Mold is the single most common after effect of water damage. It shows up a few days after the initial event, establishes itself, and then proceeds to grow quickly, causing further damage to your home and resisting most any effort to clean it up or get rid of it. Mold also knocks the legs out from under your home’s resale value, since no one in their right mind is going to take out a mortgage on a mold-ridden property. Mold only gets worse over time, not better, and the problems that it presents to your home and your family will only multiply, as will the repair bills.
At Advanced Cleaning and Restoration, we are an IRI certified mold remediation service provider, and everyone on our team of professional technicians is equipped with the necessary skills and training to eliminate any kind of mold problem that you may be dealing with. We also properly treat the area to make certain that the mold does not grow back at a later time. Mold can lie dormant for decades if there is not enough moisture for it to grow.
Mold is a natural organism found almost everywhere but usually unseen to the naked eye. They come in a variety of colors such as black, white, purple, and green, and are essential in nature to break down dead organic matter. Mold needs moisture to survive, and while most molds are harmless, they can become a health threat when they find a place to establish and grow within the walls of the home. When mold is growing it releases spores into the air where they can be easily inhaled. Elderly folks, infants, and people with asthma or immune deficiencies are at higher risk for problems from mold.
It may not be possible to eliminate all of the mold in your home, but because mold cannot grow without moisture, reducing the moisture and humidity levels in your home is the most effective way to prevent or eliminate the growth of mold. If you find mold growing in your home, it is important to have it cleaned up and removed, as well as finding the source of the mold growth and eliminating it. If you remove the mold but fail to fix the original problem that caused it, the mold will return.
Your home may have a mold problem if:
Observation – Our technicians will look for visual signs of mold or fungal growth on or behind surfaces. Mold can grow in wall cavities, and if undetected, may compromise the integrity of the structure. Samples – We come fully prepared with petri dishes, mold pens or sticks, etc. Surface and air samples will provide the confirmation of microbial growth. This step is very important when it comes to finding mold that is not visible to the human eye.
Source of Mold – Once the mold is confirmed to be living and growing in the home the moisture intrusion must be located and repaired before the remediation process can be started. We use a thermal hydrometer to detect the moisture within the walls and ceilings.
Once these steps have been taken, we begin the mold remediation process by placing fans and blowers to move stale air outside. Containment barriers are set up to avoid cross contamination to unaffected areas. With full PPE (personal protective equipment, we then deconstruct the affected area and prepare for mold removal. Dehumidifiers, heat, air circulation and anti-microbial biocides eliminate the growth of mold and fungi, bringing the area back to a safe, dry standard.
We perform post remediation sampling, retesting all areas and surfaces that were affected by the mold to make sure everything has been eradicated. We then take new notes and compare them to our original data, and once removal has been confirmed, and the environment is safe, we then set about rebuilding and restoring any and all damage that may have been caused by the mold.
With decades of combined experience, Advanced Cleaning and Restoration is the leading authority in New York State for water damage and other related problems. All of our technicians are trained and IRI certified in every aspect of the restoration industry; this ensures the fastest and most thorough cleaning and restoration job that you can ask for. We will get all of the excess water out, repair the damage, dry out all surfaces, and then restore your property to its original pre-loss condition. You and your family can be assured of a first rate job, done right, the first time! We service Gloversville and surrounding communities and you can reach our office at 1-518-773-2435, or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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