Mold Remediation 

Mold - potential negative health effects and delays the sale of your home

Important part of nature, but shouldn't be part of the home

Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air.  Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are damp. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without moisture. Mold becomes a problem when found in high levels or certain types within the home. 

Molds have the potential to cause health problems

Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions) and irritants. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses can include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash. 

Mold remediation requires source removal - not chemicals, paints or coatings 

It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors; some mold spores will be found floating through the air and in house dust. The mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present. Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors. If there is mold growth in your home, you must clean up the mold and fix the water problem. If you clean up the mold, but don't fix the water problem, most likely, the mold problem will come back.

At Rapid Response Restoration we provide what we believe to be the best techniques in mold removal. We do not claim to kill mold, and never use chemicals to "fog" the mold, ozone machines to "kill" the mold, or paint to cover up the mold.  We go to great lengths to prevent cross contamination, and employ high quality scientific equipment to ensure your indoor air quality becomes healthy. 

Why you should hire a professional

Many homeowners are unaware of the status of their crawlspaces, bathrooms, and kitchens when they get ready to list their home on the market. When mold is discovered it is usually in a home inspection, and often times the problem has gone unnoticed for a great period of time. Attempting to deal with the problem yourself usually leads to cross contaminating the clean living spaces and contents in your residence, and subsequently raising the cost of the mold remediation project. Additionally, failure to resolve the mold problem effectively or attempting to cover up the mold can lead to legal trouble down the road. 

At Rapid Response Restoration we are certified in mold remediation through the IICRC, are certified in mold assessment through NORMI (National Organization of Remediators and Microbial Inspectors) and have experienced technicians who take great pride in their work. Mold remediation is a mix between science and art, which is why it is important to have skilled technicians who have attention to detail and understand fungal ecology when addressing a mold problem. At Rapid Response we leave our clients satisfied they chose us to handle their mold remediation needs. See below the five basic steps we follow for mold remediation described by the IICRC and some before and after photos of our remediation techniques. Call or text today for your free consultation! 

How Should Mold Be Dealt With? -

IICRC gave a press release on October 1, 2015 that outlines the basic duties of a mold remediation technician.

"LAS VEGAS– (October 1, 2015) – Have you ever wondered what happens when a mold removal specialist gets called to a mold-damaged facility? The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) shares five steps a mold removal specialist takes when conducting mold remediation.

“Many people aren’t aware of the dangers, nor the difficulty level of removing mold from a facility,” said IICRC Chairman Tony Wheelwright. “Mold remediation is a potentially hazardous process that should only be undertaken by a certified professional.”

Five steps that each mold-removal specialist takes when conducting mold remediation includes:

1. Determine the degree of contamination. The first step for a mold remediation specialist may be to bring in an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) to determine the extent of the mold damage and test for contamination within the facility. Because mold spores and other microscopic contaminants can travel easily throughout a building, the IEP may collect and analyze samples from affected as well as unaffected areas of the building. Once the IEP has finished the inspection they will develop a remediation plan for the mold removal specialist with steps to return the home to its pre-loss condition (Condition 1).

2. Set up and verify containment. To make sure mold contamination does not spread to other areas of a facility, the mold remediation specialist will set up containment by creating isolation barriers. Once the barriers are set up, the specialist will need to verify the containment with a lower partial pressure differential (negative pressure) to ensure there is no air leakage between containment zones. Exit chambers would then be used to serve as a transition between the containment and the unaffected area of the building. Once the containment is verified and the correct amount of pressure is achieved, the removal process can begin.

3. Remove unsalvageable materials. Porous materials and items that cannot be restored or cleaned effectively must be carefully discarded. Unsalvageable items include but are not limited to drywall, insulation and other items with visible mold growth. It is important for the specialist to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment which may include a full face respirator equipped with a P100/OV cartridge, disposable coveralls and nitrile gloves.

4. Clean surfaces with a high-attention to detail. A mold remediation specialist will likely begin the cleaning process by thoroughly vacuuming the contaminated areas using a HEPA vacuum with a high-efficiency filter to catch mold spores. He or she will then begin a detailed cleaning process involving mold removal tools such as a HEPA filtered sander, followed by the damp wiping of surfaces with an effective cleaning solution.

5. Verify remediation. Once cleaning is complete, the IEP will return to too to verify the remediation was successful. The area must be returned to the dry standard and should be visually dust free with no malodors. In addition an IEP may perform surface or air sampling as part of the verification that the area is back to normal fungal ecology (Condition 1).

“Mold remediation requires mold removal specialists to perform techniques that promote source removal rather than relying on chemicals, paints and coatings as a replacement,” said Rachel Adams, President of Indoor Environmental Management, Inc. “Understanding and managing air flow is also critical to the success of a mold remediation project. Working with qualified IEP can also help to reduce the liability for the technician as well as provide a final determination if the remediation was successful.”

For more information on mold remediation or the latest in mold remediation standards, visit the IICRC website at


The IICRC is a global, ANSI-accredited Standards Developing Organization (SDO) that credentials individuals in 20+ categories within the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. Representing more than 54,000 certified technicians and 6,000 Certified Firms in 22 countries, the IICRC, in partnership with regional and international trade associations, represents the entire industry. The IICRC does not own schools, employ instructors, produce training materials or promote specific product brands, cleaning methods or systems. For more information, visit".

Mold growth that was painted over

After Remediation

cieling in living space with mold growth

After remediation

Fire damage that had mold growth in the soot

After remediation

Re-surfaced wood from media blasting