Mold is a fungus that appears in a variety of colors ranging from red to orange, pink, green and black. It requires moisture, stagnant air, and a food source. Any wet, organic building material such as drywall or plywood sheeting makes a perfect breeding ground for mold. Mold spreads through the air with spores that attach themselves to moist, porous surfaces. Colonization of mold fungus will continue as long as the conditions are right. In New Hampshire, peak mold season runs from April through November, and is most active during a rainy spring and high humidity during the summer.
Most forms of mold are not harmful to humans in mild concentrations; in fact, mold spores are always present in the air that we breathe. Some molds, like Strachybotrys atra (commonly known as “toxic black mold”) are harmful and dangerous to breathe in any concentration.
As modern life requires living indoors most of the time, accurate identification of mold types and effective mold remediation strategies have become a necessary service in order to maintaining healthy indoor air quality in today’s airtight buildings.
Bleach does not kill mold. There are some products that appear to kill mold within minutes, however, it is simply the bleach removing the discoloration. Mold is a plant, and it has roots. Media blasting is the correct way to remediate mold; and dry ice is the best because it freezes the plant on contact – killing it instantly.
We offer a three year warranty to the home once all work is completed!
If “remediation” is removing the source of the mold and killing it, “restoration” is preventing from coming back. Finding the source of the water intrusion and repairing it. After media blasting the mold, we treat the surface with a biocide; we then rebuild the affected area so you’ll never know it was there!
it’s important to identify the type of mold before removing it. If the mold test shows toxic mold present, every effort must be made to contain the area and eradicate the source as quickly as possible. At New England Remediation Services, we have state-of-the-art mold testing equipment not available to the retail market
Mold remediation is at the heart of what we do at NERS. Our reputation as a New Hampshire-based mold removal company is anchored on the trust that our clients place in us to honestly evaluate their situation and thoroughly perform our service. We make every attempt to eliminate 99% of the mold and take every step to ensure that it does not grow back.
The remediation process can begin once we have received the mold test results back from an independent lab. Some mold removal companies will simply spray the mold with a biocide, leaving the mold spore intact. This will inevitably result in a re-infestation of mold. We have a better way.
Peeled and sealed! Once the infected building material (sheetrock, insulation, etc.) has been removed, we can begin killing the mold. At New England Remediation Services we have a specialized piece of equipment called a Dry Ice Blaster. NERS is one of only a few mold removal companies in New Hampshire that own this equipment. This machine uses dry ice as a blasting media, killing 99.9% of mold spores on contact. At 110 degrees below zero, the dry ice freezes the mold, and then physically peels it from its food source – roots and all. The small amount of debris from blasting is then HEPA-vacuumed up and disposed of properly.
We then apply a nontoxic biocide after the media blasting to kill any remaining spores and prevent the mold from re-colonizing. Because the dry ice blasting process is so thorough, less biocide is needed after the mold is removed.
The final step is stopping the source. The real challenge (and cost) of a mold remediation project depends upon the location and extent of mold development and water intrusion. Some mold removal projects are straightforward. The mold is visible on the surface only, and perhaps a moisture problem is easily remedied by installing ventilation. Water that is leaking down through interior walls and hard to access, however, can create a much bigger project.
After the mold has been removed, we can then replace the sheetrock, trim, and paint back to its original condition - this part of the job is called Restoration.
We are available to perform any or all of the services required along the way. We make every effort to educate our clients in the remediation process, so they fully understand the pros and cons of performing a complete mold remediation project. Our pricing is honest and upfront, and we always leave the decision up to our clients as to how far they want to proceed in the remediation/restoration process.