The topic of mold can be a scary one for home and business owners. That’s because it has been linked to health problems and in certain instances can be harmful to those who come into contact with it.
If mold isn’t properly cleaned up and removed, it can cause allergic reactions and other respiratory complications. It can also cause long-term damage to your business or home and even impact property values!
When you have located mold and had a mold inspection to confirm it, you need to have it removed. More appropriately, you need Mold Remediation, which involves getting mold levels back to normal. You can’t actually remove mold entirely.
This is not a DIY activity. You need mold removal and remediation experts who know what they are doing. Jenkins Restorations has trained professionals who will take the following 5 steps for proper mold remediation to restore you back to normal:
1: We know moisture
Assessing mold growth involves more than just looking at what is visibly growing on the walls or in a corner. Mold can be an invisible intruder, growing behind and around what you first see. Such devious behavior requires inquisitive thinking.
Behind all mold growth is a water or moisture problem. To remove it, you need to know where the moisture comes from and how it gets into the home. Mold often accompanies water damage from a leaky pipe, broken water heater, or natural disaster.
2. We document the mold problem and create a remediation plan
Before we begin remediation, a Jenkins Restorations’ team member documents the mold situation with writing, photos and video. The team supervisor will use this documentation to develop a remediation plan. This will answer questions like when work is slated to begin, when that work is scheduled to be completed, who will be performing the remediation, any testing that should be done, and if homeowners will be temporarily relocated.
3: We calculate the extent of the contamination
Mold may not always grow in one area and we access how much contamination there is. By calculating the extent of the contamination we determine how to approach mold removal and cleanup. The goal of mold remediation is to clean up mold growing within the home, and to avoid exposing homeowners to large amounts of mold.
4: We remediate mold contamination
Remediation always involves cleaning up existing mold while avoiding exposure to oneself as well as homeowners. We also prevent new growth by addressing the moisture source. Based on calculations of the contamination area, we determine the area we will be working in. Some examples of steps we take to take care of the mold:
- Repair the water problem. This will help prevent new mold spores from growing.
- Isolate the contaminated area. Close all doors and windows between the contaminated area and other rooms of the home
- Suppress dust caused by mold spores in the home.
- Remove all wet and mold-damaged porous materials.
- Place materials in plastic bags.
- All non-porous materials and wood surfaces that are moldy are cleaned.
- Perform visibility test – all areas should be visibly free of contamination and debris — no dust and dirt means no mold.
- Cleaned materials should be dried to allow leftover moisture to evaporate. To speed up the drying process, we use fans, dehumidifiers or raise the indoor air temperature.
- All materials that were moved are replaced or repaired.
5: We determine if cleanup has been successful
Just because the mold seems to be gone and there is no dirt or dust doesn’t mean that it actually is. Since there are a number of potential health problems from mold, Jenkins Restorations will determine if the mold remediation and cleanup services have been successful.
A Jenkins Restorations team member will revisit the home or business soon after remediation is complete in order to ensure that the moisture problem has been taken care of and we don’t see any signs of recurring water damage. Also, we look for no signs of visible mold, mold-damaged materials or moldy odors.