Mold Remediation Services
Mold, also known as fungi, can grow indoors and outdoors all year round. While there is no precise number of how many species exist, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates ranges between tens of thousands to more than 300,000. Despite how easy it can be to come in contact with mold spores in everyday life, it’s not something that should be overlooked, especially if mold is suspected in your home or commercial building.
Mold in the Midwest region can be a major problem that can lead to health and property damage. At the first sign of mold, call Werner Restoration Services for expert mold removal and remediation services!
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Werner’s Mold Remediation Process
1) Identify the Moisture Source
We must first determine where the moisture is coming from and fix the source of the moisture problem. We will perform a full mold assessment and provide an evaluation of our course of action.
2) Containment & Air Filtration
Containing the affected area is critical in preventing mold spores from spreading and contaminating other areas of your home or building. Within the containment, we establish negative air to also prevent aerosolized mold spread.
3) Remove Contaminated Materials
Our trained and certified mold remediation technicians are fully prepared to take all precautions with your home or building as well as themselves by utilizing the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Proper safety precautions are taken to prevent the spread of mold spores when removing and disposing of contaminated materials such as ceiling tiles, drywall, insulation, carpet, and padding.
4) Mold Remediation
We can now proceed with the mold remediation process. Some non-porous materials such as glass and plastic can be cleaned and dried in-place. Wood and other semi porous materials, depending on the severity of mold damage, can be dried, sanded, and treated with an environmentally safe anti-microbial agent (EPA approved) that is both safe for children and pets.
5) Post Remediation Verification (PRV) Testing
The final step to our mold removal process is the Post Remediation Verification (PRV) Test. This test determines the success efforts of the mold remediation within the contained area and if it is safe for homeowners or building occupants to safely enter.
Werner Mold Remediation Services
If the source of the water or moisture problem isn’t addressed first, the problem will keep occurring. Often leaky faucets, hoses, bathrooms, and your roof can be the culprit for mold to grow. Fixing or repairing the source will decrease the chances that mold will grow again.
Containment is set up by framing out the area with lumber or poles, next polyethylene sheeting is hung and used to create a barrier between the affected and non-affected areas, and finally doors are installed so that mold remediation technicians in full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) can enter and exit the containment area.
A decontamination chamber is then built as an entry area into the remediation area. The decontamination chamber allows mold technicians to put on (donning) and take off (doffing) PPE gear and dispose of contaminated gear into a waste container and sealed bag. Respirators are worn by remediation workers until they fully exit the decontamination chamber.
Establishing negative air pressure for the duration of the black mold remediation process is key to preventing mold spores from escaping the containment area and cross contaminating the rest of your home or building. Negative air flow is done by setting up a Negative Air Machine that uses ducting to remove contaminated air from the sealed containment area. Air is filtered and then exhausted outside the containment area. This creates negative air pressure (a vacuum effect), which limits the spread of aerosolized mold spores to the rest of the home or building.
In many cases, building materials such as ceiling tiles, unpainted drywall, insulation, carpet, and padding must be removed. These materials are all porous (contain cavities, channels, or interstices) and mold grows inside the material, instead of just on the surface.
On non-porous materials such as glass, metal, and hard plastic materials can be cleaned, dried, and sanitized in place.
All surfaces are cleaned and sanitized with an EPA registered mold solution. This mold solution is both safe for children and pets. Once the area is completely dry, we then use a HEPA filtered vacuum in the area to remove any residual spores and mold. All cleaning materials are sealed in plastic bags for disposal.
And finally, we perform a Post Remediation Verification (PRV) Test to determine the success of the mold remediation cleaning. Since mold spores are very tiny, humans cannot detect them with the naked eye. The PRV test is a way for us to test the affected area to ensure that indoor mold spore counts are quantitatively equal or less than the outdoor samples. Please refer to your test provider on pre/post counts
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With living in the Midwest, we get to enjoy all the seasons. With this also comes extremely cold winters and extremely hot and humid summers. With the seasons, this brings the potential for mold growth in your home. The EPA says this about mold,
“Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided.
Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.”
TIPS TO REDUCE MOLD OPPORTUNITIES IN YOUR HOME
Moisture and Mold Prevention and Control Tips (According to the EPA)
MOISTURE CONTROL IS THE KEY TO MOLD CONTROL
- When water leaks or spills occur indoors –ACT QUICKLY. If wet or damp materials or areas are dried 24-48 hours after a leak or spill happens, in most cases mold will not grow.
- Clean and repair roof gutters regularly.
- Make sure the ground slopes away from the building foundation, so that water does not enter or collect around the foundation.
- Keep air conditioning drip pans clean and the drain lines unobstructed and flowing properly.
- Keep indoor humidity low. If possible, keep indoor humidity below 60 percent (ideally between 30 and 50 percent) relative humidity. Relative humidity can be measured with a moisture or humidity meter, a small, inexpensive ($10-$50) instrument available at many hardware stores.
- If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes ACT QUICKLY to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source. Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.
ACTIONS THAT WILL HELP TO REDUCE HUMIDITY
- Vent appliances that produce moisture, such as clothes dryers, stoves, and kerosene heaters to the outside where possible. (Combustion appliances such as stoves and kerosene heaters produce water vapor and will increase the humidity unless vented to the outside.)
- Use air conditioners and/or de-humidifiers when needed.
- Run the bathroom fan or open the window when showering. Use exhaust fans or open windows whenever cooking, running the dishwasher or dishwashing, etc.
ACTIONS THAT WILL HELP PREVENT CONDENSATION
- Reduce the humidity.
- Increase ventilation or air movement by opening doors and/or windows, when practical. Use fans as needed.
- Cover cold surfaces, such as cold-water pipes, with insulation.
- Increase air temperature.