious health risks and can cause health problems long after the flood. 

Structural Drying: if you want to prevent mold from reoccurring in your home or business, even after a clean-up, you will most likely need a proper structural drying. American Water and Damage Restoration will provide and deploy commercial dehumidifiers and air purifying equipment to ensure that we we meet the indoor air quality guidelines. 

HVAC System Contamination: Mold grows and travel through spores. When they get into and contaminate the HVAC system, the infestation can grow exponentially and very quickly. A small problem can become a large-scale issue very fast. There are no mold removal sprays able to handle this type of situation. One of our mold removal specialist will have to come and remove the mold professionally.

Specialized Items Cleanup: the cleanup of different items, especially those of sentimental importance, will require specialized cleaning if you are not sure how to clean them. You will need specialized help if you do not want any spores to linger in any fibers.

If you’ve been affected by mold, please don’t hesitate to report the loss and seek help from a professional restoration team. American Water and Damage Restoration is here to help 24/7, 365 days a year. We have the experience and resources necessary to get your property back to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently.