In a house, the most vulnerable spot for the growth of toxic black mold is the basement. Toxic black mold(Strachybotrys atra) in the basement is a common sight due to moisture and darkness. Mold health problems Can be experienced well before you actually find evidence of mold in your home. Since mold spores can be airborne, you may be breathing in these toxic spores for months before you understand what’s happening. People rarely visit basements and as a result, the mold continues to grow with no interruptions. It could grow to the point that it takes over the entire space and makes its way into the rest of your house
Black Mold Anywhere In the Home Is A Health Danger
Toxic black mold in the basement is harmful to everyone living in the house, especially pregnant women, children and the elderly people. If anyone shows signs of a runny nose, unexplained fatigue, rashes, difficulty breathing or frequent headaches, check the house for mold growth. If you discover mold of any kind in the basement, you need to remove it immediately. If you decide that you can handle a small 5 to 10ft job, make sure that you do it safely and quickly. Avoid breathing in any of the mold spores by wearing protective clothing and respirator. Make sure you don’t carry the mold spores up in your house.
You Need Professional Help
If the mold has infested a large area of the basement, or it is beginning to move into parts of the house you need to get professionals to perform a mold clean up. You’ll need professional help to discover and eliminate the source of water that is creating the environment that allows mold to flourish. Professional mold remediation technicians will seal off the area where they find the mold to prevent mold spores from escaping into the unaffected areas, They will also wear protective mold remediation equipment to clean the mold out of the basement, they will dry and dehumidify the whole area to ensure that the problem does not reoccur.
An Overview Of The Austin Mold Remediation Process
Complete mold removal is difficult and brings with it potential hazards to your health. Left unattended mold grows exponentially and can and has gone so far as required homes to be demolished. For this reason, it is highly recommended that any Austin mold remediation project is handled by qualified experts only. So your best bet in Austin Metro area is to contact ATEX Water Damage Restoration. Our contractors are State Licensed Austin mold remediation experts. Approaching the problem this way will ensure that the job gets done right and that all the proper safety precautions needed to keep you and your family healthy will be used. For most people in the United States, their home is their most valuable asset. We’ll work to ensure this water damage and mold problem doesn’t negatively affect the value of your property.
Mold Remediation is Serious Business
You only want to use a contractor that is a Texas State Licensed Certified Mold Remediation Expert. They will have documented qualifications and certifications so that you can verify their expertise. Mold remediation is definitely not a job for amateurs or a project where you should automatically go with the cheapest option. The cheapest option can, and very likely will end up doing more harm than good, leaving your home with long-term mold problems, ending up being by far the most expensive option.
ATEX Mold Remediation Process Step-by-Step
Our technicians will be able to assess the situation and put together a detail action plan that will get the mold clean-up job done as simply and efficiently as possible. Usually, the first thing we will do when you call make an appointment for one of our Austin Mold Remediation Contractors to come out experts to your home or business. Once they are on-site, they will be able to assess the damage, identify any potential health hazards, that might be a danger to you and your family.
Certified Mold Inspection
After the initial assessment, if you have a serious mold problem in the State of Texas it is required that you have a certified, independent third-party mold testing company test mold samples they take from your home. The rules in Texas do not allow the same company to do both inspection and remediation. This company will be able to provide you with a scientific report that identifies the type of mold in your home or business and the health risk level that is present. After you get this mold report, contact us and send us a copy of the report. The report gives us more information needed to give you the most specific and best advice on how to move forward. If you’ve had to flood, the cause will be obvious. If the mold has grown slowly over time, the cause may not be as obvious. Whatever the case may be in your situation, the first steps will be to eliminate the water and/or humidity that is the source of the problem. Because mold requires water or moisture to grow, once the source of the moisture is targeted and eliminated, further mold build-up problems are unlikely.
The next step is usually to completely eliminate any and all mold in the affected areas. Our Technicians will also completely dry out the water or other moisture in water damage areas. Like many things these days, mold remediation has become pretty high tech. Our company employs the latest technology to both identify water and mold problem areas that may not be visible. We use the best and safest mold removal products on the market. Each mold removal project is unique. Your specific situation may require certain products and/or procedures to ensure complete, 100% elimination of all moisture.
A common procedure the removing mold is to set up a “safe zone” that cover the affected areas with plastic sheeting from floor to ceiling. The area is kept isolated by maintaining a negative press using a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtered fan. Additionally, all air vents in and out of the affected areas will be blocked. You then have a contained zone where the mold removal work can continue without affecting the rest of your home or business and with minimal impact on your day-to-day activities. After containment, the process of mold remediation begins. All building materials like sheet rock and wood that are moldy and porous need to be removed and double-bagged for disposal. Care will be taken during the bagging and disposal process to eliminate the chances for dispersing mold spores into your home or business. There is no point in cleaning up the affected area and carelessly infecting another area because of sloppy procedures. Mold spores disperse quite quickly and easily and can start growing again if they find the right moisture conditions.
When remediation is completely finished the inspection company will return and do another inspection to certify the mold has been properly remediated.
A Roof Needs Maintenance
If your Houston home is to remain weatherproof your roof must be kept in a good condition. Any small leaks can lead to expensive work to the underlying timbers and any decorative finishes, all which will deteriorate rapidly in damp conditions. In addition, the moisture created will create an environment perfect for mold to take hold and grow which eventually will require expensive mold removal. A regular inspection of your roof will go a long way in making sure it is properly maintained. You don’t want to wait until you see water stains on the ceiling to know you have a leak. If you are uncomfortable doing it yourself there are residential roofing contractors Houston who offer a free roof inspection. Remember: Prevention is better than repair.
Check In The Attic
If the roof is unlined inside, look for any area that has cracks allowing light to shine through, these areas will need closer inspection. Check for water staining on any timbers. If stains are found you’ll need to find the source of the stain. After a period of heavy rain is the best time to inspect your roof from the inside, since if you see stains or water the source of a leak will easier to find. Always repair any damage found as soon as possible to stop any leaking and further water damage to the house.
From Ground Level
Check the entire roof by inspecting at ground level. No matter the type of roofing you have any misalignment on asphalt tile, slate, ceramic tile, or even you metal roofing Houston should be noted and repaired. It is not hard to spot disjointed or slipped tiles against the regular lines of tiles. If a section’s color has changed, it could be newly exposed and therefore un-weathered. The ridge against the skyline should be level with no gaps. Make sure there are no missing or turned up tiles. For a tile check mortar joints for gaps. Check for the state of the flashings at abutments and around chimney stacks. Check around on the ground for pieces of fallen mortar.
At The Roof Level
We do not recommend homeowners climb up and walk around on the roof, there is a very high risk of falling and sustaining serious injury. You can contact a roofing contractor to do the free roofing inspection: Better Safe Than Sorry.