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Why you should use a professional mold abatement company.

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Imagine coming home from vacation, the heat failed and a pipe froze up.
This is how it looked for the owners of this townhouse in Hartford VT.

Our professional restoration technicians understand that damage increases and restoration costs escalate
the longer you wait. If you try to handle it yourself, insurance may not cover the costs, and you might
make the problem worse with cross-contamination. We will be there quickly and work with your
insurance company to ensure it’s as if it never happened.

Understanding the causes of mold and the proper way to remove it is easy. However, the work required
for correct removal demands special equipment and training.

If your problem is in the bathroom, kitchen, or a small area, check our mold removal facts page. But if the
issue was caused by water entering from the outside, sewer backup, or anything listed as  Category
1 on the water damage checklist, then you need IICRC certified professions  like the RestorEaze team.

This page will explain the process of removing mold from an area of your home or business. RestorEaze is locally owned and serves the central VT, NH, Upper Valley region. We offer complete mold removal and abatement services. We will be the only source you need, coordinating with your insurance carrier and using local plumbers, electricians, roofers, carpenters, carpet installers, and flooring installers, providing peace of mind that any issues arising afterward will be responded to and remediated quickly.

Mold Assessment

  • Origin
    This is the first step in determining the amount of cleanup needed. Refer to the classes of water damage to understand what is being looked for. Where did the moisture come from to create the mold growth, and how long has the area been exposed to water or moisture?

  • Mold assessment identity: 
    This process, performed by a mold assessor, includes physical sampling and a
    detailed evaluation of data obtained from building history and inspection to formulate an initial hypothesis about the identity, location, and extent of mold growth exceeding 10 square feet. This testing may be required by your insurance company. If not, testing may not be needed because if it looks like mold and smells like mold, most likely it is mold, and you want it removed regardless of its type. The exception would be if occupants are being treated for respiratory issues, and their medical team needs to know about the types of mold and fungus present in the building.

  • Location of mold;
    Identify all areas with mold growth or exposure to mold spores that could continue to infect the area. Consider the possibility of hidden contamination. Check inside air ducts and air handling units.

  • Extent;
    Determine the involved area in square feet.

The process of mold elimination.

The Process of Mold Elimination:
We are committed to a meticulous approach in eliminating mold.
Initially, using a wet-dry vacuum, sponge mops, or towels, we will diligently remove as much water as possible. Our team of professionals is equipped with specialized tools, including suction mats and other advanced equipment designed to effectively draw water out of the space. We employ powerful fans and dehumidifiers to ensure thorough drying of the affected area. Before initiating the removal of saturated sheetrock, insulation, and other materials, a comprehensive assessment is conducted. This assessment is crucial in determining the extent of the issue and identifying specific areas that require targeted remediation efforts. Our commitment is to not only eliminate mold but also to address the root causes of the problem through a systematic and thorough process.

Contamination Control:
Our team is committed to meticulous contamination control measures. To prevent
cross-contamination, we will isolate the affected area from the rest of the building, employing plastic barriers, tarps, and the closure of air ducts. The use of negative pressure will be implemented to draw out mold spores, ensuring they are contained and unable to invade other areas.

Exposing Affected Areas:
Our thorough process involves exposing the affected areas to identify the
source of the issue. Walls will be exposed at least a foot higher than the water level, and the removal of sheetrock and insulation is imperative. Plywood and other building materials will be meticulously dried and treated with antimicrobial chemicals before being covered back up.

Discovering Concealed Areas:
Concealed areas and pockets of saturation and cavities will be systematically discovered and opened up. Our investigation will extend to gaps under mechanical spaces such as boilers and furnaces, beneath cabinets and furniture, and within crawl spaces. We employ specialized equipment designed to reveal hidden moisture.

Application of Solutions:
To fortify the areas against water damage and mold growth, we will apply
effective cleaners, sealants, and encapsulants. Additionally, we prioritize sealing the affected area to prevent future moisture penetration wherever possible.

Final Cleaning and Scrubbing:
As a final step, our team will meticulously clean the area, ensuring a
pristine environment. To eliminate airborne mold spores, HEPA filters and negative pressure ventilation will be employed as needed. Our comprehensive approach aims at not only addressing the current issues but also preventing future complications.