Answers Needed from Mold Removal Companies

Property owners understandably worry about the pitfalls when searching for a mold removal company in West Columbia. When you suspect your home or business harbors active growth and damage from one or more types of fungus, the sense of a crisis is real. You fear the possibility that these rapidly multiplying primitive organisms can destroy building materials and put occupants’ health at risk. Yet you are also wary of reports of unscrupulous firms preying on the panic and vulnerability felt by those struggling with a microbial invasion. How can you sort out reputable firms from potential scam artists?

Confirm Credentials

Accurate assessment and development of a successful and sustainable fungal cleanup plan in West Columbia require that the company you hire is appropriately trained. AdvantaClean of West Columbia ensures the crews we send to evaluate your property have members who received one or more certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as:

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT)

  • Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT)

  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASD)

Crew members also include professionals with National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI) training.

Why Promote Water Damage and Drying Training?

When you interview mold removal companies, it makes sense to look for those with water damage recovery and drying technology familiarity and capability. Spores always in the environment germinate and reproduce only when able to absorb moisture. If the microbial remediation plan does not address and resolve lingering sources of moisture, the problem will return. AdvantaClean of West Columbia can assist with the mitigation and elimination of water damage sources and thorough drying of your property. Hiring one contractor offering multiple needed services streamlines the job while eliminating delays and scheduling conflicts.

What Equipment and Procedures Are Mandatory?

Mold remediation services require adherence to strict safety protocols developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as effective removal and lawful disposal of moldy residues and irreparably damaged materials. Technicians must wear personal protective equipment (PPE). 

  • Preparation of the Workspace

Containment chambers constructed of 1.6 mil polyethylene ensures moldy airborne debris does not spread. Often a separately sealed entrance into the chamber doubles down on the containment of contaminants, permitting space for briefly staging equipment and bagged debris and for technicians to change into and out of their PPE. 

Negative-pressure air scrubbers complete the seal inside the chamber or chambers. They vent contaminated air through HEPA filters before exhausting it to the outdoors. 

  • Mechanical Removal of Organisms

Best practices backed by research command that scraping and brushing off the fungi is the standard intervention. Merely spraying with a disinfectant and leaving the organisms to die is inadequate. All loosened particles are double-bagged for disposal as hazardous waste per local rules. Demolition and bagging of infiltrated porous materials are standard, although controlled blasting with media like soda or dry ice can save some structures. HEPA-filtered vacuuming and wiping down all surfaces with EPA-registered cleaners is vital.

  • Application of Antimicrobials

EPA-registered antimicrobial products applied to cleaned surfaces inhibit the rebound of fungal growth. Broadcast spraying at the beginning of the project is done on occasion to “knock down” airborne spores and debris.

  • Planning for Moisture Elimination and Management

Remediation is incomplete until water damage, leaks, high humidity, or other moisture problems resolve. AdvantaClean of West Columbia assists in arranging for the effective extraction of water and reducing dampness, drying the affected spaces to prevent spores from absorbing moisture and starting the damaging cycle anew.

Throughout the microbial growth and damage eradication procedures, count on AdvantaClean of West Columbia to communicate with you with respect and integrity. Your West Columbia mold removal company must be a partner, joining forces with you during this stress without causing nonproductive drama. Have confidence that we will answer every question and respond to every concern professionally.

AdvantaClean of West Columbia offers mold removal services by highly-qualified and well-equipped managers and technicians. Expect a prompt response after calling (803) 597-2022 for an assessment and project plan.