Professional mold removal and remediation company servicing Sandusky, OH, and surrounding areas.
24 HR Emergency Mold Removal
24/7 Emergency Services
Mold grows colonies in just 24 hours spreading to other areas in your building. Act now!
Our company is approved by all insurance providers, so we take any mold removal projects
Mold restoration involves disposing of mold-affected materials. We will cleanup and repair all the damage.
Your Local Mold Removal Services Company
The last thing you want in your home or business is mold damage. Any presence of water can cause mold growth and you can grow as quickly as 48 hours. Once the mold is present in the home, it can be very difficult and costly to treat and remove. If left untreated the mold can spread and become very dangerous to your health and can lead to respiratory complications.
At Erie Environmental we are a professional mold removal company with years of experience. We carefully follow mold removal industry standards to achieve 100% removal and air quality standards. We use a mold testing process to ensure the property is completely free contamination and will provide an inspection from an industrial hygienist before clearing the property.
What is Mold?
Mold is a microscopic fungus that is in the air around us in the form of spores. In order for the spores to turn into mold, they need organic material, like wood, and moisture to promote growth. The best way to prevent mold damage is to control the moisture and humidity levels in your home or business. However, if you recently experienced water damage, it is very likely that there is also mold lingering and growing in the affected area.
Mold typically grows in strands which gives it a fuzzy appearance. It can also appear in variations of blue, black, green, and grey, however, the color does not indicate what kind of is growing. Many homes and business owners will misidentify mold types, so if black-colored mold is in the home it does not necessarily mean the mold is the highly dangerous Stachybotrys Chartarum (black mold).
Black mold is the most dangerous type of mold because it looks nearly identical to other molds, and must have a scientific analysis to properly identify. Symptoms of black mold are similar to the symptoms you may have with seasonal allergies, however, people with weaker immune systems may develop an upper respiratory condition upon exposure. As advised by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), all mold removal should begin as quickly as possible to reduce health risks.
Types Of Mold We Remove
Stachybotrys (Black Mold)
Mold Inspection and Testing
If a home or business has recently experienced any kind of water damage, we advise followup with a professional mold inspection. Erie Environmental’s mold specialist will conduct a full visual inspection of the home or business, then will follow up with an indoor air quality examine and swab test. We will use a third-party consultant for the initial and final testings to remove any conflicts of interest. This third part company will also provide the protocol for the mold removal process.
Mold Removal Process
When working with any kind of mold it’s very important to protect wear protective clothing and gear. Before removing mold our team will put on the protective gear – a face mask or an OSHA approved respirator, goggles, gloves, and protective clothing. After the Erie Environmental team is dressed, and ready to tackle the situation, they will follow these steps:
Water Damage Restoration
Whenever there is a mold problem, there is a water source that starts the mold growth. The mold remediation begins with locating and addressing the source of moisture. Without proper water damage restoration, any mold removal efforts will be temporary and futile, as mold spores will use the wet environment to grow new colonies.
Containment is a crucial part of mold removal process as it allows to prevent spreading of mold spores from escaping to non-affected areas. The contained area should be zip closed and placed under negative air pressure to help clean the air. Anyone entering the contained area should wear personal protective equipment.
Mold should be cleaned following EPA guidelines by IICRC-accredited professionals. All porous materials are removed and disposed of. Non-porous materials can be cleaned and scrubbed using special techniques.
It is important that mold removal companies detect and removes mold that might be hidden visual: in HVAC systems, behind the walls, on the attic, and in the crawl spaces.
Cleaning of Contents and Belongings
As the next step in mold removal process, all contents and surfaces are cleaned and sanitized using various techniques. Our restoration professionals clean furniture, upholstery, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other mold-affected items that can be restored.
If necessary, we use fogging equipment and air scrubbers to remove odors and deodorize the area.
When the mold and its source is addressed, our crew carries out all the necessary repairs to make your home or business brand new again. We are experienced construction and repair contractors’ so you can count on us for any mold removal services.
Causes and Effects of Mold
Causes of Mold
Mold colonies thrive in dark humid environments, so leaky pipes and roofs, steamy bathrooms, and kitchens, as well as any flooded areas, are prone to mold contamination. If you never solve the water issue first you will always run the risk of future mold growth.
Common symptoms of exposure to mold are coughing, wheezing, eye irritation and sore throat. Elderly, children and people with compromised immune systems, asthma, allergies, or other breathing conditions are more sensitive to mold. In severe cases, exposure to mold can cause lung infections, obstructive lung disease, nerves issues, and memory loss.
Mold grows on porous materials (wallpaper, wood, drywall, insulation) having it for the source of food. This causes decomposition, which is mostly unrestorable. Mold-affected building structures become weaker and pose a serious risk to the integrity of the entire building. mold affected homes make selling the home nearly impossible.
Areas Most Likely to be Affected By Mold Damage
Work With All Insurance Companies
Erie Environmental is approved by all insurance companies.
Agreed Scope Of Work With Adjuster
We will work with insurance adjusters to make sure all the necessary mitigation and repairs are included in the insurance claim.
Only Pay Your Deductible
If mold removal is covered by insurance, you are only responsible for your deductible.
Call Erie Environmental For Professional Mold Removal Services
There are many home and business owners who believe using DIY methods to remove mold will be adequate and effective. The most common method is cleaning the affected area with bleach. This can work on smaller areas, however, if the root of the problem is not identified the mold will continue to grow and spread throughout the building.
At Erie Environmental we are trained, and certified mold removal specialists who have years of experience in mold remediation. We offer a 24/7 emergency operator and dispatch a team to resolve your mold problems as quickly and efficiently as possible.