Getting Back to Normal – After Mold

Mold has no place indoors. When it comes to mold inside your property, it is important to remember that mold can be harmful to your health and to the overall structure of the building. When mold is present, drying is not enough. Moldy materials must be either removed or decontaminated (remediation). Mold can be dangerous and expensive if not handled properly.

If you’re not sure if there is mold in your home, some things you should be on the lookout for are:

  • Musty odors of mildew
  • Dark spots on your walls, ceilings, or floors
  • Condensation on glass or metal surfaces due to high humidity levels
  • Respiratory and allergy issues

Where did it come from?

Mold is present almost everywhere, and its spores are microscopic, floating in the air. Mold may enter your property through windows, doors, and HVAC systems. Mold can enter your home by hitching a ride on your clothing or pet. Mold does not become a problem until it finds an environment in your home that supports growth. Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth.

Mold requires moisture, oxygen, and a food source (i.e. wood, drywall). Most commonly, mold growth begins in an area with perpetual moisture problems. Flooding, leaky roofs, poor building-maintenance or indoor-plumbing problems can commonly lead to mold growth.

Is it serious?

Depending on the type and the amount, mold can be a major problem. Mold negatively affects air quality and for some, it can cause health and breathing problems.

Mold infestation can lead to:

  • Damage to the property such as the foundation, drywall, roofing, gutters, flooring, furnishings, and HVAC systems.

Our Process

Removing mold from your property is not a DIY project; it requires the knowledge and experience of a trained professional to do the job correctly.

  • Our IICRC-certified technicians will begin with an in-depth inspection to determine the source and extent of mold growth. Once the source is identified, we will take any necessary steps to eliminate it.
    • If your mold growth is from water damage, we will remove the mold to prevent further spread, then begin drying the area. Our entire water damage process can be found here.
  • A pre-remediation mold test will be offered to determine the type of mold and will be used as a benchmark after remediation is complete.
  • All contents will be removed from the affected area. Salvageable items will be inspected and cleaned if necessary. Click here to learn about the Allen Keith Construction content recovery and restoration.
  • We will establish a containment area around the affected area. This means the mold will not be able to travel to other areas of your property. HVAC systems will be isolated from the affected area.
  • Porous building materials that cannot be cleaned (i.e., drywall, insulation) will be removed and a technician will treat the area with a plant-based antimicrobial.
  • After the area has been dried out, a specialty sealant is applied to prevent any chance of future problems.
  • The final stages of mold remediation will include air duct cleaning and a post-remediation mold testing.