Understanding Mold and Our Remediation Process

SERVPRO of West Seattle and Burien specializes in mold remediation, understanding the potential health risks associated with mold and its rapid spread. They possess the necessary expertise and training to effectively address mold issues in homes and businesses.

If you have mold-related concerns, call (206) 932-9033 for assistance. It's important to comprehend the following mold facts:

Mold is omnipresent indoors and outdoors, making complete removal impossible. Microscopic mold spores can enter your property through various avenues, such as windows, doors, and HVAC systems. Moisture is crucial for mold growth, and prompt action should be taken to eliminate water sources. A musty odor often indicates mold presence, guiding you to potential problem areas. Indoor humidity levels exceeding 45 percent can facilitate mold growth.

SERVPRO follows a consistent mold remediation process, which includes:

Emergency contact: Reach out to (206) 932-9033 to initiate the response. Inspection and assessment: Thorough evaluation of the affected area based on specific regulations and local requirements. Mold containment: Employing advanced containment techniques, including negative air chambers, to prevent further mold spread. Air filtration: Using specialized filtration equipment to capture mold spores and maintain air quality during the remediation process. Mold and material removal: Treating affected surfaces with antifungal and antimicrobial solutions, as well as removing and disposing of mold-infested materials. Cleaning and restoration: Cleaning and disinfecting affected belongings, employing deodorization techniques, and performing necessary repairs for full restoration.

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Understanding Mold

Microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, so removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and they may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. 
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
  • Let your nose lead the way. Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher than normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

  1. Emergency Contact - (206) 932-9033

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

  1. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

Local and state laws may require a specific inspection and documentation protocol based on the size of the affected area. We can advise you on this process, providing guidance based on your unique situation.

We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

  1. Mold Containment

Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

  1. Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

  1. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.

  1. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

  1. Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal.