Sudden water releases such as a burst pipe, a large spill or sudden area flooding should be taken care of immediately. MBM provides 24 hour emergency water extraction. If wet/flooded areas are taken care of within 12 to 24 hours, mold is extremely unlikely to become a problem.
But after 48 hours microbial growth can start. MBM is certified in mold remediation, but it is always highly recommended to take care of wet areas as quickly as possible.
If wet / flooded areas are the result of the sewer, bayou or other contaminated water source, microbial remediation would be required regardless; however, timing is still a huge factor and the quicker an area is dried and treated the safer and healthier all will be. With issues such as water extraction, restoration, and microbial remediation (identification and removal of molds, mildew, fungis, etc.), you need to know you are using the best trained and, therefore, most qualified company.
New technological advents in water extraction and restoration industry have led to an increasing number of companies in the field. The variety can make it difficult for consumers to be certain the company they contract with doesn't take them to the "cleaners."
That's one reason experts suggest only working with businesses certified by organizations such as the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). This group helps consumers choose services ranging from water extraction to carpet cleaning to mold and microbial remediation. More than 30 years old, the IICRC is a nonprofit certification body founded to set standards for the inspection, cleaning and restoration service industries. IICRC certified firms must show proof of insurance, provide ongoing education for their workers and stay active in their industry by attending seminars, workshops and conventions.
Water Extraction and Removal, Microbial Remediation and Restoration Procedures
- To prevent further contamination, a certified professional must first contain the area then conduct a thorough inspection. Specialized equipment is used to test for humidity/water levels and for microbial contamination to make sure all areas affected by water are found and contained.
- The source/s of humidity and flooding are located and addressed.
- Warning signs and/or tape are put up as required for safety.
- For area flooding furniture and other movable items are removed and addressed separately.
- Heavily contaminated materials are isolated, removed and properly disposed.
- Wet materials are then dried. This includes the use of pumps, wet vacuums, dehumidifiers and blowers.
- Carpets and upholstery are then cleaned with commercial grade, truck-mounted deep steam cleaning equipment.
- If air ducts are wet or contaminated with mold or other microbes, negative pressure is created to prevent debris and spores from spreading to unaffected areas while the ducts are cleaned to NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaning Association) ACR 2006 standards.
- EPA approved sanitizers and deodorizers are then used to kill any remaining spores and to further protect the cleaned areas from future contamination for up to six months.
- Replacement materials are then installed or recommendations given for purchasing replacement materials from dependable sources.
- Upon completion the home/business owner should schedule a followup visit at six months. It is recommended by the EPA that air ducts and ventilation systems be cleaned by a certified service provider at least once a year. Every six months if residing in a high humidity area or if there are sensitive individuals who live or work in the building.