Mold Remediation

 

Mold is a fungus that grows as multi cellular filaments. Mold and mold spores are found almost anywhere. They can grow on virtually any surface or substance given the right conditions such as a moisture and poor ventilation. Mold is usually found in recently flooded areas, basements areas, plumbing spaces, kitchen and bathrooms and areas with poor ventilation such as attics and storage areas. Mold can begin to pose health risks when it is found in large numbers, or after prolonged daily exposure. There are numerous varieties of molds, some produce mycotoxins which can pose serious health risks to humans and animals.

 

Those most susceptible to mold's health risks are:

  • People with allergies and asthma

  • Pregnant Women

  • Children and infants

  • Individuals with weakened immune systems

  • Elderly individuals

 

Symptoms caused by mold include: asthma attacks, itchy eyes, chromic cough, headaches or migraines, difficulty breathing, rashes, tiredness, sinus problems and nasal blockage.  If you experience these symptoms it is highly recommended that you contact your doctor.

 

If you think you have a mold problem it is extremely important to only hire certified professional contractors to deal with the mold.

 

Restoration Aid is a certified provider of mold remediation and mold removal services. Our professional technicians have the necessary training, expertise, certifications and experience to handle every mold remediation project safely. We follow very strict industry health and safety guidelines when dealing with mold problems and performing mold removal to ensure that the job is done to the highest standards for your safety and peace of mind.  Restoration Aid holds environmental liability insurance and is fully licensed and certified.  Our mold removal experience includes everything from big commercial mold remediation projects, to infection control during construction in health care facilities, to small residential mold projects.

 

When providing mold removal services, Restoration Aid follows a detailed mold remediation process. All mold remediation work will be performed in accordance with the 3 major guidelines in Ontario:

 

  • Institute of inspection, cleaning, and restoration, standard and reference guide for professional mold remediation “IICRC520”.

  • Canadian Construction Association (CCA) – “Mould Guidelines for the Canadian Construction Industry”

  • Environmental Abatement Council of Ontario (EACO) – “EACO Mould Abatement Guidelines"

 

Additionally, all mold remediation work is performed in accordance with Ontario's Occupation Health and Safety rules.

 

Before mold removal can begin it is important to identify what led to the mold growth. If it was a leaky pipe, a poorly ventilated area, or an undetected water damage, it is necessary to identify and fix the initial cause of the mold growth, otherwise the mold will return even after the mold remediation process is completed. As mold removal experts, Restoration Aid will identify the cause of the mold and advise on how to fix the issue.

 

Once the cause of the mold has been determined and corrected, the mold remediation process can being. A containment area is constructed around the affected area to prevent cross-contamination. This ensures mold spores are not spread from the affected area through to the rest of the building.  The affected materials are then removed and decontamination beings. Decontamination consists of cleaning using special environmentally certified, anti-microbial products, sanitization and HEPAVac cleaning. Negative air pressure is used in conjunction with air scrubbers to ensure the air is purified of residual mold spores. If the affected area is damp then drying and dehumidification equipment will be used to dry it so the mold does not return.

 

Restoration Aid recommends several easy measures that you can take to prevent mold growth in your home or business:

 

  • Perform regular maintenance to ensure the building’s foundation/basement, windows and roof do not leak

  • Fix any leaking plumbing or water damage as soon as possible

  • Elimination of condensation and wet spots as soon as possible by fixing the source of the problem – insulate piping, maintain low indoor humidity if possible (below 60% relative humidity, but ideally between 30-50% relative humidity); provide adequate ventilation in high occupancy areas

  • Keep heating, ventilation, and air conditioning drip pans clean, flowing and unobstructed

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