Is Mold Testing Before Remediation Services Needed?

Short answer - no, but don’t jump to conclusions just yet. First, there is a major difference between merely collecting mold samples (testing) and performing a mold assessment. When it comes to mold testing, often times air and/ or surface samples are collected by and indoor environmental professional (IEP) and submitted to a laboratory. The results of these samples are then passed on to the property occupants.

When it comes to a mold assessment, much more of an investigation is performed. Using a combination of the olfactory system, flashlight, hygrometer, moisture meters, thermal imaging camera, air quality particle counters, a borescope and good ole’ experience - a hypothesis can be rendered on what is occurring within a property, and a conclusion made. During a mold assessment, collecting mold samples (testing) is often performed. Pairing these samples with other information collected, such as particulate counts, an IEP now possesses objective data to either support or counter their hypothesis. After all, a mold assessment is made up of objective and subjective data - further distinguishing itself from simple mold testing.

So, what does this all mean? Well, if you’re simply looking for a laboratory sheet discussing quantities of mold, with intentions on comparing pre-remediation results to post-remediation results - save your time and money; it’s just not needed! However, if you’d like to stand the best chance at successfully remediating a property on the first try, a pre-remediation mold assessment is highly recommended. An IEP and a remediation contractor working together to develop an accurate scope of work is something magical to see in this industry.

Mold Restoration Companies in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

So, I’m often asked why mold remediation and removal services within the South Florida area, specifically Fort Lauderdale and Miami, are so different than those in other areas. Well, for starters, South Florida has a much different climate - compared to other cities and states within the US. Beyond that, it’s definitely fair to say that this region of the United States is the Wild West - when it comes to restoration services.

So, what do I mean by calling this area the Wild West? It’s simple! This area is heavily saturated with remediation and restoration professionals, and as a result, there are so many varying approaches to removing and treating mold. While there are a number of approaches, one thing remains the same: The ANSI/IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification)’s S520-2015 Standard for Professional Mold Remediation is still the standard in which mold remediation professionals must abide by. While this standard does allow for professionals to deviate at times, it also makes note that these deviations need to be performed in a manner of which is in the best interest of all parties.

For more information pertaining to our standards as mold remediation contractors, as well as locating a certified professional, please head on over to the institutions page: https://www.iicrc.org/page/IICRCGlobalLocator

To learn more about our mold remediation services within the Ft. Lauderdale area, head on over to our local city page: https://www.discreetrestoration.com/fort-lauderdale-mold-removal-water-damage-services/

Addressing Mold in Homes With CIRS Patients

If you have CIRS (Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome), or know someone who does, you understand first-hand the struggles that come along with it. Chronic fatigue, sensitivities to odors, cloudiness, and numerous other symptoms that could very easily fill a full paragraph here! What was once an unknown illness, in which many individuals were misdiagnosed, is now something that is not only known, but now better understood and being treated by a number of doctors.

Within the South Florida area alone, there are doctors treating CIRS patients from West Palm Beach to Broward and down into the Miami area. While there are more and more doctors/ physicians treating CIRS and similar chronic illnesses, there is still a shortage of remediation contractors to assist with the treatment process. What exactly is the treatment process? Well, it varies from doctor to doctor, however, one recommendation remains the same - a patient must live within a healthier environment. Acquiring a healthy home can range from seeking professional remediation to achieve this level of cleanliness, but may sometimes require moving to an entirely new property.

When it comes to remediation efforts in properties with chronically ill individuals, a traditional mold remediation service simply will not do. Small Particle Remediation, which is what patients with CIRS, Lyme disease and even severe cases of asthma often need, differs from the more common remediation service. For starters, products containing chemicals are not used during the cleaning process. Air-filtration devices, equipped with HEPA filters are utilized more closely to the water damaged areas, allowing for local exhaust - ultimately limited the spread of smaller particles during the demolition process.

The biggest difference between traditional remediation and small particle remediation is the meticulous cleaning process as the final step. Surfaces must be cleaned numerous times, ensuring that no visible debris transfers to the cleaning cloths being used. Due to the inhalation potential of such small fragments, it’s imperative that an environment be cleaned to the point where no visible dust remains. The best way to think of small particle remediation is the removal of dust and other fine particles - which of course may contain fragments of mold and other symptom-triggering allergens.