If you have had a flood, pipe leak, roof leak, a malfunctioning appliance, sewage backup and any other source of large amounts of water intrusion into your property, you have water damage. If you have not taken care of water damage within 24-48 hours, most likely mold has begun to develop.
If you have had water damage, the first thing that needs to be done before mold remediation can take place is water damage restoration.
Generally, the water extraction equipment that we have is sufficient to completely remove the majority of the water from the affected area(s) including carpets and upholstery
After most of the water is extracted, we can then use industrial fans, desiccant drying equipment and dehumidifiers to rapidly dry the still wet areas.
Once the area(s) are completely dry we use a HEPA filtered vacuum to clean up the remaining dust that might have settled on the surface(s).
Once everything is clean and dry, we can then proceed to remove any mold growth on surfaces and in the air.
DT can provide you a visual assessment is to identify visual mold or other know name; surface mold contamination or conditions that may be conducive to microbial growth. We are trained to detect the presence, or likely presence, of mold.
We pinpoint the problem areas in your home or business. We look for indications of mold growth such as actual mold growing on your walls or signs that there may be moisture lurking behind your walls. Signs of moisture include leaks, excessive condensation on windows, water spots on the walls, uneven foundation, cracks and gaps in exterior of property and clogged gutters.
We visually check all ventilation systems, heating and air conditioning units, particularly for damp filters but also for damp conditions elsewhere in the system and overall cleanliness.
After visually assessing the area(s) for actual visual mold, growth and evidence of heavy moisture, we will then try and pinpoint the source of the moisture or shall we say, “The root” of the mold problem. We then, explain our findings and recommendations for remediation.
After an inspection has taken place and we have confirmed that there is mold present, removal is necessary.
Step 1: Control moisture problem. The source of the water must be identified and corrected. If you had a visual inspection this has already been done.
Step 2: All wet materials (including carpets and upholstery) must be dried completely. Water extraction may be necessary. Occasionally, some types of materials like wood, drywall, carpeting and other porous material may have to be discarded.
Step 3: Removal of all items including furniture from the infected area prior to setting up containment is necessary. If items are moved from one room to another we must HEPA vacuum and clean items with mold inhibiting chemicals. Extreme situations may require that all items/furniture in the infected area be cleaned under negative air pressure before anything can be moved.
Step 4: Contaminated area must be sealed off from the rest of the property with polyethylene sheeting so that the mold cannot spread to the clean areas.
Step 5: Mold growth on surfaces is sanded and cleaned. Again, if the growth is excessive, the entire area may have to be removed and discarded appropriately.
Step 6: Contained area must be completely dried, filtered, and fumigated. Air filtration using Hepa Vacuums and air scrubbers will be used to clean mold spores out of the air and dehumidifiers will be set up to dry everything out. When everything is cleaned and dried, new materials (if necessary) will be installed and then the area will be completely fumigated and deodorized.
The purpose of Post Remediation is to revisit area(s) to inspect and assure that the mold cleanup has been done correctly and effectively. Testing and certificates of clearance can prove that you are officially a mold free environment.