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What Is Mold Remediation?
After a discovery that mold is growing in your home, you might wonder what is mold remediation, does it really work and how will it help me protect the health of my family and those who live and work on my property.
The short answer is yes, when completed properly by professional remediation service providers like HRS, mold remediation is an effective means to repair damage, clean dangerous mold growth, and return your space to its pre-mold condition.
Mold remediation is the process by which mold is identified, tested, dried, cleaned and the surfaces where it spread are disinfected.
Mold remediation professionals, like the team of certified technicians at HRS, follow strict guidelines and procedures that ensure that all mold in an area is found and steps are taken to ensure that mold will not return after remediation.
Fully drying out a space and stopping the source of incoming moisture are important to the remediation process as mold begins to die as soon as it dries.
With a combined two decades of experience helping homeowners make their properties in Phoenix and Denver safe from mold, the team at HRS is there to help when you discover that the invasive fungus has infected your property.
Mold Remediation Process
Mold remediation is a multi-step process during which technicians work on the infected areas of your property to ensure that the mold is stopped and that the area is treated to limit the chance for future mold growth.
As soon as you contact HRS, our certified mold remediation technicians respond. At your property, they inspect the area to identify every area where mold might be hiding.
As experienced professionals, they know how to remediate mold in the shortest time possible.
In addition, the source of moisture that is leading to mold growth is identified and stopped.
Next, our certified team begins the remediation process in earnest using technological tools like thermal cameras and moisture meters to locate all potential mold infections.
Having found the mold colonies, testing is completed to determine exactly which type of mold has infected your space.
The work then turns to cleaning, repairing, and disinfecting all surfaces that have suffered mold infections, including building materials, interior surfaces, and even personal property such as clothing and furniture.
Any personal property that can be salvaged is removed and taken to our specialists who clean, disinfect, and repair items before returning them.
The first step in the mitigation and remediation of mold is to inspect the area that is suspected of infection.
An inspection helps our certified technicians identify where mold is growing on a property and where the source of moisture is coming from.
In both cases, the information gained from the inspection ensures that the next steps are able to be completed fully and the chance for mold to return is severely reduced.
Containment of mold colonies begins when the source of moisture that is feeding its growth is dried.
A fully dried area cannot support mold spread, so once the moisture is removed, the colonies will begin to die.
3. Mold Clean-up
Cleaning a dried space removes the fuzzy remnants of mold and the discoloration it causes from a surface.
Permeable surfaces infested with mold are usually removed rather than cleaned, while non-porous surfaces can often be disinfected.
Cleaning includes assessing all areas where a mold infestation has occurred to determine which personal property or building material can be salvaged and cleaned, and which requires replacement.
The next step in the mold remediation process is to disinfect all areas that have been dried and cleaned.
Disinfecting can remove any toxins, and reduce the opportunity for continued mold growth in the area.
Sanitization is an essential step in reducing the health risks of a mold infestation on your property.
What Is Mold?
Mold is a fungus that thrives on materials that are moist, warm, and in dark spaces.
It can begin to grow in as little as 24-hours after a water breach and can spread to the size of a square foot in a matter of days.
Mold consists of spores that float in the air, and collect on a moist surface to build colonies. The spores can be inhaled and may cause illness in those who are sensitive to them.
What Causes Mold To Spread?
Finding mold growth in your home may cause alarm, and it may leave you wondering when do you need mold remediation.
After a water breach, mold can begin to grow in a very short time. Once it starts, the mold colony can spread quickly and cover a square foot in just days.
Mold spreads when it has moisture, warmth, and darkness. It uses a moist surface, often porous like wood, paper, carpet, and drywall, to feed.
Without moisture, it cannot spread.
Remediation can help as it not only stops the moisture but limits the opportunity for mold re-growth in a space.
Is Mold Remediation Necessary?
You need mold remediation as soon as you discover that a water intrusion has occurred and suspect that mold has begun to grow.
The extent of the remediation may vary based on the results of the inspection conducted by certified technicians, but stopping the growth and removing the remaining colonies is essential to protecting the health and safety of those who live and work in your space.
Left untreated, mold colonies will spread and continue to release spores into the air. This drastically increases the health risks associated with mold.
How Long Does Mold Remediation Take?
The time that it takes to remediate a mold issue on a property can vary depending on factors such as the size of the space, the extent of the mold infection, and the damage that has been caused.
In many cases, the work can be done in a few days, but other times it may take weeks to return your property to its pre-mold infestation condition.
Is Mold Really That Dangerous?
Mold exposure can be dangerous to those who are sensitive to inhaling its spores. For others, it can cause allergy-like symptoms.
The degree of danger of mold exposure can change depending on how sensitive an individual is to its spores, how long the person has been exposed, and the extent of the mold infestation of the property.
To limit the chance that exposed individuals will suffer severe and lasting health effects as a result of exposure to mold, it is best to begin mold remediation as soon as growth is suspected.
How Much Does Mold Remediation Cost?
Mold remediation costs can vary depending on the size of the property affected, the degree of the infestation, and the cause of the moisture.
Costs of remediation might be balanced against those associated with the increased risk of health-related injury to those who are living and working in a mold-infested space.
The HRS team can assist you and work with your insurance company to ensure that you are able to bring your property back to a safe and clean state in as short as time possible.
Why Choose HRS Disaster Restoration?
With a combined two decades of experience, our team is able to quickly assess a situation, find mold colonies and the moisture source that is fostering their growth – and take steps to ensure that your home is returned to a cleaned and disinfected space.
Protecting the health of those who live and work in the properties we help is our mission. We partner with you and your insurance company to stop mold and bring your property back to life.
Contact HRS Disaster Restoration Today!
When you suspect that mold is growing in your home, the first step you should take is to contact the certified team at HRS to have us inspect your property.
When we find mold, we are able to quickly remediate it, providing you the peace of mind that your family is safe from the health effects of inhaling mold spores.
Call us and we will be ready to help!
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