Mold removal in Boston involves several steps and exact protocol depends on many things: what type is involved, where it is and how extensive the contamination is. The usual steps are to identify the source, contain it, combine treatment with removal of damaged walls, ceilings and sometimes flooring. We often discard items that can’t be salvaged.
Is Mold Removal Always Necessary?
There are over 100,000 species and they exist everywhere, both inside and out. For most people most of the time, small amounts don’t cause serious harm. But when certain types become concentrated in the sealed up environment of a home, they take advantage of moist, warm areas and flourish.
Basement mold: This is a particular problem because this environment is almost always moist and dark – the perfect breeding ground.
Attic mold: Moisture can come in through your roof or various vent pipes. It can come from inadequate ventilation or heating systems. The fungi they attract destroy building materials and insulation.
Flooding: This always carries a high risk of contamination. Formation can begin in as little as 24 hours but usually takes a few days. Prompt water removal is critical. Call now if you’ve had a ruptured pipe.
How We Work
First we examine the extent of the contamination. Because so much of it might be hidden behind walls, floors and ceilings, this is definitely a time consuming job. Sometime it is very difficult to determine where it is growing. We will always find it!
Our trained technicians analyze the extent of the contamination, we will take the proper steps to ensure thorough mold remediation via state of the art methods.
If the material – such as drywall, plaster or wood – is disintegrating, it will need to be cut out, disposed of in a professional manner, and then replaced. We take extreme safety precautions when we do a mold removal so as not to release more spores into the air. The precautions include establishing and maintaining full containment and HEPA air filtration as well as negative air pressure.
Mold removal might entail scrubbing, sanding or scraping. We can then treat the area to ensure no fungus grows back, and remove all particulate from the air.
Can I Remove It Myself?
While you certainly can scrub and kill small colonies yourself, such as in shower grout, anything larger than a few square feet needs to be handled by a professional mold remediation company. This ensures your safety by preventing the colony from releasing spores into the air that could harm your health. It prevents rot of wood, drywall, carpet and padding, and other organic materials that colonies feed on.
Certified specialists like us also ensure that all remnants are removed; if they are not, they can go dormant when the area is dry, and regenerate when moisture comes back.
This type of fungus, known scientifically as Stachybotros chartara, has made headlines because it is a species that produces powerful toxins. If allowed to thrive, it has been associated with a number of more serious ailments, including kidney and heart problems.
As a Certified Mold Remediation Supervisors, we take the stress out of the process. We will remove health threats and improve your air quality. Homeowners have been counting on us for help since 1987.
We perform mold removal in Boston, Cape Cod, Massachusetts.