What Should Homeowners and Business Owners Know About Mold Remediation?
The secret to mold (a fungus with more than 300,000 variations) control is moisture mitigation. Once you see mold in your home or workplace, you will need to find the water issue and fix the problem quickly. The water damage must be addressed within 24-48 hours to keep mold from growing. Mold is linked to the natural environment and is part of nature's breaking down dead organic matter such as dead leaves and trees. Indoors, however, mold growth must not be overlooked. Mold can begin to grow inside a building or house when the mold's spores land on wet surfaces inside. Keeping inside areas clean and moisture-free is necessary to hold mold-growth at bay. Here at AdvantaClean, our experts can get the work done quickly and thoroughly. Our company has kept houses and businesses safe and clean for more than 20 years. Our certified professionals will deliver reliable and professional service.
What is mold remediation?
Sorry to say it, but mold spores exist just about everywhere. It seems difficult to believe, but whether you are indoors or outdoors, spores are around it, the setting is damp and warm. It doesn't take long for them to spread in residential and commercial properties. They can grow within as little as 48 hours. This calculation means that you need to remediate as quickly as possible when you see a mold problem on your property. The earlier you catch the mold in progress, the better your outcome.
Spores can lie dormant, but, believe us when we say, mold is always around us. It is moisture to activate the mold allowing it to form colonies and spread even further. Once our highly-trained team comes to your location, they will locate the source, contain the mold colonies, and eliminate the cause. AdvantaClean knows that getting to your problem must occur immediately. Our crew is precise and efficient, and their mission includes the following steps:
- A thorough inspection of your home or business.
- The team will then work diligently to contain the mold by maintaining humidity levels.
- They will reduce the moisture in the house.
The team will work with you to add ventilation to keep the air in the home flowing. Reducing moisture in areas with ventilation or airflow problems potentially allows developing mold to be killed and removed more efficiently, which means savings for you and your family and many fewer headaches for all.
Can people see signs that mold is growing in their business or home?
Yes, they definitely can see or feel clues that mold is present. Signs include:
- Mold usually gives off a musty, earthy smell. Some say it smells like dirty socks.
- People living around mold often experience more allergies than usual.
- Mold can sometimes look like dirt. If the area that looks dirty is rubbed with a cloth and the dirt disappears in two minutes or so, the dirt-like substance is probably mold.
- You see an increased amount of moisture in certain areas of your home or business.
What are the health risks when it comes to mold exposure?
Some who face mold exposure may risk suffering from:
- Difficulty breathing
- Skin irritation
- Persistent wheezing and coughing
- Headaches and fatigue
- Hypersensitivity pneumonitis (Hypersensitivity pneumonitis) is a rare disorder caused by an immune system response in the lungs after breathing in certain triggers.)
- Lung damage and respiratory infections
What is mold removal and mitigation?
Mold removal is the most necessary if your home is on the market since it will lower your home's value. Some realtors say lower the value of a home by up to 10 percent.
To ensure that your home is completely absent of mold, a customized mold inspection and mold cleanup process is needed to ensure that the contaminated areas are removed and treated.
Our professionals use swab tests and air-o-cell tests to discover the concentrations of the present types of mold. Only then will a mold removal plan be developed and executed. This execution will include containment, control, and limit of the spread of mold in the house or other contaminants into the home's surrounding areas.
AdvantaClean's three-step process for mold removal
Our crew uses these steps for mold removal:
First, AdvantaClean isolates the area affected by creating a containment area in the rooms and spaces where mold is found. This helps us prevent cross-contamination, and are areas that will be off-limits to occupants.
2. Source Removal
Source removal may include removal of affected building material, including sheetrock, plaster, paneling, flooring and wood. We follow by using HEPA vacuums with specialized filters to capture tiny mold particles that cannot be filtered out by a normal vacuum filter, and treatment of the areas with an approved antimicrobial.
3. Exit Protocol
Before leaving the site, the team uses HEPA vacuums for the cleanup of dust that might have settled on surfaces outside the mold remediation area, scrubs the air inside the continent area to insure all mold spores are captured and removed.
Can I continue business as usual during mold removal?
Some people are concerned that having a mold removal service at their location would necessarily disrupt operations, putting their families or workplaces in an untenable situation. But AdvantaClean wants to share some facts that may put you at ease, and they are:
If your home or workplace is dealing with a more neutral species of mold spores, or the mold infected area of the building is fairly localized, the continuation of mold remediation can still occur. You could be able to use one or more of these alternative plans:
- Sharing the same conference rooms or workspaces
- Working from home or at a remote location
- Combine deep-cleaning and maintenance to coincide with the mold mitigation schedule
- Have a staff retreat or off-campus training event while the mold removal project
Consider that closing the office for a short period of time to mitigate the mold issue may save money in the long run since mold remediation is much less expensive than the consequences of having your workforce in a workspace that is mold-infested. This would likely remove the chance of staying up to code, resulting in a fine that is also probably more than the mold mitigation. A few lost days of production pales in the face of long-run risks.
For commercial business sanitizing, 24/7 emergency response, and peace of mind, give us a call and let's begin the process of removing dangerous substances from your home.