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Lingering Mold, Let’s Get Rid of It!
09/10/2013

Mold is not a popular topic among home or business owners. Just the word can make property owners cringe; it is well known that mold can damage or even destroy structures — and can also cause health problems for building occupants.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), molds can be found almost anywhere as long as moisture and oxygen are present to support their growth. Molds can proliferate on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and even insulation. Excessive moisture in buildings or on building materials can encourage mold growth, particularly if moisture problem are undiscovered or remain unaddressed. 

It is impossible to eliminate all mold – or mold spores – from the indoor environment. But indoor mold growth can be controlled by controlling moisture. We strongly encourage our customers to regularly check pipes, sinks, and bathroom fixtures for leaks, and to use dehumidifiers or air conditioning when the indoor or outdoor environment becomes humid.

Warning Signs

If you’re concerned about mold in your home or office, look for wet carpet, wet building materials, and/or discoloration on walls and floors. Also keep your nose on alert for musty odors that might indicate mold.

If you do discover or suspect mold, call Superior Cleaning & Restoration at 1-800-99-CLEAN – we can help! We will recommend an Industrial Hygienist (IH) who will investigate, take air samples, and possibly do tape lift tests to determine if you have a problem. Although the State of Washington currently does not have any mold remediation regulations in place, we follow the industry standards recorded in the ANSI/IICRC S-520-2008 Second Edition when we handle any mold remediation job, and we generally employ a source removal tactic.

What will Superior do for you?

  • The first step in remediation is to find the water source that has caused the mold spores to germinate. 
  • Mold feeds on cellulose materials such as the paper on gypsum wall board and wooden structural materials.  We will use a multitude of tools to determine if your structure has water and/or mold damage, including such options as non-invasive moisture meters, invasive moisture meters, infrared cameras and a boroscope. 
  • We will inspect components of the HVAC system, if you have one, for possible contamination or cross-contamination, giving particular attention to the filters, cooling coils (if present), the fan chamber and any internal insulation.
  • We will determine the extent of moisture migration to better identify any mold damage.
  • Take samples (exposed mold) for testing if necessary (conducted by an industrial hygienist).
  • Write a protocol with a clear scope of work to remediate the materials that are contaminated with mold (conducted by an industrial hygienist).
  • Note that an Industrial Hygienist is absolutely required any time we encounter the following high risk or other factors:
    • An immunocompromised person is present
    • An elderly person is present
    • An infant is present
    • Any other high risk individual is present
    • The property is for sale or in transaction
    • There are claims of litigation
    • There are claims of health issues possibly caused by mold being present

If you know or suspect that you have a mold problem in your home or place of business, call 1-800-99-CLEAN today so we can help you discover the source of your problem – and then solve it.

Superior Cleaning & Coit Cleaning and Restoration in Woodinville, WA holds a Construction Contractor, General license (SUPERI 973KR).

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