Mold Remediation Tulsa Provides the Most Complete Mold Removal Services in the Area
At Mold Remediation Tulsa, we pride ourselves on having the highest quality mold removal service available. Our team is ready and able to get rid of the nastiest mold problem quickly and completely. Call us today at (918) 228-6789 and let us help you.
How We Remove Mold in Tulsa
There is an extremely thorough process that Mold Remediation Tulsa uses when we remove mold from your house. Let’s walk you through what you can expect to see from our trained technicians when they tackle the job.
Find and Eliminate the Moisture Source
The first thing we do is a complete inspection of your house to find all the mold. We leave no stone unturned as we make sure nothing is growing in the less accessible places within your home. This inspection allows us to determine how much mold is present, as well as the best method of removal and cleaning.
Although the presence of mold may seem like the biggest problem confronting you as the homeowner, it actually may only be a sign of a larger issue. Mold grows best in moist, warm, dark places.
If you have mold in your house, this means that you may have a source of moisture in the house that we need to address before starting the mold cleanup. Failure to fix the root cause of your mold will only encourage a recurrence in growth after its removal is complete.
Our highly experienced staff knows just where to look to find the mold and discover its source. Some of the most common sources of moisture are sink and shower faucets, water heaters, and exposed plumbing.
If any of those locations have damage, condensation, or leaks, it may lead to the growth of mold.
We also will inspect to find areas of inadequate ventilation within the home. We can determine if you need exhaust fans in the bathrooms, kitchen, or laundry. We also will check the HVAC system for adequacy and figure out if an installed dehumidifier would be beneficial.
Prepare the Area
Once we have found all the mold locations, we will prepare the house for mold removal. This includes sealing the doorways and windows that lead from the moldy area to other parts of the house. Plastic sheeting containment in the critical transition points will prevent mold spores from being dispersed through the house and setting up new colonies.
We will also turn off your air conditioning and heating unit to prevent air movement from the moldy area to other regions within the home. We will use a heavy-duty exhaust fan near outdoor openings to push any mold spores outside. Finally, we may use commercial-grade dehumidifiers to make the indoor environment as inhospitable for mold as possible.
Limit Exposure to the Mold
We all know that mold can become a significant health hazard. That is why you will see our team in a full set of personal protective equipment when they enter the containment areas.
Similarly, once mold removal begins, we will ask you to stay out of the containment zone. Although our technicians are careful not to disturb the mold in a way that spreads spores, mold removal is a hazardous process and we do not want to put your family at risk.
You will see our staff enter the containment area wearing long-sleeved protective garments. They also will be wearing a respirator and eye protection. The mask and goggles will not have any ventilation holes in them to prevent the introduction of mold to our technicians’ mouths and eyes. Finally, they will wear gloves that extend up the arm to protect their hands from the mold removal solutions.
Treat the Area
Finally, we get to the main event and start the mold removal process. The first thing we will do is to remove any mold-infested material that is beyond salvageability. Low cost and easily replaced materials will undergo careful demolition and disposal. This includes items such as sheetrock, insulation, and floorboards.
Once the moldy materials have been eliminated, we will start the mold removal process. This requires the use of professional-grade cleaners, usually with a vinegar, bleach, or detergent base.
Hard surfaces are usually simple to clean. We use vinegar or bleach-based cleaner, apply a lot of elbow grease, and get rid of the nasty stuff.
Porous materials are much more challenging to correct. Each material must be analyzed to determine if it can be cleaned or if it must be removed and replaced. If the mold is not embedded too deeply into the material, we will use a detergent or vinegar-based cleaner to remove the mold. We may also use a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtered vacuum to pull mold and spores out of those materials.
After cleaning, the material may require some cosmetic resurfacing. For example, a wood item may need to be sanded in order to complete the restoration. Additionally, many materials may be excellent subjects for sealants or encapsulants. This will provide them increased moisture resistance in the future.
Once the mold is removed from all materials, the final phase of the process begins. We will clean the air inside the containment zone so that there are no airborne mold spores available to start new colonies. Our first step is using HEPA filtered air scrubbers within the containment area.
Once the mold is down to negligible levels, we will commence a series of air exchanges - replacing the air within the containment space with clean air. This ensures there is no more risk of mold inside the house than there is in the natural environment.
Once the mold is gone, we will bag all mold-contaminated waste in sealed plastic bags. This includes any cleaning materials used, as well as the protective suits and gloves that our staff wear while cleaning. We then deconstruct the containment areas and package that plastic sheeting for disposal as well.
After we complete the cleanup, we may recommend a period of increased ventilation or dehumidification to prevent the recurrence of the mold. We always recommend that you fix leaking pipes quickly and dry any wet areas before they have the opportunity to grow mold.
Mold Remediation Tulsa can solve your mold removal problems with our fast, friendly, and affordable service. Don’t take the risk of having mold cause health issues for your family. Let us help you today.
Tools Used on the Job
The best mold removal 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 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 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 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.
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
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.
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.
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
How Long Does Mold Removal 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.
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!