Residential Mold Removal and Remediation Services
If you’ve discovered mold at your home, call (855) 724-6269
Common Mold-Causing Scenarios
More scenarios require mold remediation services than simply water-damage events. Other situations that demand swift action by removal and remediation experts include:
- 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 the building frame
- Leaks through roofs and exterior siding
Our Mold Remediation and Mold Removal Services
Mold abatement, remediation, or removal is the process by which a room or items are cleaned and sanitized to kill existing mold, stop the spread of mold, and prevent its return. Abatement 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. But it’s important to recognize that damage doesn’t always incur as the result of a major flooding event. Mold is commonly caused by a slow-leak plumbing failure or too-humid interior.
The Residential Mold Remediation Process
The mold remediation process requires that mold is contained, removed, and that all affected materials are replaced or sanitized. 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 or reconstruct.
The first step in any mold abatement process is a thorough inspection. During the inspection, we’ll map out our approach to remediation. Our approach may vary based on:
- the cause of the mold
- the scope of the mold
- the type of, and condition of the surface affected
Rainbow’s mold abatement process includes:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Structural Drying. Cleaned and repaired items must remain thoroughly dry. Remember, excessive moisture is how the issue started. As a result, your Rainbow International mold remediation specialist will review moisture management strategies to help prevent future issues.
- Reconstruction. Once our team is positive that any existing harmful mold spots have been eliminated and contributing factors addressed, we work to rebuild the affected area with new materials.
What and What Not to Do If You Suspect Mold Growth in Your Home
Mold is quick to take hold in your home. Just two or three days after a water damaging event, mold growth may be present.
To reduce the likelihood of mold growth, make a goal to have water removed and surfaces dried within 48 hours. Engage a water damage restoration specialist, like your local Rainbow International, to assist you in drying your home.
If you’ve just discovered mold or suspect mold is hiding in our home – under a floor, above a ceiling, behind a wall – engage a professional to inspect your space.
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 homeowners insurance policies cover mold services. These policies often require that property owners report issue “as soon as reasonably possible.”
Review our flood damage checklist for more information about recovering from water damage.
Find Mold Removal Near Me
Recovering from water and flood damage is a process—but we’re here to assist you every step of the way. Our technicians are trained and experienced, and all our work is backed by the Neighborly Done Right Promise®. Begin the remediation process today. Call (855) 724-6269 or request an appointment online.
How long does mold removal take?
The remediation process typically takes between 1 and 4 days. The timeline will vary based on the size and scope of the damage, the type of affected material, and more.
Each scenario is unique, and your technician will share your anticipated timeline.
What are the health risks of mold exposure?
Indoor mold is believed to impact the health of those exposed. This is especially true for the young, old, and those with preexisting health conditions. Contact Rainbow International if you or your family are experiencing persistent symptoms that correlate with unhealthy levels of mold, including:
- Allergic reactions
- Asthma attacks or an increase in symptoms
- Breathing difficulties (scratchy throat, phlegm, raspy breathing)
- Eye, nose, or throat burning and irritation
- Cold symptoms or a persistent cough
- Skin irritation or rashes
Is it safe to live in a house during mold remediation?
If the mold is contained to a portion of the home, it may be okay to remain in the house during the abatement process. However, families with young children, individuals with respiratory issues, or the immunocompromised are often encouraged to leave the property until the remediation is complete.
How much does mold removal cost?
The cost of mold remediation will vary based on the condition or severity of the infestation, the size of the affected area, and more. Contact your local Rainbow International for an in-person estimate.
Count on preventative maintenance and emergency services from the Neighborly® family of brands to keep your home safe from mold:
- Need to stop a leak immediately? Call Mr. Rooter® for emergency plumbing services and to reduce the risk of developing mold.
- Take control of your home’s humidity levels. Aire Serv® offers whole-home dehumidifiers to stop mold from growing.
- If heavy rains are a problem in your area, Ground Guys® can help by installing gutters to better direct runoff.