We Can Take Care of Your Mold Removal Problem in Phoenix
If you’ve experienced the frustration of a water leak, burst pipe, flood or storm damage, or other water-related property damage, chances are you’re concerned about mold. A small amount of water can cause a big mold problem down the road, so it’s important to assess and repair your property if mold is a concern.
How Do I Know I Have Mold?
If your home has sustained and damage caused by water then mold is a legitimate concern. Without proper ventilation and immediate drying of the affected area, mold growth can easily occur.
Conditions for mold infestation include: Moisture, warmth, and dust or wood particles for the mold to feed on. If these are present, consider assessing for mold even if no growth is visible.
Visible signs of water related damage that can lead to mold include discoloration on walls or ceilings. When this is accompanied by black or blackish-green spots, mold growth has already occurred.
Even before mold can be seen on surfaces, people often report the distinctive musty odor associated with mold infestation. Although it is sometimes considered a “basement” smell, mold often appears in attics and crawl spaces as well. The smell of mold means that particles exist in the air— it’s a good idea to get your home assessed by a certified mold damage repair service such as ours to ensure the mold is not at harmful levels of concentration.
Health Risks of Mold Damage
Apart from hurting your home’s resale value, mold damage can also be harmful to your health. Most people are already familiar with the unpleasant smell and ugly blotches associated with mold-damaged homes, but these are only part of the problem.
The most common health problem associated with mold is an allergic reaction to mold spores. The common so-called “black mold” that grows on household surfaces such as wood, fiberboard, particle board can cause upper respiratory problems for people with mold allergies. It can also act as an irritant to individuals suffering from asthma. People with chronic lung disease have been known to develop infections from prolonged exposure to molds, as well. Exposure to mold indoors has also been linked to coughing and wheezing in otherwise healthy people. Other symptoms include sneezing, headache, and throat irritation.
With all these possible health risks, it’s a good idea to prevent long-term damage and undertake mold remediation work immediately. The area of a leakage should be cleaned and dried within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. If mold damage has already occurred, however, it’s best to call our professional remediation service to take care of the infestation.
How Is It Assessed?
If you’ve experienced a musty odor or visible mold growth anywhere in your home, particularly in basements or near the site of a previous water leakage, you should have your home inspected for the presence of harmful mold. This process involves us completing a visual inspection that is sometimes followed by mold testing to determine the kind of mold present, and if it is in high enough concentrations to be hazardous to the health of residents. Sampling, however, is not usually performed unless someone in the household is experiencing negative health symptoms as a result of mold exposure. Occasionally, intrusive methods such as moving furniture, lifting and/or removing carpets, looking behind wallpaper or paneling, and checking in ventilation duct work are required to assess mold contamination levels.
Once we determine the presence of mold and/or moisture, the repair process can begin. Usually the homeowner will be provided with a written report of the assessment, along with lab results on the mold present if applicable. The assessment should include recommendations for how to proceed if repairs are necessary to get rid of the mold problem. As always, make sure you are working with a certified, licensed mold remediation contractor before starting the assessment and repair process.
Kinds of Mold Damage
Although mold damage is often associated with the “black mold” that can be seen on ceiling tiles and areas of drywall exposed to chronic moisture, there are several types of mold infestation you could be dealing with if you’ve had trouble with water damage. This is why it is important to have your home assessed for mold by Phoenix based professionals such as our contractors.
The three most common types of mold found in homes are aspergillus, cladosporium and stachybotrys atra (or black mold). Aspergilius is often found on food or in ventilation systems, and is relatively harmless to humans. Cladosporium grows in damp areas, often behind toilets or other plumbing fixtures, and may cause allergic reactions in some people. Black mold, of course, can cause respiratory problems and should be removed. If you see red or yellowish molds in or around your home, these are outdoor varieties that feed on plant matter and are nontoxic. Professional intervention is not required in this case. Likewise, white mold indicates that the mold has not yet matured and can probably be easily removed. Have your home professionally assessed if you think you might have a harmful mold infestation.
Repair and Remediation
If the initial water damage is minimal, the problem can often be taken care of with sunlight, detergent, dehumidifiers, and proper ventilation. Unfortunately, most cases require professional water damage cleanup and intervention to prevent mold from growing.
The good news about repairing your property damage due to moisture and mold is that often insurance can be used to cover the costs. This is great for homeowners on a tight budget, especially if you hope to sell your house in the future. Check your homeowner’s or business insurance policy for information on mold.
When the time comes to actually repair the damaged property, if repairs are in fact necessary, High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) scrubbers will typically be used in the affected area to prevent contamination of other parts of the home. This is because mold spores and particles will be stirred up in the removal progress and might migrate throughout the house, causing infestations elsewhere. The scrubbers might be left to operate for a period of time after the removal process, depending on how severe the mold problem is. Next comes the removal of the damaged surfaces, which can be wood, drywall, carpet, or any porous surface that has been contaminated by mold.
Removal is not always necessary; sometimes the surface can be thoroughly cleaned enough to eliminate mold. A HEPA vacuum may be used on floors, walls, and ceilings to remove any visible mold growth and prevent further contamination. An antimicrobial wash may also be performed on any infested surfaces to kill and prevent mold growth around the area. It is also a good idea to conduct a Post Remediation Verification after the removal process to ensure that mold spore levels in the air are diminished. This will ensure that healthy conditions exist once the removal process is over. Contact your mold damage repair service if you have any questions about the mold remediation and removal process.
Our Remediation Services in Phoenix
If you’ve determined that mold is present in your home, you should contact our service as soon as possible to avoid the health risks associated with mold infestation. In addition to assessment, we also also conduct air scrubbing and procedures to reduce dust when removing mold infested surfaces, ensuring the mold does not spread. Lastly, we conduct a screening after the repair to ensure that mold levels are down to an acceptable level.
Although a mold infestation can be a major headache (sometimes literally), there’s no reason to live with it. A professional repair service can assess the extent of damage and offer solutions to get the quality of air in your home back on track. Whether your damage requires a simple cleaning or a full-on removal of the affected surfaces, our professional service will bring you peace of mind.