Mold contamination can be both scary and complicated for homeowners. Our company keeps remediation and removal efforts simple. You may hear various terms in our industry such as mold remediation, mitigation, removal, or abatement. Our mold team is glad to explain each term and its associated meaning.
Our service experts will carefully share the details of our process and communicate each step along the away so you will know what to expect. The essential outcome is that your home or business property is mold-free and any moisture issues are addressed. Our company’s four-step process is easy to understand and works time after time.
Mold Remediation: Four Essential Steps
1. Initial Mold Inspection
The initial inspection should be carried out by an independent third-party inspection service company. The inspection process typically includes a visual inspection, temperature and humidity readings, moisture readings of building materials and sampling. The conclusions and recommendations should offer advice as to whether or not a mold remediation company should correct the problem.
2. Remediation and Removal
When a mold problem has been positively identified, the next step typically involves a process known as mold remediation. First, the source of the moisture has to be identified and corrected. (For example, if a leaky pipe is causing moisture behind the wall, a plumber needs to correct the problem.) Once the source of the moisture problem is fixed, a licensed and insured mold remediation company should be employed to remove the moldy materials and clean the air of the affected area.
3. Mold Clearance Inspection
After mold remediation has been completed, a post-remediation inspection should be performed to verify the area is cleared prior to reconstruction. The inspection company should provide a documented report of the findings. It is wise to use the same company that performed the initial inspection so that the process is administered consistently from beginning to end. The inspection company should be a separate company than the remediation company to avoid conflict of interest.
4. Property Reconstruction Following Mold Removal
Following the clearance inspection, once the structure or area has been deemed ready for reconstruction, the final step is to rebuild the area so that occupants can resume normal activities of daily living.
Our company’s mold removal process is simple. The remediation service professionals at Blue Chip Restoration contain mold in contaminated areas, they remove it, and then they restore affected areas of your home or business to pre-mold condition. This remediation process sometimes includes replacing structures or sealing impacted areas with a mold-inhibitor so it will not reappear. Blue Chip protects what you want to preserve and removes anything considered hazardous.
Blue Chip Restoration only uses local Nashville-area independent inspectors to perform post-remediation testing to confirm the structure is clean. Our company uses the IICRC S520 mold remediation protocol for cleaning and removing mold. Blue Chip Restoration also has its Category 14 pesticide applicators license for mold remediation in Tennessee.
About Black Mold
Many of the mold problems our customers report relate to a visible mold that they identify as black in color. There are many misconceptions about black mold. A number of news stories have reported the dangers and toxicity of black mold. What may look like black mold is actually greenish-black in color. There are more than 100,000 varieties of mold, and they vary in color. Various colors can be toxic. If you smell or see mold, get rid of it no matter what color it is. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends treating your mold issue regardless of the type to avoid possible health risks.