Mold Remediation

BRI is a local mold remediation contractor offering complete and total restoration services which includes carefully packing your personal items, drying, clean-up, reconstruction, mold remediation and mold prevention.

Mold is a result of water damage loss and moisture which may be caused by a storm event or a small leak that may of gone un-noticed. Despite the cause of your mold, Bernhardt is a local mold remediation and restoration contractor that can help you detect and resolve the cause, and help you repair the area affected by the mold remediation process.

As a local professional mold remediation contractor we are familiar with the steps outlined by the United Stated Environmental Agency required to adequalty remediate mold. We understand that the first step in remediation is safety of the building's inhabitants and to the mold remediators themselves. When you hire Bernhardt to remediate your mold, you can rest assured that as your remediation manager we will formulate a remediation plan that starts with safety. This includes setting up containment chambers which will isolate the contaminants which include moisture, humidity and mold. In some cases, depending on the type of contamination and when contaminated areas are large and/or inhabitants are experiencing ill effects due to air quality, it may be required to relocate inhabitants.

Once the impacted area is contained and isolated, we can begin to remediate your moisture and mold issue. We do this by implementing our construction skills and detecting the source of the moisture and repairing or resolving the leak or cause of moisture. This typically requires us delicately removing all porous materials which may include personal effects, furniture, cabinets and other fixtures prior to demolishing walls and/or floors to expose the source of the issue. Once the source of the moisture problem is remedied, we can then move forward with remediating mold by way of removing severely damaged materials and rescuing other materials using negative air demolition and/or dry ice blasting.

We realize the full impacts of water damage and are committed to easing the frustrations our customers incur during such troubling events. You can trust that our professional restoration services include proper removal of flood waste and complete sanitation of what remains.

Bernhardt is certified in mold remediation and will assist in returning indoor air quality to healthy living conditions. Our attention to detail, common sense, experience and training can return the worst water and mold infested building into a normal, healthy breathing environment.

Testing and/or Sampling for Mold and Humidity

Sampling for mold and humidity should be performed prior to restoring your flood damaged floors, walls, cabinets, etc. Sampling for mold and humidity should be conducted by professionals who have specific experience in mold sampling, humidity testing protocols, sampling methods, and interpreting results. Sample analysis should follow analytical methods recommended by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), or other professional organizations.

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Mold 101:

Mold has to have the following before it can grow:

  1. Moisture Surface to Grow on (food source)
  2. Desirable Temperature (70 degrees and above) although some molds can grow in colder climates
  3. Oxygen/Carbon Dioxide. In reality, certain types of mold can grow in just about any environment and any temperature as long as there is a food source. Mold can grow on just about any kind of material including glass, steel, metal, tile, etc. when there is something organic on these surfaces to feed on such as skin, dirt, shampoo, oils, paint, primer, etc.

Toxic Mold - The Bad Mold...

The definition of “toxic mold” or “black mold” is a term coined by the media. Certain types of molds emit chemical mycotoxin poisons that can cause serious human health diseases. Toxic mold doesn't cause health problems in all people. If two people are exposed to the same mold in the same space, one might have negative health effects while the other person has none. That's what makes mold such a mystery and consequently makes it hard to develop standards for mold.

I See Mold -Now What?

If you have had water intrusion in your home or building that went unnoticed or untreated for a period of time, or if humidity is to too high, mold is very likely to grow in the affected areas. Once the water problem has been corrected there's a good chance mold is present - now what?

Don't Panic

Be calm and EDUCATE yourself before you do anything - even before calling your Insurance Agent or contractor - keep reading!

Follow the Guidelines Although there are no standards to remove mold, there ARE guidelines you can refer to. You should refer to them before you let just anyone remove the mold or let anyone tell you that you do or do not have a mold problem. The best source of information is the IICRC S520 Proposed Standards on Mold Remediation. A copy of this may be obtained through the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) or on the web at http://www.iaqa.org/ or at www.IICRC.com.

What are Mycotoxins? (Myco = Fungus / Toxin = Poison)

It's taken quite a bit of research to get a simplified answer to “What are Mycotoxins?” So let me try this analogy. Mycotoxins are the scent the mold produces on the food it is eating to keep other molds from invading its food source. For example, one species of mold is enjoying a left over hamburger and it doesn't want to share the hamburger with other molds so the mold will emit (or inject) its mycotoxin(s) into the hamburger to keep other molds from joining in on its feast. But if another, stronger strain of mold invades the food it too can emit mycotoxins and start to grow on the food sources as well. Now, picture this, you've just cut off that piece of moldy cheese or bread and are making a delectable sandwich, but your delectable ingredients (bread/cheese) is infected with a mycotoxin - Will you get sick from eating the infected cheese? Who knows, it depends on how susceptible you are to the mycotoxin.

What Makes that Musty Smell?

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's) - that's what. When you smell that “musty-moldy” odor, it's the VOC's you smell. VOC's are often considered irritants to mucus membranes; however, they are also capable of both short-term and long-term adverse health effects. If you do smell these odors, it's a sure sign mold is growing somewhere. However, some molds like Aspergillious-Penicillium produce off-gassing (VOC's) all the time. You can call Bernhardt's for an assessment of the problem and recommendations to remove the problem.

What are Mold Spores?

Mold reproduces by making spores. Like the dandelion, when mold is disturbed either by spraying it, wiping it off, brushing against it, etc., mold spores become airborne and will hover in the air until they find a food source. Once the spores find a food source they will begin to colonize (grow).

The Bottom Line: The bottom line is, if you think you have a mold problem in your living or working environment, you have the potential of experiencing negative health effects. According to the EPA and CDC, mold can be especially harmful to infants, elderly, people with asthma or mold allergies or immuno-compromised people. The EPA also states that: All molds have the potential to cause health effects.

We have completed thousands of mold remediation and environmental cleanup projects in the Chicago area and its surrounding suburbs. We are in your area on a daily basis!

Service Areas

We serve clients for mold remediation in the following areas in Illinois and Florida:

  • Chicago & NW Suburbs:
  • Wheeling, 60090
  • Highland Park, 60035
  • Wilmette, 60091
  • Skokie, 60076, 60077
  • Northbrook, 60062, 60065
  • Lake Forest, 60045
  • Palatine, 60094
  • Mount Prospect, 60056
  • Arlington Heights, 60095
  • Long Grove, 60047
  • Libertyville, 60048
  • Vernon Hills, 60061
  • Lincolnshire, 60069
  • NE Palm Beach County:
  • Jupiter, 33477
  • Jupiter Island, 33455
  • Juno Beach, 33408
  • Tequesta, 33469
  • Hobe Sound, 33455
  • Jensen Beach, 34957
  • Singer Island, 33404
  • Palm Beach Gardens, 33412
  • Palm Beach Shores, 33404
  • Jupiter Farms, 33478
  • West Palm Beach, 33401
  • The Keys:
  • Duck Key, 33050
  • Islamorada, 33036
  • Marathon, 33050
  • Big Pine Key, 33043
  • Key West, 33040
  • Key Largo, 33037

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