Mold Remediation

Mold is a living micro-organism that occurs in moist, warm conditions and is commonly found on food or other organic matter. Mold is always present and plays an integral role in our environment, but only when mold starts to grow in our homes and effects the air we breathe does it become an issue. Although mold can occur from various types of water damage such as roof leaks, leaky pipes, a broken water heater, or overflowed toilets, moisture is still the number one cause of mold.

Identifying the source of the mold if the first priority.This can be done through a visual inspection of the attic for roof leaks, examining areas around the water heater for water damage, inspecting walls, ceilings, and floors where pipes run for signs of leaks from pipes, or checking under sinks or areas around toilets where water has been. Mold can move quickly as it only needs 24 hours of moisture to begin to grow, so our team works diligently to identify the source, seal off and clean up the water damage or moisture, and then remove the mold and develop a plan to prevent mold from reoccurring in the future.

black mold ceiling

Sources of Moisture

Roof Leaks

Most homeowners are unaware their roof is leaking until they notice water stains in their ceilings. Mold growth from roof leaks cause 2 types of mold, systemic and limited growth. Systemic occurs when the roof leak increases moisture in the attic which causes mold throughout the attic. Limited mold growth occurs only around the area of where the water damage occurred if ventilation prevents the moisture levels to increase.

Flooding

Flooding disasters can not only occur from rising water due to excessive rain, but can also happen when pipes burst, sump pumps fail, or when a sewer line back up. It’s extremely important to remove all water from the affected area as soon as possible, in order to prevent the rapid spread of mold, which can be much more damaging than the ruined floors, walls, ceilings, or crawlspaces.

Leaky Pipes

Aside from moisture being the number one cause of mold, leaking pipes are in a close second. Over time pipes can progressively start leaking, and can slowly cause mold to grow from water damage within your walls, ceiling, and floors. Since water damage doesn’t always leave water stains where a homeowner can see them, it requires a mold remediation expert to identify the source of the leaks so they can not only be sealed, but the mold that has grown can be removed.

Humidity

High levels of humidity can be conducive for increasing the amount of moisture in the air, and where there is moisture there exists the potential for mold to grow. Add to this the element of darkness and you have the perfect environment for mold. Many homeowners that have crawlspaces that are prone to moisture will seal the crawlspace and place a dehumidifier in that area to keep humidity to a minimum.

Causes of Mold

Moisture

Moisture is the key element required for mold to live and thrive. High moisture content within your home or company can be caused by various types of leaks or water damage from flooding, which can in turn be a perfect environment for mold to flourish. Although water can accumulate in your home and ruin small areas, it’s the moisture that results from the water that causes the most widespread mold damage.

Mold Spores

Mold spores are always present and play an important role in our environment. It is virtually impossible to remove them completely from your home or business. Instead, you need to focus on keeping the conducive conditions for mold growth under control.

Organic Matter

Mold, like all life forms, needs food to thrive and reproduce. Items like wood, cardboard, paper, soap, and fabric provide a perfect feeding ground for mold.

Temperature

Indoor temperature levels are ideal for mold growth. Most mold types reproduce best in temperatures starting around 70 degrees Fahrenheit with optimal temperatures being between 72-86. This is not to say that mold cannot grow outside this range, however, as mold can develop and spread in temperatures ranging between 32-95 degrees Fahrenheit.

Lack of Sunlight

The ultraviolet rays in sunlight are deadly to mold which is why you typically find mold in darker environments. Unfortunately, artificial light sources do not have the same damaging effect on mold growth, therefore you can still find mold inside your home where artificial lighting is present. In areas such as the crawlspace, not only is there no light, but they are typically wet and humid areas where mold can grow easily.

Oxygen

Mold needs oxygen to survive but can live on very low concentrations and still prosper. Mold uses oxygen to reproduce and create spores which are then carried by air flow. Air flow is mold’s primary source of movement.

Types of Mold

aspergillus
chaetomium

Mold Risks

Mold exposure most commonly causes allergy-like symptoms such as irritation to the eyes, nose, throat or lungs, sinus congestion, skin rashes, coughing and headaches. These symptoms can occur in individuals with or without mold allergies. In more severe cases, (typically individuals with mold allergies or asthma) mold exposure can cause shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

Mold’s like Stachybotrys (black mold) and Chaetomium excrete a substance called mycotoxins. Mycotoxin is a naturally occurring toxic product that comes from various types mold. Mycotoxin exposure, especially if ingested, can cause illnesses and immune deficiencies in both humans and animals.

Additionally, mold can cause fungal infections in individuals with unhealthy or weak immune systems. This can include the elderly, infants, individuals with immune disorders, and people undergoing cancer treatments.

sick woman

The Mold Remediation Process

Elite Moisture Solutions team members are trained to follow the IICRC S520 guidelines for the mold removal process as it is currently the only approved standard for mold remediation. The primary focus of mold remediation is to correct the problem that caused mold to grow and to return your property to a mold free state. We do this by:

  • Performing a pre-inspection (visual inspection, moisture readings, air sample, etc.)
  • Reviewing the pre-inspection and air sample lab results
  • Developing a customized service plan
  • Performing the removal of mold damaged items and cleaning of the mold effected area
  • Performing a post-remediation test to confirm the remediation was successful

before after mold removal

Identify the Moisture Source

An Elite Moisture Solution expert will come to your home or business and perform a visual inspection of your property to identify locations of mold growth and the source of moisture. The inspector may also test the humidity and temperature levels in various areas throughout your property.

Mold Removal

Once the moisture source has been eliminated, a team of certified mold technicians begin the mold clean-up process. They will start by setting up negative air and an air scrubber to remove mold spores that are stirred up during mold removal. Next, the team will remove and dispose of mold damaged materials and start mold disinfection which consists of wiping down and using a HEPA vacuum on ALL physical surfaces and items in the mold effected area with an antimicrobial solution. After the mold cleanup process is complete, the technicians will fog the effected area. Finally, the team will switch the air scrubbers from negative air to air circulation and add HEPA filters for 24-48 hours to filter out any residual spores.

Mold Prevention

The basis of mold prevention lies within ensuring your home or business is free of moisture. You can do this by performing regular checks of your crawlspace, basement, pipes and roofing system or you can have one of our experts perform a visual inspection of your property and make recommendations for ways to reduce moisture penetration in your home.

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Customer Reviews

Elite Moisture Solutions Average Google Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 11 reviews.
Jaime Montalvo
4/24/2020 - Google

Chris Toro with Elite Moisture was able to come out and give me a no obligation estimate and explained all that would need to be done. He was very professional and was able to help out in just a few days, get the job done and fix the issue. Would definitely recommend!

Spencer Marshall
3/03/2020 - Google

Elite Moisture Solutions is an outstanding company to do business with! We have had an amazing experience working with Chris and Jennifer. Their professionalism, timeliness and industry knowledge is something every company should demonstrate. Thank you for being such a wonderful business with top notch service - keep up the great work!!

Brian Nestor
4/15/2020 - Google

Took care of the problem within a week, very important since we were in the middle of selling our house.

Mason Bailey
1/29/2020 - Google

Ben was a pleasure to work with. Everything he said would happen did, and on time. I hope you never have a moisture issue, but if you do don't hesitate to reach out to Ben with Elite Moisture Solutions.

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