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How to Remove Mold in Your Commercial Building

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You may have experience with mold removal in your home, but commercial mold removal is an entirely different ballgame. Due to the size of commercial properties, mold has much more room to expand and grow than it does in a residence. Mold growth can possibly halt business operations, preventing employees and customers from being able to enter the premises. Because of this, it is imperative that when mold is detected, it is removed immediately. 

Here, we will discuss mold removal remedies for commercial buildings.

What Can Cause Mold?

Mold can grow wherever there is moisture and a food source. In commercial spaces, mold can grow and spread due to any of the following factors:

  • Uncontrolled moisture/ leaks in the building
  • Water damage (detected or undetected)
  • Elevated relative humidity
  • Presence of attractive food sources – Building materials such as sheetrock, ceiling tiles, and carpeting

Warning Signs

Signs that your building may possibly be exposed to mold include:

  • Musty odors
  • Noticeable moisture problems
  • Visible mold or mildew
  • Water stains in the building
  • Chronic and unexplainable illness of building occupants (symptoms such as headaches, allergies, congestion, etc…)

Identifying the Mold Issue and Scope

A certified mold inspector will come into your property to locate problem areas and see how far the mold has spread. They will conduct a visual inspection, moisture meter test along with air and/or surface sampling. A report should be produced identifying the areas of concern along with their levels of contamination. 

Mold Remediation

Mold remediation involves the abatement process; the elevated mold spores will be removed from the property. However, remediation involves a few more preventative steps in order to stop mold growth from occurring again in the future. Professionals will inspect the premise, contain all areas of mold, filter the air, clean up the mold, and thoroughly treat the building. This process removes the elevated mold levels in your commercial property. Since the source was found, preventative measures are taken to ensure it does not happen again. 

Contact Soil-Away

If you notice mold growing in your commercial building, contact Soil-Away immediately. Our expert team has been performing mold removal and remediation services in south/central New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts for 30 years! Call 603.641.6555 to schedule a mold remediation estimate and service.

Basement Mold Remediation

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Moisture-prone areas and limited sunlight make optimal conditions for mold growth.  These conditions are often seen in basements, where mold can easily grow and thrive in dark corners unnoticed.  Once discovered, it is important that the mold is removed, taking into consideration your health and the spread of the spores through the air during the process.  A company experienced in mold remediation can ensure that this is done properly.

Who Is the Best Mold Removal Company?

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When hiring a mold removal company, it is critical that you choose a company with experience, the right equipment and proper insurance.  Mold remediation can be a complicated process, depending on the type of mold and extent of its growth.  A mold remediation company, like the mold removal experts at Soil-Away, understands the best way to remove all of the mold and its accompanying spores.  This will ensure that the mold is removed entirely and is not spread to other areas through the removal process.

What Company Repairs Water Damage?

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After your home or business is damaged by a flood, you need a company with experience handling this type of disaster.  It is important that the restoration process addresses not only removing the water, but also any underlying moisture problems and high humidity levels.  These problems can lead to mold down the road.  A professional restoration company has the equipment and experience to address the water quickly, reducing the moisture levels back to normal and repairing any resulting damage.

Mold Remediation Specialist

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Growing in a home or business, mold is much more than an eyesore or an indication that a good cleaning is needed.  While most types of mold are more of a nuisance, this can be an indicator of a water problem.  Some molds can even be detrimental to a person’s health, particularly when the spores are airborne and breathed in.  Regardless of the type of mold, it is important to fully remove it and cautions must be taken to ensure that the mold spores do not carry through the air to other parts of the property.

How Do I Clean Up Mold?

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Borax, a white powder that can be found in with laundry detergent is a good option for DIY mold removal.  Mix the borax powder with one gallon of hot water.  You can then apply the mixture to the area, scrubbing until the mold disappears.  The borax does not need to be rinsed off, as the residual will act as a deterrent to keep the mold from reappearing.  Other substances that can treat mold include baking soda, vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. Make sure areas are properly dried so that residual moisture isn’t left to assist with more microbial growth.

Identifying the Mold

As a homeowner, at some point you will probably have to deal with mold, which typically thrives in warm high-moisture areas such as the bathroom, basement or attic.  Once mold growth has begun in an area, it can grow exponentially so it is important to address the problem immediately.  Mold that has accumulated into big colonies can be harmful to the health of anyone living in the home. 

Properly identifying mold should be done by a professional. Industry experts, such as industrial hygienist, are trained in proper mold testing techniques. They can take both air and surface samples and send them to a lab for results. A report will then be generated to list out the volume and types of mold present. Depending on the testing results, professional mold remediation may be necessary.  Some types of mold are toxic and should be removed by a professional mold remediation team such as Soil-Away.

Wear Protective Gear and Secure the Surrounding Area

Cleaning mold can be tricky business, as the spores can travel through the air contaminating other areas.  The mold spores can also adhere to clothing and other areas, unseen to the naked eye.  Wearing the appropriate clothing and gear (personal protective equipment) can help to prevent this spread, while also protecting you from any harmful effects that can be caused by the mold.  Wear gloves, goggles, respiratory protection and loose clothing during the removal process and be sure to discard or immediately wash these items after.

Containing the workspace is also critical to a successful mold cleanup project. Cross contamination is a big threat during this process. Properly isolating the workspace and using HEPA filtration will drastically manage mold spores migrating to unwanted areas of the property.

By addressing a mold situation immediately, you can ensure that your family and your home are protected.  If you suspect that toxic mold is in your home, you should seek the help of a mold remediation professional.  

Soil-Away is experienced at helping homeowners remove mold from their home safely and effectively.  Contact Soil-Away at 603-641-6555.

Who Should I Hire to Remove Mold from My Attic?

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When hiring a company to remove mold from your attic, you should find a company that is affordable, reputable, and has experienced technicians.  Serious mold removal is not typically a do-it-yourself job.  Anticipate investing time and money into getting rid of the mold and bringing your house back to its pre-mold state.  Choosing the wrong company can negatively impact your property and cause mold to spread.  The more mold cross-contaminates your space, the greater you and your property are at risk.  That’s why it’s important to count on a mold remediation company like Soil-Away.

Why should I hire Soil-Away for mold removal in my attic?

Soil-Away is not just like any other mold remediation company.  The company goes above and beyond to make sure your home is safe and clean.  Soil-Away:

  • Is local, family-owned, well known (established 1990) and reputable
  • Offers 24/7 services
  • Has IICRC-trained technicians. Follows IICRC S-520 standards for mold.
  • Includes fire, water and mold damage cleanup and restoration
  • Offers reconstruction and repair services
  • Fully insured and bonded
  • Offers competitive pricing and will warranty work
  • Specializes in insurance claim work (both with local and national insurance companies)

Don’t wait to get mold out of your attic.  Call Soil-Away right away today at (603) 641-6555.

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Mold Remediation in the Attic – Bedford, NH

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You enter the attic in your Bedford, NH home and turn on the lights. While you try to look for an item, something catches your eye. You can’t pull your gaze and decide to have a look at it. The black specks, up close, alerts you to the presence of mold in the attic. There are various colors of mold in the attic: White, blue-green, gray, and black. While black mold is commonly labeled as toxic, it mostly indicated poor air quality. Mold remediation in the attic can easily be done. Before that, however, there are a few things to note.

Mold Removal Services– Biddeford, Maine

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Don’t let mold ruin your winter plans, if your home or office has become damaged by mold growth, call the experts! Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration Services has dedicated 30 years of excellence to the New England community and is looking forward to providing services to Maine for many years to come. If you’re looking for mold removal services in Biddeford, Maine, look no further than Soil-Away!

Doctor’s Office Mold Remediation – Manchester, NH

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A leaky pipe leads to mold.  It sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it?  Leaky pipes are one of the primary causes for mold development.   The maintenance workers at a doctor’s office in Manchester, NH did not notice sections of their office walls becoming saturated with water until it was too late.  Because of all the moisture, mold developed throughout areas of the wall.  This has left a musty smell throughout the office.  Not wanting to make sicknesses even worse for their patients, the owners closed the doctor’s office and sought immediate mold remediation. 

Mold Removal in School – Nashua, NH

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Max, the school district’s superintendent walked slowly down the hall. His heart was filled with pride over how well things were going at this Nashua school. He walked up the stairs to the next floor of the two story building. Just as he reached the top of the stairs his nose caught a musty scent. His heart skipped a beat. Is that mold I smell? He thought. Wasting no time he followed the odor until he came to the attic. He opened the door. As his eyes adjusted to the dimness, he noticed a black slimy substance on the walls and floor – MOLD. Wasting no time he raced back to his office. He told his secretary to find him an excellent mold removal company. With children around, they had to remedy the situation as soon as possible. Mold growth is not acceptable in a school and this was going to be dealt with quickly.

Mold Cleanup — Saco, Maine

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A Saco, Maine resident was devastated when she was told that her bookstore was contaiminated with mold. She could not have customers and workers in a potentially dangerous environment. Mold might get someone sick, not to mention the structural damage to her store. Professional mold cleanup and remediation services were in order.

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