Mold Removal Phoenix, AZ
Whether it’s the infamous “Black Mold” or not, mold removal is oft-times a project for a professional. Can black mold, or any mold for that matter, be removed without hiring a professional? Yes. However, because every situation is different, and because black mold and other mold species are microscopic and capable of producing toxins, consulting a certified professional before removing mold yourself is highly recommended. If mold is not removed properly, cross-contamination can occur and your health could be compromised based on the amount of exposure. Our mold remediation specialists have the proper training, skill, knowledge, and equipment needed to remediate these water damage situations correctly. This will help eliminate the risk of exposure and cross-contamination.
Properties in Phoenix Arizona are not immune from mold growth. Each structure has all the right elements for a “perfect storm” if you will. An organic food source, moisture, and air are the three things needed for mold spores to grow and multiply. Under the right conditions, the mold already naturally found in the environment will begin to germinate and then colonize on whatever food source it has chosen. Some food sources inside of a structure that mold loves to thrive on are drywall, certain types of carpet backing, cabinetry, and framing to name a few.
Water Leaks in a Property Cause Mold
When water leaks go unnoticed they typically will produce excess mold growth on the structural materials affected. That is why water removal and structural drying is so important. Tending to the leak right away (if it was a sudden burst) lowers odds for needing mold removal services. But, life isn’t always perfect and sometimes things just happen. Luckily there are remediation experts who can help!
If mold has affected your home or business and you need a mold removal company to clean up the microbial growth properly, you should consider hiring us. We’re a licensed and certified professional mold remediation company serving the Phoenix Metro Area. Because mold has the potential to cause serious problems, both structurally and with one’s health, consulting with a professional mold expert is highly recommended before attempting to clean up any amount of mold on your own.
Black Mold in Phoenix, AZ
Many property owners automatically assume whenever mold is present that it is black mold. This is not always the case. There are numerous types of mold which are found growing indoors. Did you know that there are other species of mold that are blackish in color? Mold spores come in a variety of colors. Did you also know that more than one spore-type is capable of growing on the same material at the same time? Mold testing is the method needed to identify spore type and quantity. If testing confirms black mold is present, black mold removal still requires the same removal protocol as other types of mold. A professional remediation company removes not just the black mold, but all types of mold.
Removal of Airborne Mold Spores
Mold spores become air-borne with the slightest disturbance. When structural materials affected with mold are dry, the spores become air-borne more easily than when damp or wet. If you don’t have the proper training, applying air movement when trying to dry wet materials contaminated with mold growth is not a good idea, simply because you will spread mold spores throughout the property and make things worse. To prevent the spread of mold spores when drying contaminated structural materials (or contents), create a controlled environment first. HEPA vacuums, air scrubbers and negative air machines are just three types of equipment used by professional mold remediation companies to control the spread of mold spores during a mold removal project.
How do you know if you actually have mold or need the help of a professional company to help you if you do? Any suspect growth is microbial activity until tested and confirmed one way or another by a certified mold inspector. If the suspect growth is in fact mold, the next steps to follow are then determined by how much growth and by the structural components involved. Industry standards and guidelines for mold removal should be strictly followed at all times.
There are 14 general steps to professional black mold removal and mold removal in general.
- 1. Locate the source of the problem.
- 2. Fix the problem. This typically involves eliminating a source of water intrusion.
- 3. Perform a thorough evaluation before drafting a protocol.
- 4. Determine the type and level of contamination.
- 5. Design a containment strategy.
- 6. Set up containment.
- 7. Suit up with the proper personal protective equipment and enter the containment.
- 8. Perform the remediation.
- 9. Properly dispose of the contaminated debris.
- 10. Final cleanup.
- 11. Containment exit protocol.
- 12. Have a post remediation evaluation conducted by a certified third-party.
- 13. After clearance, containment removal is next.
- 14. Complete documentation of the remediation.
Don’t gamble with your health. When it comes to mold removal, better safe than sorry is always a sure bet.
There is no room for error when health is a factor
There is no room for error when considering your health. Yes, there is a lot of hype and scare tactics that hover around the topic of black mold and the mold removal industry as a whole, BUT, there’s also plenty of scientific data and facts that prove mold is a health hazard under certain conditions. Some factors that play a part in this are the type and amount of spores present. Another reason is the structural and environmental conditions present at the time of exposure. Temperature and moisture content of the contaminated materials are two conditions. Another reason that plays a part in whether or not mold is a potential health hazard is the person being exposed to the mold. Individual immune systems, age, and existing allergies will all have a hand in the equation.
What it all sums up to for us…
What it all sums up to for us is this; if you live in the Phoenix Metro area and think you have black mold or any type of mold, and if there is a concern that your health is at risk, a mold testing professional is the first recommended step to finding out how bad the contamination is or if there is contamination present at all. Based on their assessment, a MOLD REMOVAL expert like us would then be able to prepare a cost estimate for correcting the situation and returning the environment to a normal fungal ecology.