Mold is hazardous; plain and simple!

There are numerous varieties of mold. All are unsightly; some are irritating; others are harmful, and some are just downright dangerous!

There are a few key steps in determining the type of mold that is in your home and how to treat it.

There are a few key steps in determining the type of mold that is in your home and how to treat it.
  • Step 1 – Inspection & Testing

  • Step 2 – Damage Assessment

  • Step 3 – Mold Removal / Remediation

Step 1 – Inspection & Testing

Mold assessment typically starts with the obvious visual inspection. However, identifying mold just by sight is not always accurate. That is why it is best to employ advanced diagnostic methods and technology to properly identify, not just the precise species of mold infecting the premises, but also where it’s coming from…AND…whether mold really is the problem to begin with (you’d be surprised – sometimes it’s not!).

The inspection process can take anywhere from 1-2 hours depending on the size of the premises, the extent of the mold infestation, the number of samples required for adequate lab analysis, and the different types of technologies that may need to be employed for proper on-site analysis.

The cost and turnaround time associated with lab testing varies. It can be anywhere from one day to one week, depending on how busy the lab is or how quickly you want the results (you can typically pay extra for same day results).

 Proper assessment protocol includes:
  • Comprehensive assessment by a trained technician
  • Interior / exterior inspection
  • Exclusion testing for other potential irritants (i.e Radon, CO2, CO, VOC’s, etc…)
  • Air quality testing & ventilation assessment
  • Premises and occupant background survey
  • Detailed report explained in plain language so you can make an educated decision
  • Specimen collection and lab analysis
  • Laser Particle Counter Readers
  • And more…

IMPORTANT:  Do not risk unnecessary exposure to toxic mold! In most cases, an experienced professional inspector should be able to advise you as to the likelihood of the presence of toxic mold, and whether or not the premises should be evacuated immediately.

Step 2 – Damage Assessment

Damage assessment – although typically done at the same time as inspection – is a distinctly different and equally important, part of the process.This step is necessary to determine what, if any, demolition and/or restoration must be done to the physical structure in order to ensure adequate removal and/or remediation of the mold infestation.

In some cases, adequate treatment can be applied without any physical alteration of the structure. In other cases, extensive demolition and repair may be indicated. Needless to say, this is an area where it is especially important to ensure that you are working with a trusted professional.

Many unscrupulous outfits have taken advantage of homeowners by being less than honest about the actual extent of damage and the extent of the work required to effectively treat it.

A trusted professional will be:

  • Licensed
  • Bonded
  • Insured
  • Certified
  • Have a solid BBB rating
  • Members of several professional organizations

Well recommended by actual customers

(For more information, please see our MOLD DAMAGE page)

Step 3 – Mold Removal / Remediation

Every mold job is different – the amount of mold, the type of mold, the extent of the damage – it always requires a unique approach. This is, of course, is where an experienced mold remediation expert is invaluable. You want to make sure that you are working with someone who understands mold itself and the removal / remediation process.

What is the difference between mold removal and mold remediation, you may ask?

Essentially, mold removal can be thought of as a more superficial process – removing the mold from your buildings surfaces. Whereas remediation, involves both the removal of the mold as well as the identification and rectification of the source, such as:

  • Moisture leaks
  • Grading / standing water issues
  • Infected subfloors & wall cavities
  • Defective ventilation system
  • Contaminated carpeting, furniture, etc…

This may sound simple, but the list goes on and on, and more often than not the source of the problem is not as simple as it may seem.

The modern mold remediation process employs advanced methods, products, equipment, technology and techniques that are all necessary and all used in harmony to provide an ideal outcome.

This often includes:

  • Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments (chemical & non-chemical)
  • Hazardous disposal techniques and equipment
  • Negative air chambers for spore containment
  • Physical and chemical barriers to prevent spread
  • Fogging / Deodorization equipment

(For more information, please see our MOLD REMEDIATION page)

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