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Mold Remediation

U S Catastrophe Inc. makes use of a common four step process in responding to mold problems, Quick Response, Identification, Remediation Implementation, and Repair & Replacement.

If a water intrusion problem is stopped, the effected material treated, and the drying process started within 48 hours, the proliferation of mold and fungi can typically be avoided. The IICRC Water Restoration Standard should be followed when drying structures and contents.
In some cases, moisture and mold growth may not be observable. A possibility exists that moisture and/or mold may be present or growing on hidden surfaces, such as inside wall cavities, behind paneling, on the tops of ceiling tiles, on the underside of carpet and pad, in pipe chases, in utility tunnels, on porous thermal or acoustic liners inside of duct work, on roofing materials above ceiling tiles, etc. In some instances the building may need to be evacuated in order to provide adequate safety for the occupants during remediation.
If during the course of a structural dry down or diminutive abatement process an excess of mold is discovered, a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) should be contracted to perform a thorough investigation of the structure in order to establish the extent of the damage. The CIH should then be required to write the Remediation Scope to be followed by the Remediation Contractor. This Remediation Scope or Protocol will be comprised of such items as what materials are to be removed and to what extent, what materials are to be cleaned, what atmospheric controls are to implemented, the level of containment, the level of Personal Protective Equipment, Clearance Requirements, etc.
Prior to the repair or replacement of any materials, the structure and its contents should be brought to a predetermine level of dry standard (This will be accomplished with an assortment of moisture detection and drying equipment.), and a Final Clearance Report from the CIH should be published.