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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.
What To Expect When You Hire Us
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.
Next, we put in an Air Filtration Device (AFD), which has two purposes…
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
We remove mold the right way… and it would be an honor to hear from you.
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