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Mold Remediation and Removal
Mold contamination continues to receive increased attention in the media and is a rapidly growing
concern for homeowners, property managers, insurance providers and restoration companies.
Black 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 black 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.

What is mold?
We have probably all encountered black 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:
Molds require an organic food source. The most common food source indoors is
cellulose, which is found in building materials such as wood and drywall.
Molds require oxygen, so they do not grow under water.
Molds require moisture. To prevent mold, buildings must be kept dry.
Molds are spread by tiny particles called “spores.”

Black Mold Removal, Why?
The colored, fuzzy growth on the surface of a wall, floor, ceiling or other indoor
surface is obviously very objectionable.
Active mold colonies usually emit a very unpleasant, musty odor.
Because the job of mold is to digest, decay and recycle dead organic matter, it will
eventually destroy whatever surface it grows on.
Exposure to mold spores can cause mild to severe allergic reactions depending on an
individual's sensitivity to the type of mold allergies present.

What is a reasonable and safe response?
The best way to deal with black 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 toxic mold growth are excellent.
If building materials remain wet, it is inevitable that mold will start to grow.
Addressing and eliminating moisture problems is the critical first step. Simply put,
“Got Moisture?... Got Mold.”
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)
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 black mold removal cleanup yourself and when you
should call professional mold remediation experts.
The booklet is available on the EPA WEBSITE.

ServiceMaster Disaster Restoration Services can help.
In the midst of all the hype and hysteria about mold, ServiceMaster Disaster
Restoration Services is committed to maintaining a reasonable, prudent and
responsible position.
All ServiceMaster Clean Quality Restoration Vendors have completed intensive mold
remediation training and received instruction in the proper procedures for handling
mold claims.
All are prepared to handle small (10 square feet or less) and isolated areas affected
by mold that may be encountered in the course of normal water damage mitigation
services.
In addition, our franchise is trained and certified to perform larger mold remediation
projects.

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.
ServiceMaster Disaster Restoration of Services is a industry leader in professional
water damage mitigation and restoration services and stands ready to serve you.
Whether you need commercial cleanup, residential carpet care, or construction site cleanup,
Sharon and her team are ready, willing and able to make sure you are completely satisfied.
ServiceMaster Disaster Restoration Services

Call us toll free at : ( 855 ) 365-7477 or for non-emergency inquiries,
...or contact us by email at  DR_MGR@servicemasterdr.com
While mold is a natural part of our outdoor
environment, its presence indoors can be disruptive to
our lives.

Small amounts of mold (such as commonly found
around a faucet or in the shower) are generally
harmless and can be cleaned with over the counter
products.

...but larger amounts of mold (often a result of water
damage that was not properly treated) can be an
inconvenience and/or health risk to those around it.

Allergies, asthma and infections are just some of the
health problems people can experience when
subjected to prolonged exposure to mold.
Because mold grows rapidly, it is important to address
any concerns as quickly as possible.

At ServiceMaster Disaster Restoration Services, our
technicians are trained in Mold Remediation and
continually undergo additional training to stay current
on the latest technologies and legal requirements.

We provide the necessary experience needed to
remediate any mold concerns.

When appropriate, we work together with an
independent Industrial Hygienist (IH) of your choosing
to ensure that your home or office is properly treated,
including finding and stopping the source of the
moisture.
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