What’s the Difference?
Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy.
A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth. Home Services USA Professionals have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.
Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. To learn more about our mold remediation process.
- Step 1: Emergency Contact HomeServicesUSA
- Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
- Step 3: Mold Containment
- Step 4: Air Filtration
- Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
- Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
- Step 7: Restoration
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Mold in your home or business is not only unsightly, but it can cause structural damage and pose a health risk if not addressed. Our experienced mold remediation specialists treat for both moisture and mold so you only have to go through mold removal once.
From mold removal to repair and restoration, our skilled mold removal contractors offer complete mold remediation and restoration services, leaving your home or business exactly how you remember it.
When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants and have the potential to cause other health effects.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
Mold isn’t always visible and it is likely to grow if there is a regular source of water, such as a leaky pipe or a drainage issue. Besides visible mold, other indicators of a mold problem are discolored or peeling paint and wallpaper, crumbling walls and building materials, and persistent musty or damp odors.
Porous materials are most vulnerable to mold growth, as mold spores can invade deep inside. A mixture of bleach and water will clean surface mold, but it will return if the source of the moisture isn’t resolved.
Hard surfaces like glass, plastic, and concrete are less susceptible to mold growth. However, they may become coated with other materials that do support mold growth. Surface cleaning may temporarily resolve mold issues on hard surfaces, but you will still need to locate the originating source of mold and moisture.
Mold Risks: Health Related Mold Risks
Mold does pose a health risk but sensationalized news reports and deceptive marketing have created misconceptions about the severity of mold exposure, especially black mold. For most people, symptoms are similar to other allergic reactions.
The allergens produced by mold often cause nasal or chest congestion, sneezing, dry or itchy eyes, skin irritation, headaches, and fatigue. Reactions to mold exposure may be immediate or delayed.
Individuals with upper respiratory issues, including allergies and asthma, are prone to more severe symptoms. While rare, those with immune deficiencies or chronic lung illnesses may develop lung infections or other serious health issues.
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention both recommend removing mold in all residential and commercial buildings as quickly as possible to limit the health risks of mold exposure.
What Is Black Mold?
Black mold is the common name for Stachybotrys chartarum, a particularly virulent species of airborne fungus that has been linked to several severe health issues. As the name suggests, it is usually a greenish-black color, but it can be a variety of other colors as well. Like all molds, it requires moisture to grow.
While it is commonly associated with water damage, sewage backups, or flooding, black mold is just as likely to grow in areas prone to humidity or condensation and places that are persistently damp.
Drywall, paneling, wood, ceiling tiles, carpeting, insulation, paper, cardboard, fabric, upholstery, dust, lint, and even paint can quickly become a breeding ground for black mold when they are wet.
One of the reasons why black mold is so dangerous is that it is difficult to distinguish from other varieties of molds, fungus, or mildew without costly scientific analysis. Due to the health risks associated with black mold, we advise you to take safety precautions if you encounter any type of mold and avoid trying to clean up black mold on your own.
Symptoms of black mold exposure are similar to allergies, although young children, the elderly, and those with mold allergies, upper respiratory issues, and immune deficiencies may experience more severe symptoms. Our black mold removal techniques will safely remove the mold from your home or business, reducing the risk of these symptoms.
Because it is difficult to identify strains of mold, it’s best to assume any visible mold could be black mold. Our expert mold mitigation specialists are properly equipped for black mold cleanup. We prevent cross-contamination, ensuring your family is safe and healthy, during the black mold remediation process.
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Mold Remediation: What Does It Entail
Mold is highly destructive to property and structures if not properly cleaned in a timely manner. Over time, mold can weaken drywall, wood, and other building materials. If left untreated, you may develop structure issues with the building. Additionally, mold exposure may cause allergy-like symptoms. In rare cases, it can pose severe health risks.
Our mold remediation and removal process begins with an initial assessment and free estimate. We then repair the originating source of moisture and remove materials contained with mold. Then we clean, deodorize, and sanitize the affected area to prevent a recurrence.
If necessary, we also fix water damage associated with the source of moisture that caused the mold. Finally, we restore your home or business to its original condition.
Repair the Source of Moisture
Some source of water is always the cause of mold growth. As long as there is a consistent source of moisture, mold will continue to grow even after repeated surface cleanings. Whether it’s persistent condensation in a bathroom or a leaky kitchen faucet, the source of water needs to be identified and fixed.
Once the water issue is repaired, the mold can be removed. In most cases, porous materials like drywall, wood, and carpeting will need to be cut out and replaced. Contaminated materials will be properly bagged and discarded to prevent further mold growth. Depending on the severity of the mold contamination, it may also be necessary to isolate the area to prevent cross-contamination.
Clean, Deodorize, and Sanitize
Next, we professionally clean and sanitize non-porous items, furniture, fabric, clothing, and personal items to remove mold spores and organic material that could cause a recurrence of mold. We may also use specialized air filtration equipment to limit mold spores in the air. If necessary, we will deodorize affected areas and materials.
The final step to mold remediation is rebuilding and restoring the area to the original condition. This may include hanging new drywall, laying new carpeting, installing new tile, and painting walls and ceilings. In some extreme cases, it may be necessary to replace counter-tops, bathroom vanities, or kitchen cabinets.
WHY CHOOSE A PROFESSIONAL MOLD REMOVAL COMPANY?
Mold is the symptom of some water issue. Cleaning with bleach is only effective at treating the symptom. If the source of the water isn’t identified and resolved, the mold will return. A professional mold remediation company treats for both mold and water, ensuring the problem is fixed permanently.
Our crews are local, trained professionals with years of training and experience in mold remediation, removal, and restoration.
Always Free Estimates
Let our experienced professionals assess the extent of your mold damage and provide a free, no-obligation estimate on restoring your home or business to its original condition.
24-Hour Emergency Service
We offer 24-hour emergency services for mold remediation and removal.
30-Minute Response Time
We offer 30-minute rapid response to limit the damage and reduce the cost of repairs.
Licensed and Insured
Our professionals are licensed and insured to ensure you are protected throughout the restoration process.
Professional Equipment and Techniques
Our restoration crews use professional grade equipment and advanced techniques to restore your home or business.
We Work With Your Insurance Company
Navigating what is covered by insurance can be difficult. We can work with your insurance company to get as much covered as possible.
EFFECTS OF MOLD DAMAGE
In the short term, mold will cause unsightly cosmetic damage. Mold is likely to grow porous surfaces, including walls, wood, and under carpeting. Odors may develop over time as well.
Long-term, mold may cause structural damage. From crumbling drywall to deteriorating wood, mold will eventually begin to consume building materials.
Mold can cause allergy-like symptoms in individuals prone to asthma, allergies, and other upper respiratory issues. In rare cases, those with chronic lung illnesses or immune deficiencies may develop serious health issues like lung infections.
HOW MUCH DOES MOLD REMEDIATION AND REMOVAL COST?
It’s difficult to predict the cost of mold removal and restoration without seeing the extent of the damage first hand. Common factors that impact restoration costs are the:
- Extent of damage caused by the water
- Amount of cosmetic damage caused by mold
- Size of the area affected
- Types of materials involved
- Difficulty of extracting the water, if there is water damage
- Amount of reconstruction necessary
Your insurance policy may cover some or all of the cost of mold removal, remediation, and restoration. Call 1-877-677-5320 now for a free, no-obligation estimate on mold restoration.