The Perfect Environment

The Basement

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.


Austin Mold Remediation

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.

Safe Zone

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.