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Mold Removal Reveals Underlying Issues
Thoroughly removing an outbreak of mold safely requires proper training. It takes years of experience to know how to handle the range of issues that can emerge unexpectedly during the remediation. Complications such as leaking plumbing, asbestos removal or resolving structural damage can expand the job scope. Our mold removal experts at Mayken™ Hazmat Solutions have the tools and training to address mold infestations as well as the obstacles that often come with them.
Mold Removal in Calgary
Do you or your family notice sinus and cold like symptoms in your home, but feel better when you get away from your home?
This may indicate that you have hidden mold and require a mold removal services or inspection. Maybe you had a window leak or toilet overflow and now water has gotten into hidden cavities and has now created a moldy breeding ground.
Our team can help you with all your mold removal in Calgary. We locate the cause of the water infiltration repair, contain and remove the mold contamination. This means cutting out building materials, grinding and cleaning the structural materials.
We utilize containment with certified air scrubbers vented to the outside to eliminate mold spore release and cross contamination within your home or neighbouring homes. Our mold specialists often works with our hoarding cleanup services to give you the whole package.
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Evaluation and Estimation
- We will evaluate the space to determine the cause of the moisture infiltration.
- If necessary, we will consult and perform Air Quality Testing
(performed by an independent 3rd party to ensure proper results)
- Then a scope of work and written estimates will be provided for the remediation and rebuild.
Mold removal might also require asbestos abatement depending on the age of your home.
Mold Removal and Remediation Process
- Our mold remediation service in Calgary will Isolate the contaminated area by setting up containment chambers and supplying negative pressure to avoid exposing homeowners.
- Conduct all safety meetings and implement a management plan and record documentation in writing, photos and videos
- Ensure all personnel is equipped with proper PPE-personal protective equipment
- Begin to address the source of moisture by repairing and sealing the area to ensure moisture cannot re-enter to promote future mold growth.
- Remove and dispose of all wet and mold-damaged porous materials.
- Remediate the moldy affected areas by using wire brushes, grinders and in extreme cases, sand blasting.
- Scrub all moldy surfaces with water and our Antimicrobial agent “Mayken Solution” to kill all bacteria.
- Dry entire area with fans and dehumidifiers
- Final step is not necessary but completing the odour removal process using our Ozone Generator ensures all mold spores are killed, eliminates stubborn unpleasant smells, decontaminates and purifies the air.
Mold Remediation in Calgary
After the remediation and final clearance testing has been completed, we can now begin the rebuilding process.
Our Rebuild Crew will restore your property to its previous state, or improve and redesign in any way. Our team is reliable and highly experienced in complete rebuilds and renovations, from floors to walls to ceilings. A written estimate can be provided for any rebuild work, for you to review prior to rebuilding.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Mold is a naturally occurring fungus that is commonly found both indoors and outdoors. In our homes, it is most likely to grow when there is a moisture, dampness, excessive humidity level or lack of proper air ventilation.
Mold growth is usually the result of recurring moisture or some type of water damage to your home. Often caused by detectable events like pipes bursting, faucets leaking, sewer backup, etc., it can also be the caused by obscure incidents like slow leaks and every day normal activities. The steam from cooking and showering generates water vapor that turns into small beads of water when it condenses on cooler surfaces. This can lead to a moist environment where fungus can grow.
Whether the moisture is obvious or not, if left neglected for long enough, the mold will spread and can grow on walls, behind walls, in cabinets, in carpet and even underneath the floorboards. The longer the problem is left unchecked the more costly it can become to resolve the problem.
The effects of mold exposure on a person's (or animal's) health depends on a number of factors:
- sensitivity or allergy to molds
- the presence of other health circumstances
- the type of mold they are exposed to
- the amount they are exposed to
- the length of exposure
Some people have sensitivities to black mold or other types of mold and have mild health risks with most types of mold. Mild or allergic reactions can include: runny, stuffed or itchy nose, excessive sneezing, coughing, sore or itchy throat, runny or itchy eyes.
More severe reactions can occur:
- if there are additional health conditions (eg. asthma, respiratory disease, immune related disorders, etc.)
- if there is increased exposure to mold (eg. continued exposure over a long period of time, intense exposure during the removal process, etc.)
- based on the type of mold (eg. some types can produce mycotoxins that have greater health risks)
Moderate to serious reactions can include: aches and pains, skin rashes, nosebleeds, headaches, sinusitis, mood swings, depression, memory loss, fatigue, fever, shortness of breath, asthma attacks, pneumonia or bronchitis.
Fortunately, severe reactions that can lead to neurological problems and death are rare.
Yes, mold can cause visible damage to your home. When not dealt with in a timely manner, it can spread and get into drywall, carpets, fabrics, floors, wood 2x4s, ceiling tiles, paint, insulation, wallpaper, and more. If the infestation is extensive, most of these materials may need to be replaced.
As well, the underlying conditions that caused the mold problem in the first place may have also caused structural damage to your home. Water leaks and excessive moisture can cause dry rot in the wood if not addressed in a timely manner.
There are several benefits to using a professional mold remediation company:
- we have procedures in place to properly isolate the contaminated space. We set up containment chambers and use negative air pressure to ensure the homeowners are not exposed to harmful mold spores.
- we are equipped with the proper PPE (personal protective equipment) to ensure no one is harmed during the removal and disposal of all wet and moldy materials
- we have experience in finding the sources of moisture. We can address water leaks and other sources of moisture to stop the problem from occurring again.
- we have the knowledge, tools, products and patience to fully remediate the affected space. We are skilled with the removal of all surfaces and materials too damaged to keep and can replace them to restore your home to its previous state or better.
- we have the equipment and training to deal with asbestos removal. Older homes can contain asbestos (in the flooring, drywall, etc.) and the remediation process can also include the safe and proper removal of asbestos.
- we have industrial fans and dehumidifiers to ensure the space is completely dry before starting the rebuild
- we have the equipment to remove any lingering musty odours and purify the air
- we can provide your insurance company with documentation (written, photos and video) regarding the damage and repairs
The best way to prevent the problem from coming back is to reduce potential moisture issues in your home. This starts with inspecting your home, inside and out, on a regular basis for any sign of water damage, excessive moisture or visible mold. If any issues are found, repairs and corrective measures should be done promptly. Make sure to thoroughly dry any spaces that have been affected.
Other ways to reduce mold growth include ensuring proper ventilation in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry areas, and by keeping the humidity level low inside the house.