Mold Cleanup: What You Need to Know

If you are aware of the structural damage capabilities and long term health risks of a mold infestation, uncovering it in your home or business can be a frightening discovery. Not only can mold live in your building indefinitely if not addressed, it can also be extremely difficult to remediate and clean up after. There are a few key things you need to know about mold cleanup.

What Is Mold?

Mold is a type of fungus. It thrives in wet environments and can be found almost anywhere indoors and outdoors. Mold can smell musty or earthy and appears in a wide array of forms and colors. Mold can be slimy, fuzzy, or dusty and can often be mistaken for dirt on a surface. Mold can be found in every color you can think of: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, white, grey, black, and brown. The diversity of its forms can make the thought of finding it and correctly labelling it as mold seem daunting. That is why TermiGuard and Fenwick is ready with an exceptional team of mold remediation and moisture control experts to go through the process with you.

The Risks of Living With Mold

While you are exposed to mold spores everyday outside and are likely unaffected, if you are around high enough concentrations of mold, you may experience health problems. A mold infestation in your home runs the risk of causing you serious health concerns, sometimes producing long term health issues. Some of the health issues our mold cleanup can prevent are: sinus infections, skin infections, rashes, pneumonia, asthma, an irritated throat, memory impairment, migraines, fevers, nausea, chronic fatigue syndrome, dizziness, wheezing, sneezing, and coughing. That is why it is so important to contact us for mold cleanup and moisture control services as soon as you find mold in your home or business. Not only can mold cause medical damage, but if left too long to its own devices, mold can cause severe structural damage to a building. This can cause the building to be unsafe to inhabit and runs the risk of costing you a fortune to repair on top of the mold cleanup itself.

Signs You Need Our Mold Cleanup

In your home or business, the presence of mold in of itself necessitates remediation. Because of the invasive nature of mold, even a small amount of it can quickly grow to become a serious problem. To prevent damage to your property or health, as soon as you find mold, you must attend to its removal. There are some things to look out for if you are wondering if there is mold growing in your home or business. If you find a certain area of your space smells musty or earthy, this could be a sure sign there is mold growing somewhere nearby. You may see spotted or patchy areas of black, grey, olive green, yellow, or any of the more Earthy colors on walls, ceiling, or cabinets if you have mold growing there. Because mold presents itself in so many different colors, it is safe to say if you see patches or spots of color on a surface that do not belong, it could very well be mold, especially if it is in a damp area. If you experience an increase in severity of or newly onset allergy symptoms that can not be explained by another known factor, there is a good chance you might be living with mold and need to call us for mold cleanup services immediately. Experiencing adverse health symptoms with no obvious explanation is a big indicator of a potential mold infestation. Spending time around mold can make a person seriously ill. Additionally, if you have water damage after a flood or leak, there is a good chance mold has taken up residence there, especially in places with little airflow or poor ventilation like basements, non ventilated attics, showers and bathroom or kitchen tiles, around sinks and pipes, inside walls or the floor, or carpet and upholstery.

What to Expect During Our Mold Cleanup

We understand how stressful it can be to have strangers in your home or business to conduct a seemingly invasive assessment or carry out intensive cleanup work. We take every step we can to make the process as easy as possible for you. We make sure you know exactly what we are going to do before we actually do each step. We know not everyone has the same budget, so we are sure to be in communication about cost with you every step of the way; no surprises!

We start the mold cleanup process with an assessment. The first part of this is speaking with you about past property history and asking questions to get a sense of your mold situation. Next, one of our certified specialists will visit the site and conduct a very thorough in-person inspection of the situation. In this assessment a big part of our focus is finding the source of the mold; what is causing this mold outbreak? This is very important so we can ensure we not only clean up the mold, but we also get rid of what is causing the mold to grow in the first place, preventing it from returning.

Next, we develop a plan specific to your mold situation. We sit down and talk it through with you to make sure you feel comfortable with our proposed course of action. We will discuss the timeline of the mold cleanup and the budget so you know exactly what to expect before we start anything. We do this so you will never end up with a bill that you were not expecting. When it is time to begin the mold cleanup process, we put up the proper containment controls to ensure the other areas of your home or business are protected from our cleanup work. Every inch of your mold-covered space will be exhaustively cleaned as part of our work. We carry out HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) vacuuming on all surfaces, we wipe, clean, and vacuum yet again, and we run controls to rid the air of mold contaminants. This process is essential to prevent future mold growth in your space since mold spores can stay in the air even after the source is thoroughly cleaned. Because we have impeccable standards, we do a thorough inspection once we complete our cleaning to make sure we indeed got every speck of mold.

After the mold clean up is finished, we shift to addressing the reason behind the mold infestation. Depending on what caused the mold issue, we will have a variety of options to fix it. If needed, we can create better waterproofing and moisture control in the affected area, or design a better drainage system to get the water out of your space. We are also able to install mechanical moisture control systems like increased ventilation in attic or crawl spaces, or smart ventilation systems and dehumidifiers. If the problem stems from either exterior water penetration leaks or interior leaks in the plumbing, we are also able to repair that.

The final step is a follow-up visit. In this visit, we check to make sure our cleanup and remedial services were successful. Although we love our customers, we know you do not want to see us cleaning up mold in your home again anytime soon, so we do everything we can to ensure you will not need another mold cleanup and will not need to experience the headache of mold in your building again. This follow up visit is one of the most important pieces of the whole process and we do not take it lightly.

Why Choose TermiGuard and Fenwick for Your Mold Cleanup?

There are many companies out there who claim to provide mold removal, but oftentimes they do not address the issue causing the mold in the first place or they end up leaving some mold behind. Both of those scenarios lead to the mold returning and thriving in your home for a second, third, or even fourth time. This creates a frustrating and costly cycle that we would never want to put you through. Here at TermiGuard and Fenwick, we have decades of experience serving families, business, and individuals with our moisture control and mold cleanup services. We hold certifications from the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors and our team is made up of highly trained and experienced experts.