What Causes Mold?
Usually, excess moisture causes mold growth. If you have mold in your home, you will need to find out where the moisture is getting into the house. You may have groundwater/surface leaks, a roof leak, problems with wall joists or plumbing leaks. Even stagnant water left in appliances could cause mold growth.
How Much Does It Cost to Test for Mold?
The cost to test for mold is determined by the size and layout of the structure. The Mold Pros are able to determine the number and type of test that is best for your situation during a quick phone call.
Why Should I Test for Mold?
If you have a mold concern, it is best to test. A quality mold test will tell you the types of mold as well as spore counts. The Mold Pros follows a strict set of protocols for sampling, and utilizes accredited, independent laboratories for all mold testing and reporting.
How Much Does It Cost to Have Mold Removed?
Mold removal costs are dependent upon the size of the structure, level of contamination and location in structure (crawlspace, attic, bathroom, etc.), and several others factors. Our experts can provide a fair and accurate bid once these factors are better understood. Call today for more information.
What Is the Difference Between Chemical Mold Treatments (Biocides) and The Mold Pros’ Proprietary Formulas?
Remediators use a variety of substances and methods to kill and/or remove mold. Chemicals or biocides, often with proprietary names, are capable of killing molds effectively – BUT they often leave behind odors, VOCs, and other residues that can be harmful. Let’s face it – the term biocide means that the substance “kills living things.” This may not be the best choice. The Mold Pros’ Proprietary Formulas, used exclusively by The Mold Pros, is proven to be a safe and effective bio-enzyme solution that rids your home of mold naturally… with science! Bio-enzymes in The Mold Pros’ Proprietary Formulas actually digest and break down mold and mold spores, leaving behind a fresh smell and none of the potentially harmful residues or gases. The Mold Pros’ Proprietary Formulas are safe and effective.
Should I Use Bleach to Kill Mold?
While bleach may kill mold on some surfaces, it does not kill mold on porous surfaces such as wood, drywall, cloth, etc. Chlorine bleach (sodium hypochlorite 6 percent) cannot get into the porous surfaces where most mold hyphae (the root structures) grow and attach themselves. Bleach has an ion structure that prevents it from penetrating porous surfaces, thus the root structures inside the porous surfaces are not killed. While the bleach may remove the mold from the top of the surface, the roots are still inside the pores.
Furthermore, bleach could increase mold problems. The water in the bleach soaks into the porous surface and the chemical stays on top. This gives the roots more moisture to grow. Dense mold will grow onto the surface within a few days of bleach treatment and the wet surface becomes a magnet for mold spores that were not killed by surface treatment.
The only way to properly get rid of all mold is to treat it professionally. Call The Mold Pros or complete and submit the “Speak with a Mold Pro” form to ask questions about mold, our process or to schedule a time to test your home or business for mold.
Why Does The Mold Pros Perform a Moisture Inspection With Their Mold Test?
Mold needs moisture to grow. Knowing this fact, The Mold Pros always looks to find the root cause of the mold problem — the water intrusion. Often our inspections provide valuable information to our client as to why the mold started, and what might need attention or repair to prevent further damage.
Can You Treat the Central Heat and Air System?
Absolutely! The Mold Pros views treatment of forced air HVAC systems as vital to ensuring a proper remediation in many cases. Look at it this way – if proper testing shows elevated levels of mold spores in your home’s air, wouldn’t treating the circulatory system for your home’s air make perfect sense? We thought so too. The Mold Pros’ Proprietary Formulas can be atomized into an ultra-fine mist and transported throughout the system. This method effectively kills and removes mold spores throughout the ducting and ensures better results for you.
Do I Have to Tear Out Carpet and Sheetrock?
Sheetrock can be saved if it is structurally sound, dry, and the mold is only on the surface. In some cases the best course of action will be to remove some or all of the impacted sheetrock. An onsite inspection will give you definitive answers on drywall. Carpet can be a bit more difficult. Often the “culprit” in mold on flooring is not the just the carpet, but the padding, tackstrip, glue and subfloor material. Today’s modern materials often “feed” mold more so than carpet itself or even solid wood. As such, The Mold Pros looks at each situation and will recommend the best course of action.
My Clothing and Furniture Have Been Subjected to Mold, Do I Have to Throw Them Away?
In most cases The Mold Pros’ proprietary formula treatment can avoid the need to throw away furniture – saving you a lot of money. Clothes can often be washed properly or dry-cleaned rather than be thrown out. Our experts can give you a better assessment during an inspection.
How Long Does It Take to Remove Mold From My Home?
A typical The Mold Pros mold remediation is anywhere from one to three days of work depending on the size of the impacted areas, extent of damage, and the size of the home.
How Do I Know the Mold is Gone?
After completing the mold remediation process, an independent lab tests the air samples to ensure that your home or business is free of all contamination.
If I Ignore the Mold, Can it Affect My Health?
Yes, the mold spores could affect your health in several ways: It could affect your respiratory system, nervous system, immune system; and dermatological and hematological systems. Those who already have asthma and allergies may be affected sooner and more severely. Mold can also lower your immunity to other disease, giving viruses and other sicknesses to grow and affect you much quicker than usual.
Is Mold Typically Just in One Place?
Mold is a living organism which spreads by a process known as “sporulation”. Molds can disperse millions of microscopic spores which can spread throughout a structure including the central heating and air conditioning system. Thorough testing can determine if the mold is contained in a specific area or has spread into other areas of the structure.