Mold removal goes hand in hand with water damage. Mold is a naturally occurring substance in the environment, and although you can’t see it unless it has accumulated significantly, it’s everywhere. Mold spores are microscopic particles that have the ability to grow in areas of higher than normal moisture content by decomposing organic material as a food source. Because the spores can be carried in the air very easily by a simple breeze, it’s imperative to maintain a clean home with a low moisture content to prevent accumulation. Mold spores are ubiquitous, but they remain dormant until the right set of environmental conditions exist.
When mold spores are exposed to excessive moisture and the right room temperature, mold grows at an alarming rate. Left undiscovered, it can cause structural damage and in some cases, serious health problems and allergic reactions. If you discover a mold problem, it is critical to call a company certified in mold remediation to have it cleaned up right away, especially if anyone nearby has a mold allergy. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it’s important to cleanup mold as soon as possible because even dead mold contains hazardous toxins that can wreak havoc on the human body after exposure. Black mold is seen most frequently.
At Newton Fire & Flood, we are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) for mold remediation. We consult with indoor environmental professionals as required to determine the extent of the mold infiltration and to determine the best remediation procedure for each situation. After we have completed the work, we use clearance tests to verify that the job was done right.
Another issue associated with water damage is mildew. Although frequently used interchangeably, mildew and mold are not the same. They bear obvious differences in terms of accumulation and color. Like mold, mildew is a fungus, but it does not accumulate as rapidly. Regarding color, it can appear as gray or white, versus black, like most molds. Removal is recommended as soon as possible.
Whatever the case may be, Fire & Flood treats all types of mildew and mold problems, including those caused by the following:
- Water damage
- Leaking pipes
- Areas with high moisture and poor ventilation (bathrooms, storage areas)
Mold Removal Services
- Assess the Damage Determine the extent of the contamination within the home.
- Establish Containment Seal-off the contaminated area to prevent the spread of mold to other parts of the home.
- >Mold Remediation Clean all surfaces, materials and contents in the affected areas that can be restored.
- Secure Disposal Carefully secure contaminated material and debris for disposal to prevent the spread of mold.
- Structural Drying In cases of water damage, extract water and dry out affected areas.
- Eliminate Source of Moisture Identify and either repair leaking pipe, water line, etc., or recommend course of action to ensure the mold does not come back.
- Post Remediation Perform tests to ensure mold removal is done correctly.
With our certified technicians, you will have peace of mind that the mold problem is removed quickly and correctly.
As a result of the process, homeowners and business owners can experience an improvement in indoor air quality and reduced health risks.