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

Where is mold most commonly found?

Mold is everywhere, however, it tends to be most common in warm, moist environments. Like most living things, mold requires water, a food source (organic matter), warmth and oxygen to develop and thrive.

When mold is found inside, it most commonly can be found in/near the following locations:

  • Basement
  • Crawlspace
  • Roof leaks
  • Window leaks
  • Leaky pipes
  • Near air ducts/vents
  • Water heaters
  • Showers/tubs
  • Toilets
  • Around outlets
  • Laundry room
  • After flooding
  • Anywhere there was standing water
  • And more...

Mold grows best on these surfaces:

  • Wood
  • Wallpaper
  • Drywall
  • Insulation
  • Cardboard
  • Carpet
  • Fabric
  • Dust
  • And more...

How do I know if I have Mold?

Mold can be identified fairly easily by both sight and/or smell. Mold may be present if you see or experience:

  • A musty smell
  • Different color spots on surfaces (black, brown, green, yellow and white are most common)
  • Increased allergy symptoms
  • A recent leak or flood
  • Buckling/cupping in your hardwood floors
  • High humidity inside your home

However, mold can still be present without any of the above indicators. In this case, a sample can be taken to test for the presence of mold.

Mold Exposure Health Risks

Mold exposure (especially when it is prolonged) can have a negative impact on your health. While not all mold is toxic, most mold is allergenic. Common symptoms/side effects of mold exposure include:

  • Increased allergy-like symptoms
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Eye irritation
  • Sinus Congestion
  • Skin Irritation/Rashes
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headaches
  • Irritation in people with asthma
  • Fungal infections
  • And more…

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:

  1. Performing a pre-inspection (visual inspection, moisture readings, air sample, etc.)
  2. Reviewing the pre-inspection and air sample lab results
  3. Developing a customized service plan
  4. Performing the removal of mold damaged items and cleaning of the mold effected area
  5. 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 identified and eliminated, a team of certified mold technicians begin the mold clean-up process which includes, setting up negative air, removing all mold damaged items, wiping down ALL physical surfaces and fogging the affected area with an antimicrobial solution.

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.

Customer Reviews

john bumgardner
12/05/2020 - Google

We had high moisture levels in our crawlspace with molding insulation and wood. They came out and gave an estimate and got us on the schedule promptly. Chris explained what was causing the issue and clearly laid out the plan to correct the problem and prevent the issue from reoccurring.Chris and his team were friendly and professional. They... read more

Liz Schroeder
2/04/2021 - Google

Elite Moisture Solutions is excellent. We had extensive mold issues due to what our home owner's insurance called "as series of unfortunate events." Elite came in, discussed the damage, took spore samples and tested them, and then worked with our home owner's insurance adjuster to get as much covered as possible by insurance. Their work crew was... read more

H Knight
4/15/2020 - Google

BEN and their AMAZING CREW saved OUR HOUSE!!! Nightmare scenario - Google Fiber's contractor hit our main water line with a backhoe during their network install. After a year of denying the damages (which occurred on private property - a whole other saga), their insurance adjuster finally agreed to repair/replace our water line. BUT the City of Durham REFUSED to... read more

Olivia Byers
7/14/2020 - Google

Our crawlspace was in desperate need of attention with standing water constantly collecting after heavy rainstorms. I called Elite for a quote and on the same day, Chris shows up and provides an estimate before he left my house! Based on his knowledge of mold remediation, sump pumps and french drains, and his incredible professionalism - we booked him for... read more

Jeff T.
12/20/2019 - Thumbtack

From the very first contact, they were very responsive, addressed all concerns, explained the steps they would take to remedy the moisture issue and then performed the work with the same attention to detail and thoroughness. Will definitely use them again and recommend them to anyone who has a moisture, fungal, mold, crawl space issue.

Steve Hartnett
2/15/2020 - Google

Chris and Ben did such a good job explaining the moisture and mold issues I had in my crawl space. They were very punctual and reasonably priced. If anyone ever needs their crawl space encapsulated, give them a call! Highly recommended!

Jen Hill
5/01/2020 - Google

Fearing I might have some mold issues in my crawl space I called Elite Moisture Solutions to come for inspection. Chris was on time for the appointment and was very thorough in explaining my issues and the solution to get rid, and prevent future issues. I highly recommend them if you have any moisture or mold issues. ... read more

Adrianne Rodriguez
7/08/2020 - Google

My family and I are exceedingly satisfied with the services provided by Elite Moisture Solutions. Ben was responsible for managing the mold remediation in our home. As an environmental health professional with valid concerns for my family's health from the mold problem, I was impressed by Ben's knowledge-base and technical expertise in mold remediation. He did a superior job in... read more

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