Santa Barbara Mold Removal, California

Is your Santa Barbara home or business having a mold problem?  What you see may only be the tip of the iceberg, or you only clues might be a musty odor, runny noses, or itchy eyes.  But make no mistake, mold growth damages porous building materials such as wood and drywall and all species (not just black mold) put people at risk of potentially very serious health issues.  As Santa Barbara water damage specialists, we’re licensed for complete mold remediation, including mold removal, structural drying, and deodorization.

JW Home Care

Independently owned and operated, our family business is licensed and insured for residential and commercial as well as industrial mold removal.  Our highly trained mold remediation technicians are certified, and follow all OSHA and EPA guidelines as well as the ANSI/IICRC S520 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation (http://www.iicrc.org/standards/iicrc-s520/).  And we back them with the latest in all the necessary equipment, tools, and products.

Our Santa Barbara Mold Remediation Services

Mold is a type of fungus, and doesn’t need light to grow.  It spreads by tiny virtually invisible spores that can reach and settle down just any where then wait months or years for enough moisture for them to grow and spread.  That dampness could come from sudden flooding (in which case there may be as little as 24 hours before a mold problem starts developing in mild Santa Barbara weather), a slow leak, or simply steam in the bath or kitchen.

Black mold can lead to life-threatening health conditions with prolonged exposure, but several other species of different colors are toxic as well.  And all species produce allergens and irritants, and minor flu-like symptoms can develop into serious respiratory infections.  Keeping in mind that the problem could be completely hidden (say, inside a wall for example) it’s worthwhile calling in a pro if there’s any suspicions.  Our certified mold growth inspectors will quickly determine whether or not there is indeed a problem, and if there is develop a remediation plan specific to each and every home or business.

Preparation

If warranted by a visual inspection that includes moisture meters and thermal imaging, we may take air and building samples for lab testing before getting started.  It may also be necessary to identify and correct the moisture sources that kicked off the problem in the first place.  But regardless our mold abatement procedures always begin with taking the proper precautions against spreading spores and contamination, even if it’s not a black mold removal process.  That includes setting up plastic sheeting for isolation, creating negative air-pressure exhaust within the work area, and setting up microscopic-scale HEPA air filters.

Mold Removal

With indoor air quality protected, the mold remediation process can then begin in earnest.  Surface treatments with chemicals or stain blockers only affect the outermost part of the problem.  Our highly trained specialists will use one or more physical mold and spore removal methods best suited to the particular situation.  That might be HEPA vacuuming, sanding, wire brushing, or cryo-cleaning (dry-ice blasting).  With mold damage to drywall or other porous materials it will be necessary to remove them and then make repairs.

Mold Abatement

It may be necessary to use professional methods to thoroughly dry out the affected areas.  Other mold abatement measures may include applying indoor-safe anti-fungal treatments to the building, carpeting, rugs, and furniture.  Measures may also include air duct and other HVAC system cleaning.  Our specialized odor removal equipment can permanently remove any lingering musty odors throughout the building.

Water Damage Tips

To head off future mold and other water damage, keep a look out for leaks in plumbing, roofs, and windows as well as for condensation and high humidity (often resulting from failing bathroom exhaust fans).  Today’s construction practices tend to hold in moisture.  The ideal balance for personal comfort and reducing the opportunity for mold growth is about 45% indoor relative humidity.  In Santa Barbara that often means a room or whole-house dehumidifier.  Ideally, have a plumbing and building inspection every few years.  And if there’s any doubt call in a leak detection service or mold abatement expert.

Santa Barbara Resources

If you’re interested in learning more about mold issues and procedures visit the County of Santa Barbara’s web page http://cosb.countyofsb.org/phd/default_all.aspx?id=19118&menu2id=174&pghead=18958&footer=18960.  And if you visit http://www.downtownsb.org/ you’re bound to find some new places and events to explore in and around Santa Barbara.