Many companies will show you before and after photos of mold with the after usually just in white. But is the mold really cleaned? Here is a before and after of a basement joist covered in mold, and prior to any encapsulation. This photo shows why we always apply clear encapsulates and only use white as per the customer request.
After 18 plus years in the restoration business, we’ve seen product after product claiming it’s superiority over the rest time and time again. Many companies push these products onto their customers only to find out later it failed to deliver on its promise. One of the latest trends in the mold business is companies using stain removers, but not for removing stains, but for cleaning purposes. Stain removers can be a great compliment product after the surfaces of mold have been thoroughly cleaned and treated. But some companies are using them as a first step and quickly encapsulating the surface right after. There’s two logical reasons for this; One is that they don’t know any better and to them this is the best form of remediation that they can offer, or Two because they really don’t care about cleaning the embedded surfaces and rather just want to cash your check as fast as possible while convincing you all the mold is gone just because you can’t visibly see it. Some stain removers do a really good job at removing stains, and could give off the appearance that they’ve removed all molds, but this isn’t true. The cleaning process for mold removal doesn’t change because of the effectiveness of stain removers. They are still a product only for removing stubborn stains. Even though the mold may look to be gone, only the surface staining is truly removed and the mold will once again return in a few days, weeks or months. So, be sure to ask questions when hiring a mold remediation contractor in regards to their methods and the products that they intend on using, because if their system is to only remove the staining so it’s aesthetically appealing, you’ll be hiring someone else later when the mold returns.
Upon concluding our four part series on Water Extraction, I thought of showing you some photos of homes which had major water losses. This photo is taken from a home where the water feed for a toilet broke and allowed several hundred gallons of water to go from the second floor to the basement. The home owners were on vacation when this happened and it led to tens of thousands of dollars in remediation and reconstruction.
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Many people are aware of hoarding conditions, especially after the popular television show, but few are aware of another condition called, Gross Filth. This involves the cleaning and decontamination of an uninhabitable space which includes fecal matter, bodily fluids, excessive rubbish, expired food, potentially infectious materials, hazardous items, boxed items, mold, etc. This does indeed require trained professionals who are certified in such removals due to the potential health and safety hazards. If there is someone you know who lives in such conditions, please don’t look the other way, or just consider them dirty, because they too are at a high level of risk of infection and many other potentially life threatening health issues.
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This photo shows the same basement in the process of getting HEPA vacuumed. HEPA, which stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air, is a type of air filter that the EPA and the United States Department of Energy require as a standard for Lead and Mold Remediation projects. A HEPA air filter must remove 99.97% of all particles greater than 0.3 microns from the air that passes through the canister or system itself. The use of HEPA filters is beneficial for asthma and allergy sufferers, because the filter traps fine particles such as pollen, spores and dust mite feces, which trigger allergy and asthma symptoms. But for a vacuum cleaner to be effective, that cleaner must be a True HEPA system. The main difference between a vacuum cleaner with just a HEPA filter and a True HEPA system, is that all of the air passing through the cabin of the system itself will pass through the HEPA filter, and the unit will not have cabin leaks. This is a vital step in the remediation process which removes loose particulate prior to any spray being applied to the surface and once again, limits cross contamination.
Our New Awards & Certifications Page
Here’s a link to our newly updated Awards and Certifications page, which features our 2013 Angie’s List Award for Mold Removal, Mold Testing, Water Damage Restoration, Smoke Damage Restoration and Bio-Hazard Cleaning.
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