Leave Mold to the Professionals
Don’t Disinfect or Clean
Spraying with bleach kills mold, but breathing in dead mold is just as dangerous as live mold.
Mold Grows Where You Can’t See It
Mold is often found behind walls, in crawl spaces and under carpeting.
Mold will Return
If you don’t correct the conditions that lead to mold in the first place, the problem will return.
If you suspect you have mold…
Turn off fans and HVAC.
Air circulation can spread mold to other areas.
Call (215) 239-9001.
Our response team will be on its way.
Why HOW Restoration?
We are a local company with plenty of experience. Following Hurricane Sandy, owner Jason Hartley helped with damage restoration at hospitals, schools, and commercial & residential properties along the coast.
Unlike some other nationally franchised restoration companies, HOW Restoration provides reconstruction & storage services so you can work with one company for the entire clean up and restoration process.
The Mold Removal Process
A mold infestation is a serious health concern in any home or business. Mold can spread in as little as two days and can maintain a different appearance in each case. Rely on the help of professionals like HOW Restoration to positively identify mold and resolve the issue.
1. Inspection and Assessment
There are a few different ways to inspect for the presence of mold. In many cases, we use thermal imaging to identify affected areas. An industrial hygienist may take samples for testing. These tests can be used to find particles of mold in dust, in the air, or by identifying the amount of mold on personal belongings or building materials. Even with proper testing and assessment, sometimes only a partial estimate can be given because you can only see the amount of damage done to the surface.
Once the presence of mold has been confirmed, we will identify the source of the moisture and solve the problem. Often, the source is a leak in your roof or plumbing.
Mold remediation is a step-by-step, thorough process that should be diligently followed. When steps are skipped, it’s very easy for microbial growth to return.
- Safety First: Everyone must wear proper clothing and protective equipment (respirators and hazardous one piece suits)
- Sealing Off Work Area: Isolating the work area with a containment barrier prevents airborne mold from escaping and contaminating other areas
- Equipment: Ventilation and air filtering – using HEPA filters to clean the air and trap the dust, preventing airborne mold from spreading
- HEPA Vacuuming Process: Vacuuming all surfaces in the contaminated area, even if they are not visible. This should be performed before and after cleaning
- Removal: If the mold is easily accessible, it can be physically removed with property protection and tools. Tools that work well for this removal process are wire brushes, grinders, and sanding machines. Depending on the severity and size of affected area, more advanced equipment may need to be used such as dry ice or other types of industrial blasting. Mold removal should only be performed by a properly trained technician; you should never do it on your own.
3. Encapsulating Surface
Once all mold has been successfully removed, the last step is to seal the surfaces. This substance can be applied like paint, but contains microbial killing agents. This will seal the surfaces and protect against future contamination.