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A Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your Property

Every mold remediation scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The guide and steps listed below illustrate the standard best practice solution. Disaster can strike in many ways. Together, we can structure a scope of work to fit your needs.

Mold Basics

  • The key to mold control is moisture control.
  • If mold is a problem in your property, you call Precision Environmental promptly to fix the problem.
  • It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.

Why is mold growing in my home?

Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of molds, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.

Can mold cause health problems?

Molds are usually not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis).

How do I get rid of mold?

It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors; some mold spores will be found floating through the air and in house dust. The mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present. Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors. If there is mold growth in your home, you must fix the water problem. If you address mold, but don't fix the water problem, then, most likely, the mold problem will come back.

Mold Cleanup Guidelines & Remediation Process

Mold can be destructive to your property and your health. If mold is not visible and apparent, a musty smell or the peeling, bubbling, or discoloration of drywall and wallpaper can serve as warning signs. It is crucial to call a professional company like Precision Environmental to handle mold-related issues in today's litigious environment. Our team of specialists is certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and is trained to use the latest techniques to eliminate harmful microbiological contamination properly.

Step 1: Emergency Contact 800-375-7786

The mold cleanup process begins when you call our Customer Care Center. Our specialist will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

Step 2: Inspection and Assessment

Precision Environmental professionals will carefully inspect the property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on water and can be hidden from plain view. Our team will use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

Step 3: Mold Containment

Precision Environmental will deploy various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. Such as negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

Step 4: Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment allows the Precision Team to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. Then, we utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

Step 5: Removing Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Precision Environmental uses antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. In addition, removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings

Our team of professionals will clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use various cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings, remove odors, and deodorize using fogging equipment.

Step 7: Reconstruction (Build-Back)

Depending on the level of water and mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Reconstruction may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, installing new carpet, or significant repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a property or business.

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