Mold Removal & Remediation
What Is Mold Remediation, Mold Removal and Mold Abatement?
Mold remediation, removal or abatement is the processes by which a room or items are cleaned and sanitized to kill existing mold, stop the spread of mold and prevent its return. Mold abatement steps may also include the removal of water-soaked materials like drywall or flooring and rebuilding using mold-resistant best practices.
Mold cleanup is a crucial step in ensuring your home is safe after a water or flooding event.
“We recently had major water damage due to a washing machine overflow. Rainbow came out to the house on a Sunday night over a three-day weekend and proceeded to take the action necessary to prevent further damage working late into the night. They also completed the entire dry out which took several days and a lot of hard work. Always arrived on time and did what they promised and kept me informed of each step. It was a pleasure to deal with the entire team. I would not hesitate to recommend them for any work of this nature including mold repair and restoration work.
- Frank D.
Why Are Mold and Mildew Restoration Services Important?
The presence of mold in a residence is problematic for several reasons. Chief among them:
- Mold and mold spores may cause or trigger health problems for individuals who reside in the home.
- Visible mold growth is often an indication of a larger problem with the plumbing or structure of your home.
Mold removal protects the health of your family, preserves the structural integrity of your property and remediates the musty, damp smell associated with mold. Our mold and mildew restoration services aren’t surface deep – we work to remediate any damage and prevent recurrences.
Common Mold and Mold-Causing Scenarios
At Rainbow International, we’ve seen it all and fixed every kind of mold problem imaginable.
Here are the most common causes of mold at homes and businesses:
- Slow leaks in plumbing pipes or appliances (dishwasher, toilet, garbage disposal) that are not noticed or visible
- Rooms, basements or unseen, often dark, areas (crawl spaces, attics) where humidity is too high and damp air is trapped for an extended period
- Flooding events where remediation does not begin within 48-72 hours
- Cracks in exterior walls that allow water to seep into building frame
- Leaks through roofs and exterior siding
The Health Risks of Mold Exposure
About 50 to 100 common types of indoor mold have the potential to create health problems. Due to the risks associated with mold exposure, it is best to have mold remediation conducted as soon as possible after it is discovered. Though the type of reaction depends upon the mold present and the health history of the individuals living in the home, the EPA and CDC agree all molds have the potential to cause health issues such as:
- Breathing difficulties
- Persistent cough or cold symptoms
- Burning or irritation of the eyes, nose, throat or lungs
- Asthma attacks
- Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
- Skin irritation
- Allergic reactions
- Opportunistic infections in immune-compromised individuals
What, and What Not, to Do If You Suspect Mold Growth in Your Home
If you’ve just discovered mold in your home or business or experienced a water event you might be wondering what to do next. Mold only needs two or three days to start growing after a flood or other damaging water event. To avoid a mold problem, check out these tips and arrange to have the water removed and surfaces dried within 48 hours.
If you’ve just discovered mold or suspect you have some in a hidden place – under a floor, above a ceiling, behind a wall – you need to have it inspected right away by a licensed and certified mold removal professional like Rainbow International.
Mold is commonly caused by a slow-leak plumbing failure, too-humid indoor air or a flood that was not professionally remediated.
Steps to take as soon as you detect mold:
- Cleaning with bleach and water, or other household disinfectants will not kill mold. Try to keep yourself, children, employees and others out of the affected area. Attempting to dry the area with a fan might disturb the spores and spread them to a new area.
- If the mold is contained to a room with a door, keep the door closed.
- Call a locally based professional mold removal service, such as Rainbow International.
- You may wish to notify your insurance company. Many homeowner’s insurance policies cover mold removal, and many policies require you to report your issue “as soon as reasonably possible.”
How to Remediate Mold Damage: Our Mold Inspection Service and Mold Abatement Process
Mold remediation consists of determining the mold’s location and scope, and then safely removing or completely killing the mold. In cases where moisture has caused structural rot or the material cannot be fully dried, it is necessary to tear-out moldy areas and repair / reconstruct.
The first step in any mold abatement process is a thorough mold inspection completed by a mold specialist. There are multiple approaches to actual mold cleanup or remediation. A Rainbow International mold and remediation specialist will work with you to decide on the best approach for your space, depending on variables such as:
- the cause of the mold
- the scope of the mold
- the condition of the surface affected – drywall, wood, cinder block, cement, etc.
Rainbow’s expert mold remediation includes:
- Mold Inspection. A Rainbow International contractor will come into your home to identify moldy areas as well as the source of the problem. The contractor will then formulate a mold remediation plan.
- Mold Containment. The source of the moisture problem is addressed, and the affected area is closed off to avoid contaminating the rest of your home during the removal process.
- Air Filtration. HEPA filters will be used to clean the air of mold spores and other particles. The Rainbow International specialist will also wear goggles and masks to lessen any exposure to airborne contaminants.
- Mold Removal. Building materials and personal belongings in your home can be affected. Since mold is a living organism and deeply ingrains itself into materials to survive, it is best to dispose of anything porous. The safest and most effective way to ensure mold doesn’t return is to remove affected material. Nonporous materials can be cleaned with antimicrobial cleaners and sealants may be used to make treated areas more resistant to water and mold. You may need to have your heating and air conditioning systems professionally cleaned as well.
- Structural Drying. It is imperative that cleaned and repaired items remain thoroughly dry. Remember, excessive moisture is how the issue started. As a result, your Rainbow International mold remediation specialist will likely cover moisture management strategies to ensure your home doesn’t encounter future issues.
- Home or Business Repair. The reconstruction process will begin after all mold-contaminated materials are removed. Clean, mold-free materials will replace what was previously contaminated.
Related Mold Cleanup Services
Mold remediation and mold cleanup are not typically stand-alone services. When you engage with Rainbow International, trust that we have a full suite of services designed to help you throughout every step of the process. These services include:
Find Mold Removal Companies Near Me
When you choose Rainbow International, you can rest easy knowing your home is in good hands. Our mold removal service professionals are fully certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the industry’s most demanding standard and our local technicians operate throughout the US and Canada.