Mold Removal Philadelphia
Mold Removal in the Philadelphia Area
The presence of mold in your home should not be taken lightly as it can have harmful effects on your health. Some signs of the presence of mold can be:
- Strong musky odors
- The Presence of visible mold
- Evidence of previous water damage where mold could be hiding
- Excessive moisture or humidity
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Our recommendation is to first have a certified mold technician inspect the damage to inform you what steps need to be taken. In some cases, an indoor air quality professional will be required to create a protocol for remediating the damage. Be certain that the firm you hire is certified, first and foremost. If the remediation is not done properly, your entire home or building could become cross contaminated. These are the steps that need to be taking to remediate mold:
- The affected area must be sealed with a containment room made out of plastic that is under negative air filtered by a HEPA machine
- Any sheet rock and trim should be removed, bagged, and disposed of
- The remaining framework should be HEPA vacuumed and treated with an antimicrobial agent
- Finally, the existing framework should be sealed with an antimicrobial sealer before rebuilding
At Quantum Restoration Services we employ certified mold technicians that have the experience to remediate mold properly and ensure you and your family have clean air to breath. If you believe that you may have a mold issue in your home, please call us today for a FREE visual inspection and recommendation.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Anytime the moisture levels in your home are at 60% or higher, mold can grow. What’s frustrating for many property owners is that they don’t see a puddle on the floor or water dripping from the ceiling. When mold grows, the source of the moisture is usually hidden under floorboards or behind walls, often caused by unseen plumbing leaks. A licensed mold remediation company can help you detect unseen moisture buildup and mold growth using advanced equipment like indoor air quality tests and infrared thermal imaging.
It could be. Because mold spores are microscopic and airborne, you’ll end up breathing them into your lungs. Depending on the type of mold and how well your immune system functions, you may develop some serious health symptoms that could end up being the result of mold. That’s why a mold remediation company takes mold removal so seriously. We start by getting a "before" of the indoor air quality before we begin with a thorough mold inspection. The space affected by mold is then isolated and contained during cleaning so the spores won’t spread to other areas of the house, and the remediation team stays suited up in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the process.
For the majority of surfaces in your home, bleach won’t actually get rid of your mold problem. It’s the “iceberg effect.” Visible mold is usually a small percentage of the actual amount of mold growth. Bleach can’t kill mold on porous surfaces like wood, and while tile or fiberglass surfaces can be cleaned with bleach, often the mold has spread far deeper. The reason why mold remediation companies don’t recommend DIY mold cleanup isn’t because they want to make more money; they know, in their experience, that a mold problem is usually far more invasive than can be seen with the naked eye. Simply cleaning the surfaces can provide false assurances that you got rid of the mold, only to have it come back time and time again.
Sometimes mold remediation is covered by your insurance policy if the cause of the mold was a “covered peril” like a burst hot water heater or water damage caused by firefighters extinguishing a fire in your house. Gradual water damage - like from a leaking pipe or hose - will often cause mold growth, but your insurance coverage will usually not cover that by claiming that it was caused by poor maintenance or neglect. If your insurance company denies your claim, you should request an inspection from a mold remediation company who can help you document the source of the mold.
If the inspection/assessment process was able to pinpoint the source and cause of the mold growth, once that source is repaired, you can be relatively confident about the success of remediation. Ask if your restoration technician has the IICRC certification for “Applied Microbial Remediation.” You can also request a “post remediation mold clearance” from a third-party mold inspector to re-test the area for any remaining traces of mold before the area is treated with a sealer or encapsulant to resist future mold growth.
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