Mold can be a severe health hazard for you and your family if not taken care of immediately. Mold spores are present in nearly every home in Des Moines, the question is how much. They enter your home through windows or air conditioners, or are carried indoors on your shoes and clothing.
Once inside, spores need only two things to colonize: a source of moisture and something to feed on. Your home has plenty of both. If there is trapped moisture, a leaky pipe, or a flooded basement or bathroom, mold is able to feed on carpets, wood, fabrics, and other common materials. It takes just 24 hours to establish a new colony.
Black mold can be a serious health hazard. If you suspect black mold please contact us today for a mold inspection.
Mold is sneaky and can be growing in many areas of your home that may not be visible. Some common areas where mold is found are:
- Attic trusses and sheeting
- Tile showers
- Behind kitchen cabinets and vanities
- In carpet and padding
- Basement corners and behind HVAC units
- Behind baseboard trim
- Laundry rooms (Dryer venting)
- Any area where water has been stagnant
Our Process To remediate mold completely
- Repair the water problem. This will help prevent new mold spores from growing.
- Isolate the contaminated area. Close all doors and windows between the contaminated area and other rooms of the home for both levels. cover all doorways and any other openings with 6 mil polyethylene sheeting. Seal all seams of the sheeting with duct tape and slip openings in the sheeting to enter the contaminated area.
- Remove materials. Remove all wet and mold-damaged porous materials.
- Place materials in plastic bags. Discard all wet and moldy materials in plastic bags that are at least 6 mil thick, double-bag the materials, and tie the bags closed. This will help keep the spreading of mold to other uncontaminated areas in the home.
- Mold Cleaning. All non-porous materials and wood surfaces that are moldy must be cleaned. We use a Peroxide based product for direct killing of the mold. Once the humidity is under control we will then use a HEPA filtered vacuum to remove unseen mold spores.
- Encapsulate. When mold is growing on a porous surface and the material cannot be removed, for instance on wooden studs inside a wall, encapsulating the area may be necessary. First, as much mold as possible is removed from the surface and the surface is cleaned with a fungicide (see Mold Cleaning above). Then, an encapsulating product is painted over the surface to seal in any remaining mold.
- Air Scrubbing. We use HEPA air scrubber’s to remove any errant mold spores still in the space.
- Advanced Oxidation Process. We use FreshStart to render any mold spores still present “non-viable”. This process breaks down the mold spores at the molecular level.
- Visibility test. All areas should be visibly free of contamination and debris — no dust and dirt means no mold.
- Dry. Cleaned materials should be dried to allow leftover moisture to evaporate. To speed up the drying process, use fans, dehumidifiers or raise the indoor air temperature.
- Replace. All materials that were moved should be replaced or repaired.