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Mold Removal & Remediation

Have Mold Damage In Your Home?

First Restoration Services offers mold removal and remediation cleanup for your home or business in Asheville, Hendersonville, Brevard, NC and surrounding areas in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina.

If you see signs of mold damage in your basement, crawl space, drywall or anywhere else in your home or business, you need to make sure you respond with proper care for you and your family’s or co-workers health. Mold cleanup is very dangerous and if not taken care of properly by a mold removal and remediation specialist, more harm than good can be caused.

First Restoration Services offers free inspections and estimates.

If you think you have black mold damage in your home we will connect you with an Industrial Hygienist, or an indoor air specialist, who can test the affected areas and write a mold remediation protocol for mold removal. This will enable First Restoration Services to have the most accurate information when estimating and developing a plan for your mold removal project.

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Expertise

  • Containment Set Up
  • Air Filtration
  • Dehumidification
  • Mold Contaminated Debris Removal
  • Mold Cleanup & Removal
  • Reconstruction
  • Black Mold Damage

Signs & Symptoms of Mold

Do you believe you have black mold in your home? Do you know what the symptoms of mold are? Mold needs water, a food source, oxygen and a temperature between 40 degrees and 100 degrees fahrenheit in order to grow. If disturbed, the mold spores can get airborne and spread throughout your home. First Restoration Services are mold remediation experts in Asheville and can offer you a free inspection and estimate if you see signs and symptoms of mold damage in your home or business. Read what the EPA says about mold and affects here.

Signs of Mold

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Mold Removal Process

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  1. Air Quality Test – The first step to properly removing mold is to get an air quality professional (Industrial Hygienist) to test the affected areas. With the test results, the air quality professional will be capable of writing up a protocol on how to remove the mold in your home.
  2. Mold Containment – When mold spores get airborne, it can get in the HVAC system and spread to other parts of the building. Proper containment is extremely important in preventing the spread of contaminants. Symptoms of exposure to mold can include;
  • Nasal and sinus congestion
  • Eye irritation, such as itchy, red, watery eyes
  • Wheezing and difficulty breathing
  • Cough
  • Throat irritation
  • Skin irritation, such as a rash
  • Headache

3. Mold Removal – Once containment is set up and the moisture source has been properly taken care of, we can begin removal. This procedure will depend on the protocol written by the air quality professional after testing. This may include removal of drywall, carpeting, ceiling tiles, etc.

Once all affected material is removed, the process of cleaning is written by the industrial hygienist but the cleaning process typically involves;

  • HEPA Vacuum
  • Hand Wipe Down w/ antimicrobial solution.
  • HEPA Vacuum

4. Mold Damage Repair – Once all the affected building materials have been properly removed and disposed of, and the area has been clean, First Restoration Services can repair all damage back to its original condition.

How To Kill Mold

You can’t “kill” mold. The mold spores can only go dormant if it doesn’t have the right nutrients (food, water, warmth, and oxygen) which basically means it won’t be releasing any mycotoxins. The best way to prevent mold from growing and releasing mycotoxins remove one of these four nutrients and keep all surfaces clean, dry and plenty of ventilation.

What Does Mold Need To Grow

Mold needs four things to grow.

  • Food – organic materials such as paper, wood, plants, etc.
  • Temperature – The optimal temperature for mold is between 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit. This also happens to be the optimal human comfort level for temperature.
  • Moisture – Mold needs a source of water to thrive and grow
  • Oxygen – Mold needs oxygen in order to thrive and grow.

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IICRC S520 Standard

First Restoration Services follows the standard of care by the IICRC. The ANSI/IICRC S520 is a procedural standard for the remediation of mold damaged structures and contents. The ANSI/IICRC S520 is based on reliable remediation and restoration principles, research and practical experience, and attempts to combine essential academic principles with practical elements of water damage restoration for technicians facing “real-life” mold remediation challenges.

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