Mold Related Info
Mold is a common problem in homes and buildings because it is normally the result of excess water or moisture and once it starts growing, it will not stop spreading to other areas of the building until it is removed. Just removing mold growth is not enough however as the moisture source that caused the mold needs to be addressed to prevent the mold from returning. If you have a mold contamination in your home or building that has affected an area larger than 10 square feet, it is best to have a certified professional handle the remediation. ServiceMaster NCR provides mold remediation services in Reston, VA to remove mold growth from homes and buildings. We will not only make sure the mold is completely removed, but also repair the moisture source so that the mold will not grow back.
Mold growth in a home or office is a serious threat because of the amount of property damage it can cause as well as the health issues associated with mold exposure. Exposure to mold spores can cause a range of health problems that include skin irritation, eye irritation, stuffy nose, breathing problems, and even respiratory infections. Our technicians start our mold remediation services by confining the mold growth to the already affected area and we keep ourselves protected as we work with personal protection equipment (PPE).
Before we can start removing the mold growth, we must determine the extent of the contamination which we accomplish using the Instascope testing system. The Instascope testing system is an assessment system that can accurately detect the level of mold in the air and it will help us find hidden mold growth and determine which areas of your home are the most affected. There is a 3-step process to using the Instascope testing system:
- Step 1: Measure the level of airborne mold outside the home or building to get a baseline level.
- Step 2: Measure the mold levels in every area of the house.
- Step 3: Recalibrate in rooms with elevated levels to find hidden mold growth.
Mold Remediation Process
After assessing the mold levels throughout the home or building, we start the remediation which includes removal of the mold growth as well as the repair or replacement of the affected surfaces. We use the most advanced cleaning equipment and products to ensure that all mold growth is completely removed and we will also fix any water damage or moisture issues that caused the mold growth. Our mold remediation process includes the following steps:
- Assessment of the mold contamination
- Environmental engineering controls
- Restorative drying
- Microbial remediation
- Pack-out and storage
Mold Damage Tips
If there is mold in your home or building, it most likely appeared as a result of water damage or excess moisture. You must make sure that the moisture and humidity level in your home is under control because this is the best way to prevent mold. Look around your home for wet surfaces, checking walls, ceilings, and any areas that may be vulnerable to water damage. Remove excess water and condensation by wiping off the surfaces and if there is a small amount of mold, clean it using a solution of mild detergent and water. The source of the excess moisture must be dealt with as well or the problem will continue to happen.
When dealing with mold growth, the health effects caused by mold exposure should be a major concern. The health effects associated with mold include allergic reactions such as skin irritation, coughing, and nasal congestion and those who are exposed to mold for too long may experience more serious health effects like respiratory infections. You cannot assume that you are safe if your home has experienced water damage because water damaged buildings (WDB) have a high risk of contamination from toxins and inflammagens including bacteria, fungus, mycobacteria, actinomycetes, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) per the World Health Organization.
Mold remediation is a dangerous DIY job because without the right training and equipment, you are putting yourself at risk of negative health effects and you could make the mold problem worse. It is best to call our mold remediation professionals at ServiceMaster NCR as soon as you find mold in your home or building in Reston, VA. Our technicians are ready to respond with the most effective and innovative mold remediation methods of the industry and we provide accurate testing with the InstaScope testing system to locate and remove hidden mold.
Mold remediation must be done by a certified professional and the technicians of ServiceMaster NCR provide effective mold remediation services in Reston, VA. We will not only clean up the mold contamination, but also prevent future mold growth by repairing the moisture source that caused the mold to grow in the first place. Our phone lines are open 24 hours a day at 703-596-3171 to respond to your mold remediation needs.
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