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Mold Remediation Tulsa OK

Mold can have dangerous effects on your home and your family's health.

What is Mold?

Mold (sometimes spelled mould) is a type of fungus that commonly appears on food, or indoors or outdoors, particularly wherever moisture is present. Unfortunately, the climate in Tulsa OK is very conducive to the development of mold, which is probably why you came to our web site!  You may not realize it, but you are exposed to mold daily, although usually in very small amounts that are typically harmless. Although mold commonly forms and grows if there is sitting water, it can also develop and thrive if there are high enough levels of moisture in the air. Mold often develops after a flooding event, which could leave behind significant water damage, in addition to a moldy environment. 

Why Should You Be Concerned With Mold?

Mold exposure can pose serious health risks to people with existing respiratory problems and allergies. Not every breed of mold is toxic, but most types will make people feel sick. As mold grows, the spores enter the air. These toxic mold spores irritate and damage the throat and lungs, especially in young children and people with asthma. 

Apart from allergy flare-ups, a mold outbreak may result in health problems like sneezing, runny nose, difficulty breathing, coughing, etc. Some types of mold , such as black mold , can cause health issues like diarrhea, headaches, memory loss, and long-term respiratory damage.  Click here to learn more about the dangers of mold.

Mold can also cause damage to your house. Some mold damage is more minor, like stains and lingering odors, but as mold spreads and takes over, it can cause some major structural damage that will make your house a safety risk. Over time, structural damage can become quite expensive to repair, so it is better to deal with the mold at the early stages before it causes any serious damage.

When mold is not detected, in addition to the health risks mentioned above, it may ultimately cause serious property damage to your house or business, and if the issue is not resolved quickly, the problem will escalate.  This is why you should hire the best experts in Tulsa Oklahoma mold remediation. When you leave the task in the hands of a professional Tulsa mold removal company, you will get positive results. 

woman concerned with mold

Causes of Mold

Flooding is a common cause of mold, and some areas of Tulsa OK are prone to flash flooding. If a significant amount of water enters your home or business, and is not removed quickly, it will result in significant water damage to building materials and puts your home at a high risk for mold growth and mold infestation.  In addition to mold testing and mold removal services, we also provide water extraction and water damage restoration services for your home or business.

Other common causes for mold infestation in Tulsa OK are a roof leak, flood, interior humidity, overflowing tubs, broken dishwashers or washing machines, cracked pipes, leaking showers, and sewage backups. If you believe you have mold in your house, you should take steps to remove it as soon as possible. That's where mold remediation services come into play. 

How Do You Prevent Mold From Growing?

Since mold thrives on moisture, make sure to keep the humidity low. A good gauge is to aim to keep the humidity in your home at 60% or lower to avoid mold outbreaks. You can use a dehumidifier to lower the humidity. Next, make sure that any wet surfaces in your home are dried up quickly. Clean and disinfect surfaces that are likely to grow mold. A steam cleaner can help to sanitize surfaces that are predisposed to growing mold.

Make sure that any leaks in your home are repaired. Replace old or damaged pipes that are worn. It's better to do this before you have a pipe burst!

Improve air flow throughout your home. If necessary, move furniture away from the walls to allow for the movement of air around them. Keep your house fan on (even if you are not running the air conditioner or heater) to keep the air moving.

If, after following these steps, you still end up with a mold infestation in your home, then it's time to call a Tulsa mold remediation company for safe and effective mold removal services.

Mold Remediation Process

How does the mold remediation (or mold removal) process work?  First, let's define the terms.  Mold removal is a bit of a misnomer, as not all traces of mold can be removed.  Technically, the service that companies like ours perform is mold remediation, which removes all of the harmful mold on surfaces and in the air.  But, for practical purposes, the terms are interchangeable.

When dealing with mold removal, it is highly recommended that you hire a professional. If you are trying to eliminate mold using bleach and a washcloth, you may only temporarily solve the issue without treating the underlying cause. If you do not deal with mold growth properly, it will most likely return and cause more damage to both your health and your house. When you call us, rest assured that you are working with the the best certified mold remediation specialists in the Tulsa OK area!

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Mold Inspection

certified mold inspector will check your home for areas where moisture can cause mold to grow. Some of the common areas of concern include sink cabinets, bathrooms, basements, and window seals. Our technicians will use moisture detection equipment to spot areas with high levels of moisture, and may take air samples. The ultimate goal is to work on the root cause of the problem, not just what is visible.  We offer the best mold inspection services in the Tulsa OK area.  Read more about mold inspection here.

Mold Testing

Mold testing is the process where the mold samples are brought to a lab to determine the mold type and the danger level. While some types of mold may be relatively harmless, other types of mold, such as black mold, can lead to allergic reactions, rashes, and shortness of breath.  Our Tulsa OK mold testing process can give you the assurance to know how dangerous the mold in your home really is.

Documenting the Problem and Creating a Mold Remediation Plan

Before getting down to perform the mold removal services, the team will document the mold situation and take some photos. This plan will help to determine when the work is likely to begin and when it will be completed. It will also help to answer questions like:  Does the homeowner need to relocate? How much mold damage has occurred?  Should any testing be done? Also, the documentation will manage larger trends in mold growth. Finally, the plan will show how much contamination you’re looking at.  After this is complete, the mold remediation services can begin. 

List of Steps

step 1

Sealing Off the Work Area

Before the mold removal process begins, the contaminated area is isolated by closing all doors and windows. This is followed by sealing all seams of sheeting with duct tape. If the mold is in the bathroom, the heating and ventilation ducts are sealed. Similarly, the expert will place heavy sheets of plastic when working in large rooms. Given the right conditions, mold can spread quickly. Once our technicians come to your home, they will take some containment measures to ensure the mold spores don’t spread to the whole house.

step 2

Antimicrobial Application

If there’s no visible mold growth, an antimicrobial agent can be used to prevent mold buildup until the area is dried out. The antimicrobial will kill any spores that may be present. If the mold growth has accumulated on non-porous surfaces like toilets, tubs, glass, or metal, a scrub brush is used. The mold remediation company will also have the right products to remove mold from building materials with porous surfaces like drywall, carpet, ceiling tiles, wood, etc.

step 3

Air filtration

During the process of mold removal, machines with high-efficiency particulate (HEPA) purifier should continue running. This ensures the microbial volatile compounds, dust, and mold spores are removed from the problem area and maintains air quality in your home or business. To speed up the mold removal process, fans and dehumidifiers can be used.
If the contaminated area is greater than 10 sq. feet, a licensed environmental hygienist will assess the situation. The team will also conduct a mold inspection to give peace of mind that the process has been successful.

step 4

Cleanup

In most instances, the best way to keep mold at bay is to remove the affected materials. Also, some minor repairs may be necessary such as painting, installing new carpets, and replacing the drywall. The restoration process may also entail the reconstruction of various rooms in a home or business.
A mold remediation / mold removal company will use different techniques to sanitize your belongings.  At this point, the mold remediation process is complete.

Why Us?

At Mold Remediation Tulsa, every certified technician on our team undergoes significant training in mold remediation services so you can rest assured that they know how to handle all of your mold growth problems safely.  Mold testing, mold inspection and mold removal are not simple processes, which is why it is important to hire a local company in Tulsa OK, with significant experience in mold remediation services and mold removal services to handle your issue.  

Mold infestations are dangerous to your home and health, and it is not worth it to put these things at risk.  It is our goal to return your house to a safe condition as it was before the mold appeared!  Working with us assures you that you will be hiring the best in Tulsa mold removal.  Our services are second to none, and we are proud of our customer service.  Customer satisfaction is of utmost importance to us! Read more about us here.