Mold Removal, Water Damage and Asbestos FAQs
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Where does one typically find mold infiltration?
Mold is a living organism that can find a breeding ground in a wide variety of locales. To survive, mold needs to feed, but the feeding environment must be moist, damp, or humid – like drywall, carpet, or wood.
What about the unforeseen water emergencies?
Water emergencies require immediacy. A good water extraction firm will respond quickly, will react to water damage appropriately, and will prevent “secondary” damage from evolving.
How does a mold infiltration start to develop?
When water damage (or excess moisture) is not thoroughly dried out, mold can grow and spread. An indoor flood, a sewer leak, or excessive indoor humidity can each create the ideal environment for mold.
What about testing after asbestos removal?
A trusted and reputable contractor will offer an Asbestos Air Quality Test that is expedited by an impartial and independent third party. The contractor will also guarantee their work based on passing the AAQT.
What type of company handles water damage?
Regardless of the type of water damage, the best option is to contract a “full service” company – one that deals with water extraction, handles the cleanup, and provides the restoration.
How does one know if a contractor is qualified?
A good contractor will have trained, certified personnel; the latest in water extraction equipment; proven technical methods; and know-how with regulatory requirements and legalities.
What is the best way to assess a mold issue?
Ideally, it’s best to have amold hygienist assess the extent of a mold issue, and evaluate the scope of damage. This is a good first step in establishing a proactive action plan for the proper removal of the mold.
How can health and safety issues be assured?
Asbestos is dangerous and hazardous. A good contractor will take extensive measures during the removal process, and will assure the health and safety of the building occupants as well as the removal teams.
Is it recommended to hire a professional firm?
For asbestos removal, hiring a professional services firm is absolutely essential. And with asbestos, even a low level of exposure can be a hazard. There is no other way to properly handle asbestos removal.
What are the steps for removing the mold?
Above all, it’s essential to contract a firm that specializes in mold removal. A company that specializes will have certified technicians who can assure a complete, comprehensive cleanup with positive results.
How can one be sure that asbestos is present?
With asbestos, it’s essential for an expert to identify the source and extent. In Alberta, testing for asbestos is mandatory AND required before demolition or renovation can commence in buildings built before 1987.
What indicates expertise in asbestos removal?
An asbestos removal contractor should have the skilled, technical staff with specific and relevant experience handling asbestos removal. The team should also be knowledgeable with legislation and safety issues.
Are there safety issues with mold removal?
The best is to contract a firm that uses eco-friendly mold removal products. These are products that are non-toxic and without biocides. They are strong and effective for mold removal, but safe for occupants.
How does one inspect for mold infiltration?
When mold is suspected, it’s wise to use the services of a licensed mold hygienist for the inspection. This will ensure a precise and accurate inspection, and will establish the extent and severity of the problem.
How can one trust the inspection results?
By far, the most trusted inspection results (and mold testing) will come from an impartial third party. Doing it this way allows for objective testing and reporting as to the damage and danger of an infiltration.
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