Mold Removal Ventura, California
Do you have or suspect a mold problem? The potential hazards are indeed serious, so don’t delay in calling in an expert to your home or business. Bringing in professionals immediately can actually save money by putting a halt to visible and hidden mold damage. Our certified and licensed mold remediation specialists are ready to answer the call for inspections and mold removal in Ventura, California 24/7, every day of the year.
JW Restoration for Expert Mold Remediation
We’re the experts for Ventura when it comes to mold abatement in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. Independently owned and operated we’re fully licensed, insured, and BBB accredited. Our highly trained mold abatement technicians have the latest in equipment to make sure that the job is done meticulously and efficiently.
For everyone’s safety and the minimum chance of regrowth our mold services follow the ANSI/IICRC S520 Standard and IICRC R520 Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation. Our staff is experienced in working directly with all the top insurance companies serving Ventura and accepts all insurance carriers. With the right policies there’s little or no payment from you, and you’ll always have our competitive rates.
About Mold Problems
Mold is a type of fungus and as such it doesn’t need any light to grow. All it needs is a little moisture and nutrients from materials such as wood and paper. It spreads by almost invisibly small spores that float in the air. They survive just about anything to settle anywhere indoors as well as outdoors. So it can be growing rampantly completely out of sight. The most common locations are crawl spaces and bathroom walls, ceilings, and floors but it can thrive just about anywhere there’s dampness and reasonable temperatures (40 to 100 deg. F). That can be any time of the year in Ventura.
If there’s been poor ventilation or water damage, mold growth is likely. If you don’t see fuzzy blotches or notice musty odors, be on the alert for clues such as persistent damp or discolored areas, cold or flu-like symptoms, or an increase in allergies or asthma attacks. If you happen to be plagued by a toxic species that causes even more serious health conditions, you probably won’t know it. Not all toxic species are black, and not all black mold species are toxic. Mold testing of surface and indoor air samples are the only way to know for sure.
Killing mold doesn’t get rid of toxins and allergens, and mold usually grows back pretty quickly. The EPA recommends professional mold removal services when areas larger than 10 square feet (about 3 feet across) are affected.
The Mold Remediation Process
Our experts follow OSHA requirements, EPA guidelines, and ANSI/IICRC standards and guides to the letter with detailed checklists. Here’s a brief summary.
- Assessment and evaluation by a certified inspector with air and surface sample testing as deemed necessary.
- Identify and eliminate sources of water or excess moisture.
- Document existing conditions.
- Isolate the work area with plastic sheeting and set up HEPA air filtration and negative air pressure exhaust to prevent spread of contaminants to other areas of the building.
- Complete thorough mold removal through methods such as sanding, wire brushing, HEPA vacuuming, and/or dry-ice blasting.
- Replace porous materials such as drywall. Only materials that can’t be replaced should be sealed with a clear coating for later inspection.
- Apply non-toxic anti-fungal treatments.
- As necessary decontaminate other areas through methods such as carpet cleaning, air duct cleaning, and/or crawl space cleaning.
- Properly transport all materials through Ventura as hazardous wastes and dispose of them properly.
- Deodorize the building and its contents.
- Re-test to confirm spore and mold removal and a return to good indoor air quality.
Preventing Mold’s Return
Since a small number of spores eventually make their way back inside the only means of total prevention after professional mold remediation is controlling moisture sources. Here are a few tips for doing just that.
- Immediately mop up any spills or overflows. Blot carpet with towels, not newspapers as the ink will run and stain.
- Regularly check that bath and kitchen ventilators are working properly and that appliances and your water heater aren’t leaking.
- Roof, window, and plumbing inspections (including leak detection) every few years are a good idea.
- Assuming you’ve already needed mold abatement, purchase an inexpensive humidity meter and move it from one indoor location to another from time to time. It’s generally recommended that indoor relative humidity should ideally be 45% or lower.
Over the decades The City of Ventura and surrounding areas have experienced more extreme weather than most other Southern California locations, including an average of some 5 floods per year within a 50 mile radius (http://www.usa.com/ventura-county-ca-natural-disasters-extremes.htm). So don’t forget those mold tips, and be prepared. We suggest downloading this brochure now and take action before you find yourself in a major storm without power: http://www.cityofventura.net/files/file/Disaster%20Emergency%20Preparedness_Final_20151208.pdf.