Mold can be one of the worst nightmares a home or building owner can face and it can be extremely difficult to get rid of without knowledge of the proper methods and procedures. Mold is a type of fungus that occurs both indoors and outdoors. Mold can come in a variety of forms and textures, you can find black mold, yellow mold, green mold, and even blue mold. Sometimes it will look like a stain or discoloration on the walls and has a velvety or rough texture.
If you have recently noticed mold in your home you should first know the main reason why it grows. To get rid of mold you need to create an environment that is not suitable for it to thrive. Mold requires three things to grow on a surface:
#1. Moisture - Mold loves moisture! Wet, damp, humid environments are the basic building block that mold needs to flourish and grow. This is the number one issue that we need to fix in your home or building as a mold remediation company. If you can control the moisture, you can eliminate the mold.
#2. The Right Temperature - Mold can't grow in an environment that is too hot or too cold. It needs a specific temperature range to thrive, along with the other conditions.
#3. Organic Food Sources - Wood or any building materials that contain wood or paper fiber are excellent places for mold to grow under the right conditions. We can't easily remove these materials from our homes or buildings which is why we focus on moisture control and temperature regulation to prevent and eliminate the mold.
Where Does Mold Grow?
Any place with high levels of moisture is a place where mold can flourish. Some examples of places where mold can grow easily are the following:
- Windows and window frames when condensation builds up.
- Any area where there is poor insulation (such as the attic)
- Leaks in the roof, bathroom, or kitchen.
- Under the sink, mold loves warm, dark, and humid places.
- Beneath wallpaper and drywall.
- Around boilers and water heaters.
- On carpets that are exposed to moist, humid conditions.
Aside from the visual clue of spotting mold it is almost always able to be detected by the musty odor. If you have that musty, mildew smell in any room of your home, it's time to take action quickly!
What Are The Negative Effects Of Mold?
Mold is one of the most common problems a home or building owner will face and the consequences can affect your health. It can slowly eat away materials like drywall, wallpaper, ceiling tiles, and floorboards. It also causes musty smells and decreases the aesthetic appeal of your property in areas where it is visible.
Mold can also be a powerful enemy for those homeowners who are trying to sell their homes because it decreases the property value, no home buyer wants a house where mold is a problem. However, the biggest issue of mold growth in the home are related to your health.
People who suffer from allergies can react to mold spores and experience symptoms similar to other types of allergies such as itchy nose, sneezing, watery eyes, and asthma attacks. The mold spores are so small that you can't see them but they are still capable of irritating your nose, throat, and lungs.
Mold can also trigger the production of other microorganisms that can lead to diseases such as bronchitis or other chronic illnesses. When you spend too much time in a place with mold growth you will suffer from skin irritation, fatigue, nausea, and others.
What You Can Do To Get Rid Of Mold?
There are many ways to get rid of mold but whatever option homeowners choose they should always work with a professional company. Getting rid of mold requires extensive knowledge and doing it incorrectly will leave you in a situation where the mold will come back with a vengeance. When you let a team of professionals like Epic Building Solutions take care of your mold problem you'll have the peace of mind knowing that we've eliminated the problem.
One of the most effective and popular methods to get rid of mold is mold remediation but before speaking about the process and its benefits you should know that there will always be mold spores in your house and outdoor areas, there is no way you can remove them 100% but you can reduce it until it reaches levels that won't cause troubles for your health or home.
Mold Remediation Vs Mold Removal - Which Is Best?
There are companies out there promising "mold removal". This is very different from "mold remediation". Mold remediation involves removing the contaminated material and neutralizing the mold. The process of mold removal doesn't include removing the material it's simply just killing the mold that is visible. If you try to simply remove the mold without remediation of the contaminated material you'll find the mold problem will almost always come back.
If you want to eliminate the problem for good, mold remediation is your best choice, especially if the problem is severe. If you just have a little bit of mold in some window sills or isolated around some plumbing, then mold removal can be more cost effective but don't be surprised if the problem comes back.
How Does Our Mold Remediation Process Work?
Mold remediation is a specific process that we employ to tackle your mold problems once and for all.
#1. Mold Inspection and Assessment
Before removing high levels of mold you need to know how much mold there actually is in your structure. The experts at Epic Building Solutions will look for visible signs of mold and inspect all of those hidden places where you would never think to find mold. This includes under furniture, behind walls, in your attic, under carpet and flooring, or anywhere that we find higher than normal moisture or humidity levels. Your mold issue might be an isolated problem in a specific room of your home (a roof leak or a plumbing leak) or it could be a problem throughout the entire structure due to poor insulation and ventilation. Whatever the reason and wherever the mold is, we're going to find it and we're going to eliminate it and help you put a plan in place to prevent it from coming back.
#2. Containment Of The Mold
All of the areas with high levels of mold must be sealed off before we can start the mold remediation process. We don't want to spread mold spores throughout your home or building. It creates a safer work environment for our technicians and for the occupants within your building.
#3. Removal Of The Contaminated Material
With a mold remediation project we're going to be actually removing all of the contaminated material. This can include drywall, carpet, ceiling tiles, plywood, flooring materials, insulation, and more. If we can remove it without causing an issue with the structural integrity of your building we will. In some cases where high moisture has developed into a serious case of structural "rot" we may need to bring in the assistance of a building contractor to handle any structural issues.
The contaminated materials will be bagged and removed from your building and disposed of at the proper waste management facility.
#4. Air Filtration, Clean-Up. and Sanitation
This will happen at the same time as the material removal. The use of specialized air filtration units is one of the most effective ways to prevent mold spore levels from getting too high again. The air filtration units will clear the house of active airborne spores that could simply resettle on the surfaces throughout your home and become a mold problem once again.
This is an especially important step as we're removing the contaminated materials as the mold spores will become airborne from all of the agitation.
#4. Anti-Microbial & Anti-Fungal Solutions
This step consists of using a specialized anti-microbial and anti-fungi solution to actually kill the mold and prevent it from growing and thriving again. Mold can easily get into porous surfaces such as wood, carpet, insulation, and more so the right technique to get rid of it will depend on where it is located, some areas will be easy to clean while others will require more dedication. This is one of the reasons why mold remediation needs to be performed only by qualified professionals.
Once the mold is cleaned up the professionals will finish the job by sanitizing your home and using fogging equipment to deodorize the place.
Why Choose Epic Building Solutions For Your Mold Remediation?
We know you have many mold remediation companies to choose from throughout New York. We just want you to know that when you choose to work with Epic Building Solutions you're taking on a partner in making your home or building a better, more comfortable, safer space. We take our job seriously and we appreciated the commitment our customers are making when making this investment into their home or building.
#1. Owner Interaction - Our owner is present for every project and is in charge of making the important decisions that can affect the outcome of your project.
#2. High Quality Standards - Mold remediation is serious business and it can affect the health and well-being of your family. There is a lot of thought and detail that goes into every mold remediation project we take on. We make sure everything is done right, we don't cut corners, and it shows in the results we're able to attain for our customers. You're going to get your home back!
#3. Excellent Communication - We are clear, concise communicators and we keep you informed about your project at every step. We take the time to answer your questions and educate our customers on the products we use and our processes and procedures.
#4. We Don't Leave A Mess - We are clean freaks when working in our customers homes. We use drop cloths in all areas we'll be walking through, we seal off our work areas, we protect your valuables, and we keep our spraying machines outside of your home. This greatly reduces any mess or annoying noise in your home and when we're done you'll never even know we were there aside from the work we've completed.
#5. Fair and Competitive Pricing - When you do the research and get other quotes you'll find our prices are very competitive and the quality and value we provide is going to be unmatched. It will make your decision to go with us that much easier!
If you’d like to receive an estimate to for mold remediation in your New York home or building please give us a call (518) 477-0809 or fill out our online form and someone will get back to you quickly.