Mold Removal Services
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Mold and mold removal services have often become a hot topic for local news coverage and is hotly debated in the medical community. The health and safety of your home or business could be at risk and most insurance policies have an exclusion for mold and bacteria.
Due to the lack of local law or regulation, some contractors have started offering mold remediation services without the needed experience or education. Often, leaving your property in a worse position than you started. If you have a mold situation in your home or business, you need certified professionals who can safely and effectively take care of the problem.
As mold remediation experts, we use the most advanced tools and equipment in the industry and apply systematic best practices we’ve developed over the 20-plus years we’ve been in the mold removal and property restoration business.
Mold Removal Companies near me?
Ask the right questions.
With a simple google of “mold remediation company near me”, the results are astounding and range from heavy handed franchises to small one-man operations while their websites do little in offering actual advice or consultation in the proper remediation of mold. Many will offer to remediate an area without even ensuring that the actual cause of loss has been corrected.
Doing this will cost you money and will likely result in a failed remediation wherein you are left with the damage and no guarantee of service or results.
While we understand that having a mold issue in your home or business can have detrimental effects on the occupants, take a moment out and arm yourself with the proper background information, as well as the right questions to ask when seeking any outside professional or vendor for mold removal in your home or business.
Unfortunately, in Columbus and the surrounding communities there are no laws or restrictions regarding the licensing or restrictions regarding mold remediation or testing criteria. This leaves you, the home or business owner on your own to not only educate yourself but to also choose any mold remediation vendor wisely.
There is good amount of good information available to you on the internet and we are always happy to give advice or simply answer any mold removal question.
Please visit our most frequently asked questions about mold removal, the published EPA guidelines for Mold Remediation and ask for IICRC Certification before making the decision to hire any vendor for mold removal.
Educate yourself in Mold Removal
Experience: We cannot state this one enough. Ask any potential mold remediation vendor about their experience. While there are many certifications and online classes available, not many can contend with a vast amount of experience in the field itself. Do not just take their word for it, ask for recommendations and contact them to ask about their mold removal standards and their mold remediation process.
Follow up on any reviews for further research and ask if the person you are talking to is actually going to be onsite for the duration of the mold removal project or simply a salesman before moving on and bringing in an inexperienced crew for your project.
The IICRC is a great resource of information and certification however, like many others, the onset certification for water damage is a simple 3-day class. Would you want someone in a position that could affect your property, your health and that of your family and/or employee with only a 3-day certification?
The IICRC does have an advanced certification called “Advanced Microbial Remediation Technician” or AMRT for short and should be, at a minimum a starting point in any experience conversation. This certification not only requires a prerequisite in water damage certification but adds an element of time in the field as well. For instance, a masters certification requires a minimum of 3 years from the date of your first certification.
In absence of state and city law, many consumers are left with what resources of information for mold removal that may be available online or they may ask a friend for a recommendation about when mold removal is required. * Some states require additional certification and licensing for mold removal companies.
We will do our best in providing a resource here in links and information that can help in your search for a mold removal vendor.
Keep in mind that this page will continually be updated as new links and valid information becomes available so check back often.
Pre & Post Remediation – Clearance for Mold Removal
Does the vendor provide any sort of pre or post testing and/or clearance testing as an end point for the project? Be leery of any vendor that offers to provide inhouse testing of any sort. Bordering on ethics alone, the process of mold removal testing leaves quite a bit open to speculation, the least of which is the fact that the testing itself can be manipulated for a false positive and clearance for a project that should never have passed.
Allowing a mold removal vendor the opportunity to pass/fail his or her own work is akin to giving someone the opportunity to grade their own test expect this time, your health could likely depend on it.
Pre-Testing: While the practice used to be a common theatrical used by many home inspection companies, many would simply use a swab test in hopes of finding “black mold”, odd how all other molds didn’t seem to qualify in their assessments; we don’t see or hear much of the practice today. In our 20 years of experience, we do not and have not ever recommended pre-testing to determine or identify the species of mold in a home or business.
The common thought being that if you see mold and mold is destroying the walls of your home or business, climbing across the porous materials and affecting your health, do you really care what “kind of mold” it is? Unless there is an underlying medical reason, save yourself the upfront money in testing it. You’re likely going to remediate it anyway. However, if you insist on mold testing or there is an underlying reason, read on as we discuss the different testing types available.
- Swab or Surface Testing: Swabs are used to gently take a sample directly from the surface of suspect area before being sent to a laboratory for identification. Results will vary based on where and how the sample itself is taken. There is no guarantee that the sample taken will identify every species of mold growing in your home or business as the results are limited to what is collected by the swab. Unlike air testing, swab/surface testing cannot identify or determine the exact concentration of the amount of mold spores in the air itself.
- Tape Sampling: Similar to swab/surface sampling in that only the sample itself is identified under analysis. The use of these types of sampling methods often see the sample taken from visible damage and mold and not where prime conditions exist for mold growth such as behind your kitchen cabinets or a supply closet behind the sink.
- Inspectors and remediation companies tend to collect samples which are easy to see, such as “black mold” and may miss identifying other molds during the process. These molds, such as Aspergillus, Penicillium are often more important and can be a greater risk to your health.
- Vacuum Sampling: Often used to take a direct sample from porous materials such as upholstery and carpeting and has limitations on hard surfaces. The vacuum itself can destroy the structure of the mold species making identification difficult. Vacuum sampling for mold removal often leads to an overloaded sample that includes people and pet dander, dirt, and debris making the correct identification impossible.
- Culture Sampling: Most molds will not grow on a culture not matter how hard you try. Culture sampling is made up by introducing a sample of the mold from your home or business onto the sample itself, closing the cassette and using a laboratory to identify any grown species within a given timeframe. The mold growing on the sink cabinet in your bathroom is almost certainly not growing on the same material as what is in the culture.
- Air Sampling: Most often used sampling method outside of swabs and is often used for clearance testing after a mold removal project has completed. While air sampling for mold give the laboratory the ability to identify species and quantity, the sample area itself changes by the minute. Simply opening a door or window, or turning on the HVAC could result in dramatically different samples.
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Sick Building Syndrome and Mold
The rise in indoor environmental health issues emerged due to new building codes in the 1970s that called for reduced energy and greater insulating factors when building built homes and businesses. As the structures became more airtight, it became more and more difficult for indoor air to exchange with outdoor air, and this increase the amount of overall indoor contaminants. Suddenly, “Sick Building Syndrome” became a thing and those with mold allergies suffered reactions every time they would enter.
How do you feel at home? Do you feel good? Can you breathe freely? No headaches?
Headache? Itchy eyes? Running Nose? No, it is not likely to be just a case of the Monday morning blues. They are one of the many symptoms that signal Sick Building Syndrome (SBS).
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, contaminated HVAC supply lines, hidden leaks, untreated water damage, moldy ceiling panels and mold behind wallpaper etc. are all common causes.
Sick Building Syndrome is hard to diagnose sometimes. You may need to call qualified mold removal company such as ours. We hold the Advanced Microbial Certification (AMRT) from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and have years of experience of remediation projects in hospitals, retirement facilities and residential properties.
iDry Columbus will provide the tools and implement the practices for a successful remediation. Guaranteed.
Minor Mold Problems and Mold Removal
Most homes and businesses in Columbus and throughout the state of Ohio, will have a mold problem at some point or other. Most of the time the mold is harmless — if tackled soon enough.
Some good news. With a little education and precaution, you can solve minor mold problems yourself and not have to call a mold removal company.
Depending on the materials affected and the size of the area, you can find many publications that will guide you a successful cleaning process. Like anything you read on the internet, research it again.
You can visit the EPA or check out the New York City Guidelines in mold remediation. Of course, we’re also happy to help and arrange a no-obligation onsite inspection.
Hire a Certified Mold Removal Company
For peace of mind, you should hire a certified mold removal and remediation company, such as ourselves.
The fact that the media have sensationalized black mold has triggered an entire industry in mold removal. Unfortunately, the ethics of this new industry are also questionable. The mantra is “Mold is Gold,” and has led to some rather unscrupulous practices.
Today, anyone who owns a shop-vac and household chlorine bleach is advertising themselves as a qualified mold removal company. This practice is leaving desperate property owners with homes and businesses that are in worse condition than they were before.
Some owners have even abandoned their property altogether after an unsuccessful removal job. Even worse than this, they must disclose the attempted mold removal. They often have major trouble finding a buyer for the property unless they offer large discounts.
Pro-tip: If you suspect you have a mold problem of any kind in your home or business, you should contact an experienced mold removal company in the region (water damage restoration companies such as ourselves often provide this service). Insist on seeing certifications, past projects, and positive online reviews from successful remediation projects.
Water damage and mold problems go hand in hand. If you don’t address moisture-related issues, they’ll lead to the discovery of microbial growth later. You can be certain of that.