If you’re reading this post, you probably know you have a mold problem and are looking for answers to your questions like:
- What is mold remediation?
- What are the steps and process for mold remediation?
- What type of equipment is used for mold remediation?
- How long does mold remediation take?
- Will I have to leave my home?
- How much does mold remediation cost?
- Who should I call to get rid of my mold problem?
If you are dealing with a mold problem, answers to these questions about mold remediation will help you to make a fully informed decision and avoid some of the really costly mistakes that many homeowners make.
Mold remediation is a specific process of safely containing and removing a mold infestation within a property that originates from some type of water damage. Common causes include weather related floods, burst pipes, leaking appliances, roof leaks and sewer backups.
This is when the water damage and mold problem is analyzed, and immediate actions are taken to safeguard your family, minimize damage and maximize your insurance claim benefit.
High-tech infrared thermal imaging is useful for detecting moisture behind building structures, moldings, and cabinets that is likely to be the source of mold and missed by visual inspection alone. Visible and more subtle signs of mold are evaluated.
Mold inspection and testing by an ACAC certified indoor environmentalist company can provide a detailed analysis including the type of mold, extent of the problem and recommendations for remediation based on nationally accepted industry standards. This is an extra cost and may be omitted when mold infestation is obvious and when mold remediation is being handled by a IICRC certified water and mold damage specialist.
During this step mold is contained to prevent the release and spread of mold spores during cleanup. Contaminated items that cannot be salvaged are safely removed and discarded. This includes mold damaged carpets, drywall, cabinets, counter-tops, wallpaper and ceiling tiles.
Industrial grade equipment for air scrubbing, hepa vacuuming and encapsulation are used for the safe decontamination and removal of mold from solid surfaces, building structures and property that can be salvaged. Cleaning includes contained contents close to sites of mold remediation within the property.
Mold damage restoration returns your home or property to its pre-loss condition. Often this involves installation of new drywall, flooring, baseboards, and ceiling tiles. Also, part of this step is HVAC duct cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, deodorizing, and full home restorations including bathrooms, kitchens and all other affected interior and exterior structures. Homeowners may opt to upgrade their kitchen and bath during restoration. This is also the time for proper and timely repairs and/or replacement of lighting, fans, appliances, tile, and discarded furnishings and soft surfaces.
Mold remediation is performed by professionals who have special training and equipment for eliminating mold through special cleaning and decontamination protocols defined in IICRC certifications. Professionals in protective clothing and with respirator equipment use containment methods to prevent the release and spread of mold spores during the cleanup. Safe air quality is assured through such methods as air scrubbing, hepa vacuuming, encapsulation and HVAC duct cleaning.
The extent of mold damage and length of time for remediation is difficult to accurately determine. This is because mold grows rapidly in moist, warm, dark poorly ventilated areas. Even in areas where you can’t see mold (like behind drywall and cabinets and under flooring), it will rapidly grow and spread until proper containment and decontamination measures are taken. Even waiting a few days to get started can make a huge difference in the amount of damage, as well as the time and costs to repair it. This is why it is so important not to delay in calling a reputable company for an inspection and estimate.
When mold damage is extensive or is present in primary living areas that are used on a day-to-day basis, it is not safe for people and pets to remain within the property. It is also not safe to use HVAC systems that can distribute mold spores. A good water and mold damage company will help you to find suitable temporary housing – often a claim benefit from your homeowner’s insurance.
Costs are based on the extent and location of damage and the scope of cleanup that is required. Full restoration services at an additional cost include specialized cleaning as well as repairs, and replacement of building structures, flooring, and other materials and appliances removed and discarded.
It is essential to choose IICRC water damage certified contractors who routinely perform water damage, mold cleanup and disaster restoration services. This is your best assurance of getting a quality trouble-free job and thoroughly eliminating the mold problem. A good contractor will be able to help you to maximize your insurance claim benefits and will restore your home to its pre-loss condition.
If you are in the Southwest Florida area, keep in mind that Armstrong Water Mold Cleanup & Restorations is a specialty full service Florida water damage general contractor you can depend on for your water damage, mold remediation and total restoration of your property.
We are one of only a few companies trusted and recommended by leading homeowners insurance companies because we follow IICRC standards that assure safe and appropriate practices without overcharging for unnecessary and costly demolition and restoration.
Armstrong helps people with water and mold damage to get through one of their most difficult challenges with a minimum expense and disruption to their life. We truly take the burden off you and put it on us. We offer one-stop total peace of mind service – the most complete, comprehensive 24/7 customer service in the area today.
We are reachable 24/7 to inspect and solve water damage and mold problems. The inspection and estimate are free. Call 239-541-4200 or contact us at ArmstrongWaterMoldCleanup.com