Lacking easily recognized symptoms, mold is an insidious hazard to health and property.
Although mold is often the result of water damage – it can be caused either by a slow leak, major flooding – it can also be a result of high humidity due to poor ventilation or a roof leak. In any case, left untreated, it can cause as much damage as a fire.
Mold spores can weaken the structural integrity of a building if not addressed in a timely fashion. Pathogens threaten the health of occupants; especially infants, the elderly, pets & anyone with a compromised immune system. You cannot just trust your nose or any restoration contractor. Knowing the signs – and understanding its causes – is the first step to getting rid of mold once and for all. Aquire Restoration of Madison is IICRC Certified to restore properties damaged by mold.
Principles of Mold Remediation
There are five general principles used in the remediation of mold contaminated structures and materials. At Aquire Restoration of Madison, we apply a multi-disciplinary approach involving different trades of expertise to remediate successfully.
1. Provide for the safety and health of the workers and occupants of the home or building
When it has been determined that an indoor environment is contaminated with mold, remediation technicians shall be protected from exposure. Engineering controls and work practices are the primary means for preventing exposure. Appropriate respiratory protection or other personal protective equipment (PPE) shall be used in conjunction with engineering controls.
2. Document the conditions and work processes
Aquire takes extensive pictures, notes and moisture readings during all mold remediation projects for documentation purposes. This documentation is uploaded into our job management software and is provided to our clients via a real time link that can be viewed at any time.
Aquire Restoration of Madison may use an independent indoor environmental professional (IEP) to evaluate data taken from air samples and tape lifts to formulate an initial hypothesis about the origin, identity, location and extent of amplification of mold contamination. A remediation scope is then developed for removal of the mold. A Post Remediation Verification can be provided by an IEP in order to verify that the remediation was successful at returning the structure and salvageable contents to Condition 1 (Normal Living Condition).
3. Contamination Control
The spread of mold contamination should be controlled as close as practical to its source. Methods of controlling the spread of contamination include setting up containment around the area, using air scrubbers to create negative air in order to capture all disturbed mold spores, and HEPA vacuuming mold and the entire containment.
4. Contamination Removal
Physically removing mold contamination is the primary means of remediation. Mold contamination should be physically removed from the structure, systems and contents to return them to Condition 1. ATTEMPTS TO KILL, ENCAPSULATE OR INHIBIT MOLD INSTEAD OF PROPER SOURCE REMOVAL GENERALLY ARE NOT ADEQUATE.
Remediated structures, systems and contents can be considered clean when contamination, unrestorable contaminated materials and debris have been removed and surfaces are visibly free of dust. Remediated areas should be free of malodors associated with microorganisms.
5. Contamination Prevention
To prevent recontamination or future contamination, the moisture problem that contribute to the mold growth shall be identified and corrected or controlled as soon as practical. While writing our scopes, the below listed considerations are extremely important for a successful mold remediation. Aquire Restoration of Madison takes mold remediation very seriously. Development of work plans, protocols and specifications for the work to be performed are vital.
- Pressure Differentials
- Hazardous or Regulated Materials
- Asbestos Abatement
- Vermiculite Abatement
- Safety and Health Provisions
- Contaminated Material Removal and Handling
- Detail Cleaning
- Post Remediation Verification
During mold remediation projects containments are separated into three basic types. Source containment, Local (Mini) Containment and Full-Scale Containment. Expanding containments may be necessary when additional mold contamination is discovered.
We may use Source Containment:
- To address relatively small or limited areas of mold growth
- Alone when mold growth is limited to small visible controllable areas where hidden mold growth is not anticipated
- Within areas of more extensive mold growth in conjunction with other forms of containment.
We may use Local Containment:
- When moderate levels of fungal growth are visible or suspected. A structural enclosure can be built to contain a work area and separate it from the unaffected section of the room or structure. In a local Containment HEPA-filtered air filtration devices (AFD’s), when used as negative air machines, are installed to create negative pressure differentials in relation to surrounding areas.
We may use Full Scale Containment:
- Full scale containments normally are used when significant or extensive mold growth is present or suspected and where source and local containments cannot effectively control or eliminate cross-contamination. Critical Barriers are established to separate unaffected from affected areas.
Aquire Restoration of Madison takes remediating mold very seriously. You will never hear us say we are going to kill your mold since non-viable (Dead) mold spores are just as toxic as viable (Living) mold spores.
We have spent the last ten years perfecting our processes, completed and passed thousands of post remediation verifications, all while working closely with IEP’s. Call us for your FREE mold inspection. We are here to help!