STEP BY STEP
National Dry Out performs mold inspections and testing, in addition to mold remediation services.
In order to properly plan and perform remediation services, we first need to do a full inspection and testing of your home. We need to know which areas are affected, what types of mold are present, and the extent of damage to the affected areas. This means inspecting your home from the crawl space (or basement) to the attic and from inside to the outside. The lab results will tell us what type of mold we’re dealing with and if the molds are at toxic levels.
We have to protect against cross contamination when performing mold remediation work as well. If we know that there are specific areas of the home that are not contaminated by mold, then they shouldn't be contaminated after work is performed. Critical barriers, engineering controls and other decontamination measures must be employed when some areas of the structure are affected and other areas are not.
During inspection and testing, multiple things will be done. We will take air quality samples from different areas of your home to find out what areas show high mold spore counts. These air samples are sent to a third party lab in Atlanta to be processed. What we are looking for in that report is for the air quality inside your home to be equal to or better than the air quality outside. Since we are taking samples in various parts of your home, the results will also tell us which areas have high spore counts and which areas do not.
We also will check the moisture levels in your home to determine the source of your mold problems. The moisture problem will have to be corrected before the mold remediation work can begin. If we do not correct the moisture problem the mold will simply return. It would be like putting a band aid on your mold problem instead of fixing it properly. Sometimes you can see visible mold growing in a home and other times you cannot. The difference is when you see mold growth, what you are actually seeing are colonies of mold that have formed. Actual mold spores are microscopic and not visible to the naked eye so by the time you see colonies you have millions of mold spores. There are up to 20 million mold spores in a square inch and that’s the size of a postage stamp!
Once we get the reports back from the industrial hygienist, we will then forward you a copy of their report, our written findings of your problem, pictures of all the affected areas, a written protocol on how to properly remediate and an estimate for doing the work, should you want to hire us to do the remediation. After the remediation work has been completed (by us or anyone else) your home will need to have air samples taken again to make sure that the mold spore counts meet the EPA guidelines. That is your guarantee that you now have a healthy environment for you and your family. If you have insurance that will cover the problem, we will be glad to guide you through that process as well.
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