United Fire & Water Damage of LA, LLC – 4117 Rhoda Dr, Baton Rouge LA 70816
www.unitedfireandwater.com – 225.755.7923
BATON ROUGE MOLD REMEDIATION, BATON ROUGE MOLD TESTING
Have you ever had a mold problem?? Did you encounter the mold guy or company who offered to spray some magic material on your mold and that would do it? Were you offered the cheap solution??
There are many so called “professionals” out there who will offer to cover your house with a giant tarp like exterminators use, and fill your home with ozone (or some other toxic gas) and tell you that they are solving your problem.
While these two options “might” play a role in a successful remediation – they do not constitute a successful remediation by themselves.
What does that mean?
Lets discuss where we could possibly find mold.
1. On surfaces
Surface mold can be found on anything that has a surface – a refrigerator, drywall, counters, floors, windowsills, a sofa, clothing, etc. For hard surfaces and non porous items, cleaning surface mold is very simple. You can use a damp cloth and detergent and wipe the surface clean. You can apply a disinfectant or antimicrobial or biocide or fungicide – or any other cleaning agent after you have physically removed the mold from the surface. Or you can chose to apply nothing after the surface has been wiped clean….. the point is that the surface was wiped clean. You could also choose to use a HEPA vacuum to remove the mold from the surface.
2. On porous and semi porous items.
For porous and semi porous items remediation is a bit more complex. Drywall that has surface mold only can be wiped clean – however, drywall that has been compromised by water damage and has mold growth “IN” the drywall must be removed.
When we have embedded mold growth in wood we can use a sander that is hooked up to a HEPA vac. We can use a wire brush or other abrasive media. We can also use blasting methods with different media to strip the embedded mold – media includes, but is not limited too – sand, soda, salt rock, walnut shells, and dry ice.
Items like clothing can be cleaned in conventional ways – either laundered or dry cleaned – and then sometimes ozoned for additional cleaning power. Items like mattresses and sofas are typically discarded.
After the mold has been physically removed from the surfaces in the property – what we do we have left to clean? We have the air space to clean – correct?? After we removed moldy drywall, and cleaned all of the surfaces we have to address all of the mold that we stirred up and made airborne. And how do we do that? Lets take a look…..
3. In the air
Airborne mold can be addressed a number of ways. The most conventional remediation method is airscrubbing. This is done with the use of HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filtered machines. HEPA filters are good to 99.97% efficiency – meaning they filter all dust, pet dander, many other particulates – and ALL molds. HEPA filters are not effective on smaller particles like viruses, some bacteria and VOC’s.
Restoration contractors have more tools in their bag than just the scrubber though.
Ventilation is another way that we can remove mold from a structure. We can open up the affected areas and use airmovers to evacuate the house of its air – this is also called negative air pressure. For this process restorers usually try to change the total volume of air in a given structure THREE times per hour at a minimum. This typically goes on for 3 to 5 days to insure that the mold is at acceptable levels in the structure.
Ozone is a method of oxidation, which can be a useful tool in remediating mold. The ozone gas that is produced will oxidize – or alter the makeup of particulates – when used in a mold remediation project. The gas is proactive and will seek out anything in an affected work space.
Think of the gas as the space in inside of a balloon. As you blow into the balloon it expands – the ozone gas will fill up a room in much the same way, seeking out all cracks and crevices, and helping to “clean” the entire space.
However, ozone does come with its downside. It is toxic to humans, animals, plants and rubber based items. So it cannot be used in occupied (and many other) areas.
Gaseous hydrogen peroxide is a process that is similar to Ozone – but the molecular make up that creates the oxidation portion of this process is MUCH less aggressive, and can be used in places that are occupied by humans, plants, animals, and other objects that are affected negatively by Ozone. This is also a proactive method of air sanitization – the gas – which CAN be used in occupied spaces – actively seeks out any particulate or VOC that are present and the results can be very amazing.
We have had 2 recent water damage losses where IAQ testing was done in a property that had CIMR (Continuous Infectious Microbial Reduction) units (gaseous hydrogen peroxide – or H2O2) and the testing cam back with ZERO counts for ANY type of mold being present.
To see a video on CIMR click here.
Post Baton Rouge Mold Remediation
Once the indoor air quality has been addressed through the use of any (or any combination) of the previously mentioned processes, United Fire & Water Damage of LA, LLC requires clientele to hire a 3rd party to perform mold testing (indoor air quality, tape lift, swab, or bulk sampling) to verify that the work that we preformed was adequate and complete, and that the indoor air quality is at a level comparable to, or better than that of the outside air quality.
At that point the structure is given a clean bill of health and it is cleared for occupancy!!
If you have mold remediation, mold consultation, or mold testing needs in the Greater Baton Rouge area please feel free to contact me directly using any of the contact info below.
Thx – KH
United Fire & Water Damage of LA, LLC
4117 Rhoda Dr
Baton Rouge LA, 70816
COMPANY CREDENTIALS FOR BATON ROUGE MOLD REMEDIATION
CERTIFIED CONTINUING EDUCATION INSTRUCTOR FOR THE STATE OF LOUISIANA –
WATER DAMAGE #101 & MOLD REMEDIATION
LOUISIANA REAL ESTATE COMMISSION
LOUISIANA STATE BOARD OF CONTRACTORS
LOUISIANA STATE BOARD OF INSURANCE
INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS & COURSE WORK
IICRC – CARPET CLEANING (CCT) – DENVER CO, 1999
IICRC – WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION TECHNICIAN (WTR) – DENVER CO, 2000
IICRC – CERTIFIED MICROBIAL TECHNICIAN (CMT) – DENVER CO, 2000
IAQ – CERTIFIED MOLD REMEDIATION TECHNICIAN (CMR) – WICHITA KS, 2001
LA STATE BOARD OF CONTRACTORS – BUSINESS LAW EXAM – BATON ROUGE LA, 2006
LA STATE BOARD OF CONTRACTORS – MOLD REMEDIATION EXAM – BATON ROUGE LA, 2006
LA STATE BOARD OF CONTRACTORS – HOME IMPROVEMENT LICENSE
LA STATE BOARD OF LOUISIANA – MOLD REMEDIATION LICENSE
XACTIMATE – ESTIMATOR TRAINING, OREM UT, 2006
OSHA – HAZWOPER CERTIFIED – ONLINE COURSE – 2009
IICRC – WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION TECHNICIAN (WTR) DOTHAN AL, 2009
IICRC – FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION TECHNICIAN (FSRT) DOTHAN AL, 2009
IICRC – ODOR CONTROL TECHNICIAN (OCT) DOTHAN AL, 2009
RESTORATION BUSINESS TRAINING – RAINBOW INTL, WACO TX, 2009
METH LAB CLEAN UP CERTIFICATION, BIRMINGHAM AL, 2009
SERVED AS CONSULTANT TO LA STATE RISK MANAGEMENT DEPT – 2011
SERVED AS CONSULTANT TO FEMA – 2011
XACTIMATE – LEVEL 1 CERTIFIED ESTIMATOR – ONLINE COURSE, 2011
RESTORATION BUSINESS TRAINING – 911 RESTORATION , LOS ANGELES CA, 2012
NORMI – CERTIFIED AIR QUALITY SAMPLING TECHNICIAN – ONLINE COURSE 2012
XACTIMATE ADVANCED TRAINING, ATLANTA GA, 2013
XACTIMATE – LEVEL 2 CERTIFIED ESTIMATOR – ONLINE COURSE, 2013
LARGE LOSS CONFERENCE, TAMPA FL, 2013
CIMR TECHNOLOGIES – CONTINUOUS INFECTIOUS MICROBIAL REDUCTION – BEAUMONT TX, 2014