If you are currently experiencing a water damage or mold problem in your home or business, you will want to talk with a certified water damage restoration professional about the steps that can be taken to restore your property to its pre-loss condition. Water damage can strike very quickly and extensively. Mold generally starts growing in just a few days. If conditions are right and the primary water damage has not been fixed properly and thoroughly, mold can become a serious problem for your property and your health in less than 72 hours.
Mold removal (also black mold removal) is the process of removing mold from a property. This includes removing mold from the structure, all surfaces (visible and hidden), contents (including personal belongings and furniture) and most importantly the air. Removing mold from the air helps ensure that you and your family will not breathe in harmful microorganisms that can cause serious respiratory and other health issues.
The general process water damage repair professionals follow when conducting black mold removal is as follows. We first make sure that the property is dry and clean. We use water removal (extraction) and specialty drying / dehumidifying equipment to thoroughly clean the property. Saturated contents and building materials are removed from the property, to be discarded or cleaned and repaired off-site. We take surface and air samples from the property and test them in a laboratory through an independent industrial hygienist, who gives us a detailed report indicating the level of contamination by area of the property.
If mold is present in elevated levels inside the property, we section off the building into zones using plastic sheeting and specialty tape. Each zone is highly contained to prevent the spread of mold from one zone into another. We apply anti-microbial agents to every surface in the property. We run HEPA vacuums continuously to filter ambient air while simultaneously HEPA vacuuming every surface in the home. After thoroughly vacuuming the home, we re-apply anti-microbial agents to encapsulate and kill any remaining mold spores. Any contents that have been removed from the property are thoroughly cleaned (same process) of mold spores before they are returned. Finally, the industrial hygienist returns to conduct a clearance test. Any zones that do not pass are re-cleaned and re-tested. Once the property is cleared, any remaining water damage restoration work is completed as quickly as possible so the owners or tenants can re-occupy the property as soon as possible.