What is the Standard Mold Remediation and Restoration Process

Where there is water damage, there is likely also a mold infestation. Whether the water damage was very recent or happened so long ago that you have no idea what the original cause was, mold loves once-saturated porous materials from fabric to carpet pads to the unpainted backside of drywall. Home residents and business owners alike often first notice a mold problem because of a pervasive smell, headaches, or food that goes moldy much faster than it should.

If you spot a visible colony, that’s that. Your entire building needs to be inspected to discover the extent of the infestation and the type of mold remediation and restoration you may need. Many buildings are far more infested than they realize, as mold likes to grow in dark hidden areas. If your building needs mold remediation, or you suspect that it does, your first question is likely to be

“How does mold remediation work?”

Today, we are here to answer that question by outlining the standard mold remediation and restoration process.

Repair Any Current Source of Water Damage

If there is an active source of water damage, the first step is to keep it from continuing or happening again. This means fixing plumbing, repairing the roof, or renovating a flooding basement.

Mold Spore Testing to Locate the Colonies

Next (or first, if you had no active water damage source) your mold restoration service will conduct a preliminary mold spore test of various locations and materials around the building. This will create a map of spore concentration and allow your service to narrow down the potential locations for the hidden colonies.

Visual Inspection of Building and Behind Drywall

The tests will be followed by a complete visual inspection based on the locations of the highest spore concentrations. The inspection will include cabinets, furniture (especially undersides), and storage areas. Then your team will cut small holes in the drywall and use a camera to see if there are visible spore colonies growing on the back-sides of your walls. This is the most common place for extensively large colonies to hide.

Containment and Removal of Mold-Infested Items

Next, your team will use a combination of plastic bags and tarps to safely remove any badly infested items in the building. Upholstery that has been fostering mold, mattresses, porous wooden furniture, among other things will be wrapped to contain the spores and safely removed for disposal or restoration.

Removal of Mold-Infested Drywall if Necessary

Sometimes, drywall can be cleaned of mold. But if the mold is too deeply entrenched or very large sections of drywall are infested, it can be more practical to simply remove, wrap, and dispose of the infested panels and install new drywall panels instead.

Mold Remediation Treatment and Stain Removal

Once all the most infested items and wallboards are gone, the next step is mold treatment with a special formula designed to kill mold without being toxic to humans or pets. Your mold remediation service will use this formula extensively to kill and then wash away any remaining mold growths and discourage mold growth in the future. If the mold left stains, as it often does, a second treatment to remove those stains will be used.

Reinstallation of Removed Drywall

Once all the mold in the building has been destroyed, it will be safe to reinstall any panels of drywall that were removed. This is also your chance to do any work on the building involving the between-wall spaces like insulation, soundproofing, duct-work, or light remodeling. Remember to repaint the new drywall panels.

Mold Prevention Measures

Finally, your mold remediation and restoration team will help you enact mold prevention measures to keep the mold from returning. Mold comes from local spores that are in the air all the time and the best way to prevent a new infestation is to keep your entire building dry, clean, and lightly coated in a natural anti-fungal agent like tea tree oil or a formula suggested by your remediation team.

Mold remediation and restoration really is as simple as that. Out with the mold, in with the new mold prevention measures. For more information about mold remediation or to schedule your initial mold testing and inspection, contact us today!

Steps For Proper Carpet Care

Carpet cleaning is just like exercise! If you get into a routine and keep it up, you will see great results and feel better for it.
Vacuum high traffic areas daily, and everywhere.
Clean spots and spills quickly with products that do not damage the carpet or cause it to resoil quicker.
Professionally deep clean your carpets every 12 to 18 months to remove embedded dirt and grime. Call satintouch for any professional carpet cleaning needs.
Stop dirt at the door by using mats outside and in, taking your shoes off when you enter the house and changing your air filters to reduce airborne dust particles.

New! Training Sessions with satintouch

Your staff can learn professional maintenance skills with our experts.
We know that repairs can be costly to a property owner. Often there isn’t enough money in the budget, and the highly detailed job falls upon a staff person without proper training.
Coming this new year, satintouch is proud to offer training sessions to improve maintenance skills for
apartment staff.
Our first-ever course, will put your staff in the same room with seasoned and trained professionals to learn the art of picture-perfect cover ups for walls and ceilings.
From water damage to bent and cracking walls, our experts have seen it all, and probably a situation worse than you can imagine.
And through the years of experience and training, our detailers have mastered making a disaster into diamond.
Now they are willing to share their secrets to train your staff, saving you time and money on repairs – especially in the critical end-of-month scenarios.
Stay tuned for more information in the satintouch quarterly, our website, or Facebook regarding registration for our first-ever training sessions.

Winter is coming!

Stay warm by keeping apartment units filled.
“Winter is coming.”
It’s not just a catch phrase from Game of Thrones, it’s reality in Minnesota.
For property managers in Minnesota, that saying feels like it refers to the apartment industry, not just the state we call home.
Once we enter Fall, the clock starts ticking not only towards Winter, but a window to fill empty units.
Winter is the most difficult season to fill vacant units in an apartment complex. Simply because it’s far too cold out for renters to move in and out! Nobody likes wearing layers and carrying a couch!
Empty units are costly – in any season. A vacant unit could cost an owner anywhere from $1,500 to over $5,000 per month when you factor in make-ready costs, advertising, and incentives to get the unit leased.
And turnover rates hover around the 50 percent mark nationwide.
But there are a few things you can do to help fill vacant units before the temperature drops.
First, having control over move-out dates can be a crucial factor in cutting maintenance costs during the time between tenants.
The best way to cut costs, while maximizing efficiency is to bring in satintouch to handle all of the stress and the details of turnovers.
After signing a contract, our experienced professionals will be onsite taking care of painting, cleaning, carpet cleaning, and maintenance so you can focus on getting a new tenant in before the first frost flies.

Tips on Fall Budgeting

Stretch your dollars and accomplish more this budget season.
It’s that time of year when you start looking at every aspect of the budget, line by line, and start making plans to replace or reinvent aging items in your apartment complex.
We all want to make our apartment complex and community the best in town, and when faced with potential budget restraints, budget season can be
stressful.
Really stressful.
Sometime you feel like if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. And for some, that is true.
But don’t worry, even if you’re running out of budget dollars, you can stretch your budget to by reinventing your big budget items instead of replacing them with satintouch.
You can reinvent ovens, refrigerators, cabinets, and a host of appliances instead of replacing them.
And, you won’t believe how far gone some appliances appear at first glance that satintouch can reinvent with a touch from our onsite Detailers.
From disgusting to disrepair, our Detailers have seen it all and brought a host of appliances back from the dead, saving apartment managers budget dollars.
Refinish cabinets, cleaning or replacing renewal carpets – it’s always the little things that really make a difference to potential renters, and your budget.