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In this section, you will find information on the services that we provide, including details on standard Mold Remediation Steps that comply with Public Health Guidelines.
Mold First Responders is ready to attend to mold contamination emergencies with professional equipment. Once contacted, we dispatch a mold remediation unit immediately: within a couple hours, we are able to begin the mold remediation process.
However, if your mold remediation needs are not urgent, we can schedule a mold inspection within 24 hours after your call. Mold First Responders experts will meticulously inspect areas of specific concern, both identifying any mold contamination and determining the problem source. We then formulate a mold remediation plan and the approximate cost.
Mold First Responders sets the highest standards for our team of professionals in order to ensure the highest quality service to our customers.
Unlike other mold remediation companies, we do not send a technician to look for mold at your property. We will dispatch a mold remediation manager to conduct a mold investigation. Our only specialty is mold remediation, and we have done it for many years. Mold First Responders personnel are highly trained to detect, remove, and prevent the reappearance of mold.
Once the inspection is conducted, our experts will explain in detail their findings (not all that looks like mold is actually mold) and recommendations. They also will answer any questions you might have and walk you through the options. After the first contact, we will be available to assist you in answering any questions you might have. Mold First Responders is not only a mold remediation company. We are also mold remediation consultants.
Here is a list of procedures that Mold First Responders always implement.
MOLD REMEDIATION STEPS:
1. Mold First Responders personnel will document with photographs the mold-contaminated area and every step of the remediation process.
2. Mold First Responders will proceed to seal doors, windows, and install other forms of containment barriers to isolate the mold-infected area. This measure is to prevent the spreading of the contamination to other areas of the dwelling/structure.
3. Mold First Responders will install a HEPA negative air filtration system machine to create negative pressure inside the room where the mold-infected material is to be removed.
4. Mold First Responders personnel will sanitize with a professional-grade eco-friendly biocide the mold-infected area to reduce the contamination by air when removing and manipulating the mold-infected debris.
5. Mold First Responders will safely remove and dispose all mold-infected debris. Additionally, our personnel will scrub and vacuum (using HEPA filter vacuum) all non-porous surfaces that may have been in contact with mold.
6. Mold First Responders will apply biocide with a mold stain remover to all internal wooden frame structures to bring back its original color. Also, our personnel will wipe down all surfaces and objects that may have been exposed to mold.
7. Mold First Responders will install dehumidifiers and air scrubbers to dry and sanitize for 72 hours the treated area(s). The dehumidifiers will remove all existing moisture in the room(s). The air scrubbers will trap all mold spores suspended in the air and exhaust the filtered air to the outdoors.
8. After 72 hours, Mold First Responders will send a remediation manager to inspect, document with photographs, and evaluate the treated area, and if he/she finds it appropriate, retrieve all the equipment.
9. Finally, along with the detailed final version of your invoice, Mold First Responders will send you a detailed report, inclusive of all photographs documenting the stages of the steps to remediation, and provide you with a list of all equipment and biocides used, and recommendations for mold prevention. Mold First Responders mold remediation report provides irrefutable proof that the remediation was well executed, when dealing with home insurers, in order to obtain proper reimbursement.
At Mold First Responders we take remediation seriously. Arriving equipped with state-of the art equipment, our highly trained personnel can handle any size mold contamination task following OSHA, USEPA, and IICRC mold remediation guidelines. Mold First Responders has been certified by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to conduct limited mold inspection, mold prevention, and mold remediation.
Things to bear in mind, when choosing a mold remediation service.
MOLD REMEDIATION IS NOT A GENERAL CONSTRUCTION-TYPE (remodeling, repair) PROJECT. Often people mistakenly believe that mold remediation is merely cosmetic property damage. It is not. In most cases, MOLD REMEDIATION IS A COMPLEX PROCESS OF MICROBIAL DECONTAMINATION. It requires specific training: first to isolate the contaminated area, next to remove and dispose safely the microbial-infected debris. And finally, to sanitize the affected area effectively.
Any mold remediator that you are considering must meet certain standards. Here are four things that are basic in a professional mold remediator.
1. MAKE SURE THE REMEDIATOR IS CERTIFIED TO PROVIDE MOLD REMEDIATION SERVICES.
One of the reasons that can, in some cases, render mold remediation expensive, if done properly, is that not everyone can do it; trained professionals must conduct mold remediation.
2. THE REMEDIATOR MUST BE KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT MOLD.
Whoever comes to your property offering mold remediation services must be able to answer all your questions concerning to mold.
3. AVOID MOLD REMEDIATION COMPANIES THAT ALSO OFFER MOLD TESTING AS PART OF THEIR SERVICES.
In order to avoid any arising possible conflicts of interest from the mold remediator, we recommend that any pre-remediation mold testing services must be conducted by a licensed, unbiased third party.
4.THE REMEDIATOR MUST BE ABLE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH A DETAILED MOLD REMEDIATION PROPOSAL, IN WRITING, THAT WILL INCLUDE A LIST OF THE PROCEDURES TO BE IMPLEMENTED, THE EQUIPMENT AND BIOCIDES TO BE USED, AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE APPROXIMATE COST OF THE SERVICE.
It is not always possible to know with absolute precision the extent of the mold contamination; therefore, it is important to have as much information as possible, so in case your remediation project extends beyond the expected areas, you will be able to know if the extra services were justified or not.
Altogether, the mold remediation company you are hiring must show signs of transparency trustworthiness, and commitment to customer service.
In In this section, you will find a few basic but critical facts that Mold First Responders believe you should be familiar with.
What is Mold?
Mold is neither a plant nor an animal. Instead, it is a microorganism that belongs to a separate kingdom: The Fungi Kingdom.
As part of our natural ecosystem, mold decomposes organic matter such as rotting plants, leaves, or dead animals.
Because of mold’s important, positive ecological function in the outdoors, people tend to regard it as a harmless agent. However, indoors the situation is completely different: inhaling and exposure to mold indoors can cause or develop allergic reactions in some of us.
Spreading of Indoor Mold
Mold reproduces and multiplies by sending out microscopic spores and releasing them into the air. Furthermore, the spores of what are commonly known as “black molds” contain a metabolic toxic byproduct (mycotoxins) that is harmful to humans and pets.
According to studies conducted by the Institute of Medicine or IOM, the presence of mycotoxins stemming from indoor mold is directly connected to health threats including allergic responses and a wide range of symptoms (i.e. headache, cough, wheeze, skin irritation, allergic reactions, etc.), occurring in otherwise healthy individuals.
These toxins produced by black molds are so potentially harmful to human health that they have been developed and used as biological weapons. An instance of such a weapon used in the ‘name of war’ is Yellow Rain.
Environments that Encourage Mold Growth
To grow indoors, mold needs moisture, heat, and organic material on which to feed.
Mold spores exists throughout all environments: indoors and outdoors. This means that every building, home, and classroom contains some variety of mold spores in some degree. This is not necessarily dangerous. Mold becomes a problem when its spores come into in contact with water and germinate.
Once mold’s spores germinate, they start to reproduce, a process that releases new spores into the air. Because some types of mold produce toxic substances and allergens, in a closed indoors environment mold spores can reach high levels of concentration (hundreds of times higher than outdoors), compromising the health of all persons and pets.
Among the most common causes of indoors molds are vapor water condensation in bathrooms and kitchens areas, unattended slow water leak in plumbing fixtures, and floods.
After a Category 1 water event, involving clean water, the affected area must be dried within 24-48 hours; if left for longer, the water starts to stagnate. After 48 hours, water corrupts the material that have been in contact with; therefore, after a water event occurs, your immediate drying response is critical. If you need water damage services, call 1 (855) WaDa-911
An unattended slow water leak in plumbing fixture, in fact any unattended water event, acts as an incubator for molds.
The longer the water is left standing, the greater chance the mold has to reproduce and propagate. At this stage, the water event at your property encourages a microbial contamination.
How can I tell if what I see is actually mold?
Identifying indoor molds is a difficult task, especially for the untrained individual.
One strong indicator for mold’s presence is a musty odor, or mildew. Mold releases enzymes to breakdown organic compounds and extract nutrients. During this process molds also produce volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The smell of these VOCs is the odor people associate as mildew, or a moldy, or musty smell.
A moldy odor suggests that, even if it is not visible, an active colony of mold is growing, and should be investigated.
However, many factors can mislead you. When looking for mold, it is important to be able to differentiate mold from alkaline marks, carpet stains that looks like mold, soot, and even dirt.
Contacting a certified Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) to conduct an inspection to determine the presence of mold is highly recommended.
Such an inspection’s main goal is to evaluate the environment for strong indicators of mold contamination, rather than track down the mold itself. In some cases, mold remediation is deemed unnecessary.
Two Stages in Mold Remediation
1. Although Mold First Responders is not affiliated with any mold inspection company, in the field we often encounter clients with very professional and detailed Advanced Mold Testing reports from Mold Spotters. (If you need Mold Testing services call (781) 664-9511) Thus, our company becomes necessary when a qualified inspector has suggested the need for remediation.
2. Mold First Responders, using all evidence available, and capable of gathering information where it has yet to be supplied, analyzes and presents to you a set of professional conclusions and recommendations.
Who Can Conduct Mold Remediation?
Indoors molds are sources of a cosmetic damage, something that looks and smells bad. Above and beyond that, indoor mold colonies are indicators of microbial contamination, and present a threat to private, and public health.
Exposure to “dead” or “live” colonies of mold can have the same negative health consequences; thus, once detected, a mold colony must be removed in its entirely. Even for trained personnel, mold remediation can be a complex task. Moreover, the use of trained and certified individuals ensures that the remediation conforms with specific public health guidelines.
There may be cases where the homeowner could perform the remediation himself/herself. However, mold contamination commonly extends way beyond the visible infected areas. Assuming that the area to be treated is small can delay essential remediation of the contamination throughout the other areas of a given dwelling or building, causing further contamination and spreading.
For this reason, we recommend getting a professional opinion before taking mold remediation into your own hands. Most mold remediation companies offer limited mold inspection free of charge.
In order to avoid putting your family’s or tenants’ health at risk, make sure the remediator who comes to your home or property to conduct a mold investigation is certified.
Home is the place where we take shelter, our only truly safe place in the world. Mold First Responders specializes in restoring your property’s safe environment from water damage and mold contamination.
Often, indoor mold remediation is taken and treated lightly by both property owners and general restoration companies.
It is not an overstatement to say that all buildings at one point in their lifetime will have a mold contamination problem. Even though out of control mold contamination is a potential threat to private and public health, there is not a single company across the restoration industry whose only specialty is mold remediation. Often, mold remediation services are only offered amongst other, and not always necessarily related, services.
Although it is impossible to fully eliminate mold from indoor environments, Mold First Responders firmly believe that in order to have an effective remediation outcome it is necessary to have a focus on mold remediation. This allows for a systematic and informed approach leading to the most effective remediation outcome and ultimately a safe home environment.
This work philosophy is what gave life to Mold First Responders. Our company’s sole specialty and primary goal is on indoor mold remediation. As experts in this field, we ensure that all our personnel are highly trained to handle any size mold decontamination project. We are certified by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to provide mold remediation services. All our remediation procedures are in strict accordance with the mold remediation guidelines of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), and the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).