Expert Mold Remediation
Mold and mildew are among the most challenging problems homeowners face. Unlike many other home repair challenges, molds and mildews can take hold invisibly inside walls, ceilings, and floors. They can grow extensively in the padding of a carpet before you have a clue that there’s a problem. By the time a tell-tale musty odor alerts you to mold growth, you may have large sections of wall that need removal due to contaminated sheet rock.
The professional team at Cascade Restoration Services identifies the source of your problem then completes a home mold remediation program to remove molds and prevent their return.
The first step in mold remediation is mold prevention. When parts of a property have become wet, perhaps due to storm flooding or a failed water heater, drying them rapidly can prevent molds and mildew from gaining a foothold. Molds can begin growing in as little as 24-48 hours after a flooding incident, so calling Cascade to start drying the property immediately is crucial.
Assessment and Strategy
A qualified mold remediation specialist from our team will identify areas where molds have begun to grow and locate the source of the moisture that has made it possible for them to take root. From the assessment a mold remediation plan will be formulated.
Mold Containment and Moisture Control
During any cleanup, the mold-affected areas are sealed off from the rest of the building to prevent mold spored from contaminating other areas. The source of the mold problem, which always starts with a moisture problem of some sort, is addressed.
Mold Removal from Building and Belongings
Molds grow in any porous material, from wood to carpet to books. A characteristic musty odor often indicates the presence of a mold, but sensitive people recognize molds are growing because they have allergic reactions. These may include coughing, congestion, watery eyes and headaches. Mold reactions also can mimic such symptoms of aging as memory loss, dizziness, and the loss of motor control associated with Parkinson’s disease.
To protect the health of current and future building inhabitants, it is essential to remove all molds from the building before any repairs are undertaken. This is an eight-step process, managed by our professionals and rapidly executed by our professional and technical staff.
- Dry All Affected Areas
The faster drying begins when building areas have become wet, the smaller the mold problem you face. When you call us immediately, we quickly respond with professional drying equipment. This prevents some mold growth.
- Remove Contaminated Porous Materials
Molds and mildew can grow in any porous material, including carpet, wallboard, joists, and many kinds of flooring and subfloor. Contaminated porous materials may only include a small library of paperbacks but may include sections of wall and floor that will ultimately need to be rebuilt.
- Clean Contaminated Nonporous Materials
We clean and sanitize nonporous materials such as linoleum and metal with safe, EPA approved antimicrobial products. We use Microban, which also safely inhibits the regrowth of mold and mildew in treated areas. It is safe to use near children and pets. Heating and air conditioning systems may require cleaning by HVAC professionals to assure that no mold spores remain in the joins in the ductwork.
- Remove Airborne Mold
Using high-powered vacuums with HEPA filters, Cascade’s trained technicians will remove mold spores and other particles from the building’s air and air systems. Expect to see them in goggles and masks to lessen their exposure to contaminants.
- Formulate a Long-Term Moisture Management Plan
Before clean, mold-free materials are put in place, it is essential that you know they will stay that way. Cascade will establish a moisture-management plan with you so you are unlikely to face these problems again.
- Repair and Reconstruct Damaged Materials
After mold-contaminated materials have been removed and the source of the problem alleviated, we will reconstruct your property with clean, mold-free materials. Depending on your preference, the property will be restored to its original condition or we will work with you to complete desired renovations at this time.
- Professionally Remove Odors
Our professional techniques for removing mold odors will leave your home or professional building free from undesirable moldy smells. You will be comfortable returning to your own space again.
- Test Project Success
We make sure that your project is successful by testing for signs of recurring moisture, odors or visible mold.
Some property owners are tempted to try cleaning up molds with a bucket of bleach water or an ultraviolet light. These will not remove mold from surfaces nor mold spores from the air. The health effects of mold are serious and need to be dealt with properly.
To protect your family’s health and the resale value of your home, call in the qualified professionals from Cascade Restoration Services. We are certified by The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) to perform water damage mitigation, including the dry up and safe cleaning of areas where molds are growing. Call us as soon as you see water seepage or notice a musty or moldy smell. We will send an assessment professional as quickly as possible to set your mold removal process in motion.