Having the need to hire a professional mold remediation service was not in the plans for this Bedford, New Hampshire (NH) couple. They did not think the “minor” water stains on their ceiling from ice dams was really worth making a fuss about. The couple put in an insurance claim for water damage last year and it drastically increased their premiums. They did not want it to happen again. Nevertheless, their mindset changed when “black dots” began to appear on their bedroom ceiling. It was time to get help. It was time to contact a local mold remediation service.
The harsh winter and heavy snowfall in the Bedford area cause a lot of water damage to homes and businesses. Ice dams were the leading cause of the damage. This was followed closely by frozen pipes. Soil-Away had performed hundreds of water damage cleanup jobs that winter. When spring season finally rolled around they were thrilled to catch a temporary breather from all the emergency calls. Nevertheless, as the weather warmed, the phone began ringing with a new problem: mold. Many people had put off dealing with the water damage to their homes. Delaying professional water damage mitigation almost always results in mold problems. This is when the Bedford couple contacted Soil-Away about their mold remediation services.
A project manager from Soil-Away visited the Bedford property to inspect the “black dots” on the ceiling. Using infrared cameras and moisture meters, the project manager detected pockets of existing moisture in the ceiling. The water damage extended beyond their master bedroom to the upstairs office as well. The couple hired Soil-Away to perform the mold remediation service on the spot to take care of the issue. A crew was scheduled for the next morning to address the identified issues.
Due to the potential health concerns that mold poses, mold remediation services are typically more extensive and detailed than water damage cleanup. Extra precautions are implemented to ensure client and employee safety. Additional PPE (personal protective equipment) is utilized by employees. Containment of the workspace was setup. This included poly-sheathing barrier walls and HEPA air scrubbers. Affected building materials, such as drywall and insulation, were completely removed. The entire space was HEPA vacuumed and treated with an antimicrobial. The areas were dried, which was followed by an inspection by an industrial hygienist. The testing proved the mold remediation services were successful. The Bedford couple was extremely relieved.
Water damage from ice dams is a great example of how a “minor” issue has the potential to turn into a large problem. Ice dams can vary in their level of severity, but they all should at least be inspected by a professional water damage restoration company. This easy step can avoid the need for a mold remediation service down the road. Water damage is usually a lot more cost effective than mold remediation. We advise Bedford property owners to take the proper steps in documenting and inspecting any water damage incident. This will save you the time and risk involved with dealing with mold in the future. Anyone in the Bedford, NH community needing assistance with a water damage cleanup or mold remediation service should contact Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration Services.