Car Mold Remediation

Car mold remediation is our specialty

Our car mold remediation is a professional service!  You can ease your mind, if you discovered mold in your vehicle is can be 100% remediated, no matter how bad it is.  Car interior mold remediation is a matter of science and proven remediation methods.  Proper car mold removal will effectively make your vehicle safe again.  

Car Mold Remediation Services

We don’t simply remove the visible mold and call it mold remediation, we eliminate all of the mold seen and unseen.  This includes mold behind the dash, behind the door panels, behind the trim, in the ventilation system, the seat foam, the carpet padding, etc, etc.

What makes Lonadier’s Mobile Detailing the logical choice for auto mold remediation?

Note: inadequate/improper mold remediation processes can have serious health consequences.  Make sure you hire a Professional mold remediator, and not just a detailer.

Car mold removal
Photo of moldy back car seat
Photo of moldy steering wheel
moldy car door

What is mold?

Mold is a multicellular, microscopic organism belonging to the kingdom Fungi. It reproduces through the release of tiny spores, which become airborne and can settle on virtually any surface. When these spores encounter a suitable environment, they begin to grow and multiply, forming colonies. Mold can come in various colors, including black, green, white, and orange, and may have a fuzzy or slimy appearance.

One stop car mold remediation

Professional car mold remediation is serious business.  We are a true one stop shop for car mold remediation.  Our services include: mold prevention, finding and fixing leaks, drying out vehicles, chemical remediation, gas remediation,  ventilation purge, cabin filter replacement, etc. This makes us unique in the auto mold remediation space. 

Mold Prevention

Just like mold in a home, car mold needs moisture to grow. Occasionally high humidity alone provides enough moisture for mold growth. This is especially true when a vehicle sits sealed up for extended periods of time in high humidity. However, nearly all mold problems in vehicles are caused by leaks.

The most common leak is sunroof drain tube leaks. Leaky door and trunk rubber seals also leak often. There are several additional common leak sources. Once a vehicle gets wet and develops a mold problem it becomes an expensive and time consuming process to remediate.

Our mold prevention service is designed to prevent mold growth by targeting common leak sources and clean, lubricate, and examine and if necessary repair them. We also educate the vehicle owner on ways to prevent mold growth.

Finding and fixing leaks (hydro testing)

Finding leaks can be complex and time consuming. Experience is the name of the game here. It takes time to learn all of the tricks that come with finding leaks. Over the last seven years we have become true experts in finding leaks. We provide this service as a stand alone service, and as a part of our comprehensive mold remediation process.

We can fix nearly every leak. A few we can’t fix are: improperly sealed windshields, panel misalignments (typically due to an accident), soft top misalignments. We provide a twelve ninety (90) day warranty on all repairs.

Drying Out Vehicles

Drying out the vehicle can be challenging due to the carpet padding being thick, dense, and sealed off. We use heated blowers to force hot air up under the padding. We can provide this service as a stand alone service. However, this service is typically part of our comprehensive mold remediation process.

We use moisture meters to ensure the moisture content is below 7%

Chemical and gas remediation

Every square inch of the interior that can be physically touched is chemically remediated with Chlorine Dioxide (CLO2) a safe yet effective chemical.  Chlorine Dioxide (CLO2) gas is used to remediate the areas that can not be physically accessed i.e. ventilation, behind the dash, behind the door panels, the seat foam, carpet padding, etc.

Ventilation Purge

It’s very important to ensure the ventilation ducting is properly and thoroughly remediated.  

The ducting is blown out with compressed air, and then filled witha mold killing remediation foam.

Cabin air filter replacement

All of the air that comes into a vehicle passes through the cabin air filter first.  If there is mold in a vehicle, the cabin air filter will be contaminated. 

A new cabin air filter must be installed following the ventilation purge.

Air quality testing

At the end of the remediation process, the air quality is tested for VOCs, Total air Quality, and Particulates in the air.

Important car mold information

There are several common types of mold that grows in cars.  The most dangerous being Stachybotrys (black mold).  There is a huge difference between detailing and car mold remediation. Detailing not only doesn’t kill the mold is many areas within the vehicle (ventilation system, behind the dash, behind the door panels, in the carpet padding, in the seat foam, etc. etc.), it also doesn’t address two additional critical areas:

1) finding the source of the leak 2) drying out the vehicle. If these two steps are not performed the mold will return within a relatively short period of time.

Mold needs moisture in order to grow and thrive. Although mold can develop in a vehicle due to the humidity in the air alone, it’s almost always the case that the mold growth is caused by a leak in the vehicle. Leaks in vehicles are actually very common. A few common vehicle leak areas include: Sunroof drain tubes, air conditioning condensate drain tubes, rubber door/trunk seals, tail lights, 3rd brake light, etc.

Photo of Moldy Backseat before remediation

Backseat before remediation

Mold loves organic material like leather seating.

photo of Moldy Backseat after Remediation

Backseat after remediation

The longer mold sits on a surface the deeper the roots penetrate and the more damage it causes.

It can not only stain, but it can also destroy leather, fabric and other surfaces within a vehicle.  Time is of the essence when you discover mold to prevent staining and damage.

Summary of auto mold remediation process

1) perform hydro test to find leak(s)

2) repair leaks (we can repair most leaks, however, some leaks like windshield leaks have to be repaired by a 3rd party vendor)

3) dry out vehicle

4) Remove and replace carpet padding

5) remove all contents from the vehicle (all compartments including spare tire and all items in the spare tire compartment)

6) remove cabin air filter

7) remediate every square inch of the interior with remediation chemical

8) purge the ventilation system (compressed air and biocide fog)

10) Gas vehicle with chlorine dioxide (CLO2)

11) evacuate CLO2 gas out of vehicle

13) install new cabin air filter

14) certify vehicle is dry, mold free, and safe to occupy

photo of before and after back moldy seats

Before and after remediation comparison.

Car mold and health

Not all mold is toxic.  However, exposure to non-toxic mold can also have adverse health effects.  Headache, runny nose and breathing difficulties are a few common mold exposure symptoms.

It’s crazy but true but even dead mold spores can cause adverse health reactions.

Car air quality

Mold growth inside of a car can significantly impact the air quality of a car’s interior.  However, there are many other factors that also impact the air quality of the car’s interior

 

Pricing

Please call for pricing.  770.568.1982

Unlike our other mobile detailing services, mold remediation has too many variables to provide a price without an in-depth conversation.  Please keep in mind, we do not simply remove the visible mold and call it mold remediation.  This is professional mold remediation.  There is a big difference.  We would be happy to explain the differences between traditional interior detailing, and professional mold remediation.

As a baseline, prices start at $600.

Variables that impact pricing: