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Mold Remediation and Environmental Abatement

Invasive vs Non-Invasive Mold Remediation

Maintaining your home and protecting your family from avoidable disease are two good reasons to assess the potential impact of mold on your home. Many families wait until mold contamination is very high before acting to correct this problem. In most cases, an ounce of prevention can avoid untold expense left in the wake of unattended mold infestation.

If mold is found in your home, there are two potential paths of remediation. The degree of contamination will determine which path is recommended. The remediation process can be either invasive or non-invasive. Non-invasive remediation is generally less involved, requiring minimal reconstruction and repairs following the process. Therefore, it is less expensive.

Non-Invasive Remediation

This remediation process consists mostly of HEPA vacuuming, sanding, surface wiping and HEPA air filtering. Most building materials contaminated with surface mold (wood, glossy painted wood, glass, metal, ceramic, etc.) can be effectively decontaminated with this non-invasive process and pass third party environmental assessment and testing. The main cause of surface mold is the increase in relative humidity (Rh) inside the structure. In these cases, non-invasive remediation is generally the best option for your home.

Invasive Remediation

This remediation process consists of removing and discarding porous building materials that cannot be decontaminated through non-invasive means. Moisture infiltration typically causes moisture to penetrate walls and generate mold inside wall cavities. Generally, this is caused by moisture entering your home’s exterior envelope through compromised roofing or siding or through an interior water source, such as piping or faucets. Seepage, flooding and leaks create a tremendous mess for the homeowner. These problems result in severe material damage that many times requires some level of invasive remediation. From a cost perspective, the labor of invasive remediation is slightly more expensive, but what truly drives up the cost of this remediation is the reconstruction and repair necessary following the removal of mold damaged building materials.

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Mold Remediation and Environmental Abatement

Mold Prevention – Ways to Keep Mold Out

Mold is tough and all it really needs to continue growing is moisture (i.e.; water or humidity). Mold can even begin to turn up in a matter of one day. We suggest you take these preventative steps to ensure you are tackling a problem before it begins or gets out of hand.

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Maintain your property by performing any necessary repairs and maintenance.

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React quickly to pipe leaks and moisture infiltrations.

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Dry up the moisture quickly (within 24-48 hours) – do not wait on your insurance agent or adjuster for advice.

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Determine if there is moisture trapped between building materials (wood floors
and subfloor, drywall and sheathing, cabinets and floor, etc.).

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Contact a mold remediation specialist to evaluate your property if professional structural drying is required.

Taking proper steps to dry your property quickly and effectively is your responsibility. It is important to create a dry environment to prevent mold from growing and causing further mold damage.Waiting on your insurance company to determine how to deal with your water damage is not advisable if you want to prevent mold from growing on your property. Follow these simple tips to prevent mold and mold damage from becoming an issue in your home or business.

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Water Damage Restoration

4 Crucial Steps to Take if Your Home or Business Floods

For those of us who have had the unfortunate experience of flooding in our home or property, you know that in the moment of panic, it is not always clear on what move you should make next. While you hope that this is never something you will have to go through, it is always great to be educated on how to ensure that you are limiting further water damage to your belongings and property by understanding a few critical steps in the midst of a flood or water loss.

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If the water source is evident and safely accessible, shut off the water main or close window or door from which water is getting into the property.

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Remove all property valuables that can be damaged.

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Remove furniture from affected area.

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Move as much off the wet carpet or floor as possible, especially objects with metal or wooden legs or supports. These items will stain the carpet or hardwood floors when wet.

After taking these steps, it is best to call on a professional to help you understand the source of the water loss, properly repair the source, and successful dry the property and extract all water and moisture. The quicker you can begin the drying process the better!

Mold and Crawl Spaces

MOLD REMOVAL IN CRAWL SPACES

Visible surface mold growth is common in many crawl spaces in the Southeastern United States. The development of mold contamination requires an environment that this section of the US fosters with its damp climate combined with today’s new porous construction materials and low budget building designs. Crawl spaces used to be vented in order to lessen opportunities for mold contamination. In reality, venting may have made the problem worse. It allows moist, warm, outdoor air laden with spores and water into the crawl space. Microorganisms contained in the soil are also given the opportunity to get inside. In older homes, the mold contamination is common because of this construction. Today, the practice of venting is in decline. However, mold continues to grow despite best efforts to address it.

6 Steps to Crawl Space Mold Damage Removal

Remediation Group, Inc. utilizes a 6-step process they created to safely, effectively, and, most importantly, permanently remove mold contamination from crawl spaces (and other areas). RGI’s trusted process complies with New York City Health Department, IICRC, and EPA Standards and Guidelines.

These are the general steps RGI follows to fix the crawl space mold damage removal:

  1. In order to prevent cross contamination, set up negative air pressurization inside the crawl space.
  2. HEPA vacuum all surfaces (joist, sub floor framing, etc.)
  3. Wipe all surfaces clean (ductwork, framing, conduits, etc.)
  4. Agitate the affected surface by sanding, scraping or blasting the first layer with dry ice of affected wood framing. Such agitation techniques ensure complete source removal of mold spores and their root system from the contaminated wood framing. This is a key step!
  5. Wipe all of the surfaces from step 3 again.
  6. Apply a clear anti-microbial wood coating to the newly cleaned wood surfaces.

When hiring a contractor or mold professional, be intentional about choosing a contractor who guarantees that his or her work will pass visual inspection and surface sampling by third party inspectors. Work worth investing in will be able to be certified by third parties.

QUICK FIX

Unfortunately, no fogging techniques that offer quick and convenient mold damage removal treatments are presently available. These products may promise quick, cheap and easy results; however, they have been proven to be completely ineffective and therefore a waste of money. Don’t fall victim to claims of quick fixes and miracle solutions!

Put your money to good use and call Remediation Group, Inc. today to schedule an evaluation of your crawl space or other contaminated area. RGI will provide a free detailed estimate with easy to understand square footage pricing. Rest assured that we will treat your home as if it were our own, providing reliable and sustainable care.

RGI is the right choice for mold remediation for your home and family!