Mold Remediation Tulsa

Mold can be a problem that can have dangerous effects on your home and your family's health.

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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. You may not realize it, but you are exposed to mold daily, although usually in very small amounts that are 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 problems 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 particles irritate the throat and lungs, especially 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.

Toxic mold spores can linger in the air and enter their lungs, causing irritation, coughing, and other illnesses. Mold can also cause damage to your house. Some 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. Additionally, structural damage can become quite expensive to repair, so it is better to deal with the mold at the early stages before it can create any serious damage.

When mold is not detected, it may cause serious damage to your house or business. If you don't remove mold from your house, you'll experience bigger problems. And this is why you should hire the best experts in Tulsa mold remediation. When you leave the task in the hands of a professional, you'll get credible results. Click here to learn more about the dangers of mold.

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Causes of Mold

Flooding is a common cause of mold. If a significant amount of water enters your home or business, and is not removed quickly, it will result in significant water damage and puts your home at a high risk for a mold infestation. In addition to mold removal, we also provide water extraction and water damage restoration services for your home or business.

Other common causes for mold are a roof leak, flood, interior humidity, overflowing tubs, broken dishwashers or washing machines, cracked pipes, sewage backups, and flooding. If you discover mold in your house, you should take steps to remove it as soon as possible. That's where a mold remediation service comes into play. If you do not deal with the mold when it is a small problem, you will be left with property damage and potential health issues.  Click here to learn more about the dangers of mold.

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. 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 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, mold still grows in your home, then it's time to call a Tulsa mold remediation company for safe and effective mold removal.

Mold Treatment

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

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 Mold Inspection

A 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. The technicians will use moisture detection equipment to spot areas with high levels of moisture. The ultimate goal is to work on the root cause of the problem, not just what is visible. Read more about mold inspection here.

Documenting the Problem and Creating a Remediation Plan

Before getting down to work, 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? 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.

List of Steps

step 1

Sealing Off the Work Area

Before the 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 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 porous services 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. To speed up the 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 an 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 business or at home.

A mold remediation company will use different techniques to sanitize your belongings.

Tools Used on the Job

The best mold remediation specialists use the most advanced tools to remove mold. They help to assess the damage and finish the job in a timely fashion. Some of the tools used include:

air mover

Air movers

Air movers are industrial blowers that are placed strategically to increase the airflow and removes the mold spores from the problem area.

Thermal imaging camera

Thermal imaging camera

Thermal imaging cameras help to detect the heat patterns and temperature changes in a room. It’s effective at determining the hidden leaks and moisture in drywalls. Besides that, the camera helps to determine whether the building materials dry after a mold remediation project.

Negative air machines

Negative air machines

Negative air machines ensure the contaminated air doesn’t escape. These machines come with HEPA filters that collect up to 99% of mold spores. To create a negative air environment, there should be more air leaving the room than the one that enters. A mold removal company will come and assess the situation and then determine how many negative air machines are needed.

dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers

These machines help to remove the excess moisture from the contained area. Most mold removal experts go for brands with an auto-shutoff feature, so there’s no worry of overfilling. A good dehumidifier should be easy to use – you just place it in a safe area, plug it in, and select the settings you want.Dehumidifiers can also help to remove moisture from problematic areas like crawl spaces, basements, and attics.

Air sampling tools

Air sampling tools

These tools help to test the indoor air quality and checks for the presence of pollutants like mold or fungi. The best sampling pumps allow for both viable and non-viable testing.

High-powered flashlights

High-powered flashlights

Flashlights help to spot mold problems in areas like crawl spaces and cold storage rooms. The technician can also use portable UV lamps to recognize potential threats to your property.

Other Equipment

Not all mold remediation companies in Tulsa carry the same equipment. You should expect a reputable mold removal expert to have:

  • Carpet dryers
  • Heavy-duty sheets of duct plastic and duct tapes
  • Humidity meters
  • Different types of disinfectant products
mold inspection man

How Long Does Mold Remediation Take?

Since many factors surround mold removal, the process can take a few hours to 5 days. It can take longer if third-party testing is required to complete the mold removal verification. Most mold growths will establish within 24-48 hours, so you must act fast, especially if you live in a humid climate.

Final Thoughts

Mold removal can be a tedious process, so you should look for the best mold remediation Tulsa has to offer. Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or for a quote!

Who we Are

We will send out a team of professionals to come and assess your house and completely remediate all dangerous mold from your home so you can feel confident that you and your loved ones are safe.

Every person on our team is also highly trained, so if they come into any problems such as damage to your house while eradicating the mold, they know how to help you with your next steps.

Now, if mold is so dangerous, you may be wondering why we do mold remediation rather than mold removal? With remediation, we remove most of the mold, and we remove all of the dangerous molds, but then the house returns to natural levels. You see, everywhere you go, there will be some level of mold because it exists in the air wherever there is moisture. When people claim to remove all mold, they are not really doing so, at least not for long. On the other hand, we promise to return your house to a safe level and ensure that it stays at that level long term so that you do not run into recurring issues. Know more
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