Water Damage & Mold Removal


Water Damage

No one can anticipate a flash flood, storm or a burst pipe, worst off are the damages left behind by the water. If not recovered rapidly  water damage may result in rapid mold growth that will require professional mold removal. Water will go in to all building materials if you let it. After working as a specialist at EnviroCare Water Damage Restoration for over 10 years, I’ve learned water has a mind of its own and even after so long in the water damage industry, water still manage to surprise me.

Removing Black Mold Safely

If you have black mold growth, you will need to take steps to remove it ASAP. The EPA has issued new guidelines for “do it yourself ” mold removal projects if you want to take the risk of exposing yourself or others to toxic molds. The guidelines for professional mold removal companies, devised by the IICRC, are much stricter to ensure minimal exposure to mold toxins. A safe mold removal project should include:

Black Mold

  • Careful removal of infected building materials
  • Creating barriers to prevent contamination
  • HEPA Filtration to purify the air
  • Moisture detection & monitoring 
  • Dehumidification 
  • Mold Testing
  • Mold cleanup, treatment & prevention

EnviroCare is obligated to follow the IICRC S500 and S520 standards for water damage and mold remediation. Following those standards ensures the safety of the occupants dwelling in the property and prevents re-occurrence of mold growth.

How to Remove Black Mold?

Removing Black Mold

A lot of people ask me, how do I remove Black Mold? Well, the answer is you don’t! In most cases, Black Mold is very hard to remove without harming yourself and those around you! The better way is to call a professional that can remove mold safely and without cross contaminating your environment.

The problem with removing black mold is dealing with microscopic contaminates that if in-hailed could cause allergic reactions at best, and a toxic inflammation or worst. Controlling microscopic spores is hard and could prove to be very complicated. Professional restoration companies like EnviroCare use heavy duty air movers to create Negative Air pressure in the affected area to prevent cross contamination, as an extra precaution, a professional will create a barrier between the contaminate area and clean areas, again, to prevent contamination.

Protective Equipment

In every mold removal project you must use protective equipment. The EPA and CDC recommend using a respirator of N95 rating or higher. For best protection in toxic mold removal projects, please use a P100 respirator and a full HASMAT suit including the hood. Remember, black mold is invisible and will attach it self to your cloths or hair, if not taking the right safety precautions,  you will contaminate your home with black mold spores that will colonize and become a problem.