Mold Removal Companies in Phoenix, AZ and What you should know…
Mold removal in Phoenix is a very needed service. However, most property owners never expect to have mold issues. Where do mold issues stem from? Microbial issues usually stem from water damage that gets neglected or that goes unnoticed for a long period of time. If you suspect mold is a problem in your home, calling a professional, like Patterson Restoration to come inspect your property is a great place to start.
Having large amounts of mold in your home can be very dangerous, and it should be remediated quickly and in the right way. Many people think they can just scrub it down with some bleach and everything will be good, but that’s more often not the case. While that may be fine for a few small spots of light growth on hard surfaces, serious mold contamination calls for professional attention. Effective remediation, along with moisture control helps to make sure mold problems won’t return. Until you get to the source of the problem that caused excess fungal growth in the first place, it will most likely return.
Mold Exposure Can Be Hazardous to One’s Health
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide a lot of information for homeowners concerned about the dangers of mold. Educating yourself is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick from mold in your home. The more knowledge you have, the more you’ll know when you should call in a professional to take care of the problem before it gets out of hand. You can often smell mold in your house. That musty smell could be mold growing in place you can’t easily see, or even in the walls themselves. If you can smell mold, it’s a good idea to have it checked out right away.
It’s very important that mold is treated as a true, and serious, health threat. Some symptoms of mold exposure can be sneezing, itchy eyes, coughing, asthma attacks, and allergic reactions. For some people, even these symptoms can be very severe. Children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems are at the biggest risk from mold. Still, even seemingly healthy people can be affected if they spend too much time around mold – and some mold is more toxigenic than others.
The best way to make sure you don’t have mold in your home is to call in a professional. Using current technology, the air in your house can be tested to see if the spores in your air are higher than “normal”. Our company can also look for signs of mold throughout your home, especially in damp areas like bathrooms and basements. If any problems are found, a remediation plan can be created to restore the contaminated areas.
Black Mold Removal
Removing black mold removal should be performed by a professional who is trained and certified in mold remediation. Some black mold issues can be remediated without help of a certified expert; however, you should (at minimum) consult with a certified expert before trying to remove the black mold yourself.
A simple project can become a health hazard if not done correctly. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) as well as the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) have created industry mold standards and guidelines that set the steps for removing black mold (in any amount) from many types of structural materials. These standards and guidelines should be followed by the company you hire to remediate your mold.
Basic Steps to Professional Mold Remediation
Mold removal is basically controlled demolition of non-salvageable structural materials that are contaminated with mold growth. A typical remediation project will go as such (generally speaking):
- Move contents out of the affected area
- Set up a containment barrier
- Tape of any supply or return vents in the containment
- Establish negative air pressure
- Put on personal protective equipment (PPE) – “suit up”
- Enter containment and start work
- Perform remediation
- Final cleaning protocol
- Containment exit protocol
- Air scrub containment (24-48 hours normally)
- Post remediation verification testing
- Containment breakdown protocol
This is just a quick overview of some basic steps a professional remediation company would follow and the order that you could expect them to follow when providing remediation services. Additionally, it’s a good idea to ask the company you hire for a detailed outline of the process they’ll be following during your repairs. This’ll help to ensure proper remediation and give you piece of mind that the company is taking the right steps to eliminate the risk of cross-contamination.
Hiring a Mold Expert in Phoenix, AZ
Restoring a home or business damaged by mold takes a certain skill set and special equipment to complete the remediation correctly. Mold spores are microscopic and can spread easily in the air and throughout a structure if not remediated correctly. What’s more, proper air filtration is needed to prevent cross-contamination from occurring. Air supply vents and return air vents must be sealed completely to prevent contaminating your HVAC system and any clean areas of the home. A mold remediation expert will understand these aspects of a remediation project. If you live in Phoenix, AZ and have a need for mold removal services call on our company for an expert opinion on whether or not mold remediation is a service best suited for your situation.
Some situations require the need for mold testing prior to remediation services. Mold testing will help identify the spore types and levels present in the indoor environment. The outcome of mold testing services will also help a mold removal Company better plan a remediation strategy to best fit your situation. Any property in Phoenix that has plumbing is a candidate for a microbial issue. All it takes is one small or slow leak to create a large mold problem and is actually how most problems start.
How to Control Common Household Mold and Moisture
Mold is everywhere in our environment, both indoors and outdoors. Yes, it’s true we each co-exist with mold on a daily basis. As with any partnership, our peaceful co-existence can be in jeopardy when mold spore levels are out of whack. We’re not talking about the moldy piece of bread or the container in the back of the refrigerator. We’re talking about more intense situations that can put your health at risk and threaten the structural integrity of your home.
Uniquely, molds only require a few basic ingredients to thrive, food, warm temps, and moisture. In fact, our homes are filled with an inevitable array of different materials for mold to feast on. Equally important, mold loves natural materials such as cotton or wool textiles/clothing, paper, wood, glues, wallpaper, dust, smoke and grease, soap scum, and leather just to name a few. Actively growing mold sometimes goes undetected, feeding on its food source so much so that a home’s structural integrity becomes compromised.
Mold grows best in temperatures between 40° to 110° but like many of us, enjoys a more balmy temperature and seems to thrive when it’s between 77 and 86°. A good sign you may have a mold problem is THE SMELL. Mold has an earthy, musty, pungent, stale, dirty wet gym socks smell. It’s an odor you won’t ever forget and one that requires professional attention to eliminate.
Tips on how to help prevent mold and excessive moisture in your home
The key to controlling mold growth indoors is moisture control. The two go hand in hand. Following are a few things to watch for and some tips on how to prevent mold and excessive moisture in your home. . .
- Get the ol “white glove” out, keep your home as dust free and clean as possible.
- Look for any signs of discoloration or staining on walls, ceilings, or other surfaces. Mold and mildew can be green, black, brown, white or yellowy orange in color and can show up as streaks, specs, blotches, powdery film, or a spot of discoloration on a surface.
- Check carpet for any signs of staining.
- Clean tubs and showers regularly. Wipe down excess water left after bathing.
- ALWAYS use the exhaust fans in the bathroom and kitchen.
- Use everyday household fans to keep air circulated.
- Don’t store more than a day or two of firewood inside. Even though wood appears to be DRY, it can retain a lot of moisture which continues to evaporate as it dries.
- Make sure the clothes dryer is vented to the outdoors.
- If you need to store items on the floor, prop them up so air is able to circulate.
- Experiencing ongoing allergy or flu like symptoms that seem to get better when you’re away from the home.
Control the humidity in your home best you can – try to keep it below 60%, (30 to 50%) is best. Signs you may have excessive moisture in your home may be . . .
- Condensation buildup on walls, windows, doors
- Sweeting pipes / toilet tank
- Rust or corrosion
- Warping or bowing drywall
- Swelling, warped, or cracked wood or signs of decay
- Peeling, blistering, or cracking paint
- Peeling wallpaper or drywall tape
- Feeling of the dampness
- Everyday odors that linger
- Install adequate exhaust fans in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. Make sure they are vented to the outdoors.
- Seal and insulate any cracks or leaks in walls, windows, doors, or foundations.
- Cleanup ANY water damage or spills as it happens or very shortly thereafter.
- Check windows and doors for proper sealing and weather stripping.
- Install vented or louvered doors on rooms or closets that are not frequently used.
- Make sure attic is ventilated properly (to code).
- A crawl space should have a moisture barrier and adequate ventilation (to code).
- Check all HVAC vents and fireplace flu’s and make sure there’s no blockage. Also keep HVAC drip pans clean and free from any obstructions.
- Limit the use of humidifiers.
- Check the plumbing for leaks.
- Avoid over watering household plants.
If you have or are concerned that you may have a mold issue in your home, DON’T wait to call a mold specialist. Mold spores can lay dormant for a very long period of time or active mold can go undetected, wreaking havoc on your home and health. Mold can be dangerous, easily spread, and mold remediation requires the expertise and experience of a professional.