Lake Tahoe Mold Remediation & Removal Services
Due to a lack of government regulations and laws regarding remediation, many times it is done ineffectively. Here in Lake Tahoe and the surrounding areas, we recommend anyone hiring a mold remediation contractor to be educated on the best practices for dealing with mold. It is common for homeowners and some contractors to use bleach and other chemicals to deal with mold issues. This can be effective when cleaning hard surfaces like tile and porcelain, not so effective at cleaning wood framing and gypsum board drywall. It has been proven by our years of experience and testing performed by certifying organizations that chemicals alone will not remove mold from wood.
Our remediation approach is based on:
- Training from the asbestos industry.
- Certifying bodies like the IICRC, Micro, and ACAC.
- Studies and information from the EPA, CDC, and the World Health Organization, as well as state health departments.
- Our years of firsthand experience.
- New studies, research and advancements in the industry.
The following are typical procedures for mold remediation of a building:
- We require all workers in mold contaminated areas to adorn personal protective equipment including a full mask P100 particulate respirator, a Tyvek suit, and latex gloves.
- We hang proper signage to prevent unauthorized entry to our work areas.
- We isolate areas of mold growth under a negative pressure by pumping air out of the work area and through a HEPA filtered air scrubber before being ducted to the exterior of the structure.
- The containment is constructed of clear, fire resistant 6 mil plastic. We seal to the walls with special red tape, and compression poles.
- We typically install zipper doors and create a clean room constructed of PVC framing to act as second chamber and storage for our personal protective equipment.
- We run additional air scrubbers outside and inside containments to remove airborne mold spores and particulate.
- Remove gypsum board drywall a minimum of 2 feet beyond mold growth, bag and dispose of.
- Remove all insulation in open wall and ceiling cavities, or in crawlspaces and attics where mold is present. This gets bagged before coming out of containment and disposing of.
- Structurally clean any wood framing with mold present. We typically use pressurized soda blast media to abrasively remove the mold from the wood substrates. For smaller jobs we may use mechanized sanders with HEPA vacuums, or wire brushes.
- All hard surfaces get cleaned with a biocide cleaner to remove all mold growth and particulate.
- HEPA vacuum and damp wipe all surfaces.
- Run air scrubbers to remove mold spores from the air in work area for 24 hours.
- Pass clearance inspection to be provided by a 3rd party independent environmental professional.
Every job is different, so we cannot get you a price unless we see your project.
Free Estimates provided to those who have a mold inspection report with work protocol available.
After-hours- non-emergency calls will be returned the following business day.