Mould is a type of fungi which is normally found in moist areas that can sometimes develop inside building structures. Mould travels through the air as spores breeding in wet areas. If mould is spotted, it’s best to remove it at once so it does not multiply to other areas. It is also a good indication of a moisture problem which should be addressed.
Mold removal (remediation) is a process to safely remove mold growth from our living spaces. Health and safety for the building occupants and remediation workers is priority one. It is important to use proper work practices and isolation techniques to protect the occupants and workers, but also to prevent spreading of spores to unaffected areas.
The size of the area impacted by fungal contamination primarily determines the type of remediation needed.
Mouldoff technicians are trained to use various remediation techniques when necessary. Until the mould expert has seen the situation, he can not tell you what technique that will need to be used. A visual mould inspection is the most important initial step in determining and identifying a possible contamination problem.
Hire a trained certified mold inspector to guide you through the process of determining the type of remediation required and the methods necessary to safely remediate.Plan of Action
Outlining the steps needed to remediate mold quickly and thoroughly is a critical part of any removal project. Documented findings from the visual inspection are an important part of planning a course of action.
Small areas of concern can be cleaned up by regular building maintenance staff or handy homeowners with the right safety precautions. All other areas of concern require trained personnel to remediate. Persons with allergies, asthma, respiratory illness, pregnant women, infants, the elderly, and individuals with compromised health should be directed to move out of the area of concern and hire a certified contractor to perform remediation and cleanup. Mouldoff is always ready to help.
Mouldoff can help you through every step of your mould remediation project.
All experts are certified and experienced. Contact us today to book your appointment.
Proper personal protective equipment should be worn when cleaning up mold. This includes goggles, a minimum of N95 mask, latex or nitrile gloves, and clothing (or disposable coveralls) that covers exposed skin.
Anyone not involved in the cleanup should stay away from the work area or adjacent room during the cleaning.
Levels 2, 3, and 4 mold remediation requires containment which is a polyurethane sheathing to partition off the work area from the unaffected area. This containment is required to be under negative air pressure to prevent spores from moving to unaffected areas.
Mouldoff does NOT use ozone, chlorine dioxide, or bleach.A common myth about mold is if you paint over mold no one will ever know it was there. This couldn't be further from the truth. Painting over mould just covers it up temporarily. When this mould comes in contact with moisture it will begin to grow again and show through the paint. The best practice is to remove visible signs of mold before treating the surface with any chemical or paint. About our mould removal services
How much does remediation work cost Remediation costs vary greatly depending on the individual situation. Variables include the area affected (basement, attic, bathroom, kitchen, etc.), extent of contamination, materials impacted, and accessibility. Our inspectors can assess these items while inspecting your home. How do you get rid of the mold? Mold removal methods change depending on the individual situation. Our certified inspectors will help you form a plan of action suited to your particular situation.Mold removal considerations
Non-porous materials (hard plastics, metal, glass, etc.) and semi-porous materials that are structurally sound can be cleaned and reused. Items that have been cleaned should be stored in sealed plastic bags or containers to prevent recontamination.
Bag and dispose of any materials you are unable to completely clean. Remove and dispose of porous materials that can trap moulds such as paper, ceiling tiles, carpet, rags, wallboard and rotten wood should be removed and disposed of. Take precaution to not spread spores throughout the rest of the house.
Proper vacuuming reduces the amount of mould spores. All surfaces in the home (floors, walls, ceilings, shelves) and non-washable furnishings (such as sofas, chairs, etc.) must be vacuumed thoroughly. Vacuum surfaces with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. This should be done at least twice during the duration of the project.
Mold growth is a symptom of a problem. Due to numerous variables, a professional may need to be called to assist you with this process. When flooding or water damage occurs, appropriate flood restoration procedures should begin as soon as possible. Repair to the building envelope may be required if moisture is entering the home from the outside.
Cleanup should begin after repairs are completed.Step One - Mold Inspection
All of our mold inspections are carried out by our friendly experts who will gladly answer any questions during their examination of your premises. They are professionally trained to locate, identify and remediate all types of mold - visible and invisible.
Arrive at your home or business at the appointed time - Monday to Friday during daylight hours for best visual results.
Observe current conditions and signs of previous damages.
Write observations and recommendations.
Photograph areas of concern.
Provide a written report and verbal explanation.
Offer professional opinion, remediation quote, and qualified service staff.
Home owners, home buyers, home inspectors, property managers and other property services call us when they observe evidence of mold:
Spots that are visible to the naked eye
Crumbling paint and plaster
Allergy type symptoms in occupants - headaches, itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing.
Flooding of basements or bathrooms.
Leaks in roofs and bathroom fixtures.
Humidity in basements or lower floor recreation rooms or storage areas.
Poor ventilation in bathrooms.
Carpeting makes a great hiding place for mold to grow unnoticed.
Cold rooms when they heat up in the summer months or are not ventilated.
Bathroom tiles that are cracked or tub caulking that is not kept clean.
A mold inspection is done by a qualified professional who is trained to recognize the severity of the problem, and has access to the necessary equipment and labour to restore the premises to a healthy mold-free environment.
Regular mold inspections can help keep your indoor environment healthy and prevent mold from spreading in hidden areas. Mold inspections are as important to maintaining your home as keeping the chimney clean, getting the furnace checked, fixing the roof and repairing cracked foundations. Contact us today to make Mouldoff part of your home’s maintenance plan.
- Check your home for signs of moisture and mold often.
- Explore the cause of any moisture leaks or high humidity.
- Fix any water leaks promptly.
- Increase air flow to all the rooms in your home.
- Run a dehumidifier in damp areas.
- Check the relative humidity in a room with a hygrometer.
Controlling moisture is the key to preventing indoor mold growth. Think of the different ways moisture and humidity is produced inside your home (cooking, bathing, plant jungle, etc.). Remove moisture by using exhaust fans. In the absence of fans, open windows for a short time, but note that the wind can push the moisture to other parts of the home.
Mold is very common in our homes and buildings. The most common mould in our homes is mold found on bread. All moulds are not harmful. But infestations of mold need to be controlled immediately upon discovery.
Buildings should be inspected on a regular basis for evidence of water damage. Conditions such as water leaks, flooding, condensation or excessive humidity should be corrected immediately upon discovery to prevent mold from growing.More prevention tips
Common questions asked about our mould removal services