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Mold Remediation
Done Right… PERIOD.

We’re Not The Cheapest. We’re Not The Fastest.
But, According To The Results, We’re The BEST.

When it comes to mold in your home, you do not want to mess around. Not when your health is on the line.

We understand how dangerous mold can be. That’s why we prefer to do mold remediation the right way over the fast way

As a result, we’re not the quickest or cheapest mold remediator in Northern VA, Central VA, Southern MD, or Washington DC. We do, however, have a 96% success rate—far higher than the 65% industry average. Best of all: We do it without using chemicals.

So if you want cheap-and-fast remediation, we’re probably not your company. But if you want remediation done RIGHT, we’re the mold removal company for you.

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Our Mold Remediation Process
In 5 (And A Half) Steps

What To Expect When You Hire Us

Step #1:
Containing The Mold

Remediation kicks up thousands of mold spores. If those mold spores aren’t confined to the containment area, they will spread to the rest of your home. Not good!

Our containment process stops mold spores from escaping the project area. The mold remains confined to the contained area and only the contained area. Period.

To see why our containment process is a cut above, check out our blog post: Picture-Proof We Practice Top-Notch Mold Containment.

Step #2:
Setting Up Air Filtration Devices

Next, we put in an Air Filtration Device (AFD), which has two purposes…

  1. To run as a Negative Air Machine (NAM) during the demolition phase to creative negative air pressure
  2. To run as an Air Scrubber during the cleaning phase

AFDs come in all sizes and strengths. To match your house with the right machine, we calculate the cubic footage of air in the containment for setting up air scrubbers. For negative air pressure, however, we have to measure the pressure with the manometer (the cubic footage calculations aren’t reliable here because there are openings and gaps in walls, windows, etc.).

Find out more about our process—and the dangers of using an AFD wrong—in this article: How Most Mold Remediators Get Air Pressure Wrong.

Step #3:
Removing The Mold

This is the demolition phase. All the moldy porous materials that can’t be saved get cut out and removed: carpet, drywall, insulation, and so on. If we have to walk through your home with the trash, then we use a special method of tying the trash bags (called “goosenecking”) that prevents mold spores from escaping 

All the moldy materials that can be saved (like wood framing, subfloor, plaster, etc.) get sanded, wire brushed, or blasted. The method depends on the surface and how much is moldy. This stripping is needed because mold grows roots into the surface. We have to strip a thin layer off the surface to remove the mold colony and its roots, much like a dentist cleaning out a cavity.

Before doing any demolition, we take a long and hard look at your situation to ensure the most efficient, cost-effective, and practical way to solve your mold problem. We seriously consider the balance between cost, safety, and doing the job properly.

Step #4:
Intensive, Chemical-FREE Cleaning

This is one of the most important parts of the process… and when we get fanatical about cleanliness.

First, we HEPA vacuum the walls, baseboard, and floor one square inch at a time. Since we can’t see mold spores, we must assume they’re everywhere, so every surface in the containment needs to be vacuumed.

Next, we damp wipe the top of every pipe, wire, duct, door frame, baseboard, and window frame. These areas accumulate mold spores too and can’t be vacuumed easily. We damp wipe in a VERY specific way. The towel is folded into squares and each surface is only used once so we don’t pick up mold from one surface and wipe it onto another. For mold-sensitized clients, we also damp wipe the ceiling, walls, and floor in our containment.

To give you a sense of how thoroughly we clean the area, we’ve done many sensitive projects that were tested and met Cleanroom Standards. This means there is so little dust that NASA could build a satellite or Intel could manufacture computer chips in our containment areas!

Step #5:
Putting The Area Back Together

If we do have to take out materials, we can help restore the area—either by repairing it ourselves or referring you to one of our trusted home-improvement partners. Either way, it will look like it never got cut out in the first place. 

Bottom line: We make the mold-remediation process as painless as possible. You won’t find another mold remediation company in the region that takes the time to educate their customers and ensure the job is done 100% right.

Step #5 1/2:
Chemical Treatment (Rare)

We make a big deal about being one of the few chemical-free mold remediators in Northern VA, Central VA, Southern MD, and Washington DC. Yet we use certain chemicals on about 2% of jobs. 

Wait… what?

We’ll explain. The national mold remediation standard (AKA S520) says chemicals can be used after proper remediation has been completed. So if you want a mold stain removed? Or wood framing encapsulated with a mold-inhibiting paint to protect it? That’s fine. We do not use chemicals to kill mold. (See why on our No Chemicals page.)

Since there is a 98% chance your job won’t need chemicals, we don’t count this as a “full” Step in our process. But if your project does require them, we’ll explain why up front.

Why Choose Us

We remove mold the right way… and it would be an honor to hear from you.

96% Success Rate

96% Success Rate

Your home is in the best hands—our chemical-free remediation has the highest success rate in the industry.

Instant Mold Testing

Instant Mold Testing

You get the answers you need—our special mold testing provides 100% accurate results on the spot.

300+ Happy Clients

300+ Happy Clients

You can trust our process—we’ve performed over 300 successful projects since we opened in 2006.

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