Understanding Mold Infestations
To remove mold from your home, you need to understand how it got there in the first place. Mold has many underlying causes — anything that introduces moisture into the home, whether it’s a leak, flooding or a burst pipe, may be the culprit. Mold is especially prevalent in basements, kitchens, HVAC systems, and more.
Individual mold spores are invisible to the naked eye, though large infestations are visible in the form of black, green, grey or other colored patches. Health issues and signs of exposure to mold include a characteristic musty smell and physical symptoms such as runny nose, sore throat or respiratory distress.
Residential Mold Remediation
Mold can grow anywhere, though it thrives in warm, dark, humid spaces. Under these conditions, it will spread rapidly — often, the full extent of the problem is not visible, which makes mold remediation a persistent challenge in disaster recovery. Black mold removal would be the most urgent to remediate due to the level of dangerous health effects.
Mold remediation requires several steps completed by a mold professional. Proper planning is essential, as is a thorough site mold inspection from mold remediation companies. During a site mold inspection, our team will perform a full assessment of the damage. Then, we complete the following mold remediation process:
- Address the underlying cause of mold damage. This means draining water from the area and fixing any leaks or other issues that contributed to the problem. Often, it will be necessary to remediate or replace carpeting and furniture in the impacted space.
- Isolate the infestation. To prevent further spread and secure indoor air quality, our professional mold removers must separate the affected area from the rest of the property. Our employees wear protective clothing to protect their health and reduce the risk of carrying spores with them as they move around homes and commercial buildings.
- Remove the contamination and kill mold. This involves finding all contaminated drywall, carpeting, furniture and other components, removing them from the area and disposing of them properly.
- Deodorizing, cleaning, and disinfection is performed in the area. Then, the space must be disinfected to kill mold spores and stop them from reproducing. We use industrial-strength fungicides, plastic sheeting, detergent and water, and other specialized tools to eliminate persistent mold and musty odor.
- Replace contaminated components. The mold remediation process sometimes requires replacing contaminated drywall and other materials. We will source replacements that match your decor for a seamless look and feel.
- Final vacuum and clean up. Once the installation is complete, vacuuming using a special filter is then required to remove any remaining spores. We will also perform a final cleanse that removes and cleans the remaining area to get rid of any dust and debris that accumulated during the job to enhance the air quality.
Failing to do any of these mold cleanup steps properly can lead to future problems. That’s why it’s so important to work with a detailed-oriented professional contractor. Reynolds Restoration Services invests in ongoing mold and water restoration training for its team, as well as sophisticated equipment that minimizes the risk of recurrence. Most importantly, we treat each job as a unique task, taking the time to conduct a comprehensive investigation and put together an effective plan for cleaning up mold.
Trust the Mold Remediation Experts
Reynolds Restoration has a longstanding reputation as the team to trust for any disaster recovery issue over other remediation companies. We work quickly to contain the issue and document all our work. Unlike other restoration companies that rely on subcontractors, we have a team of mold remediation experts in-house, which makes it easier to coordinate work and deliver professional, cost-effective results.
With locations serving Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, we provide expert mold remediation in PA, MD and beyond. We offer both residential and commercial services — contact us at the first sign of a problem in your home, schools and commercial buildings. Use the form below to protect yourself from mold and to get in touch today.