Mold Removal & Remediation in Maryland
There are many types of mold and they can affect you or your property in different ways. Some people are allergic to different types of mold and this can cause some health issues. Some types of mold quickly digest organic compounds more quickly than others which means they can cause damage more quickly than others. Just as mold can affect you and your property differently it is important for us to know exactly what type of mold we're dealing with so that we can properly remediate it. We follow specific procedures when removing and remediating mold from your home.
Step 1) - Inspection and Testing
The first thing we have to figure out is what has caused the mold to form. For mold to grow it needs two simple things; the first being moisture and second being a food source which can be anything that is organic. Food, paper, drywall, and wood are organic food sources for mold. Our goal is to not only properly remove the mold but to find out why and stop that from happening in the future. We may need to do mold testing to ensure we know what type of mold we're dealing with. We collect the samples and send them out to a third party testing lab for analysis.
Step 2 - Containment & Air Purification
To keep mold spores from spreading, we'll contain the area and place it under negative pressure with our powerful air filtration devices. This step is critical so that as we're working and disturbing any mold spores that they cannot affect other areas of your property. It also helps to keep any mess down to a minimum for easier clean up.
Step 3 - Removal & Disposal
We remove all of the materials that have mold on them, all the way down to the walls studs and sub floor if needed. When these materials are removed we bag them and them seal the bags, and dispose of them properly. Depending on the amount of material affected by the mold we may need to utilize a dumpster to dispose of the material.
Step 4 - Cleaning & Sealing
After the materials have been removed we have to clean any exposed material left. This can include walls, ceilings, furniture, and other items in the contained area. We use antimicrobials, biocides for mold, and HEPA vacuums in this process. Any exposed wall studs or sub floor are sealed with a mold inhibiting product to ensure mold growth won't return. Our cleaning process is very thorough and may include cleaning wall surfaces and ceiling multiple times throughout the cleaning process.
Step 5 - Final Inspection
Once the area is clean and safe we'll perform a final inspection. During this final inspection we may also collect samples to send to our third party mold testing company for final analysis to ensure any surfaces and the air is within healthy limits.