Pictured Above: Mold growing behind kitchen sink, unknown.
Why is mold such a big deal?
In addition to causing significant property damage, exposure to mold can cause a number of health issues such as; throat irritation, nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, cough and wheezing, as well as skin irritation in some cases.
RestorePro technicians understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate the mold in your home or business.
What causes mold to grow?
Mold growth inside your home or business is usually directly related to water or moisture indoors.
For significant mold growth to occur, four things are required:
- Growing Surface
Flooding, leaky roofs, building maintenance problems, or indoor plumbing problems can become the cause of mold growth inside your home or office.
After an incident of water damage in a home or building, mold can grow inside walls and then become dormant until there is an incident of high humidity, which can be caused from the temperature changes during colder weather.
Common building materials, such as plywood, drywall, carpets, and carpet padding are the most available mold food sources found inside your home or business.
The most commonly seen surfaces for mold growth are those that also provide the necessary food sources that mold needs to grow. In your home mold will be found on surfaces such as the drywall, under the carpet padding, and on plywood which is typically found in crawl spaces or under the floor of modular homes.
Mold growth begins between 24 hours and 10 days after all of the necessary growing conditions are present. Currently there is no way to date mold or know how long it had been growing.
Mold Remediation Process
Very simply, the first step in solving an indoor mold remediation problem is stopping the source of moisture. The next step is to remove the mold growth.
At RestorePro we have the experience and training required to safely and complete remediate your mold problems, once again restoring your home or business to a safe, healthy environment. We have been helping home owners in Snowflake, Taylor, Show Low, Pinetop, Lakeside, and surrounding areas.
Once RestorePro is onsite, we’ll follow this process.
Mold Inspection and Damage Assessment
Our certified technicians will thoroughly inspect your property for signs of mold. Because mold feeds on cellulose and needs moisture to grow it can be hidden from plain sight. We will use special equipment that helps to detect mold and unseen sources of water or moisture.
Containment procedures are crucial for preventing the spread of mold throughout your home or office. Depending on the severity of the mold exposure we may need to use advanced procedures such as physical barriers to isolate the contaminated area and ensure negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup.
With specialized filtration equipment we’re able to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We’ll use powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while we remediate your mold damage.
Demolition and Disposal
The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Our technicians will use Anti-Microbial, Bacterial Treatment, and Coating & Sealing procedures to help prevent new mold growth. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.
Cleaning and Sanitizing
Because mold can be spread through the air, our techs will clean and sanitize your belongings (i.e. furniture, curtains, clothing) and other restorable items affected by mold. We will also remove any odors using our fogging equipment.
Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.