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Mold Removal: 6 Tools We Can’t Do Without

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| 2014 Jun 17 |
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Mold Removal: 6 Tools We Can’t Do Without

If you’re exposed to mold inside your home or office, your health and overall quality of life is in jeopardy.

Fortunately, there is a solution: with the proper equipment, and the ability to handle that equipment, we prevent, inspect for and remove mold with ease and efficiency.

While we have others, here we’ll introduce to you 6 of our most valued mold removal and inspection tools—ones we use on a daily basis to keep homes across Ottawa and Montreal free of nasty mold spores.

EZ Breathe ventilation system

First, before there’s a need for either an inspection or remediation, we help you prevent mold from growing. To do this, we ensure your home is properly ventilated.

The EZ Breathe fights mold, bacteria, unpleasant odours and allergens in your home by sufficiently ventilating it, keeping the relative humidity (RH) indoors between 30 per cent and 50 per cent.

It’s hard to believe a unit with so many uses can also be energy-efficient, quiet and versatile enough to fit into virtually any room. The EZ Breathe, however, is all of the above. This is exactly the reason we recommend it to our clients and the general public, as well as use it ourselves.

At Mold Busters, we are happy to guide you through using the EZ breathe system and, if you want, install the unit for you. This video should give you a better idea of the installation process:

Preventing mold is always easier and cheaper than removing it. However, we understand doing so can be challenging.

For instance, if there’s been a flash flood, of course you’ll ensure safety before proper water damage restoration, and, unfortunately, mold can grow within just 24 to 48 hours after water intrusion. Sometimes it is simply too late for preventative measures; the mold has already grown.

Inspecting a space for mold presents its own set of challenges. Unless there actually was a flood, it’s not always apparent where or why black mold has developed in your home.

Fortunately, we have a few different tools that help us not only pinpoint the mold, but also the source of moisture that triggered its growth.

Moisture metre

A moisture metre is a handheld device that gives us a reading of the moisture levels behind walls or in other hard-to-reach locations.

There are two types of moisture metres: an invasive moisture metre and a surface moisture metre. While both metres detect moisture levels, they do so in different ways.

  • An invasive moisture metre works by penetrating material (i.e. dry wall) with its probes to measure the moisture content.
  • A surface moisture metre works not by puncturing the material; instead, it uses radio frequency to determine the moisture content below or behind a surface.

Infrared camera

Perhaps our most impressive piece of equipment, an infrared camera makes inspecting for mold more accurate, safer and faster.

Our inspectors no longer need to crawl into every corner of your home, looking for black mold or leaky pipes leading to mold.

Using an infrared camera, they simply scan the area in question and wait a few moments for the camera to produce a thermogram.

A thermogram is a display of colours representing the various heat signatures of all objects and surfaces in the camera’s view. The colour red indicates warmer temperatures, whereas blue indicates cooler temperatures.

As long as the technician behind the camera is a certified thermographer—able to interpret the results properly—he or she can pinpoint where there’s increased moisture levels/ humidity (leading to mold).

What’s more, we’ll do zero damage to your beautiful home. Because the infrared camera picks up even the most out-of-sight moisture, there’s no need to break down walls or lift floor boards to find problems.

Open eyes, an open nose

While our eyes and our noses are not exactly equipment, we do rely on both to completely and accurately assess an area we suspect is contaminated with mold.

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Mold Busters’ technicians draw from nearly 10 years of experience and confidently use their eyes and noses (in addition to other tools) to inspect for mold.

During visual inspections, we look for the following signs of black mold:

  • Discoloured walls
  • Water stains
  • Rotting wood/ building materials
  • Black spotting in moisture-rich areas

We also rely on our noses: if we get a whiff of a musty odour when we visit, we know there’s a good chance there’s mold.

Our technicians, with years of experience and a wealth of knowledge, are able to spot the signs of mold and recognize its odour in mere minutes, saving you time.

HEPA vacuums, filters

We use high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuums and filters to purify the air inside commercial and residential buildings alike. Not only do HEPA vacuums and filters effectively remove mold, but they draw bacteria, fine dust particles and pollen from the air as well.

In fact, HEPA vacuums and filters are designed to capture particles in the air that are bigger than 1 micron. Therefore, we have no problem using them to trap mold spores, which are between 2 and 20 microns in size.

If you’re suffering from asthma and allergies, you may find our use of HEPA vacuums and filters to be especially beneficial, as the clean air will alleviate your symptoms and allow you to breathe easier.

Personal protection equipment

A large part of working efficiently is working safely. After all, nobody wins if we’re not doing our job safely.

Our protective equipment includes (but is not limited to) the following:

  • Respirators
  • Full-body suits
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Hard hats
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Whether we’re preventing, inspecting for or removing mold, we always use personal protection equipment.

No matter what the project is, we always wear the proper personal protection equipment. There’s always a chance we’re dealing with a hazardous material (e.g. asbestos) or toxin when we show up for an inspection or test—and this is almost always the case during remediation.

Every project we take on is different than the last, so the equipment required varies from project-to-project. We first assess the area in question and decide from there, based on professional experience and training, what to do next and what to use.

While the projects we complete and the tools we use do vary, there’s one constant: we always choose quality. If there’s new technology on the market that’s proven to be the most efficient, we’ll use it to our advantage and, in turn, your advantage. Your health and quality of life can only improve when the air you breathe does.

View an extensive list of our equipment. If you have any questions regarding our equipment or any of our services in Montreal and Ottawa, contact us.