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Black Mold | Call ECOS On 888-375-3267 To Hire The Best Black Mold Removal Company To Successfully Complete Your Remediation Project. ECOS Is Regularly Hired By Commercial & Residential Clients To Remove Black Mold From Their Properties. We Can Provide You With References Upon Request. ECOS Professionals Have Many Years Of Experience Safely Removing Mold. Below, We Give You The Top 10 Questions To Selecting A Contractor For Your Project.
Top 10 Reasons Why Clients Should Hire ECOS For Their Black Mold Removal Project:
- Live Operator On Call 24/7 & 365 Days A Year To Schedule Your Project
- Our Mold Technicians Have Many Years Of experience
- ECOS Professionals Are IICRC Certified In Water (WRT) & Mold (AMRT)
- Our Technicians Wear Uniforms & Carry I.D. Badges To Certify That They Have Been Screened With A Background Check
- We Arrive On Time & Commit To A Work Schedule Upfront
- We Focus Heavily On Health & Safety Of Our Clients
- We Have No Hidden Charges & Provide A Black Mold Removal Estimate Prior To Doing Any Work
- We Are Available To Do Emergency Black Mold Removal Jobs
- ECOS Will Be Happy To Provide You With A List Of References Upon Request
- Regular Customers, Including 5 Star Resorts, That Are Very Happy With Our Services
Black mold is a known health hazard that can appear in a residence or place of business as a result of excess moisture encountering common materials such as drywall, paper products, or wood. It is a fungal infestation that is particularly hazardous to any living occupants of a home or building. The presence of black mold creates an unhealthful environment due to toxins emitted from the micro-organisms. These toxins, if inhaled, can make the victim ill. Common symptoms include confusion, dizziness, shortness of breath, skin irritation, and damage to vision. The symptoms are treatable if exposure is not prolonged. Because of its toxicity, black mold remediation is enforced in business establishments by municipal health codes in many cities.
Black mold remediation should be conducted by professionals. Although DIY “kits” are available at some stores and on the internet, many medical officials advise against attempting to remediate your private residence. For businesses, a property owner should consult with their municipalities for specific requirements. Proper mold damage remediation requires training and experience. Any error in the procedures can result in serious health issues to the person conducting the remediation and possibly place the occupants of the structure at risk.
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Black Mold requires moisture, oxygen and some kind of organic substance (wood, some paper products, etc.) to thrive. It can be found just about anywhere. It commonly appears in a structure that has undergone some kind of water damage due to flooding, leaking pipes, faulty appliances or other causes. Professional restoration services, in the process of repairing water-damaged homes or businesses, commonly make a precautionary check for mold infestations with the use of moisture-detecting equipment. If found, the black mold colony is destroyed with strong detergents, and the affected area is thoroughly sanitized to prevent a recurrence.
An IICRC license – Institute for Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification – is widely known and favorably recognized as a professional qualifier in the restoration industry. Unlicensed services might be very competent in the remediation procedures, but the IICRC verification gives extra assurance that your project will be performed well.
Causes and Signs
Black mold has a greenish black to grayish color. It has a smell that may resemble mildew and will permeated the air of the afflicted area and likely will be found within an area of heavy moisture. It might begin due to water from broken pipes, heavy rains, flooding and even fire suppression efforts. When the water comes into contact with organic material, such as the structural wood of a building, it creates an environment where the microscopic mold spores can light upon and multiply. The good news is that the excess moisture must be present for an extended period, at least a week. For this reason, among others, when property takes a great deal of water damage as from a flood or broken pipes, it would be advisable for the owner to seek restoration services as soon as possible. If black mold is discovered in an establishment, health codes may call for it to be closed until the premises undergoes restoration.
Since black mold could start forming in hidden places, remediation/restoration services will use sophisticated moisture sensing equipment to find potential “breeding ground” where the microscopic organisms might create a colony. The potential danger areas include several locations where moisture might creep in and collect after a rain shower, one of the dangers is that such places can be hidden for extended periods under floors, inside walls, or in the attic. A small water leak in your home, even after it has been repaired, can leave behind enough moisture for black mold to take root and grow.
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If a property owner suspects the presence of black mold, he/she can consult a Certified Industrial Hygienist who will conduct an air test to verify if an infestation exists. Many remediation services may conduct their own test when contracted or hire a third-party HI to do it. When looking for a mold remediation service, seek one with a strong reputation and is IICRC-licensed. Also, make sure their remediation teams are certified, bonded, and insured.
Cleaning and Sanitizing
At this point in the remediation process the infested area is scrubbed with powerful antimicrobials to ensure the black mold colonies are destroyed. Then the structural wood and other materials are treated with sanitizers to prevent a recurrence of the infestation.
Drying and Restoring
Once everything has been cleaned and sanitized, the remediation service will need to dry out wet areas before replacing infested drywall or other components with fresh material. The drying might be done with powerful fans, or dehumidifiers to ensure that no pockets of moisture are left behind where the fungal infestation could once again gain a foothold.
After the drying, the owner’s possessions can be brought back. Any salvageable content would have been removed from the affected area early in the remediation process so that none of it could be infested.
When the remediation process is complete, a post-remediation verification (PRV) air test should be taken (like the test suggested at the beginning of the procedure) before occupants re-enter the premises. This will ensure that the property has a safe, healthful environment. It is best to check with your own state or municipal health codes to see what restrictions (if any) they have in place. In any event, testing is highly advisable because it may protect the property owner from any litigious actions that may arise later. There have been cases in which property owners were found to be responsible for physical ailments stemming from black mold.
Although some remediation services perform their own tests to make sure the job has been completed successfully, it is generally believed to be in the best interest of the property owner to hire a licensed third party to conduct the test, someone who has no vested interest in the outcome. The PRV test (also called a clearance test) shows that the mold infestation has been cleared out to at least a prescribed healthful level. Generally, the test should indicate that mold levels inside the premises are approximately equal to the outside air.