How to Choose the Best Mold Mitigation Company
The reality is simple: wherever water damage occurs, mold is likely to follow.
And while mold may not initially seem like a big deal, it can have disastrous consequences for your home or commercial space if you don’t immediately apply mold mitigation.
Mold can spread in as little as 48 hours and cause significant damage to your health and the structural integrity of your property. The longer you wait to act, the worse this spread can become and the greater the risks you will face.
If you think there is even the possibility of a mold infestation in your space, the sooner you handle it, the better.
Why You Need Professional Mold Mitigation or Remediation
Whether you’ve experienced a leaky pipe, a flood, or are cleaning up after a hurricane, you will want to move fast and you will want to hire a professional mold remediation company.
Mold can be tricky and just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean you don’t have it and it doesn’t mean that it isn’t spreading.
Mold can not only cause structural damage to your property but it can cause or aggravate respiratory conditions like asthma.
If you attempt to remove the mold yourself, you run the risk of doing an incomplete job or spreading mold spores throughout your home or commercial property.
Mold spores can attach themselves to dust particles, your clothing, or even your pet making their spread easy (and dangerous!) if you do not understand proper mold mitigation techniques.
Proper mold mitigation will require time and expert knowledge to ensure your safety and that of the property.
Mold mitigation means doing more than just removing the mold you can easily see.
It means using specialized equipment, HEPA filters, and air scrubbers to prevent airborne spread as well as the removal of carpets and/or drywall and any other porous material that may have come in contact with the mold or experienced water damage.
A professional mold mitigation company will conduct an assessment of your property and determine exactly what steps are necessary to restore your property, contain mold growth, and remove any odors that are left behind.
How to Choose the Best Mold Mitigation Company
Because mold can cause health effects, it is critical to choose the best mold mitigation company available.
While you may think they are all the same, this is far from being the case.
You do not want to have to make repeated attempts at mold mitigation and you do not want to be living with a hidden danger that you thought was already addressed.
To find the best mold mitigation company, look for:
You will want a mold mitigation company that responds to your property within 24-48 hours. The best mold mitigation professionals understand that time is of the essence and will be there quickly to conduct an assessment and get the ball rolling.
A locally owned and operated mold mitigation company that offers 24/7 service is a great place to start!
Proper Training and Certification
Do not trust a mold mitigation company that does not carry the proper certifications. Mold is a serious problem and any mitigation company you hire should be properly trained and certified.
Look for a mold mitigation company that is:
- Certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Any company you hire should be certified in Applied Microbial Remediation by the IICRC.
- Certified by the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI).
- Certified by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA). Sometimes proper mold mitigation will require duct cleaning which will make this certification necessary.
Mold mitigation requires specialized equipment. The best mold mitigation company should have things like:
- negative air machines (NAMs) fitted with HEPA-filters
- Air scrubbers
- HEPA vacuums
- Hydroxyl and ozone generators for air quality and odors
- Media blasting and sanding equipment
This equipment will not only mitigate the mold you have, but it will also keep it from spreading to other locations on your property.
It may also be a good idea to ask a potential mold mitigation company how they handle their equipment.
Mold can be tracked from one job site to another so look for a mold mitigation company that properly wraps its equipment and then properly disposes of those wrappings before moving between locations.
Care for your Belongings
Mold can impact more than just your property. The best mold remediation company will be able to help clean and restore many of your personal items and belongings.
This means helping to clean furniture, curtains, clothing, electronics, and keepsake items like photographs.
If you have massive water damage or a major mold infestation, it is likely that you will need very in-depth remediation. In most cases, this will mean moving items out of the impacted area.
Look for a mold mitigation company that will help remove items from your home or business to prevent further damage and facilitate a quicker restoration.
If you need to make an insurance claim, choose a company that provides Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS). This service can provide a complete list of your belongings and a detailed room by room inventory making it quicker and easier to file and provide evidence for a claim.
The experts at SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North understand the mold-friendly damp and humid conditions in Flordia as well as the steps involved in proper mold remediation and are on hand and available 24/7 to start the mitigation process.
From Ft. Lauderdale Beach to Rio Vista and all points in between, SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North is your best choice for mold mitigation, remediation, restoration, and recovery.
Locally owned and operated, you’ll receive speedy, friendly, safe, and professional mold mitigation services from the initial assessment to the final walk-through.