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Mold Remediation and Mold Testing is a step by step, detail oriented progress. As the most reliable mold remediation service provider nearest you, our methods include a master level, IICRC certified approach to effectively restoring your home or office to a normal, “pre-loss” condition.
We strive to provide our customers with an experience of comfort and satisfaction, even in the middle of a stressful mold mitigation project.
The Metrix Mold Removal Method
Practical application of industry standards
Eliminating the unnecessary
We know that your time and resources are valuable, which is why we offer complete mold remediation and mold removal services, including mold damage repair.
As certified mold remediation experts serving the Northern VA territory, it is our duty and honor to ensure that we effect and maintain the highest level of indoor environment quality for our customers home and office.
Mold Remediation Guidelines
Remediators should perform remediation in compliance with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) mold removal guidelines, The State Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Bureau of Environmental & Occupational Disease Epidemiology guidelines or in compliance with EPA mold removal guidelines for schools and commercial buildings. HVAC remediation work should be done in compliance with NADCA recommendations. The remediator should follow any applicable recommendations that the indoor environmental professional included below.
Personal Protection For Mold Removal Projects
(PPE) Full-face respirators are to be worn. Gloves are to be worn to remove all infected building materials. Disposable Tyvek coveralls covering both the head and shoes shall be worn.
When to Vacate the Premises
Vacating people from the adjacent spaces is usually only necessary for a large/widespread problem but is also recommended for individuals with reduced immune systems, elderly, infants, recent surgery patients, people with chronic inflammatory lung disease or individuals with respiratory health concerns.
Containment During Mold Remediation
Complete isolation of the work area using plastic (6 mil poly) sheeting sealed with tape. If a containment area blocks the only entrance, vacating the property is usually recommended during remediation. If the problem is widespread and the entire property needs remediation, no containment is necessary. This area should be large enough to house any contaminated materials Sealing with plastic sheeting (6 mil poly) all ventilation, ducts/grills, fixtures and other openings.
Use an exhaust fan with a HEPA filter to generate negative pressurization (ventilating to the outdoors). Use the appropriately sized unit for the space. The air exchange rate must be six times per hour.
HEPA Mold Removal
Any area that is in the same area of contaminated materials should be HEPA vacuumed, starting at highest point and working down to the floor. Any area that is contained should be completely HEPA-Vac’d. This should be done before AND after removing contaminated materials. If the entire property is contaminated, the entire property needs to be HEPA-Vac’d.
Apply antimicrobial to visible fungal growth prior to removal of material. Wait 10 minutes before removing the material. This provides sufficient time for the antimicrobial to paralyze microbial agents and reduces the dust generated because the material is wetted. This should be done before and after removing contaminated materials.
Remove Moldy Materials
Remove infected drywall, insulation and building material least twelve inches past any visual mold. All debris should be double bagged in 3 mil contractor bags twisted, goose necked and sealed with duct tape. The sealed bags are to be wiped clean with the appropriate disinfectant in the containment before transport to the disposal area.
There are no special requirements for the disposal of moldy material. Moldy materials that are bagged can be disposed of with other general waste. All contaminated materials should be wrapped in plastic and sealed with tape before being taken out of the containment area through the unaffected areas for disposal. Sometimes building material, furniture, flooring, etc. cannot be evaluated until it has been jarred from its location. For cases like this, the mold remediation company hired should be trusted to give an honest evaluation.
Multiple air scrubbers should be used for properties with a widespread problem and no containment area. How many should be a decision trusted in the hands of the mold remediation company hired. An Air Scrubber should be placed in each containment area for 48-72 hours.
Air Duct Cleaning
Every mold remediation should be completed with a thorough cleaning of the HVAC system and air ducts. Sanitize/Disinfect air handler coils. Sanitize/Disinfect all duct work.
Restoring Mold Damage
If an item such as kitchen cabinets, clothing, furniture, etc. were damaged you should have a yes/no answer to whether or not your item can be restored. How this needs to be done is dependent upon the item in question. Wood may require sanding, clothes a simple rinse in the wash, etc. Some items like cabinets may appear to be salvageable, but after they are removed the damage is worse than anticipated. Trust the mold professional you hire for advice on whether or not something can be restored.
Mold Removal Final Inspections
Prior to containment removal and re-occupancy of the space a certified mold inspector should do a visual inspection and air sampling. Air sample should be taken both within the containment and in an adjacent area to ensure spores have not spread to other areas. After passing post remediation testing you may choose to apply a sealant around studs. Containment removal and re-occupancy shall occur when space passes appropriate verification testing.
Containment Used During Reconstruction
After the work area has passed clearance testing, the enclosure can be used to contain the dust generated by sheetrock sanding and taping activities. This is done to reduce the clean up when reconstruction is complete.
If you need mold testing you need to call Mold Metrix.
In addition to causing extensive property damage, mold can also pose serious health risks if left untreated. At Mold Metrix, we utilize sophisticated testing equipment to conduct thorough mold inspections. Click below to schedule service.
Mold Testing & Inspection
At Mold Metrix, we are able to provide mold testing & mold inspection service for pre & post mold remediation. Pre mold remediation testing is recommended to establish secondary contamination zones & mold remediation goals.
Post mold remediation testing is recommended for project clearance. Our services are specially designed to solve all of your water-related problems like mold growth, structural issues, plumbing leaks, and even cosmetic damages to your home.
After a leak or flood, your property can quickly become a breeding ground for harmful molds and bacteria triggering serious health problems such as allergies, asthma, and other respiratory illnesses. Saturated building materials are not always easy to detect, turning your home or office into a health hazard without your awareness. Professional mold testing is a simple and essential step to ensuring the safety of your family and customers.
Sampling and laboratory analysis may not be recommended for every project but is mandatory for a definitive assessment. No inspector can state as a “legal fact” that you are experiencing a mold infestation without proper testing for confirmation.
There are three common ways for collecting mold samples — lift, swab, and spore trap.
Lift and swab samples are used for direct surface sampling. For example, swab samples may be better suited for drywall and studs while lift samples may be used for collecting carpet or drape samples. These two methods are excellent for post-remediation testing. Collected samples are always categorized with a proper chain of custody and sent to an independent laboratory for a full analysis.
Spore trapping or “air sampling” is most desirable for determining the risk of exposure and linking adverse health symptoms to mold contamination. Whenever air samples are collected inside of a building, at least one air sample must also be collected outside for comparative analysis.
Molds are not only pesky but also hazardous. They release poisonous substances known as mycotoxins that can cause severe illnesses and even death in both humans and animals. In fact, prolonged mold exposure can cause adverse side effects on your nervous, respiratory, and immune systems. Exposure to mold contamination can also affect your overall health in bold and subtle ways.
Fortunately, Mold Metrix can help you detect and eliminate mold contamination in your home or business in Arlington, Fairfax County, Prince William County and the surrounding areas. We have a certified team of mold testing and mold remediation experts that will provide you with safe and affordable solutions to solve all of your mold-related problems.
Contact us today at (833) 200-9444 for a free initial consultation.
Air Duct Mold Remediation
Air duct cleaning is an important aspect of residential and commercial property maintenance. A dirty air duct system can lead to increased energy usage, higher utility bills, and the potential for poor indoor air quality.
Meanwhile, a well-maintained air duct system will help your home or office work more efficiently by reducing the amount of energy required for heating and cooling. It also lessens the risk of developing respiratory problems from inhaling dust particles that may circulate throughout a building via a poorly maintained air duct system.
If you are looking for quality and affordable air duct cleaning services in the Northern Virginia area, contact Metrix Restoration today at (833) 200-9444 for a free estimate.
Standard – Starts at $24.99 per vent opening. Our Standard service includes removing vent covers, the use of HEPA quality direct contact extraction to remove air duct debris, HEPA extraction and topical soil removal from vent covers, and HEPA extraction and wipe down of HVAC return boxes. (Some restrictions may apply.)
Premier – Starts at $39.99 per vent opening. Our Premier service includes standard air duct cleaning plus Antimicrobial Decontamination Treatment proven to be effective against 99.9% of common household germs, bacteria, and fungi. (Some restrictions may apply.)
HVAC main unit cleaning and disinfection- Starts at $399.99 per unit
Choose Metrix over your Air Duct Cleaning Matter and receive Indoor Air Quality Clearance Testing with lab analysis valued at $299.99 for FREE. (Best bang for your buck!)
Reasons for Air Duct Cleaning
Excess Dust and Debris Buildup
According to NADCA statistics, the average weight of dust and debris buildup accumulated in your air duct system in between cleanings is about 40 pounds. These particulates are recirculated back into the air you breathe, causing allergies, asthma, and other respiratory diseases.
Dust and debris in the air ducts clog your heating and cooling devices, forcing your HVAC system to work harder. It leads to higher energy bills and an increased risk of system repairs and breakdowns. Hire a certified professional to clean your air ducts regularly for an energy-efficient HVAC system.