Mold often lacks easily recognized symptoms, making it a silent health hazard to health and property. If left untreated, it can cause as much damage as a fire.
We’ve spent the last ten years passing thousands of post-remediation verifications and working closely with indoor environmental professionals to perfect our processes. Wisconsin’s weather is particularly unpredictable, and it’s common to have winter moisture problems in the Madison area. Revive Restoration is IICRC Certified to restore properties damaged by mold.
During mold remediation projects, contaminants are separated into three basic types.
To address small or limited areas of mold growth.
When mold growth is limited to small, visible, and controllable areas where hidden mold growth is not anticipated.
In conjunction with other forms of containment.
When moderate levels of fungal growth are visible or supected.
When a structural enclosure can be built to contain a work area and separate it from the unaffected sections of the room or structure
When significant or extensive mold growth is present or suspected.
Where source and local containments cannot effectively control cross-contamination
Principles of Mold Remediation
There are five general principles used in the remediation of mold-contaminated structures and materials. At Revive Restoration, we apply a multi-disciplinary approach involving multiple trades of expertise.
When an indoor environment is contaminated with mold, remediation technicians should be protected from exposure. Engineering controls and work practices are the primary means — appropriate respiratory protection or other personal protective equipment (PPE) should be used in conjunction with engineering controls.
Revive Restoration takes extensive pictures, notes, and moisture readings during all mold remediation projects. This documentation is uploaded into our job management software and provided to our clients via a real-time link that can be accessed from anywhere.
Revive Restoration might also use an independent indoor environmental professional (IEP) to evaluate data taken from air samples and tape lifts to formulate an initial hypothesis about the origin, identity, location, and extent of amplification of mold contamination. A post-remediation verification can be provided by an IEP in order to verify that the remediation was successful at returning the structure and salvageable contents to normal living conditions.
The spread of mold contamination should be controlled as close as practical to its source. Methods of control include setting up containment around the area, using air scrubbers to create negative air in order to capture all disturbed mold spores, and HEPA vacuuming mold and the entire containment.
Physically removing mold contamination is the primary means of remediation. Mold contamination should be physically removed from the structure, systems, and contents to return them to normal living conditions. Attempts to kill, encapsulate, or inhibit mold instead of proper source removal are generally not adequate.
Remediated structures, systems, and contents can be considered clean when contamination, unrestorable contaminated materials, and debris have been removed and surfaces are visibly free of dust. Remediated areas should be free of malodors associated with microorganisms.
To prevent future contamination, the moisture problem that contributed to the mold growth should be identified and corrected as soon as is practical. Revive Restoration of Madison takes mold remediation very seriously. Development of work plans, protocols, and specifications for the work to be performed are vital. While writing our scopes, the below considerations are extremely important for a successful mold remediation:
- Pressure Differentials
- Hazardous or Regulated Materials
- Asbestos Abatement
- Vermiculite Abatement
- Safety and Health Provisions
- Contaminated Material Removal and Handling
- Detail Cleaning
- Post-Remediation Verification
Mold is commonly the result of water damage, but it can also be caused by high humidity due to poor ventilation.
Mold spores can weaken the structural integrity of a building, and pathogens threaten the health of occupants — especially infants, the elderly, pets, and anyone with a weakened immune system.
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