If mold is discovered in your environment, it is imperative that it be removed by a professional mold remediation and restoration service provider. Burke’s Restoration has the knowledge and tools to conduct indoor air quality testing, proper mold testing and moisture detection procedures. Further growth must be prevented and contained to mitigate damage.
Mold removal must start at the source. This can be a challenge because the mold can be an invisible organism. Another common scenario is that people won’t realize mold exists until they can finally see stains or smell it. By the time the presence of mold gets to this stage, the problem is too far gone. At this point, ridding your environment of mold requires professional mold remediation.
What is Mold?
Mold is a fungus that grows in the environment and feeds on dampness. It can be black mold, white or anything in between. Black mold tends to be the most treacherous. But one thing is certain, all mold requires moisture for nourishment and something to grow on. The more it is fed, the more it grows. Living with mold can have detrimental health effects so it is necessary to have it removed by a professional mold remediation technician. Those who can be affected most are babies, children, the elderly, pregnant women, and individuals with asthma, allergies and lung conditions such as bronchitis and pneumonia. According to Health Canada, people will respond differently to mold exposure depending on its quantity and their overall health and allergic sensitivity.
Water damage and mold…there is a connection
Mold is often connected to a leak in the home — from faulty plumbing like a toilet or washing machine leak, to a water heater malfunction or foundation cracks. In other words, anywhere that can have water seepage, there is a risk for mold damage. Water damage in the form of sewer back-up or a flooded basement will invariably result in mold build-up if the initial damage is not properly dealt with through water damage restoration. This is why moisture detection and water damage restoration are so important after an incident such as a flooded basement occurs.
It cannot be iterated enough that, because of the human health hazards and damaging effects of mold to a building, the problem must be addressed and eliminated by trained and trusted professionals. It is also not enough to simply treat the mold. You need to fix the source of the mold-causing problem. Water damage restoration will likely also take place.
First you need to find the mold. Mold inspection and mold testing technicians use state of the art mold spore meters AND perform indoor air-quality testing to detect mold spores and other air contaminants. Samples are taken to a lab to determine the type of mold you are dealing with and the appropriate course of action. Even if the mold is not classified as toxic, it can be a perfect breeding ground of other mold species to eventually form. Mold removal should not be done as a do it yourself project. You can inadvertently expose yourself and others to further damage by stirring up mold spores and making them even more airborne. Once stirred, the spores travel effortlessly throughout a home through HVAC systems.
How Does Mold Remediation Work?
To properly remove all mold, experts will first contain the area with floor to wall plastic sheeting to ensure that no more spores enter the airstream. This air-tight containment area will also keep spores from spreading during the mold removal process. All mold-effected drywall/wood/carpet or flooring is removed, and dehumidifiers installed to dry the area. The absence of moisture will starve mold growth.
Once mold is removed, the area must be treated with antimicrobial, antifungal and disinfectant treatment solutions to inhibit future mold growth. HEPA vacuums are finally used to void the space of any remaining mold spores.
Burke’s Restoration is a mold removal and remediation service provider in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. We are an IICRC certified mold remediation company with almost 40 years of restoration experience in mold removal and remediation. You can rest assured that the job will be done with the utmost of care and adherence to quality standards. Your environment is important to us. Call us today for an on-site consultation: 905-457-2456