MOLD

Licensed, Bonded and Insured Mold Damage Restoration Services 

In order to effectively remove mold,  we must first ensure that the property is adequately dry. Without moisture, mold can no longer grow, or continue to spread. We will then set containment in the area to prevent contamination to unaffected portions of the property. Then, we will begin to remove the mold. In many cases we will employ the use of top industry grade mold removal and remediation tools such as air scrubbers or HEPA air scrubbers, zip walls which are a great way to isolate contaminated areas, mold coatings and mold sealers.Many times we can utilize a variety of industrial grade chemicals to achieve this on floors and walls. However, if the mold is inside a wall cavity or otherwise inaccessible, we will need to remove materials. 

We work with insurance companies so you can focus on the important things, like getting back to your daily routine. 

Our Processes:

Mold Inspection: A thorough inspection is the first step toward effective mold remediation. ASAP Restoration will carefully inspect your property and find every area where mold needs to be addressed.

Mold Testing:Once all the mold is located, we take samples and send them off for testing. This will tell us if the mold damage in your home or business poses a health risk. 

Mold Removal: After we know the toxicity levels of the mold, we can begin working to have it removed. In some cases, special HAZMAT gear will be required. We have all the protective gear and specialized systems necessary to safely and effectively eradicate mold.

Mold Restoration: Finally, we fully restore your home or business. By the time we’re done, your property will be back in like-new condition with all signs of mold eliminated. We don’t leave a job until we know it’s a clean and healthy environment. 

It’s crucial to call a mold removal specialist at the first sign of possible contamination. In many cases, by the time mold becomes visible it has already spread inside of walls and may have spread farther than expected. In situations where the mold has become toxic, temporary housing might become necessary. ASAP Restoration will work with your insurance to make the process of paying for the mold removal and housing streamlined and stress-free. If you’re worried about possible mold contamination, give ASAP Restoration a call day or night and we’ll send out a professional for a free home visit.

Types of Mold

Mold comes in many species. It could be several colors and some forms could be more harmful than others. Attempting to remove mold yourself could be a dangerous proposition because most people are unable to differentiate between different types of mold. There are three common molds typically found in homes and businesses.

Aspergillus: This family of mold is among the most common throughout the world. It is known to cause allergic reactions in humans. It’s commonly found on food, but also tends to collect in home air conditioning systems and ducts.
Cladosporium: This type of mold shows up looking like black pepper. This form is also quite commonly found in homes and businesses. While it is classified as non-toxic, mold spores from this family can trigger allergic reactions and irritate skin.
Stachybotrys: You’ve likely heard of this referred to as “black mold”. While several forms can appear black, this species is classified as toxic and can have severe health impacts if left untreated. Removing stachybotrys mold damage involves stringent safety measures, including the use of protective gear.

About Mold

Spread of dandelions

Mold exists everywhere in the world. We are all exposed to various molds in our daily lives. Many types of mold are actually beneficial. Molds don’t require photosynthesis like plants and instead get their energy by excreting enzymes that break down organic matter. Some molds help break down foods and compost. Some have been used to develop antibiotics. Different kinds of mold have different affects of living things. Their affects on humans and animals vary from person to person, species to species – depending on sensitivity and exposure. They generally only pose a threat to your health if inhaled.

Mold grows in colonies and produces spores. When disturbed, those spores spread in the air, much like when you blow a dandelion, only on a much smaller scale. Mold thrives best in damp and dark conditions. But, when it begins to flourish in confined spaces like buildings and homes, it has the potential to pose a serious health threat. Without the ability to disperse as it would outside, the potential of inhalation is much higher and at much higher levels.

Effects of Mold

If you suspect mold in your property, decisive action and professional assistance is crucial.  Mold will not go away on its own. Spores can lay dormant for years, waiting for the right conditions to colonize. Once it starts, mold growth is relentless and spreads spores throughout the property.

Health Risks of Mold:

  • Skin irritation – Some people have skin that’s sensitive to mold spores and their tubular hyphae. This can result in redness and itching for these individuals (contact dermatitis).
  • Allergic reactions and asthma attacks – When mold spores are inhaled, there’s a wide variety of respiratory disorders that can ensue. People with strong immune systems may not notice, but others may experience wheezing and watering in their noses. People with pre-existing allergies to mold can experience more severe symptoms. The greatest concern would be for people with asthma or another pre-existing respiratory issue.
  • Neurotoxicity – Under certain conditions, mold can produce poisonous mycotoxins. Exposure, particularly prolonged exposure, can result in minor symptoms, including headaches, nausea and malaise.  In more severe cases, Neurotoxicity can cause bleeding and severe migraines; even some cancers have been linked to mycotoxin exposure.

Don’t Try to Tackle Mold Yourself

For your own safety and the safety of others, we recommend only those trained, qualified and insured address the removal of mold.  Online tutorials are often misleading and dangerous. When you choose us as your mold remediation contractors, you can rest assured that we will take care of properly and completely. We will always complete the job with a written clearance report from a 3rd party.

What you can do to prevent mold:

  • Reduce humidity to 30-60%.
  • Ensure that there is adequate ventilation in high moisture spaces such as bathrooms and laundry rooms.  Including checking and using exhaust fans and windows (if the outside humidity is lower than the inside humidity) to eliminate condensation.
  • Repair plumbing leaks or other water issues and dry the affected area utilizing dehumidifiers and open windows, when weather permits.
  • Clean hard surfaces with soap and water and allow to dry thoroughly.
  • Determine whether softer, porous materials such as carpeting, ceiling tiles, and upholstery are salvageable. Clean and dry the materials thoroughly when possible.
  • Refrain from repainting or caulking any impacted surfaces until it has been treated by a professional.

Call ASAP Restoration today at 602-515-7918 to set up a free home visit.

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