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Mold Remediation.

It's a term that's thrown around and used too casually. Unfortunately for consumers, that leads to confusion and room for misinformation. In an effort to simplify and clarify what mold remediation is (and is not), let's refer to the most trusted standard in the mold remediation industry, the IICRC S-520.

Mold remediation includes four primary steps, each with specific sub-steps to ensure understanding, safety, protocol and results. The steps are:

No. Understanding the definition of mold remediation allows you to discern between services and their value. As you can probably tell, by definition, mold remediation is an expensive process because it is exceptionally detailed, precise, and measurable. However, everyone has different goals and limitations which may be impacted by budget and time.

The following sections of this page will help you understand everything from traditional mold remediation services through very specific and budget-minded mold services to help you zero in on the right services for you. 

Does this mean that other mold services have no value?

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A Quick Word on "killing mold".

Killing mold is not the goal of remediation. The goal of remediation is to produce an environment with visibly clean and dust free surfaces, where moisture driver have been eliminated in order to maintain the space as a Condition 1 environment. While antimicrobial products can be used to help accomplish this goal, the most important principle is "clean under control".

Download this comprehensive guide to selecting a remediation contractor for your home.

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The first step in assessing your property is to determine "Condition". The term Condition is not the state of your property; but rather, it is a technical term that drives remediation procedures and results. There are three possible Conditions.

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By understanding Condition, it's fairly simple to make sense of recommended remediation procedures following your inspection.

Mold Severity Index™

Once the Condition of an environment is determined, the next step is determining its Mold Severity Index™. An environment can have a single Mold Severity Index or multiple. Your Enviroguard Certified Firm will map out and share your unique Mold Severity Index™ with you upon the completion of your inspection.

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Conducive Conditions

In simple terms, Conducive Conditions are defined as any variable contributing to the problem. In terms of mold, Conducive Conditions include variables like:

  • Moisture - water damage, leaks, water intrusion, condensation, humidity, dew point, and moisture content

  • Soil load - organic contamination supporting current/future mold growth