Mold can accumulate quickly given the right conditions of moisture go unaddressed. Just a day or two cf lingering moisture conditions present in your home can lead to rampant mold or microbial growth. Mold is an allergen and irritant and can lead to severe respiratory problems if left to persist. If you suspect mold in your home, you should not try to address it yourself without proper protections, materials, equipment, and know-how. You could cause more damage. 

Blue Moon Restoration is trained and certified in the safe remediation of mold or microbial growth. Except along coastal areas, Southern California homes are especially susceptible to mold growth. Temperature and humidity conditions here provide fertile environments in which growth can occur and spread. 


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Lean How To Recognize Mold

Mold is not difficult to recognize. Its color can be green, white, blue, yellowish, brownish, or black in appearance.  Its spores can have a hairy look, it generally grows or spreads in circular form, and can have an odor similar to mildew.

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MOLD 101

With all the cleaning companies out there claiming to have expertise in mold, it's easy to become mesmerized and confused. We've seen some pretty outlandish claims, such as the following: "We can remove all mold from your home", or "we just rub bleach all over the mold to kill it". Well, here is the skinny on mold. First, mold is ubiquitous, it is everywhere. It is a naturally occurring and necessary fungus in the circle of life. Second, not all mold is bad for humans. There are normal levels of mold (aka "normal fungal ecology") inside and outside any building. Mold spores come in several different species, but the ones to fear most are Cladosporium (with spore counts of 3,000 per square meter (psm)), Penicillium/Aspergillus (with spore counts of 45,000 psm).

Microscopic spores float in the air and can enter a home or business through windows and HVAC systems. Additionally here are three (3) mold conditions to consider when assessing the presence of mold:

  • CONDITION 1: NORMAL FUNGAL ECOLOGY. This would be a normal uncontaminated home or building. The indoor environment might have settled spores, or fungal fragments whose identity, location, and quantity are indicative of normal presence. 
  • CONIDITION 2: SETTLED SPORES. This condition describes a home or building that has settled mold spores that travelled into the space directly or indirectly from an environment suffering from CONDITION 3 (described below). Spores may have landed inside the home or space from elsewhere. Although condition 2 spores are not in actively in  growth mode, they still must be properly remediated and surfaces thoroughly cleaned HEPA vacuumed and cleaned. 
  • CONDITION 3: ACTUAL MOLD GROWTH. This condition describes a home or building that is experiencing active mold growth inside the built environment, whether that growth is dormant, visible, or hidden. This condition requires removal and replacement of porous and semi-porous materials and/or abrasive cleaning methods like sanding, wire brushing, scraping, media blasting, HEPA vacuuming, etc. It is important to note that, even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can trigger and support mold growth. Check to make sure your indoor humidity level remains below 45 percent.


  • Chemicals released from wet building materials and contents.
  • Mold (Fungi)
  • Bacteria
  • Urine
  • Particle Board (OSB) and/or plywood


Our company is trained and certified in mold or "applied microbial remediation"  by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). As such, our company follows a protocol established by a codified standard of care set forth and known as the S-520. Our sequence for addressing mold conditions in outlined below:

  • Identify & Correct Moisture Issues
  • Isolate work areas and HVAC components
  • Use proper engineering controls (ie: create negative air)
  • Demolition and removal of porous materials impacted by mold
  • Thoroughly cleanse remaining areas
  • Perform deep cleaning of all surfaces in the work area
  • Perform post-remediation clearance testing (usually a third-party inspector)
  • Complete reconstruction of demolished areas.

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