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The gold of mold remediation is to remove and or clean mold damaged materials using work practices that protect occupants. This is accomplished by controlling the dispersion of mold spores from the work area. The size of the area impacted by mold growth, as well as practical considerations will define remedial procedures. Our process starts with a Certified Mold Assessor evaluating your individual situation. This is accomplished thru occupant interviews and visual assessment. Building materials affected will be identified and observations of hidden areas where mold may be present, such as crawl spaces, attics, and behind wallboards will be evaluated using state of the art equipment. Pschrometers, infrared cameras, and borescopes may be utilized in this process. The source of the moisture and repair recommendations will be noted.

The findings of the assessment will be reviewed with you and a project cost with completion date will be submitted for your approval.

Upon your approval, a site specific mold remediation protocol will be formulated by our certified mold assessor. Depending upon the severity of the mold growth, this remediation protocol may include some or all of the following:

REPAIR
The first step of any mold remediation is to correct the underlying moisture problem to prevent reoccurring mold growth. This step is critical; any remediation plan that does not correct the moisture problem is destine to fail. The problem may be obvious, such as a leaking pipe or a simple condensation problem. Some moisture problems however will be more difficult to locate. Our knowledge of building systems allows us to locate the underlying problem and provide you with PROPER corrective measures. Next, a decision will be made to either correct the problem yourself or allow us to correct the problem for you.

SAMPLING
Although sampling is not usually necessary for remediation, if warranted, samples will be collected with a clear purpose and diverse sampling methodologies. Types of sampling may include air sampling, the most common form of sampling is used to assess the level of mold present inside and outside by a comparison of spore count. Surface samples measure the amount of mold spores deposited on indoor surfaces. Types of surfaces samples include: swab, tape, and dust. Bulk samples are where a portion of the contaminated area is removed to determine the concentration of mold in the sample. Once collected, a laboratory conducts the analysis of the samples using microscopic methods and mycological techniques, and a report is generated.

CONTAINMENT AREA
The goal of containment is to stop the spread of mold throughout the building and minimize the exposure of building occupants to mold. In general, the size of the contaminated area indicates the level of containment required. Also, maintaining the containment area under negative pressure will keep mold spores from flowing into adjacent uncontaminated areas and possibly spreading mold to additional areas. The final choice of containment level should be based on professional judgment and the site specific remediation protocols.

PROCEDURES
A variety of methods are available to remediate damage to buildings and furnishings caused by moisture and mold. The procedure selected depends upon the size of the moldy area and the type of material contaminated. We also use work practices that protect the occupants and home by controlling the dispersion of mold from the work area. Our technicians may utilize methods such as microbial scrubbing, dry fog, dry ice blasting, disinfectants, and contaminated material removal in the remediation process. Site specific equipment such as: extractors, air movers, dehumidifies, and clean air machines will be utilized. After materials have been thoroughly dried to industry standards and all contaminated materials removed, we will use high efficiency particulate air filtered vacuums for final cleaning of air and all surfaces.

DISINFECTANT
Disinfectants are seldom needed to perform an effective remediation. Removal of mold both dead and alive remains the only effective way to prevent mold exposure. Although the use of disinfections will kill some mold, the dead mold remains allergenic and toxigenic. Disinfectant use is recommended when concerns such as mold growth resulting from sewage water is present.

CLEARANCE CRITERIA
Site specific post remediation clearance is conducted after remediation is completed and prior to any post remediation sampling. A visual inspection of the area that has been remediated should show no evidence of past or present mold. There should be no moldy or musty odors associated with the area. The remediation zone should be free from dust and debris. Additionally, inspection of any areas that were structurally corrected should be conducted to ensure that there are no moisture intrusions which are not being controlled.

















   
SUCCESS IS GENERALLY DEFINED AS:
No visual mold growth on any materials
All construction materials are dry by current industry standards
The cause of the original problem has been resolved
Indoor air quality is within acceptable standards
Cross contamination of work area has not occurred
Moisture levels are within acceptable standards
If Required Post Remediation Sampling is conducted and the Containment Area is removed.
 
ANTI-MICROBIAL COATINGS
The use of anti-microbial coatings is usually unnecessary after proper mold and remediation. They should not be used in lieu of proper mold removal and moisture control. Anti-microbial coatings can be used as a precautionary measure to help construction materials resist moisture in the future on areas expected to be subjected to moisture. Any coatings used must be transparent, colored coatings are sometimes used to hide improper mold removal. Should your remediation protocol require anti-microbial coating, our certified biocide applicators would apply them at this time.

The steps outlined above are just an overview of our assessment and remediation process. Each situation requires site specific remediation and work protocols to be successful. Black Forest has the training and experience to guarantee the success of your mold remediation project.
 
 
 
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