Mold Removal
Mold on the underside of roof sheathing in a poorly ventilated attic.

The term mold remediation is defined as “the removal, cleaning, sanitizing, demolition, or other treatment, including preventive activities, of mold or mold-contaminated matter that was not purposely grown at that location.”
Mold can occur in any area where excessive moisture is a problem. Energy Geeks and their trade partners have been in the business of making your home mold free since 2008.
Today, mold remediation may cost less than you realize. Using cutting edge methods and equipment, most remediation work can be completed in one day, keeping the cost down while protecting your family’s health.
Note: Mold remediation may be covered by your homeowners insurance.

Assessment

One of our friendly representatives will identify areas of concern within your home and crucially the source of the problem, (usually caused by excessive moisture or poor ventilation). Our staff will guide you on ways to remedy your moisture problem.

Containment

The source of the moisture is addressed, the HVAC system is shut down, and the affected area is closed off to avoid contaminating other areas of the home during removal.

Filtration

HEPA filters are used to clean the air of mold spores and other contaminants.
HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Arresting. This means that HEPA filters have a high efficiency at arresting, or capturing particles. HEPA is a type of air filter.

Removal & Repair

Porous materials such as sheetrock and carpeting should be disposed of as part of the clean-up. Non porous materials such as plywood and concrete, can be cleaned with an antimicrobial cleaner and sealed to make them more resistant to mold in the future. It may be recommended to have your HVAC system cleaned as well.

Caution: It is commonly believed that applying bleach to mold is an effective treatment, it is NOT. Bleach will not kill mold.

Staying Dry

It is crucial that the affected areas stay permanently dry as mold problems are caused by excessive moisture.
Consider this: Weatherization work when properly installed may prevent or rectify many mold issues.

Common Symptoms of Mold Exposure

  • Headaches
  • Persistent cough / cold symptoms
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Irritation of the eyes, nose, throat or lungs
  • Asthma attacks
  • Skin irritation
  • Allergic reactions

How to prevent mold

To prevent mold in bathrooms:

  • Use an exhaust fan. Let run for thirty minutes after a shower, preferably with the bathroom door closed. (Energy Geeks)
  • Carpeting in bathrooms should not get wet. Remove if necessary.
  • Scrub the bathroom sink and tub often. Mold thrives on soap and other films that coat tile and grout.
  • Fix plumbing leaks ASAP. (Energy Geeks)

To prevent mold in your kitchen:

  • Use an exhaust fan when cooking, preferably vented to the outside.(Energy Geeks)
  • Clean garbage pails often.
  • Keep the rubber gaskets on your refrigerator doors clean and dry.
  • Fix plumbing leaks ASAP.(Energy Geeks)

To prevent mold in the laundry area:

  • Do not let wet clothes sit in washing machine.
  • Do not leave wet or damp clothes piled up.
  • Make sure your dryer is properly vented to the outside. (Energy Geeks)

To prevent mold in the basement:

  • Rainwater should drain away from the foundation. Gutter and downspouts should be cleaned annually. (Energy Geeks)
  • If water migrates through the cement floor or foundation walls during heavy rains, install a sump pump. (Energy Geeks)
  • Dirt floors should be thoroughly covered with 6 mil polyethylene plastic. All seams should be overlapped at least six inches and ends should run up the sides of the walls and fastened in place (Energy Geeks)
  • Install passive or mechanical ventilation if necessary. (Energy Geeks)
  • Install a dehumidifier. Let drain to the outside for easy emptying.
  • Fix plumbing leaks ASAP. (Energy Geeks)

Call Energy Geeks at (401)-766-1540 or contact us online for a no obligation mold audit of your home.

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