Mold growth is caused by invasion of excess levels of moisture to your property. It can be caused by adverse weather conditions, leaks through windows, doors or through the roof, broken water pipes or water heaters. Moisture is harbored in the structural materials, and in the correct environment it begins to grow, feeding off of organic materials around –drywall, paper, wood, etc...Mold damage can occur within 2 hours to a few days if a property is left with high moisture levels.
Mold, whether dead or alive, can cause serious respiratory health problems. Many times homeowners ask us if “bleach”will “kill”mold. This option will cause mold blemishes to change color but leaves the distinct possibility that mold is left in the air, alive or dead, allowing for potentially harmful health effects. We eliminate this option by filtering the air with HEPA air scrubbers an HEPA vacuums in a very specific manner to reduce the mold levels to acceptability.
Many times homeowners will also ask if the color of the mold is an indicator of its affects to health. The only way that the specific mold strain can be identified is to have it sampled, cultivated in a lab, and analyzed under a microscope. We can coordinate this. Its effect on health is also a function of the susceptibility of the individual person (i.e. the elderly and young are more susceptible). Certain people are naturally more susceptible as well. Certainly, there are certain stains that nearly all individuals will have an adverse respiratory health affect to if exposed to them. We treat all mold damage as if it were the worst.
We can assess the damage or coordinate the testing. We can walk you through the steps necessary to eliminate the mold and restore your property back to pre-existing conditions. Our specialized remediation techniques include the following:
- Coherence or exceeding the EPA standards for mold remediation
- Coordination of air or surface sampling if necessary
- Moisture analysis
- Analysis of moisture source
- If applicable, setting up containment to ensure mold spores do not move from the area to other parts of the structure
- Removal of damaged areas and proper disposal of debris Extraction of mold spores
- HEPA vacuuming
- HEPA air scrubbing
- Coordination of air duct cleaning
- Drying / air movement for expediting drying
- If applicable, specialized drying of cabinets, hardwood floors, carpets, interior of drywall Coordination with an air tester as proof that area was remediated correctly
The cleaning process required for proper Mold Remediation is an exacting one. Strict attention to every detail must be observed. Steps will generally include the following:
Construction of proper Containment, Air Flow Manipulation & Cleaning through High Efficient Particulate Aeration, (better known as H.E.P.A), removal of contaminated materials such as drywall, insulation, and other porous and semi-porous materials, and a complete wipe down of all items within the containment area. Only through these rigorous steps can one expect to pass a Post Remediation Verification.
Post Remediation Verification (PRV)
After all mold remediation (removal) steps have been taken, Farrell Rescue will have your home tested by an Indoors Environmental Hygienist. This specialist (different than a Mold Remediation Technician) will perform surveys to determine the Type, Quantity and Ecology of mold that exist in the structure. Then they will compare these readings with the Type and Quantity of mold levels in a controlled are such as outside the structure or a room far away from the loss area. Only when one is armed with these facts, can a Hygienist certify that the restoration job has been returned to Pre-Loss Condition.