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At Cornerstone IAQ Services we are committed to providing the highest quality services to ensure a healthy and safe indoor environment. As part of our commitment to excellence, we adhere to the latest industry standards, including the IICRC S-520 and the 2020 Consensus Statement for Microbial Remediation.
Mold remediation is a vital process that demands the expertise of a specially trained and certified team at Cornerstone IAQ Services to safely and effectively eliminate mold from indoor spaces. This specialized service involves the use of dedicated equipment, including the establishment of containment areas with negative air pressure, to prevent the further spread of mold contamination within your property.
What is Mold?
Mold comes in various colors, such as black, white, green, and orange, and includes species like Aspergillus, Stachybotrys, Cladosporium, and Chaetomium. Harmful molds fall into several categories, including allergenic, pathogenic, and toxigenic molds. Allergenic molds can trigger allergies and allergic reactions, while pathogenic molds may cause infections and impact the immune system. Additionally, some molds produce toxins that can lead to severe and, in certain cases, life-threatening health conditions.
Why Mold Remediation Matters?
Safety is paramount when dealing with mold issues. Individuals who are sensitized, those with multiple allergies, asthma sufferers, and those with compromised immune systems are particularly vulnerable when mold is present in their homes. Additionally, mold can lead to mold-related infections, and even healthy individuals are not immune to the effects of toxic molds.
Understanding the Causes
Mold is a natural occurrence found outdoors in moist environments. To proliferate beyond its natural habitat, mold produces spores that can remain viable in dry conditions and easily become airborne. These spores can enter homes through open doors and windows, as well as by hitching rides on clothing and pets. All a spore requires to grow into mold is contact with moisture. Therefore, if a home experiences high humidity, water leaks, or flooding, mold can establish itself. Even when stains aren't visible, damp areas with limited airflow can retain moisture for more than 48 hours, providing an ideal environment for mold growth.
Preventing Mold Growth
Effective prevention involves promptly addressing water leaks and thoroughly drying any wet or damaged areas. Managing moisture levels, especially in places like bathrooms, and ensuring adequate ventilation are crucial steps. In areas prone to humidity, consider using dehumidifiers, particularly in basements, to maintain a healthy indoor environment.
General Remediation Protocols as mentioned in ACTION STEPS Below:
It is critical to understand that remediation is not killing mold. It is the removal of mold. It is not only removal of contaminated, moldy materials, followed by “light sanitizing” via spraying a chemical or fogging which is not effective when used solely. Please continue reading to understand the protocols for proper and effective remediation***.
When drywall is removed that has high moisture content (HMR) or is moldy from water damage, it is important to set up containment and negative air to keep the mold spores from contaminating the rest of the space.Then the framing surface must be ***deeply sanitized by aggressive wire brush scrubbing and wiping with a damp cloth until the cloth does not change color. There are many effective choices for cleaning chemicals (hydrogen peroxide, enzymes, vinegar/water, Concrobium. Benefect, Decon 30, soapy water solution, TSP, etc)
Mold can not be wiped off porous materials such as drywall. It has to be removed and the cuts must be 2 ft beyond the last sign of visible mold.
Remove the insulation and check for signs of mold on the adjacent surfaces. Sanitize as needed
Please note: Any rotted wood whether framing or sheathing must be replaced. All exterior work needs to be completed prior to remediation
Please note: No sealant or encapsulant is permitted until the post mold remediation testing (PRV) is conducted and validates effective remediation. See below for passing criteria.
When wall to wall carpeting and padding is removed along with the tack strips, the subfloor must be cleaned before new flooring is installed. Cleaning involves hepa vacuuming and damp cloth aggressive scrubbing/wiping to remove what the hepa vacuum did not remove.
Remediation ACTION STEPS
Use 6mil poly and contain the space you will be doing the work in. Staples, duct tape, and framing will be needed for containment.
You will need to place fans inside of windows exhausting outdoors. (if applicable)
Start and complete all demolition per scope.
HEPA vacuum exposed framing.
I mix 1 gallon of hot water with 8 oz of Decon 30. (Decon 30 can be used full strength but I reduce it.)
Using a wire brush or nylon brush wash all surfaces inside of containment (Framing), If you are having a hard time wetting the surface, you can use a pump sprayer to apply your solution.
You need to wire brush and wash the framing with a clean rag until you see no color transfer on your rag. (If your rags are continuously dirty coming out of the cleaning bucket, it’s time to change your cleaning solution)
HEPA vacuum ceiling, walls, floor inside of bedroom to capture any microbial or particulates that might have cross contaminated.
Use a degreaser purchased from Home Depot, be sure to have proper ventilation and follow the recommendations from the manufacturer on PPE. (Personal protective equipment)
Vacuum forced hot water heaters
Pre spray forced hot water heaters
Using bottle brushes scrub the standing heaters and rinse with steamer.
No brushes are needed for baseboard heaters. Pre-spray degreaser, let sit and rinse with steamer.
Mold Remediation Statistics
“Around 40% of indoor mold issues are related to excess moisture. Proper moisture control through measures like maintaining adequate ventilation, using dehumidifiers, and fixing leaks can significantly reduce the risk of mold growth.”
“Roughly 28% of homes in the United States have water damage. Regularly inspecting your home for leaks, especially in areas like basements, attics, and bathrooms, can help catch issues early and prevent mold.”
“Mold can start growing within 24-48 hours in the right conditions. Responding promptly to any water damage or moisture issues is crucial to prevent mold growth.”
Why Cornerstone IAQ Services LLC?
Our team of experts is highly trained and experienced in addressing a wide range of microbial contaminants, including mold, bacteria, and viruses. We utilize the latest tools and techniques to assess the extent of contamination, and develop customized remediation plans to effectively address the issue and prevent further growth.
At Cornerstone IAQ Services, we prioritize safety above all else. We take all necessary precautions to protect both our clients and our team members, including following the latest guidelines and protocols from the IICRC S-520 and the 2020 Consensus Statement for Microbial Remediation.
We also understand the importance of clear communication and transparency throughout the remediation process. That's why we work closely with our clients to keep them informed every step of the way, from initial assessment to final remediation and ongoing monitoring.
In addition to remediation services, we also provide practical tips and guidance on how to prevent future contamination and maintain a healthy indoor environment over the long term.
At Cornerstone IAQ Services, we are dedicated to providing the highest level of service and expertise to our clients. Whether you are a homeowner, property manager, or business owner, you can trust us to help you create a safe and healthy indoor environment for yourself, your family, and your customers.
Choose our professional mold remediation services to ensure a mold-free, healthier indoor environment for you and your family. Contact our experts at Cornerstone IAQ Services today for a mold remediation estimate and to learn more about how we can help you promote health and wellness in your indoor spaces.