Port Hueneme Professional Mold Remediation
Is it time to get rid of mold for good? It’s a common problem in beach cities like Port Hueneme, and unfortunately bleach and household cleaning are at best temporary solutions. As long as moisture is present mold spores are happy to grow, even under the best of paint primers. Our mold remediation experts safely eliminate the health risks and musty odors, and keep them from coming back. Our inspection and mold removal services are available 24/7 if you have a water damage emergency, or just a pressing deadline.
The Problems With Mold
There’s far more to it than fuzzy patches. All molds, regardless of color release allergens and irritants that harm indoor air quality and cause symptoms such as itchy eyes, skin rashes, runny noses, headaches, and mild but prolonged flu-like symptoms. Those can lead to respiratory infections, and mold triggers asthma attacks. Specific types of black mold as well as other species also release neurotoxins that can lead to very serious health conditions. And mold damages paper, cloth, and many building materials such as wallpaper, wall board, and wood.
A kind of fungus, mold and its spores exist just about everywhere in nature. It easily makes its way into your home or business. It doesn’t need any light, so a mold infestation can thrive under carpet and in crawl spaces, hidden inside walls, and pretty much anywhere there’s a bit of moisture. That could be from a roof or plumbing leak, or just poorly ventilated bathroom in humid areas such as Port Hueneme.
Why Choose JW?
You want truly expert services. We’re family owned and operated, fully licensed and certified for residential and commercial mold remediation. We’re also BBB accredited.
Our certified mold technicians follow ANSI/IICRC S520 standards and R520 guidelines (http://www.iicrc.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/IICRC-S520-Published.-FINAL.pdf), EPA recommendations, and OSHA requirements to the letter, always following industry best practices. And we make sure they have ongoing training and the best in state-of-the-art equipment.
Additionally, our certified water damage restoration technicians are ready for an emergency response 24 hours a day in Port Hueneme to prevent mold from getting out of control in the first place.
Mold Remediation in Port Hueneme
The EPA recommends hiring professional mold services for affected areas above 10 square feet (around 3 feet across). But even below that they urge strict procedures and specific safety measures. Our teams will thoroughly remove mold and spores without putting anyone at risk. Here’s an outline of our mold remediation process.
Assessment and Mold Testing
A visual assessment by one of our certified inspectors together with moisture measurements is often enough to determine the nature and extent of a problem. If there’s evidence of water damage thermal imaging can reveal hidden moisture. In some cases it may be helpful to take samples of building materials, carpet, furniture, and indoor air for lab testing. It’s basically a count of mold spores, but since there’s no established thresholds those results are for relative comparisons.
Our remediation process begins with isolating affected areas to prevent the spread of mold spores and other contamination. That involves setting up plastic sheeting as barriers, HEPA air filters, and negative-pressure exhaust. Even without black mold or other toxic species present our workers wear protective clothing and special respirators, and we seal wastes before transporting them through your home and Port Hueneme streets.
It’s impossible to completely eliminate all spores, but we follow approved procedures to come as close to that as possible. For actual spore and mold removal, chem wipes are effective only for hard surfaces such as tile cleaning. For other surfaces we’ll use physical removal methods such as HEPA vacuuming, sanding, wire brushing, and dry ice blasting. Infested materials such as drywall and wood must be replaced.
If there’s lingering musty odors we’ll permanently neutralize them with our ozone generators. The eco-friendly gas permeates deeply into the structure and soon itself decomposes into pure oxygen.
It’s often best to treat surrounding areas with procedures such as non-toxic mildicide application as well as air duct and carpet cleaning. New spores quickly make their way indoors, so the most important step in keeping mold from coming back is to correct the trigger for the outbreak — moisture. If there’s been a leak or other water intrusion we can thoroughly dry out deep-down moisture, not just surface dampness. And we can correct or advise you on sealing cracks, improving ventilation, or identifying construction errors in your Port Hueneme home or business.
The Port Hueneme Climate and Mold
Mold problems are especially likely in a beach city like Port Hueneme. It prefers the same temperatures as we do, so it thrives year-round. Experts recommend keeping indoor relatively humidity between 30 and 50%. But with outdoor relative humidity averaging around 85% throughout the year (http://www.usa.com/port-hueneme-ca-weather.htm) it’s hard to keep everything dry enough. So make sure your bathroom and kitchen vents are working properly, and consider using a dehumidifier.
Exclusive Tip: If there’s dampness in a small space such as a closet or pantry, head to a local self-storage place. They probably sell desiccant granules that absorb a surprising amount of moisture. Or just order online.