Water Damage Restoration
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:
- Careful removal of infected building materials
- Creating barriers to prevent contamination
- HEPA Filtration to purify the air
- Moisture detection & monitoring
- 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.
Mold testing is performed in areas mold is suspected. If you have an area in your home that you can feel something is wrong like musty smell, stuffy, dusty or you just get a headache every time you spend a few minutes there, its best to call an environmentalist, not Ghost Hunters… ;-)) An environmentalist is a professional specializing in air testing. The mold testing procedure to take a sample from the air, or to better describe it, a sample of what mold spores are hanging in the air. The sample is sent to a lab and the lab will put it under a microscope and actually count and separate the spores into species. The resulting report will indicate what kind of mold is present and how much of it.