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Mold Damage Restoration Services

If your home or business is exposed to a significant amount of moisture, such as a leaking roof or flooding, you could be at risk for a mold infestation. Many mold varieties can begin growing within 48-72 hours from water exposure. Once mold has taken hold, your property risks becoming a breeding ground for allergens and irritants. ASAP Restoration is known as the best mold removal service Phoenix has to offer. In order to provide the safest, quickest, and most effective service, we’re proud to offer 24-hour emergency support. Our IICRC certified specialists have the training, expertise, and equipment to safely combat any mold infestation. Throughout the restoration process, your safety will be our top concern. We will do everything we can to make sure that you’re satisfied with our work, all while keeping your asbestos exposure to an absolute minimum.

Identifying Mold Damage & Mold Types

At first glance, some mold varieties can appear similar. Different types of mold may have a similar appearance, but one could be more dangerous than others. We do not recommend attempting to identify mold strains yourself, since any disruption to the mold’s surface can release spores. Unfortunately, the only way to identify mold spores accurately is to get them under a microscope and tested. Aspergillus This family of mold is found in food, as well as in-home air conditioning systems and ducts. Aspergillus is known to cause allergic reactions in humans. Cladosporium The surface of Cladosporium resembles black pepper and is classified as non-toxic. Nevertheless, exposure to its spores can still trigger allergic reactions and irritate your skin. Stachybotrys Commonly referred to as black mold, Stachybotrys is a toxic mold that poses a serious health risk to anyone who comes into contact with it. Stringent safety measures (such as the use of protective gear) should be implemented when removing Stachybotrys.

Conditions that Cause Mold Growth

In order for mold to grow, certain environmental conditions must be met. Your home or business could be contaminated with mold if the following conditions exist: High Humidity If your property is located in a high humidity area, then the possibility of mold growth will increase. This is because outdoor humidity impacts your indoor humidity levels, and the resulting moisture creates the perfect environment for toxic mold to thrive. Water Leaks When there are unresolved water intrusions to the building, such as a roof leak or a pipe leak, moisture will begin to build up. If these leaks are ignored or if they remain undiscovered, this allows mold to spread. Flooding Whether it’s caused by broken plumbing or heavy rains, flooding provides the perfect opportunity for mold growth. As is the case with water leaks, the longer the flooding remains unaddressed, the higher the chances of mold growth.

The Mold Removal Process: Explained

In many cases, mold can contaminate the insides of walls and flooring, long before you notice the signs of its presence. To address the issue, you’ll want to call a certified mold cleaning and restoration service immediately.

Mold Inspection

Our professional mold removal process starts with a thorough mold inspection of your property, which would allow us to pinpoint specific areas where mold needs to be removed. During this process, we look for visible signs of moisture, water damage, potential leaks, and water intrusion. Our technicians will typically begin the investigation in target, high-growth areas such as the interior living space, the basement, the attic, and crawl spaces.

Mold Testing

After we’ve located all visible mold formations, we’ll need to collect samples for in-depth analysis and testing. Once the samples have been carefully extracted, they are immediately sent to a reputable laboratory for testing. This step is critical because different mold strains require different remediation strategies. This testing will also help us determine if the mold damage in your property poses a health risk.

Mold Removal

Once the test results come back, we’ll learn the toxicity levels of the mold. This informs our strategy for containing the spores. Containment of all affected requires industrial-grade mold removal and remediation tools such as HEPA air scrubbers, zip walls, mold coatings, and mold sealers. At the same time, pur mold removal specialists are equipped with protective gear and specialized systems that will allow the safe and effective eradication of mold from your property.

When the mold has been contained, we can start drying out all humid or moist areas in your house. Mold thrives when moisture is abundant, so drying the affected areas out should rob them of the chance to grow and continue to spread. After the drying is complete, we’ll need to use industrial-grade chemicals on the affected floors and walls. In cases where the mold growth is inside or in the back of a wall, the only real option is to remove the material, which is likely to be wet or moist and mold-damaged already.

Mold Restoration

When all signs of mold are eliminated, we can start the process of restoring your property. The final restoration process will depend on which areas of your home sustained damage from the infestation. In some cases, restoration could be rebuilding an interior wall, while in another it might mean replacing flooring. Once we’ve restored your home to its original condition, we’ll inspect the whole property again and confirm that there is no longer any visible trace of mold infestation. We will also double check air quality levels to ensure there are no remaining airborne spores. When the mold has been contained, we can start drying out all humid or moist areas in your house. Mold thrives when moisture is abundant, so drying the affected areas out should rob them of the chance to grow and continue to spread. After the drying is complete, we’ll need to use industrial grade chemicals on affected floors and walls. In cases where the mold growth is inside or in the back of a wall, the only real option is to remove the material, which is likely to be wet or moist and mold-damaged already.

Mold Removal Phoenix – What you need

Mold infestation is not always easy to get rid of. DIY techniques and tools might remove some parts of it, but there are always microscopic spores of mold left in the air and you could face another infestation really soon. In order to successfully remove mold from your home or commercial space, it’s vital that you hire a professional service that has all the necessary tools, knowledge and experience in mold remediation. But if you do want to attempt mold removal yourself, you will need:

  • Drywall saw
  • Paintbrush
  • Rubber gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • N95 respirator
  • Vacuum and
  • Scrub brush

From the list of material required for mold removal you need:

  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Bleach
  • Plastic sheets
  • Primer and
  • Heavy-duty cleaner

Mold can be an incredibly big nuisance. It can turn the grout in your shower black, discolor your drywall, turn your deck dark and can grow anywhere where it finds a damp and warm environment. Not to mention the health hazards such as allergies, runny nose, difficulty breathing, nasty odor etc. And since some (if not all) of the required tools and materials are usually not found in everyday household, it’s best to trust the process to professionals like ASAP Restoration.

Step 1 for Phoenix Mold Removal – Safety

Then mold remediation is done on large areas or removal of black mold, it’s useful to follow these safety precautions:

  • Wear old clothes that you can launder or even better, throw out
  • Use of N-95 or better-graded respirators will help prevent mold spores to be inhaled
  • Set up a fan in the window that will keep the room ventilated
  • All carpeting or mold-infested debris should be bagged and securely taped for disposal
  • Use garden sprayer to moisten moldy areas – this will help control airborne spores
  • Make sure to cover the AC vents with tape
  • The vacuum should be kept outside when you use it.

Step 2 - How to remove carpeting infested with mold?

If you see signs of mold infestation on your carpeting, you should

  • Cut the stained carped into smaller pads using a utility knife
  • Mist the carpet with water to control airborne spores
  • Roll up every carped pad, put it in the bag and seal it

Step 3 - Sealing off non—infested areas

In order to protect other areas of your home and to prevent the mold spores from travelling and infesting other parts of your home, it’s important that you properly seal off those areas. You can do this by:

  • Making sure that the infested area is moist so that airborne spores are contained
  • Use plastic sheeting to cover the doorways and create a barrier
  • Secure the plastic sheeting with duct tape
  • Cover all vents and ducts with plastic and duct tape

Step 4 - Mold remediation from moldy walls

If you notice black stains or even spots on your wall, there’s a high probability that your drywall is also infested with mold. If that’s the case, you should pry off the baseboards and remove the contaminated pieces with a pry bar. You can also use a screwdriver to probe stained walls and discover hidden mold in insulation and wall framing.

Step 5 – Bag moldy material

Once you’ve removed every piece of mold-infested material (on the surface and inside your walls) you need to remove the debris safely. Us a pump sprayer to mist the debris with some water. The added moisture will prevent the mold spores from being airborne and loose. Then you need to carefully put the debris in a garbage bag and securely seal it with duct tape.

Step 6 - Cleaning and repair

Once all the debris is out of your home, you can commence with the cleaning and repairing process. Any remaining mold—infested debris should be vacuumed with a wet/dry vacuum. We highly recommend purchasing an extra long hose so you could keep the vacuum outside and avoid spreading mold spores. Once done, throw out the vacuum filter and clean it (along with all attachments) with a bleach and water solution.

The surface of mold stains should be scrubbed using a scrub brush, dipped in a bleach and water solution. This will effectively eradicate the remaining mold and its spores. Once the solution has dried, wipe it off.

Once the mold-infested areas have dried, get a humidifier to further dry out the air in the room and make sure that no moisture remains before you commence with the repairs.

All wood surfaces should be sealed with an oil-based primer (protects them from moisture) and walls should be painted with paint that prevents mold growth (has mildewcide in it). Install the new insulation and dry wall and repaint it.

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