If you smell a musty odor in your home or business or have observed signs of a wet crawl space, give the crawlspace mold remediation experts at Emergency Restoration Services, LLC a call. Our technicians use industry-leading moisture detection equipment along with infrared thermal imaging cameras to determine the extent of water or mold damage and what's causing the problem.
Crawl spaces where humidity is high or where water is pooling are common sites of mold growth, especially if the crawl space has a dirt floor. Crawlspace soil typically takes in moisture naturally, however our humid region of Virginia also dries the soil out through evaporation. Apart from flooding, this additional moisture in the air within the crawl space is a leading cause of mold growth.
Through cracks in walls, floors, and ceilings, the moisture that accumulates in a crawl space also enters other parts of a home or building and also contributes to the spread of mold.
1. Mold Inspection & Assessment
The most important step in the whole process. A professional crawlspace assessment needs to ensure we have found all mold issues to ensure they don't come back again using state-of-the-art air quality and thermal mold mapping to indentify all problem areas.
ERS mold technicians are not limited to just identifying and assessing mold growth problems. We can also help with identifying and replacing or repairing associated crawlspace insulation, duct sealing, and or air vents issues. While we're down there, we also relay any termite and/or rodent infestation problems, as well.
2. Moisture Removal, Drying & Repair
Where standing or pooled water is found, ERS will first determine the source of your chronic water problem and repair it, if necessary. We then employ industrial water pump, vacuuming, drying and evaporation equipment to completely eradicate all evidence of moisture from the crawlspace.
3. Mold Containment Barriers
We begin by putting thick plastic wall and flooring sheeting in place to prevent cross-contamination of mold spores to other unaffected areas during the course of our work.
4. Air Filtration
HEPA-certified air filtration machines are employed to ensure we maintain safe air quality concerns for our technicians and your family as they perform their work.
5. HEPA Vacuum
ERS employs industrial-grade HEPA vacuums to remove and contain surface mold from exposed organic materials such as wood floor joists, beams and other crawlspace structures.
6. Demolition & Removal
Crawlspace mold damage may have progressed to the point where contaminated building materials need to be removed and replaced. Affected materials are carefully removed, bagged, sealed and taken from the premises.
7. Anti-Microbial Application
ERS employs a non-toxic, eco-friendly, and highly effective anti-microbial solution that has proven to be excellent at killing mold roots and spores.
Our anti-microbial solution contains plant-based enzymes ideal for breaking down allergenic proteins in mold spores. It's also catalytic - meaning it keeps on working after application and is safe on all materials.
8. Embedded Mold Removal
ERS ensures its mold remediation products can get to hard-to-reach areas such as getting between floor joist and beam cracks to kill embedded mold roots and minimize mold staining.
9. Scrub & Wipe Clean
Yes - good old elbow grease is employed to scrub, wipe and clean off affected mold surfaces. Our trained mold technicians wear head-to-toe coverings along with air masks to prevent any adverse health effects from breathing in of mold spores.
10. Re-HEPA Vacuum
During our process, we will employ re-vacuuming surface areas throughout to ensure we completely remove any remaining mold spores and roots.
11. Mold-Proof Coating (Encapsulation)
ERS technicians then spray-coat a long-lasting sealant in every inch of your crawlspace to prevent the re-occurrence of mold for years to come. In fact, we offer a 30-year transferrable warranty on all full crawlspace remediation projects.
Our coating is a bright white latex-based coating is designed to cover surfaces with one coat. It provides an extremely durable physical barrier for framing lumber, plywood, brick and block.
12. Final Inspection
We employ a multi-step checklist to ensure we maintain our great reputation of completely remediating and encapsulating your crawlspace protecting it thoroughly for years to come.