How Healthy Home Restoration
If you have a water damage emergency call us now at 850-474-1133
Will Rid Your Home or Office of Mol
and Water Damage Problems
YES, we work in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi for mold remediation jobs and can work directly with your insurance company.
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Taking care of your mold
Mold growth can cause damage to your health and your home. Many types of mold that grow in a water damaged building cause allergic reaction and could cause normally healthy people to become ill. Stachybotrys and Aspergillus, two types of mold found in most water damaged homes, have been used in biological warfare to cause sickness. Mold will grow and feed off of drywall, plaster, wood, and most anything inside your home. Mold growth on the studs in your wall will cause dryrot and greatly increase the possibility of termite infestation. Often, mold cannot be seen inside a wall without a moisture examination to speculate where mold may be growing. Mold cannot grow without moisture, but it can remain inactive and cause allergic reactions from mold spores even if material it is growing on has dried.
The EPA report entitled "A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home" states that moisture and humidity must be controlled in the building before mold prevention begins. Mold spores breed on moisture. The first step in any mold project would be to determine where the moisture is present in your walls, attic, or in the structure of the building. We use thermal imaging cameras as well as state-of-the-art moisture meters to determine were moisture exists. We then exam the area inside the wall to determine the extend of mold damage. Mold will gradually destroy anything it grows on. You can save considerable amounts of money by taking care of the problem today!
Health effects and symptoms of mold exposure
Mold can produce a variety of health problems, such as headaches, breathing difficulties, skin irritation, allergic reactions, and aggravation of asthma symptoms. Each one of these symptoms could potentially be associated with mold exposure. Not limited to, but especially the elderly, children, people with respiratory problems, and those with weak immune systems are vunerable.
We can do all this for you:
- Moisture detection to determine where mold and damage may be present
- Testing of small areas to determine the extend of damage
- Removal of wet or contaminated dryall, ceiling, baseboards, cabinets, etc.
- Drying of the structure of the building to stop mold growth
- Air scrubbers to clean mold spores from the air
- Mold remediation clean-up to reduce mold and mold spores
- Treatment with an EPA registered anti-microbial/disinfectant to reduce mold
- Professional reconstruction of the interior walls, ceilings, and baseboards after treatment in finished
Frequently asked Questions
How do you test for mold?
One way is to take an air sampling test that determines how many mold spores you have in the air and the type of mold you have. This test will not help you discover where mold may be located but will help prove that you have a mold problem. The second, that many times locates mold, is a moisture inspection. Even slight amounts of moisture that cannot be seen or felt with your hand can mean that mold growth is near. We perform a thermal imaging moisture inspection with a read-out similar to the picture on the right. A moisture inspection will let us know if you may have mold actively growing in your home.
Click here to see pictures of mold that we have found with our thermal imaging camera.
What type of education and training do you have in Mold Remediation?
Sadly, many companies have never been formally trained in the field of mold remediation. There is no state or federal law that dictates what educational requirements a firm must have before going into business. Healthy Home Restoration, Inc has been certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification)in the fields of water damage restoration, deodorization, and applied microbial remediation (mold remediation). John Braun, Healthy Home Restoration's owner, is a certified Master Textile Cleaner with the IICRC. We are also certified by the IAQA (Indoor Air Quality Association) as a certified remediation company. Hiring a company that has been professionally trained makes a big difference in the throughness of your remediation job.
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Why is mold all of the sudden a big issue?
Mold is a very old issue. Mold problems have been with us since Biblical days. Leviticus 14:33-57 mentions what to do if mold infects a home. Ironically, the process mentioned in the Bible isn't too far from what the protocol is for today. Today's buildings are built insulated and sealed better than 30 years ago. This contributes to the mold problem. In fact, most of our mold remediation projects are from newer construction.
What is done to actually remove mold and mold spores?
After determining that you have a mold problem, mold sampling tests are done to take initial mold spore counts in the air and on various surfaces. Next, containment is set up to not allow mold spores to aeresolize into unaffected areas. Then, the contaminated non-porous materials are removed (drywall, carpet, etc). Wood studs within the wall that have mold growth are either sanded and encapsulated or blasted with high pressured soda. Very detailed cleaning then takes place with HEPA vacuums to vacuum up remaining spores. A final clearance sampling is done to assure that mold counts are at a safe level.
Can mold be cleaned out of my carpet or rug?
If visible mold is seen on the carpet it usually cannot be thorougly removed. The stain may be removed 50% of the time, however the problem most often is mold on the backing of the carpet and the carpet should be replaced. If there is a slight odor on the carpet or rug, treatments can be used that may eliminate the problem.
Does my drywall or plaster wall have to be removed?
This largely depends on the type of water damage and amount of moisture currently in the wall. A good moisture inspection will need to be done on the wall to make this determination. If your building was flooded with rising water, the walls should be removed 24 inches above the level of water in the building.
What needs to be done to my ceiling if the popcorn texture is falling?
A moisture inspection will determine if there is currently moisture in the ceiling. Depending on the severity, portions of the ceiling may need to be removed without removing the entire ceiling itself. It is recommended that the insulation be replaced with any roof damage.
Click here to go to the EPA's website for their FREE report entitled "A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home"
Click here for an estimate or for questions. Or, you can call us at (850) 474-1133 (Pensacola or Mobile). Please give as much information as you can about the extent of damage, date the damage occured, and size of your home.
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