Mold is a fungus that can grow almost anywhere, indoors or outdoors. The approximately 100,000 species of mold that exist all share the same basic characteristics: the need for oxygen, moisture and nutrients to grow. Indoor wood, wallboard, wallpaper, upholstery and dust can be excellent nutrient sources.
Although mold can grow in most environments, it grows best in damp, warm conditions. Molds spread and reproduce by making spores, which are small and lightweight; able to travel through air; can resist dry, adverse environmental conditions and are capable of surviving a long time.
Individuals are exposed to mold through skin contact, inhalation or ingestion, which may cause mild to severe allergic reactions, depending on an individual’s sensitivity. Working or living in moldy conditions can be dangerous. Not only does it present health dangers, but left unattended it will continuously grow and can damage and destroy whatever material it has inhabited.
Stopping Mold Growth
Given that mold can start to grow in as little as 48 hours, it’s important to take prompt action after a water loss to help prevent mold from growing and spreading. By identifying and eliminating the water problem, and then implementing rapid drying processes, mold growth can be curtailed so that owners do not experience more than just water damage in their homes, offices or buildings they manage.
If we observe mold during a water loss, we will respond appropriately to the issue and will immediately report and document our observations. When the mold contamination is isolated and/or less than 10 square feet, expensive testing and protocols are generally not required.
To deal with the mold issue, our team will use a three-step mold remediation process:
• Locate the source of contamination by using moisture meters, thermal imaging and other specialized equipment.
• Dry the affected area to ensure the water source is removed.
• Isolate the contaminated area and remove the mold while protecting the surrounding areas from the possible spread of mold spores.
If we encounter an affected area of more than 10 square feet, we will contain the contaminated area, stop normal water mitigation procedures and immediately notify your company. In these cases, we strongly recommend the use of an environmental testing service to establish baseline levels of mold, identify the types of mold present and develop a written remediation plan. Our goal is to establish the proper procedures to handle the mold situation.
We work with nationally-recognized testing facilities and can provide mold inspection, laboratory analysis and remediation plans at a reasonable price.
Rapid remediation of mold is critical to preventing it from spreading and keeping your business up and running, so the problem is removed and your business is restored. If you think you have mold, it’s important to treat and help remove it through mold remediation that offers a well-thought out plan, comprehensive training and processes and immediate action.
As your trusted source for diagnosing mold problems accurately and addressing them thoroughly, we know what to look for, how to analyze the situation and the appropriate steps needed to help remediate the mold.
WE HELP RESTORE YOUR BUSINESS TO A HEALTHY, CLEAN STATE
For a small, concentrated area of mold damage, we’ll clean surfaces such as floors, counter-tops and walls, with EPA-registered products to remove the mold. For more serious conditions, we’ll cut away the damp drywall, sand the wood and replace it if necessary. In floors that have been affected, once the floorboards are repaired and traces of mold are remediated, we’ll dispose of the infected carpeting and replace it with a new carpet.
Our professionals have the training, experience and equipment to safely treat and help remove mold through a comprehensive process that includes:
- Locating the mold & the water sources that feed mold
- Assessing the damage caused by the mold
- Isolating and containing the mold by using techniques like physical barriers & negative air pressure to prevent it from spreading
- Capturing, filtering & scrubbing microscopic mold spores from the air
- Removing mold with antimicrobial & anti-fungal treatments
- Disposing of mold-infested porous materials
- Cleaning, sanitizing & deodorizing belongings as needed
- Repairing & reconstructing damaged areas to restore your business
Whether you can see a problem or just suspect the presence of mold, go with the professionals who help guide you to the best solution.
For more information about how ServiceMaster can be a resource to you and your home or business, please call us at any one of our three office locations:
Salem – 503-585-4017
Albany & Corvallis – 541-738-4624
Lincoln City – 541-996-2255