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What is Mold Remediation?

When performed by a trained professional, mold remediation is the most successful ways to eliminate mold from your property and prevent future mold infestations.

When performed by a trained professional, mold remediation the most successful ways to eliminate mold from your property and prevent future mold infestations. ATP Environmental Solutions specializes in mold remediation and is accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB). We are proud to handle all aspects of the mold remediation process internally without subcontracting any tasks, and we offer 24 hour services to South Florida residents. We are accustomed to working with insurance companies to ensure that mold remediation is carried out safely and in the most cost-effective manner possible and strive to deliver an unparalleled level of service to our customers.

The Primary Phases Involved with Mold Remediation

Mold remediation is a complex, multi-phase process that is best handled by an experienced, highly trained professional. For 25 years, the ATP team has served as South Florida's leader in mold remediation. ATP's technicians receive comprehensive training on the phases required for successful mold remediation, including the following:

Pinpoint Moisture Sources

There is more to mold than what visibly meets the eye. Properly assessing mold growth is therefore the first and most important phase of the mold remediation process. It is also a key factor that sets ATP apart from industry competitors. During this initial phase, our technicians will evaluate your property and identify the specific moisture sources that are contributing to your mold growth. For instance, we will carefully inspect your property to determine whether mold is developing as a result of a faulty air conditioner, a leaking roof, or another source.

Assess the Level of Damage

Once we identify the source of water or moisture that is causing mold to develop, it is time to determine the level of severity of contamination within your home. The degree of contamination found will dictate the exact level of remediation needed to fully clean up all of the mold present. Many professionals use a five-level system to categorize mold contamination, with Level I encompassing smaller mold infestations under ten square feet and higher levels denoting contamination that spreads over 100 square feet.

Develop a Remediation Plan

After documenting the level of contamination, it is time to develop a remediation plan that outlines the scope of the work that needs to be done to rid your property of mold. A typical remediation plan includes the following elements:

  • The type of work that will be performed to remove the mold
  • The approximate time frame required to complete the work
  • Who will be performing the mold remediation tasks
  • Any special recommendations, such as temporary relocation of residents during the remediation process

Remove, Restore, and Clean the Property

This phase is the heart of the remediation process. It can sometimes take multiple days to ensure that all mold has been properly eliminated from a property. Failure to thoroughly complete each step in this phase can leave dangerous mold spores behind and leave you and your loved ones at risk for serious health complications. The key elements involved in this phase of the remediation process are as follows:

  • Address all water and moisture issues to halt the growth of new mold spores.
  • Seal off the area(s) affected by mold by closing doors and windows and using duct tape to cover openings.
  • Remove all contaminated items and put them in thick plastic bags for disposal.
  • Thoroughly clean all surfaces with a wire brush and heavy-duty mold cleaning solution.
  • Vacuum surfaces with a HEPA vacuum if necessary.
  • Use fans and dehumidifiers to dry the affected areas after cleaning.
  • Double bag all discarded materials and wipes before disposing of them.

Confirm that Cleanup was Thorough

The final phase of mold remediation is to verify that our remediation efforts were a success. This includes ensuring that all moisture problems are under control and there is no visible evidence that mold is present. Additionally, prevention strategies are reviewed to ensure that homeowners can play an active role in halting future mold growth. Only at this point in time is mold remediation considered to be a success.

The Surest path to Mold Remediation

As outlined above, mold remediation is a detailed and labor-intensive process that involves multiple phases. The surest path to mold remediation is to enlist the services of a professional mold company that is familiar with Florida's legal requirements related to mold testing and removal. Attempting to perform this process on your own is not recommended unless you are a highly skilled and experienced specialist in the mold remediation industry.

The most important factor to consider when choosing a contractor:

"If you choose to hire a contractor (or other professional service provider) to do the cleanup, make sure the contractor has experience cleaning up mold. Check references and ask the contractor to follow the recommendations in EPA guide Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings, the guidelines of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygenists (ACGIH), or other guidelines from professional or government organizations."

- United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Mold remediation is a complex process that is best accomplished by a trained professional. Accordingly, experience is the single most important factor to consider when selecting a mold remediation specialist. A seasoned contractor will have the tools and expertise needed to accurately assess your level of contamination and apply safe treatment solutions that will effectively break down and eliminate mold.

Additionally, an experienced professional will be able to determine whether mold damage may have resulted from sewage. They have valuable industry connections with firms that know how to restore homes and buildings that have suffered damage due to contaminated water.

Contact ATP if you Suspect you Need Mold Remediation

Mold remediation calls for specialized solutions and technical expertise. If you suspect that you may need mold remediation, you should contact us at ATP Environmental Solutions Specialists right away. We have the experience and special tools needed to successfully remove mold from your home or commercial building. We look forward to helping you safely restore your property and prevent mold from growing in your home in the future.