Mold Remediation and Removal Specialists Serving Santa Cruz County and Santa Clara County
Molds produce tiny microscopic spores that waft through the indoor and outdoor air continuously. What this means is that mold can be found both in your home and outside. But, generally speaking, the indoor air quality (mold spore count) should be measurably lower than, but similar (in type) to that of the outdoor air.
When mold spores land on indoor surfaces, they begin to grow and to digest whatever material surface they are growing on. Typically, mold will grow on porous items, such as wood, paper, carpet and foods.Where There's Mold, There’s Water
Where There's Mold, There’s Water
When excessive moisture or water accumulates indoors, mold growth will always occur, particularly if the moisture-retention problem remains undiscovered by the owner. There is no practical way to eliminate all molds and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control the growth of dangerous mold is to control the moisture.
Preventing Mold Growth
- The key to controlling indoor mold growth is to control the moisture levels.
- Fix the source of any water problem or leak to prevent future mold growth.
- Reduce indoor humidity levels by using your air conditioners and dehumidifiers.
- Keep interior surfaces clean and dry. Clean off existing mold with fresh water and strong detergent, and then dry completely.
- Prevent moisture condensation on cold surfaces like windows, pipes and refrigerators.
- Be aware that molds can be found almost anywhere and can grow on virtually any surface where moisture is present.
Our Emergency Work Procedures
- A detailed assessment of the building and/or its contents, which includes a thorough inspection of all areas using moisture meters and a thermal imaging camera, and detailed photos. Mold testing by a certified environmental hygienist might also be considered at this time.
- Removal of contents.
- If necessary, extraction of any standing water.
- Seal off the affected area
- If moisture is present, the area must be dried before remediation can be started.
- Removal of mold contaminated building materials.
- Application of anti-microbial and/or anti-fungal solutions to affected areas.
- Specialty cleaning of salvageable items.