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Mold Removal and Treatment

Water and mold damaged in kitchen cabinet.Mold becomes a problem inside a home or business when there’s excessive humidity or moisture for an extended period of time. The problem can originate from sudden water releases, like a burst pipe or large spill that goes untreated, or from a chronic condition, such as a leaking roof or plumbing. Even high humidity or warm, moist air condensing on cool surfaces can trigger mold problems. It’s always best to have the mold evaluated and removed by a certified professional.

Mold can grow almost anywhere in a home or business if conditions permit. If there is visible growth on painted wall surfaces, property owners should be concerned about what may be growing on the wall’s opposite side. The environment inside the walls of a house often differs drastically from the outside and could create a perfect haven for mold. If the wall remains wet for a prolonged period, it’s almost guaranteed that the mold growth on the back side will be worse than on the front. At that point, containing the work space and removing moldy materials, followed by cleaning of salvageable framing, are the best options.

Mold can be seen and smelled. Be alert to the colors as mold can be any color including white, orange, pink, green, purple, brown, or black. Mold usually has a musty or earthy odor.

Why Mold Removal is Critical for Your Health and Well Being

Mold is airborne and the most common cause of respiratory problems. Symptoms include headache, allergic reaction, runny nose, and skin rash. In extreme cases, mold can lead to fungal growth in the lungs, asthma, internal bleeding and, very rarely, death. Those most "at risk" to mold exposure include: children, elderly, immune-suppressed individuals, recent surgery patients, and people with chronic inflammatory lung diseases such as asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitism and severe allergies.

Among the most common molds found during testing in Arizona properties exhibiting signs of Mold include:

  • Alternaria
  • Basidiospores
  • Chaetomium
  • Cladosporium
  • Penicillium/Aspergillus-like
  • Stachybotrys
Example of mold on contact paper under kitchen cabinet.

Five Principles of Mold Removal

  1. Ensure a pre-cleanup assessment is performed to determine the extent of the contamination to be removed. This can be performed by an independent environmental expert. A written remediation protocol may be necessary for the restoration company to comply with.
  2. Ensure safety and health precautions are taken by cleanup professionals and occupants. Anyone involved in the mold removal process must be protected from exposure through a combination of practices and controls.
  3. Utilize proper environmental controls to prevent mold from spreading. Eliminating mold at the source of contamination is essential. Once mold spores spread through the air, it will be much more difficult to capture.
  4. Physically remove the mold from structural surfaces employing techniques IAW IICRC guidelines. Proper documentation is essential throughout this process. Identify and correct all moisture problems as mold growth is inevitable if moisture is not controlled.
  5. Perform post mold remediation testing to ensure the area is "cleared" prior to performing any follow on repairs as required. If a protocol had been written prior to beginning work, the same environmental expert should perform this "clearance" test.

Application of these principles may involve multiple disciplines and professionals from a wide range of restoration and indoor environmental fields.

Saviour’s Restoration has the Certification, Training, and Experience to:

  • Identify moisture sources
  • Evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected)
  • Contain damage to the smallest area possible
  • Physically remove contamination
  • Dry materials to ensure that mold will not return
  • Perform or recommend procedures for returning property to a pre-loss condition
Example of containing mold during removal.

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