Every mold situation is different from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Mold and mildew are naturally occuring microorganisms that commonly exist in our homes and businesses, particularly here in humid South Florida. These microbes can be toxic and non-toxic and can be any number of colors including black, purple, and green. You may at first notice the musty odor of mold and mildew. Then, it may appear on doors, ceilings, walls, or floors, and continue to spread very quickly. When the amount of mold or mildew increases to this problematic level, most often due to water damage, rapid mold remediation becomes a must. Without it, mold can cause health problems for pets and people of all ages, including asthma, headaches, and allergic reactions.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN MOLD REMEDIATION?
Mold remediation involves mold clean up and removal by Stella Restoration Professionals to address the damage and health risks associated with mold. Cleaning with bleach and water will not kill mold. Moldy material must be removed and the damaged area reconstructed; therefore mold remediation is best left to a professional trained to handle hazardous material and eliminate the spread of mold to other rooms. Expert mold remediation includes:
A Stella Restoration professional will come into your home or business to identify moldy areas as well as the source of the problem. If required, swab samples will be taken to measure the level and/or presence of mold. We will then formulate a mold remediation plan.
The source of the moisture problem is addressed and the affected area is closed off to avoid contaminating the rest of your home with mold spores stirred up during the removal process.
HEPA filters will be used to clean the air of mold spores and other particles. The Stella Restoration specialist will also wear goggles and mask to lessen any exposure to airborne contaminants.
Building materials and personal belongings in your home or business can be affected. Since mold is a living organism and deeply ingrains itself into materials to survive, it is best to dispose of anything porous. The safest and most effective way to ensure mold doesn’t return is to remove affected material.
It is imperative that cleaned and repaired items remain thoroughly dry. Remember, excessive moisture is how the issue started. As a result, your Stella Restoration mold remediation specialist will likely cover moisture management strategies to ensure your home doesn’t encounter future issues.
The reconstruction process will begin after all mold-contaminated materials are removed. Clean, mold-free materials will replace what was previously contaminated.
Following remediation, we search for any signs of recurrent water damage, moldy odors or visible mold to ensure the cleanup has been successful.
Types of Mold
About 50 to 100 common types of indoor mold have the potential to create health problems. The most common types of indoor molds include: