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Discovering mold is a nightmare for anybody, when it invades your home or business it can be disastrous. Mold contamination is a rapidly growing concern for homeowners, property managers, insurance providers and restoration companies. Although mold is apart of our everyday normal fungal-ecology, it is dangerous inside our homes and offices. Because all molds have the potential to cause adverse health effects it is critical the proper precautions be taken to avoid exposure to you, your family, employees, and our community. If health concerns are not enough, there is also structural integrity to take into consideration. Understanding the characteristics of mold is extremely elaborate and should be handled only by a professional. However, there are certain precautions you can take to ensure your not in jeopardy of mold damage(see below.) Master Clean is Gillette and Sheridan's premier restoration company for many reasons, microbial remediation primarily being one of them. Master Clean's objective is not to overwhelm you with information, but to assist you in determining whether or not you are endanger of exposure. With the progression in construction of "energy efficient" building techniques, it is absolutely imperative mold suspicion be addressed promptly. If you question whether or not mold is present, use your better judgement and call the master's at Master Clean today for our free consulting. Otherwise here is some helpful information about us and some direction on what to do.
The Master Clean Difference
Our mold remediation techniques comply with the EPA, NYC Health Department and IICRC S520 guidelines. Our team is subject to extensive training and certifications to ensure the job is done correctly-the first time. Using equipment and engineering controls of the latest technological advancements, we are able to provide the most thorough inspections without being abrasive or reckless. Our technicians are certified thru the Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration, and under-go rigorous continual education annually. We also have thousands of accumulative hours and years of experience, with consistency un-paralleled by anyone in the Gillette or Sheridan area.
If suspect mold is discovered, we rely on an independent industrial hygienist (IH) or Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) to conduct testing and to write protocols for remediation, avoiding any potential conflict of interest between testing and remediation. We work very closely with the 3rd party throughout the entire process, which can include the following steps:
Identification of affected and suspect areas of contamination. Identification and correction of moisture sources.
Testing of air/surface areas, followed by issuance of an analytical report and protocols which are reviewed and discussed by Master Clean and the IH/IEP.
Establishment of containment areas at the start of remediation. We typically generate negative air pressure, which ensures that no spores escape the work area. We utilize HEPA air scrubbers within the containment area to capture mold spores, guarding against crosscontamination.
Remediation of the area, using well-trained mold remediation technicians who are outfitted with appropriate personal protective equipment. We remove affected non-salvageable materials in the prescribed manner, using EPA-registered biocide agents and HEPA vacuums within the containment area to kill and remove mold spores.
The IH will test again once remediation is completed, generating a report detailing how the remediation goals were met.
Removal of containment walls once the area passes testing. Our foremost objective at Master Clean is safety. Protecting the health of occupants and employees by following safe practices is priority number one.
Mold flourishes when conditions are favorable. Most commonly caused by excessive moisture levels, such as a flood or high humidity, and generally detected by a musty odor. It is crucial that the water source be addressed and properly controlled to prevent further amplification. When it comes to mold, time is the enemy because it can take as little as 48-72 hours to develop and prosper. By disregarding the moisture presence you promote mold growth, and sporulation can occur. Sporulation is the cycle of reproduction and release of microbial toxins. Once Sporulation has occurred, simply drying out the excessive moisture levels is no longer adequate and further action is required. By removing the moisture the mold spores do not unaffectedly dry up and disappear. With minor disturbances such as a soft breeze, Spores can become airborne polluting the air quality and endangering occupants. For additional info on the characteristics and properties of mold, call our certified professionals today.
One misnomer of mold remediation that unfortunately lived a long life is that you can kill mold and clean it up with bleach. In fact, that used to be the most common recommendation for mold. To this day, many people think that you should use bleach to remove mold. However, The Environmental Protection Agency clearly states: "the use of a biocide, such as chlorine bleach, is not recommended as a routine practice during mold remediation..." (Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings, EPA, 2001). Bleach can be used as a private practice to clean certain hard surfaces like ceramic, porcelain, and some toys, but should never be used on porous materials such as wood or sheetrock. For additional sources of information: