While not all mold is toxic, all mold produce allergens and irritants with the potential to cause negative health effects. Mold can spread quickly through your home or business, sometimes in as little as 48 hours. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
Local & Responsive
Mold spreads quickly, and quickly takes over any space it invades, so a minor mold infestation can quickly become a major problem. Topline Restoration focuses on responding immediately, as a fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.
Mold Remediation Specialists
We are expert mold damage specialists. We get started quickly to get your home or business back to normal, with specific training and certifications to handle your restoration needs.
Advanced Mold Remediation
To address mold, you first need to stop the source of water feeding the mold. Once that is done, we can begin the process to remove the existing mold, and work to prevent it from returning.
What We Do
Every situation is different and requires a unique solution. However, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” mold remediation.
- Emergency Contact
- Inspection and Assessment
- Air Filtration
- Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
- Cleaning Contents and Belongings
Local and state laws may require a specific inspection and documentation protocol based on the size of the affected area. We can advise you on this process, providing guidance based on your unique situation.
Step 1: Emergency Contact
Our process begins with your call or email. Our experts will begin with questions regarding the mold infestation that will help us respond properly, with the appropriate equipment and resources.
Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment
We carefully inspect your property for both visible and hidden signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and is often hidden. We use various technologies to detect mold and find the hidden water source.
Step 3: Containment
Topline Restoration uses various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. The goal is to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. As part of this process, all fans and heating/cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the mold from spreading.
Step 4: Air Filtration
Our specialized filtration equipment allows our team to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA filtered vacuums to prevent the spread of mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.
Step 5: Removal of Mold & Mold-Infested Material
The remediation process depends on the amount of growth and the types of surfaces on which mold has grown. We use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate existing molds, and to help prevent new mold from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of porous materials like drywall and carpeting in severe cases.
Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing
We clean your furniture, decorations, curtains, clothing, and other items affected by mold. We use a variety of materials and processes to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors caused by the mold growth.
Step 7: Restoration
Depending on the level of damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have to be removed. Restoration will involve replacing any such items, and returning your home to a mold-free condition.
What is ‘Black’ Mold?
Black mold is just that, mold that is black in color. Most home mold spores will be this color, which can cause unnecessary panic if it’s not fully understood.
All mold can, and usually does, cause allergy reactions. Some can cause more severe reactions such as breathing difficulty and other respiratory symptoms. The toxic ‘black’ mold is known as Stachybotrys chartarum (S. chartarum), and it is actually very rare.
If you see a black colored mold, it is almost certainly not S. chartarum – but that is something Topline Restoration’s testing can determine for sure. Regardless of the type or color, you shouldn’t touch or disturb the mold.
Quick Mold Facts
When water has a porus growth medium, like drywall, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold can return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.