Mold Removal & Cleanup
Mold Removal Colorado Springs
Mold removal and Clean-up
As a Quality Restoration Vendor in Colorado Springs and Pueblo, ServiceMaster’s technicians have completed intensive mold removal remediation training and follow the proper procedures for handling mold claims. ServiceMaster on El Paso St. specialists are prepared to handle isolated areas affected by mold that may be encountered during normal water damage mitigation services and mold growths that are 10 square feet or less in size. For larger mold situations, technicians with additional training and certifications are required from the following agencies: The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist (AMRS), Interactive Occupational Training for Mold Remediation (IOT) and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA).
Mold is a rapidly growing concern for Colorado Springs and Pueblo homeowners, property managers, insurance providers and restoration companies. Mold can grow in as little as 48 hours any time excessive moisture is present indoors, whether the moisture is the result of a flood, a slow leak, a broken pipe, or just high humidity. Indoor mold contamination has been identified as a major contributor to allergies and poor indoor air quality. Despite the rapidly growing body of knowledge about mold, it remains the subject of a lot of confusion. We hope that this information will help you to make better decisions regarding mold removal in your Colorado Springs or Pueblo home.
What is mold?
We have probably all encountered mold at one time or another. It might have been in the shower, or on a stale piece of bread or wet drywall. Mold is a microscopic life form found in all parts of the world. It is part of the natural decay process of organic materials. There are many different species of mold, and while they are diverse, they share some common characteristics:
- Mold requires an organic food source. Common sources within buildings are cellulose, a material found in many building materials such as wood and drywall.
- Mold needs oxygen; it is unable to grow underwater.
- Mold thrives in moisture-rich conditions. Keep buildings dry to prevent growth.
- Mold is spread by tiny particles called ‘spores.’
Why is it a problem?
- Mold colonies produce an unpleasant musty odor.
- Mold will eventually destroy and breakdown whatever surface it grows on if no action is taken.
- Exposure to mold spores may cause health complications.
What is a reasonable and safe response?
The best way to deal with mold is to prevent it from happening. If the drying of wet building materials is commenced within 24 hours (assuming clean water), the chances of preventing mold growth are excellent. If building materials remain wet, it is near inevitable that mold will start to grow. Therefore, addressing and eliminating moisture problems is the critical first step.
However, once mold is present, drying is not enough. Moldy materials must be either removed or decontaminated. This process is called remediation, which means “to remedy” or “to cure.” Proper remediation procedures will be determined by the size, scope and nature of the mold contamination.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a helpful guidebook for homeowners about the cleanup and prevention of mold problems in homes. This booklet, entitled A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your Home, can help you decide when you can handle mold cleanup yourself and when you should call a professional. The booklet is available on the EPA website at http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldguide.html.
Address the issues promptly
Just how far reaching the effects of mold may be is yet to be determined. What is clear is that living or working in a moldy home or building is ill advised. The obvious response is to address water intrusion issues promptly and thoroughly, before mold has a chance to grow. We are the industry leader in professional mold removal in Colorado Springs, water damage mitigation and restoration services and stands ready to serve you.