Mold Remediation

It seems strange that something so common as mold could be as dangerous as it is. Not only has mold been proven to aggravate allergies and asthma, some types of mold also produce toxic byproducts called mycotoxins. Since mycotoxins can’t be identified by the naked eye, it’s important to avoid unnecessary inhalation or contact with mold.

To make matters worse, mold reproduces by releasing spores into the air. Mold spores are kind of like pollen, in that they can float around your house even after you’ve killed the main source. This can cause ongoing health problems and allows mold to continue to grow and flourish, even after you’ve killed it.

Mold growth starts in as little as 48-72 hours after water damage occurs and can spread at an alarming rate, especially in warm and wet months of the year.

At ServiceMaster, we work with recognized testing facilities to provide mold inspection and analysis services to ensure an appropriate remediation plan.

About Our Mold Removal Services

Mold Testing

A preliminary inspection is conducted by a Certified Industrial Hygienist to determine the best-suited remediation plan for your home. This includes:

  • An air and surface sampling to identify mold.
  • A measurement of the concentration of mold particles and spores in the air.
  • A moisture measurement to assess the presence of moisture in building materials.
  • Lab analysis of samples.

The Cleaning Process

Since mold removal involves spores that are about 3-7 microns in size (a human hair is about 75 microns), repeated cleanings are necessary to ensure the job is done. We will first remove any structural materials that have mold growth (such as drywall). If needed, we will also pack out furniture and other items to be cleaned away from the affected area. Any cleaning of your personal items will be explained and documented before work starts.

After items have been removed, we HEPA vacuum the area to trap spores and prevent them from spreading. We then sanitize, HEPA vacuum again, damp wipe, and HEPA vacuum horizontal surfaces. Another round of testing will then be performed.

Why Should I Have Mold Removed Professionally?

Just killing the mold itself isn’t enough because the mycotoxins stay with the dead mold and the spores can still be floating around the house waiting to take hold again.

We have access to a certified Industrial Hygienist for mold sampling and testing, including air quality conditions. This allows us to guarantee that we have brought the mold spores content back to normal, which typically means the same or less as what you find outside.

Does Home Insurance Cover Mold?

Our services are often covered under homeowner’s or business insurance. We have a claims specialist to assist with billing insurance, and for most of our clients we can fully manage all of the billing and payments without having to involve them.

How Does It Work

Our mold remediation work is guaranteed. If we do not pass a clearance test, we will re-clean and pay for an additional clearance test at our expense:

♦ We start with an inspection and evaluation of your home. A contracted hygienist will take scientific samples of mold and moisture levels before we begin.

♦ We explain what we need to do, in what order, and why it’s important. We’ll also explain how long it will take us to restore your home to pre-mold conditions.

♦ We will work directly with your insurance company, so that you don’t have to worry about billing or paperwork.

♦ We do all the cleaning.

♦ A third-party hygienist does testing to ensure your home is mold-free, and that the moisture levels are reduced when we’re finished.

♦ We provide Pack Out Services if needed (moving your furniture and other valuables to our safe and secure warehouse) so we can remediate the mold.

♦ When ready, we can move all your items back into your home.

MOLD REMEDIATION QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

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Mold Remediation FAQ

Mold can grow on almost any damp surface and can begin to spread quickly within 48-72 hours of water damage. Water, oxygen, low to zero light, and a cellulose food source are all it takes for mold to reproduce. Drywall, wallpaper, ceiling tile, carpet, insulation material, and furnishings are all susceptible to mold growth.

Common causes of mold infestation include:

  • High humidity with poor ventilation.
  • Water damage from a slow leak.
  • Water damage from a broken pipe.

Mold reproduces by releasing spores which can linger in the air much like pollen and dander. These spores can cause respiratory irritation and can survive conditions that would normally kill mold. Special care is needed to eliminate these mold spores in order to prevent recolonization.

Allergic reactions are the most common mold-related health problems. However, certain types of mold, such as Stachybotrys chartarum aka “black mold”, produce mycotoxins which irritate and inflame the respiratory system. Depending on the duration of exposure and an individual’s sensitivity to mycotoxins, symptoms that may begin as acute irritation can sometimes lead to chronic illness.

Symptoms of mold exposure may include:

  • Headaches
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Watery, red, or itchy eyes
  • Skin irritation

Although uncommon, some people develop more severe reactions to mold exposure such as fever or lung infections. Since the degree of symptoms can vary depending on the type of mold and individual’s susceptibility, it is extremely important to remove mold from your home as quickly and effectively as possible.

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What Our Customers Say

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From start to finish Service Master treated me like a family member. They were quick to schedule an initial appointment to assess the damage, and quickly and efficiently packed my possessions. When renovations were finished they quickly scheduled another appointment, arrived promptly, and smoothly helped me get all of my items back in the house. They went over and above what I had expected and I will recommend them to anyone who needs their services. Joanne, Vickie, and Brett were absolutely wonderful at helping me get through this crazy time.
Marsha C.
Marsha C.
14:46 01 May 20
Fast, quality service with expertise and a smile!
Steve C.
Steve C.
14:25 07 Apr 20
On July 23rd we experienced a flood that encompassed our kitchen,great room and dining room thanks to the hose breaking on the back of the refrigerator....
Rita D.
Rita D.
07:58 12 Sep 19
Our new office flooded, six weeks after we moved in. Thank goodness for Brett and his team! They came in, took care of everything and had us back to "business as usual" in a matter of days. These folks are amazing. ServiceMaster Quality Clean will continue to be our go-to when we, or our customers, need anything. They really are top-notch!Thanks again, Karen MichaelsMichaels Insurance and Financial Services, State Farm Insurance
Karen M.
Karen M.
19:31 01 Aug 18
I have been using Service Master in Elkton for years. Brett Duckworth and his team are the best around! Very responsive, knowledgeable, and professional. It's great to have someone like them to refer my clients to as well!

Bill McCool
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Bill M.
Bill M.
02:32 23 Feb 17
Outstanding company. Very professional and exceeded any expectations during my loss.
Matthew P.
Matthew P.
13:06 25 Aug 15
I have been using Service Master in Elkton for years. Brett Duckworth and his team are the best around! Very responsive, knowledgeable, and professional. It's great to have someone like them to refer my clients to as well! Bill McCoolMcCool Insurance
Bill M.
Bill M.
02:53 23 Feb 17
Brett from ServiceMaster came out to inspect some minor water damage and give an estimate of costs to repair. He was knowledgeable, as honest as anyone would hope, and gave great explanations of the work and options I had. I had a different company come out and they vastly overestimated costs. Brett gave great advice, will be saving me lots of money, and did not pressure me in any way whatsoever. I highly recommend ServiceMaster Quality Clean.
Francis O.
Francis O.
20:35 17 Feb 17
They came to my home the same day of the water damage. Also worked with me with earlier times than usual. Friendly staff members and funny. No complaints about anything would use the again if insurance is paying ( lol) , J/K
Ken W.
Ken W.
19:07 11 Nov 19
Great company with awesome employees, they did an excellent job cleaning the soot in my garage/shop. Exceeded my expectations, garage was spotless all soot and odor gone.
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Frank C.
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