Mold Remediation & Abatement

For Winston Salem Area Homes

Mold is a pretty common problem in homes — especially older homes or homes that have had some moisture issues.

Maybe some pipes ruptured at one point and water sprayed into the walls and floors, perhaps there was a roof leak, or perhaps your basement is simply extremely humid.

Whatever the cause of the mold, A-1 Renovation can help you deal with it safely.

When do I need mold remediation?

Any time mold is visible it’s time to address it. Typically there’s more mold than you can see — in other words it’s often wider spread than it appears.

But to go a little deeper than that, any time you’ve noticed an ongoing water intrusion it’s safe to assume it might have triggered some mold growth.

If you notice discoloration on your walls, whether finished drywall, cinder blocks, or cement in a basement, it’s usually a sign of mold. Mold isn’t always black; it can also appear as white, brown, or red.

If a room starts smelling musty that’s another sign of mold in the area. It may seem like a simple odor, but the presence of mold spores in the air can actually cause numerous respiratory issues, as well as adverse health effects like headaches, congestion, fatigue, and even trouble sleeping.

Mold remediation respirator for safe treatment

How does mold remediation work?

Since moisture is the most common cause of mold, the first step in a mold remediation project is to carefully inspect your home for any errant leaks or sources of errant moisture.

After that part is secured, the mold remediation crew will suit up with protective gear, including respirators, and spray the affected areas with EPA-approved biocide that kills the mold. The spray takes awhile for full effect, so the remediation crew will generally let it set at that point to return later.

When they return, the crew will use plastic sheets to protect floors and surfaces while they spray an encapsulant. The purpose of this is to essentially seal the dead mold behind a protective layer, ensuring that it can neither grow back nor that any mold that remains can continue putting spores in the air.

The last phase involves scrubbing the air with advanced HEPA filters that removes any leftover mold from the air. The crew will also use HEPA vacuums on the floors and surfaces for stubborn leftover mold.

Does homeowner’s insurance cover mold remediation?

Sometimes. Generally whether your homeowner’s insurance company will cover remediation depends on what caused the mold. Their stance is typically that if the mold was caused by preventable water damage — such as a water heater that breaks down and leaks — they won’t cover it. They expect homeowners to stay on top of this kind of maintenance before those issues arise. Another preventable form of water damage is when an old roof that should’ve been repaired or replaced leaks water into ceilings and walls. Types of mold causes insurance companies will usually cover include things caused by peril, including:
  • Fire damage
  • Lightning
  • Damage caused by vehicles
  • Damage caused by snow, ice, or other extreme weather
  • Vandalism
  • Water leaks caused by pipe ruptures or other plumbing emergencies