It depends on the contamination. The average job can take between 3-5 days.
We use industry standards in order to determine if the contents are salvageable or if they are compromised beyond our ability to clean the items effectively. We micro-clean the contents by using specialty equipment designed to help mitigate mold contamination like HEPA Vacuuming and damp wiping with an antimicrobial solution.
The cost are provided by a accounting software program used widely in the remediation industry and is recognized by most insurance companies. We put together a scale and scope depending on the levels of contamination and its based off of square footage and what type of equipment may be needed. Since this price is different for each circumstance it may be necessary to do an estimate on site in order to get a more accurate number.
Since everyone is different in their reactions to mold, it is important to consult with a doctor in order to determine if your health is compromised. If you are experiencing health related symptoms and feel that it may be related to mold contamination then we strongly suggest getting your air sampled by a mold inspector and then consulting with your doctor as to what types of molds may be found in your air. Other testing like swab sampling or tape lifting may be needed.
Every circumstance is different as well as insurance policies. We recommend you review your insurance policy to see if you have coverage for whatever may be causing the water damage or mold contamination. If you decide to make a claim then it is important to document the cause of the damage and if it has been repaired or to have the appropriate professionals provide an estimate for the repairs. Photo documentation is important as well as what the source may be. You can then give your insurance company the information that they need in order to determine if you have coverage for that particular damage or situation. Hurricane damage and or flood damage may be under a separate insurance carrier or coverage.
Animals, like humans can also experience health related symptoms. If you feel that your animal is experiencing health related symptoms then you should consult with a veterinarian about what you are observing with them and you can follow the same advice for getting your air quality sampled to see what types of molds may be present in the air. Further evaluation may be needed in order to determine if your animals are receiving health related symptoms caused by the mold pollution.
Black mold is often put all under the same concern of the notorious black mold called the stachybotrys chartarum. There are thousands of species of molds and so black mold may be a different species. It is important to get a mold inspection done in order to determine what types of molds are present in the environment.
Mold spores are designed to find a place to embed and to germinate and propagate according to their nature and the right conditions. Mold spores need a moisture source, the right temperature and stagnant conditions and a food source. By breathing in an excessive amount of mold spores we could be providing a particular type of mold with all of the above since our lung tissues carry all three elements. Even if the mold has become dormant, the spores can cause health related symptoms if in excess or if one has hypersensitivities to that particular mold. Mold spores are microscopic which make it difficult to know if there is contamination with out getting the air or surfaces tested by a mold inspector.
It is important to resolve any issues that may be contributing to the mold contamination. Other factors may include but aren't limited to higher than normal humidity, water intrusion and a dirty environment. It is suggested to always maintain the relative humidity below 60%. A common mold contamination often occurs when the AC isn't running efficiently to extract enough of the moisture out of the air. People that leave their thermostats on at a higher temperature during the winter may have an issue with the Air conditioner not turning on thereby not extracting out the excess in humidity. It is important to address any thing that could be contributing to the mold contamination so there is a less likely chance of it returning.
Each situation is different and may not all apply to your situation however the average job typically starts off by controlling the mold contamination by adding containment to quarantine the area affected off from the non-affected area. Specialty equipment like negative air machines and dehumidifiers are used to clean the air and to regulate the humidity or dry out the area affected. At times the AC may need to be turned off as to not contaminate the system while the mold remediation is in process. It may also add positive air to an environment where we are trying to achieve negative air. The determination to have the AC running or not can be determined by a mold inspector and or mold remediator. After the environment is controlled and the proper equipment is in place then the micro cleaning can begin with any of the contents that may be affected or in the environment. The contents can either be contained thereafter or best case scenario is removed and placed in a clean environment. After the contents are out of the way then it depends on what is needed for that particular circumstance. Affected building materials may need to be removed or if its a topical mold then micro cleaning can continue on all of the surfaces. Micro Cleaning is HEPA vacuuming and or Damp Wiping all surfaces throughout the affected environment. A fogging application can be used to help mitigate the airborne spores by encapsulating the spore which gives it more weight and then makes it easier for the negative air machines to extract them out of the air. A final wipe down thereafter is often the last thing on the list before the post-inspection verification should be scheduled. The post inspection verification should be done by a third party mold inspection company. When the environment reaches what are considered normal mold ecology levels then the reconstruction can begin or the area can be uncontained and occupied.
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