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Mold Remediation Buffalo NY

Ahold of Mold Environmental has been providing Mold Remediation services in the Buffalo NY and Erie PA area since 1996.

The Department of Labors new Mold Program which is responsible for enforcing Article 32 of the New York State labor law establishes licensing requirements and minimum work standards for professionals engaging in mold assessment and remediation, below are the three main components to the new law:

Training: The mold program will protect customers by requiring contractors to obtain appropriate training prior to being able to perform mold assessment and mold remediation services.

Licensing: Contractors will not be allowed to advertise or perform covered work without the required license, for mold remediation and mold assessment.

Minimum work standards: The mold program also establishes new minimum work standards for Mold Assessments and Mold Remediation activities by licensed professionals, including:

Protection against fraud by prohibiting the performance of both the assessment and the mold remediation on the same property by the same individual.

Protection against fraud by requiring an independent mold assessment to define the scope of the mold remediation work.

Identification of disinfectant products consistent with US Environmental Protection Agency standards for mold remediation.

Provision of personal protection equipment to employees as necessary for mold remediation.

Posted notice for the project and the contractor’s license for any mold remediation projects being performed.

Completion of post mold remediation, mold assessment must be performed by a third-party licensed mold assessment firm.

What are the mold-related licenses?

Presently there four mold related license:

  1. Mold Assessor
  2. Mold Remediation Contractor License
  3. Mold Remediation worker supervisor license
  4. Mold Remediation worker license


Who is required to obtain a mold remediation contractor license:

Any businesses engaged in Mold Remediation. Mold Remediation is defined as the business of removal, cleaning, sanitizing or surface disinfection of mold, mold containment. Waste handling of mold remediation and materials used to remove mold from services by a business enterprise included but not limited to, a sole proprietorship.

Ahold of Mold Environmental has completed the New York State Department of Labor requirements for training and licensing certification for Mold Remediation.

Black Mold (Stachybotrys Chartarum)

I heard about “toxic molds” that grow in homes and other buildings. Should I be concerned about a serious health risk to me and my family?

In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition. The IOM also found limited or suggestive evidence linking indoor mold exposure and respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children. In 2009, the World Health Organization issued additional guidanc. Other recent studies have suggested a potential link of early mold exposure to development of asthma in some children, particularly among children who may be genetically susceptible to asthma development, and that selected interventions that improve housing conditions can reduce morbidity from asthma and respiratory allergies, but more research is needed in this regard.

A common-sense approach should be used for any mold contamination existing inside buildings and homes. The common health concerns from molds include hay fever-like allergic symptoms. Certain individuals with chronic respiratory disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, asthma) may experience difficulty breathing. Individuals with immune suppression may be at increased risk for infection from molds. If you or your family members have these conditions, a qualified medical clinician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment. For the most part, one should take routine measures to prevent mold growth in the home

How common is mold, including Stachybotrys chartarum (also known by its synonym Stachybotrys atra) in buildings?

Molds are very common in buildings and homes and will grow anywhere indoors where there is moisture. The most common indoor molds are CladosporiumPenicilliumAspergillus, and Alternaria. We do not have precise information about how often Stachybotrys chartarum is found in buildings and homes. While it is less common than other mold species, it is not rare.

 How do molds get in the indoor environment and how do they grow?

Mold spores occur in the indoor and outdoor environments. Mold spores may enter your house from the outside through open doorways, windows, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems with outdoor air intakes. Spores in the air outside also attach themselves to people and animals, making clothing, shoes, bags, and pets convenient vehicles for carrying mold indoors.

When mold spores drop on places where there is excessive moisture, such as where leakage may have occurred in roofs, pipes, walls, plant pots, or where there has been flooding, they will grow. Many building materials provide suitable nutrients that encourage mold to grow. Wet cellulose materials, including paper and paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, wood, and wood products, are particularly conducive for the growth of some molds. Other materials such as dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation materials, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery, commonly support mold growth.

 What is Black Mold Stachybotrys chartarum (Stachybotrys atra)?

Stachybotrys chartarum (also known by its synonym Stachybotrys atra) is a greenish-black mold. It can grow on material with a high cellulose and low nitrogen content, such as fiberboard, gypsum board, paper, dust, and lint. Growth occurs when there is moisture from water damage, excessive humidity, water leaks, condensation, water infiltration, or flooding. Constant moisture is required for its growth. It is not necessary, however, to determine what type of mold you may have. All molds should be treated the same with respect to potential health risks and removal.

 Are there any circumstances where people should vacate a home or other building because of mold?

These decisions have to be made individually. If you believe you are ill because of exposure to mold in a building, you should consult your physician to determine the appropriate action to take.

 Who are the people who are most at risk for health problems associated with exposure to mold?

People with allergies may be more sensitive to molds. People with immune suppression or underlying lung disease are more susceptible to fungal infections.

 How do you know if you have a mold problem?

Large mold infestations can usually be seen or smelled.

 Does Stachybotrys chartarum (Stachybotrys atra) cause acute idiopathic pulmonary hemorrhage among infants?

To date, a possible association between acute idiopathic pulmonary hemorrhage among infants and Stachybotrys chartarum (Stachybotrys atra) has not been proved. Further studies are needed to determine what causes acute idiopathic hemorrhage.

 What if my child has acute idiopathic pulmonary hemorrhage?

Parents should ensure that their children get proper medical treatment.

 What are the potential health effects of mold in buildings and homes?

Mold exposure does not always present a health problem indoors. However some people are sensitive to molds. These people may experience symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation when exposed to molds. Some people may have more severe reactions to molds. Severe reactions may occur among workers exposed to large amounts of molds in occupational settings, such as farmers working around moldy hay. Severe reactions may include fever and shortness of breath. Immunocompromised persons and persons with chronic lung diseases like COPD are at increased risk for opportunistic infections and may develop fungal infections in their lungs.

In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition. The IOM also found limited or suggestive evidence linking indoor mold exposure and respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children.


How do you get the molds out of buildings, including homes, schools, and places of employment?

In most cases mold can be removed from hard surfaces (NOT HYGROSCOPIC “ability to absorb moisture”) by a thorough cleaning with commercial products, soap and water, or a bleach solution “a registered EPA Anti Microbial is recommended” of no more than 1 cup of bleach in 1 gallon of water. Absorbent or porous materials like ceiling tiles, drywall, and carpet may have to be thrown away if they become moldy. If you have an extensive amount of mold and you do not think you can manage the cleanup on your own, you may want to contact a professional who has experience in cleaning mold in buildings and homes. It is important to properly clean and dry the area as you can still have an allergic reaction to parts of the dead mold and mold contamination may recur if there is still a source of moisture.

:If you choose to remove mold:

  • Never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners. Mixing bleach with ammonia or other cleaning products will produce dangerous, toxic fumes.
  • Open windows and doors to provide fresh air.
  • Wear non-porous gloves and protective eye wear.
  • If the area to be cleaned is more than 10 square feet, consult the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guide titled Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings. Although focused on schools and commercial buildings, this document also applies to other building types. You can get it by going to the EPA web site at
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using bleach or any other cleaning product.

 How do you keep mold out of buildings and homes?

As part of routine building maintenance, buildings should be inspected for evidence of water damage and visible mold. The conditions causing mold (such as water leaks, condensation, infiltration, or flooding) should be corrected to prevent mold from growing.

Specific Recommendations:

  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%–all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Bear in mind that humidity levels change over the course of a day with changes in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so you will need to check the humidity levels more than once a day.
  • Use air conditioner or a dehumidifier during humid months.
  • Be sure the home has adequate ventilation, including exhaust fans in kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Use mold inhibitors which can be added to paints.
  • Clean bathroom with mold-killing products.
  • Do not carpet bathrooms.
  • Remove and replace flooded carpets.

 IWhat if I find mold growing in my home; how do I test the mold?

Generally, it is not necessary to identify the species of mold growing in a residence, and CDC does not recommend routine sampling for molds. Current evidence indicates that allergies are the type of diseases most often associated with molds. Since the reaction of individuals can vary greatly either because of the person’s susceptibility or type and amount of mold present, sampling and culturing are not reliable in determining your health risk. If you are susceptible to mold and mold is seen or smelled, there is a potential health risk; therefore, no matter what type of mold is present, you should arrange for its removal.

 A qualified environmental lab took samples of the mold in my home and gave me the results. Can CDC interpret these results?

Standards for judging what is an acceptable, tolerable or normal quantity of mold have not been established. If you do decide to pay for environmental sampling for molds, before the work starts, you should ask the consultants who will do the work to establish criteria for interpreting the test results. They should tell you in advance what they will do or what recommendations they will make based on the sampling results. The results of samples taken in your unique situation cannot be interpreted without physical inspection of the contaminated area or without considering the building’s characteristics and the factors that led to the present condition.


In summary, Stachybotrys chartarum (Stachybotrys atra) and other molds may cause health symptoms that are nonspecific. At present there is no test that proves an association between Stachybotrys chartarum (Stachybotrys atra) and particular health symptoms. Individuals with persistent symptoms should see their physician. However, if Stachybotrys chartarum (Stachybotrys atra) or other molds are found in a building, prudent practice recommends that they be removed.

Problems Related to Mold Growth

If you are noticing mold or mildew odors in your home, it is possible that you have a hidden mold problem. Molds often emit musty or other unpleasant odors. The presence of a musty, moldy odor does not mean that you definitely have a mold problem, but this type of odor is often an early indicator of a hidden mold problem. Don’t wait to get it checked out.

Hidden and undetected plumbing leaks often lead to extensive water damage and mold. We are experts at locating hidden plumbing leaks. Some plumbing leaks are obvious while others are not. Our moisture detection equipment helps locate and pinpoint moisture issues and hidden leaks. Act quickly whenever you discover a plumbing leak. According to the US EPA, mold can grow in 24-48 hours if building materials are not dried out quickly and properly.

Damaged, worn, or improperly installed roofs, roof flashing, chimney caps, rain gutters, and plumbing vent stacks can lead to roof leaks, which can lead to indoor mold growth and water damage.

Soils and landscaping should slope away from a structure. Improper grading causes water to run towards the foundation and walls. The water from rain and irrigation sprinklers can invade the home and cause mold growth and water damage. Also, improper, failing, or missing rain gutter systems often cause water intrusion issues in residences and commercial buildings and are the cause of many indoor mold growth problems.

Dampness, excess humidity, and condensation from the foundation can be attributed to leaks in plumbing, grading or drainage issues, improper construction, missing or improper vapor barriers, poor crawlspace ventilation, support beams and wood piers touching soil, and foundation cracks and settling. These issues can cause water damage and force water to enter the building envelope and intrude into walls and under flooring causing mold growth.

Showers and tubs must be well sealed to prevent water from getting into surrounding walls and underneath. Failing or poor caulking or grout and improper construction of shower pans and tub enclosures are common causes of water intrusion and mold growth. Moisture in the surrounding building materials can lead to mold growth in your bathroom and adjacent walls.

Basement, Attic Mold Remediation “Removal” Cost

Cost for mold remediation can vary anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand depending on the amount of mold and if it needs to be physically removed “for example drywall that typically needs to be removed or a hard surface that can be simply cleaned and treated.”  For example in an attic as long as the structural integrity of the wood is sound most all mold can be removed safely and effectively affording the customer a 15yr and up to a lifetime warranty.  Basements are a primary concern in Western New York and Pennsylvania due to the inclement weather and the typical age of a foundation including improper water runoff from the foundation allowing hydrostatic pressure against the foundation walls. Not all homes that appear to have mold actually have mold.  Most often we will discover that where the customer feels they are seeing discoloration or mold may simply be alkaline salts that are relatively harmless or some other discoloration not mold related.

We here at Ahold of Mold Environmental have been practicing ethical and modestly for 24 years and counting, our rating with the Better Business Bureau is a A+ with no filed complaints. We will continue to serve the area with the utmost respect to our clients giving them honest answers and continuing to uphold our reputation for years to come.

Basement Mold Removal Buffalo NY

One of the rooms in the house where you’ll most often see mold is the basement. Buffalo NY is known for older homes having basement water infiltration causing excessive moisture and mold development. Ahold of Mold Environmental has the experts to properly remove your mold from your basements we also are a licensed New York State Mold Remediation Contractor. Below you will find info that can help with mold in your home or business.

There are many sources of moisture found in the basement. And any water problem in the basement usually takes a long time to dry out. This is because the basement gets no sunlight, very little ventilation and is often humid.

Once mold has begun to grow in the basement it will probably go unnoticed for a long time since people don’t spend much time in their basements one of the two most common places for mold growth are floor joist systems where moisture tries to evaporate causing high moisture content in the wood without proper dehumidification mold can develop within as little as 24 hours as well painted concrete basement walls.

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Condensation Causes Mold in Basement

High humidity plus the often cold temperatures in the basement produces a lot of condensation. Condensation collects on cold metal pipes, cold concrete basement floors (even if there is carpet over the top) and on walls.

Flooding and Basement Mold

One of the biggest causes of mold in the basement is flooding. If a house is flooded, water runs down to the basement and stays there long after the other rooms have dried.

Dangerous molds like toxic black mold (Stachybotrys chartarum) can start to grow after a flood especially on materials that absorb moisture drywall, cardboard, carpets etc  .

Preventing Mold After a Flood

After a flood the best thing you can do is contact a mold remediation company or water damage specialist who perform clean ups of homes after floods.

If you have to clean up your home yourself though here are the main points:

Clean and dry your house and everything inside it as soon as possible. Remove whatever standing water inside that you can. You can also use fans, air conditioning, heaters or dehumidifiers to help dry out your home faster.

Remove wet materials from your home straight away. Wet insulation and wet padding on carpet take a very long time to dry out and so you should remove them. Any drywall which got wet also needs to be cut away and removed. You should replace these materials only after your home has completely dried out.

Clean items in your home that got wet using a detergent or cleaning product and then let them dry out. You should generally throw away things that got wet from flood water and which can’t be cleaned and dried. The same goes for items that become moldy and cannot be cleaned. Also clean hard, non-porous surfaces in your home and let them dry out.

Mold and Flooding

Mold from Basement Leaks

Leaking pipes in the basement or in nearby rooms lead to basement mold growth. Water in the ground can also find its way into the basement through cracks in the walls.

Basement Humidity and Mold

Once water in the basement evaporates it raises the humidity level in the basement. The humidity then usually stays high thanks to poor ventilation and no sunlight. Some molds can begin to grow in the basement just from this high level of humidity.

Signs of Mold in Basement

One of the clearest signs that you have mold in your basement is the smell. Because of the stagnant air in the basement, odors build up and become very noticeable. Don’t ignore a musty or moldy smell in the basement as it probably means you have a basement mold problem.

More mold signs are at Signs of Mold in the Home.

Finding Mold in Basement

When looking for mold in the basement you should begin by trying to find any signs of moisture. Areas where there are signs of water damage or leaks are likely spots for mold growth.

Mold can grow on any objects or building materials made from organic substances. In the basement these surfaces can be found everywhere such as drywall, wooden building frames, carpet, insulation, wallpaper, furniture or cardboard boxes.

Mold Inspection

If you cannot find mold in your basement but you suspect it is growing somewhere don’t forget that you always have the option of mold testing. Mold testing can be performed by professionals for you or you can do it yourself using mold test kits. Both air and surfaces can be sampled for mold spores during mold testing.

Mold Testing

Where Mold Grows in Basement

Some of the most common places where mold grows in the basement are:

  • Walls
  • Wall cavities
  • Wooden building frames
  • Ceiling
  • Floor
  • Insulation
  • Storage boxes
  • Furniture
  • Pipes
  • Ducts and vents

To find out more about where mold often grows visit Where Mold Grows.

Preventing Basement Mold

To prevent basement mold you must minimize moisture.

Find and fix any water problems in the basement like leaking pipes, condensation or a leaking ceiling. Keep an eye out for any moisture building up in the future too.

Preventing Mold in the Home

Leaking Basement Walls

If there’s water seeping in through the walls you can get your basement professionally waterproofed to fix it. Otherwise you can apply sealant to walls or floors to stop water getting in. Any cracks should be filled up using a water proof filler.

Basement Humidity

Keeping the humidity in the basement below 55% will ensure that humidity isn’t a cause of new mold growth. Dehumidifiers reduce the humidity inside houses. Circulating the air in the basement also helps.

Cleaning the Basement

Don’t neglect your basement when it comes to cleaning the house. Vacuuming the basement with a HEPA vacuum and cleaning it once a week will help to prevent basement mold.

HEPA Vacuuming Mold


Water building up in the ground around the basement can cause water problems, especially if the ground is sloped toward the house. Landscaping the ground so it slopes away from your house slightly, or digging drains to channel the water away should solve this problem.

Basement Mold Removal and Remediation

It’s best to hire a professional mold service to remove mold growing in the basement, especially if the area of mold growth is large.

For more information on how to perform mold removal in the basement and other rooms of your home visitMold Removal and Remediation.

Attic Mold Remediation

Simple Strategies For Understanding & Correcting Attic Mold-

Attic mold is extremely common in our Northern climate & Attic Mold growth is generally attributable to 4 basic causes.

1) Lack of adequate ventilation or improper ventilation                                     2) Existing, past roof, or roof flashing leaks.                                                          3) Improperly exhausted bathroom fans, and or, dryer vents                           4) Failure to install enough “Ice Shield Membrane along the eaves.

By far the most common cause of all attic mold is improper ventilation.

We’ll briefly discuss each problem and the appropriate remedy as well as covering the basic mold remediation strategies recommended for the Northern geographical areas (Buffalo NY, Erie PA Mold Removal). Let’s start by explaining that in most attics mold does not grow in the summertime. This is because during the spring, summer and early fall months the daytime temperature of the attic is far to hot for the mold to effectively grow and the humidity levels inside the attic are typically too low to allow mold growth. Most molds will only grow between 40 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Some molds that belong to a special class of mold ( the ones usually affecting northern climate attics) called the Chrysophile molds will grow in temperatures as low as the 20’s. Cladosporium is a black mold that we commonly find growing on damp attic ceiling sheathing. Another common attic mold is aspergillus. It’s usually found growing in poorly ventilated attics on the ceiling joists.

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Attic Ceiling Mold with Frosted Nails in Winter

How Mold Growth Occurs

During the winter months when we heat our homes, some of the heat is inevitably lost into the un-heated attic space. This warm heated air should move upward towards the attic ridge vent and harmlessly dissipate outside the attic, but only if the attic is properly vented.

If however, the attic is poorly vented, the warm trapped air will start to condense on the cold surface of the underside of the roofing boards or sheathing. This warm air meeting a very cold surface results in a dew-point being achieved. This dew-point created condensation is often more noticeable on the roofing nails as the nails are more efficient at conducting the cold temperature from outside. The condensation on the roofing nails then forms water droplets which can drip onto the floor of the attic. When the nightime temperature is cold enough the nail heads will start to frost up like in the picture above. This only occurs in poorly ventilated attics.

Sometimes a roof will have sufficient roof ventilation (ridge vent), but the soffits (eaves) are not vented. Even more common is when a house receives new siding. The siding contractor will install vented soffit panels. This gives the eaves the appearance of being vented, when in reality they are not, because no vent openings were ever cut into the plywood covering the bottom of the eaves. Sometimes the attic is ventilated properly, but an over zealous attempt to insulate has blocked the air flow from the soffits to the ridge preventing proper ventilation. An easy way to check whether or not the soffit vents are there, or are functioning properly, is to go up into the attic on a sunny day, extinguish all lights and look for daylight coming in at the ends of the rafters along the edges. Well ventilated soffit bays should have visible daylight coming in along the lower soffits. There are different styles of soffit and ridge venting & some work much better than others. Ask our mold assessor if your attic venting is adequate for your needs.

Attic Mold Removal  

 Unfortunately there are as many “treatments” for mold as there are remediators out in the real world offering “mold remediation”.  Mold spores can grow at alarming rates. Under ideal conditions, one mold spore can develop into 12 million in twelve hours!

 Also, the mold is feeding on the attic ceiling sheathing and ceiling joists and what you can see with the naked eye are millions and millions of them clumped together. What you can’t see are the “roots”, the mold organism itself. The roots of mold (hyphae) can grow into the substrate 3/16 of an inch or deeper. What we think of as the mold (the clumped spores) are actually the fruit or reproductive body, like an apple on a apple tree. You cannot hope to solve a mold problem leaving these roots and treating only the surface of the wood.

 Common problem: Treating mold growth on a porous surface, such as wood, with bleach. Bleach has an ion structure that prevents it from penetrating into a porous substrate like wood, this means it leaves the roots un-harmed. This technique leaves the complete root structure intact and guarantees that if you ever have a new water leak, or moisture continuing to condense on the attic ceiling, the mold will go right into full production and the mold problem will immediately return.  Bleach gasses immediately and loses most of its strength as well as leaving behind moisture when it gasses off thereby leaving a damp condition for future mold growth.

 Our Mold Remediation System

Phase 1  Prepping the Home

The first thing we do is site preparation. We isolate the attic from the rest of the house. We’ll install a heppa filtered air scrubber machine. We put down protective covering through the walkways of the house leading to where we will be working. This important step protects your home, and guarantees no staining & dirt is carried into the carpets of your home. Your house is important to us and we will treat you as if we were working on our own house!

Phase 2 –  Killing the surface mold growth  

We apply a fungicide/cleaner/disinfectant/sanitizer to the attic ceiling and joists. This anti-microbial agent is specifically formulated for mold remediation and will kill all types of attic mold.

Phase 3 -Getting Rid of the Evidence by Killing the Roots-This will keep it from coming right back!                                          

Fungicide application to the Attic Sheathing and Joists:
We actually impregnate the attic ceiling wood with an environmentally friendly solution.  This product is absolutely amazing. It’s designed to penetrate deep into the substrate (mold roots commonly grow 3/16’s of an inch into the wood) and kill the roots of the mold.

Phase 4 – Application of an anti-microbial sealer

This is also sometimes referred to as an encapsulent sealer. These coatings come either as a clear, or a white tinted sealer and they vary in quality to prevent any new mold re-growth . Many people mistakenly apply a white paint coating like Kills, instead of a high quality anti-microbial sealer. I’ve seen many properties where the mold is re-growing right on the white coating material.  Many companies apply a heavily pigmented white coating over poorly cleaned areas to cover up remaining mold areas. White coated attic ceilings send up a huge red flag to future home inspectors. This may lead to you having to answer many mold related questions from the buyer. Remember, most coatings will peel within a few years if applied over un-cleaned mold areas. Moreover, this results in a difficult & very expensive redo.

A high quality anti-microbial sealer should also be applied if there is any risk that ventilation corrections are not adequate to properly vent the home’s moisture from the attic, or if, the home has higher than normal basement or upstairs moisture levels.

Attic Mold Pictures Below



Five Principles of Mold Remediation

  1. Make sure safety and health precautions are taken by cleanup professionals and occupants. Mold-contaminated buildings can be associated with a number of health problems. Anyone involved in the mold remediation process must be protected from exposure through a combination of practices and controls.
  2. A post-cleanup assessment by an independent environmental expert should follow the mitigation. An effective mold remediation cannot be developed without first determining the extent of the contamination to be removed. To ensure that remediation work is being properly performed, it is highly recommended that appropriate documentation of the remediation process be kept by project management
  3. Control of mold before it spreads further. Eliminating mold at the source of      contamination is essential. Once mold spores spread through the air, it will be much more difficult to capture.
  4. Oversee the proper physical removal of the mold. The mold must be physically removed from the structure. Attempts to isolate mold or remove signs of mold on the surface are not adequate. Note that bleach alone cannot kill mold.
  5. Ensure that moisture is controlled to limit future contamination or recontamination. Mold growth is virtually inevitable if moisture is not controlled. Moisture problems must be identified, located and corrected or controlled as soon as possible.  As a rule, it is not recommended for a do-it-yourself remediation over a 10 sq. ft. area

Damage from Water Often Underestimated

The amount of damage water can cause is amazing, and often underestimated by homeowners. Excess moisture is bad enough, but when a home is flooded or hit with a plumbing disaster (like a burst pipe), the situation can quickly get out of hand. There’s a reason why these incidents are among the most expensive problems a homeowner can face. Contaminated water not only creates immediate structural problems, it can leave serious biological threats behind after it has been removed.

This problem is compounded by the composition of most homes, which are filled with organic materials. Drywall, wood and the matter that is trapped in carpet fibers are just a few examples, and they can give pathogens room to grow. Within 48 hours, mold may begin creeping behind the walls and releasing spores, and any organic materials that have been soaked through by contaminated fluid will usually have to be destroyed.

That’s why restoration firms, in addition to surveying the home for structural problems, will dry the home quickly and apply antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal agents to all surfaces that had contact with the water. This ensures the family can return to a safe home, and not one harboring a collection of deadly pathogens

Before a restoration firm can repair water damage, its technicians have to know what they are dealing with. A thorough inspection with moisture meters will allow the technicians to pinpoint just how much moisture is in the home. Upon finding moisture, the technicians will pump out any standing water and begin the drying process. Heavy equipment like air movers are used during the drying process and it generally takes several days to complete the job. If the professionals can respond quickly enough, they can often save flooring and drywall, though if either take on at least 25 to 50 percent of their weight in moisture, salvaging may not be possible. During drying, technicians will also test for various microbes and destroy any found with powerful antimicrobial and fungicides.

Water Damage Restoration

Water Damage tips until help arrives

1. Is it safe to stay in the house?
2. Electrical or “slip and fall” hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
3. Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
4. Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

5. Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
6. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
7. Remove and prop up wet upholstery and cushions to have ability to dry.
8. Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
9. Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer–If applicable.
10. Remove art objects to a safe dry place.
11. Gather all loose items from floors.

12. Don’t leave wet fabrics in place & Hang furs and leather goods to dry.
13. Don’t leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
14. Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
15. Don’t use television or other household appliances.
16. Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

These are simple but helpful tips until professional help can be located and contacted.