The Dangers of Basement Mold in Virginia Beach, VA

Basement Mold in Virginia Beach, VA

Certain Types of Basement Mold Can Be Deadly in Virginia Beach, VA

Basement mold in Virginia Beach, VA is a serious problem because mold is both insidious and invasive. The only things mold needs to get established in your home is a damp, dark location to take root in, and once the colony has established itself, it can be notoriously hard to be rid of completely.

Envirotex is an accomplished, licensed environmental services contractor delivering mold treatment in Virginia Beach, VA We offer:

  • Comprehensive mold treatment in Virginia Beach, VA for home and business owners.
  • Envirotex licenses and certifications include: Asbestos Inspector license, Class A Commonwealth of Virginia contractor's license, EPA accreditation and OSHA certification.
  • The environmental professionals at Envirotex have state-of-the-art equipment, industry training, field experience and the required resources to safely and effectively perform mold treatment at your home or workplace.

For this reason, we’re called on quite frequently to ply our remediation skills to get rid of mold in homes all over the region. Our skilled technicians have the experience and specialized equipment necessary to make complete removal largely hassle-free and affordable.

Unfortunately, there’s no single type of basement mold in Virginia Beach, VA, and the danger it poses to your family is highly dependent on the mold species you find yourself dealing with. Black mold, for instance, lives at the top of the mold food chain and is easily the most dangerous. In fact, prolonged exposure has been known to be fatal in some cases, but most mold species aren’t nearly as dangerous.

Even if you’re not dealing with a potentially deadly form of mold, however, it’s still highly problematic, and something you can’t afford to ignore. Left unchecked, mold can spread rapidly through your home, resulting in catastrophic damage to your house itself, to say nothing of the personal items you stand to lose as the mold moves aggressively, ruining clothes, important papers, and the like.

Given how rapidly mold tends to spread once it’s had a chance to take root somewhere in your home, even if you don’t have a member of your family who suffers from some type of upper respiratory condition like asthma or COPD, it just makes sense to move decisively to stop its spread.

Here’s a quick overview of the process we use when dealing with basement mold in Virginia Beach, VA:

Step one involves testing. Sometimes this step isn’t necessary to find the mold, because it’s spread to the point that there are visible signs everywhere.

Even in cases like these though, testing is still important because it enables us to find the source of the problem. Remember, mold needs a damp, dark place to take root, and that could take many forms. You might find that the source of your basement mold in Virginia Beach, VA to be a leak in one of your basement walls, which would point to the possibility that the drain surrounding your basement has become clogged, is malfunctioning, or wasn’t installed correctly when the home was built.

Alternatively, testing might reveal that the core issue is a slow leak in a pipe behind one of the walls in your house. We use cutting edge technology in our testing that allows us to literally peer through your walls to seek out unusually high concentrations of moisture.

It could also be the case that condensation has built up inside the ductwork in your home, and this is the place where the mold began.

Whatever we find, we’ll give you a full report because although we can get rid of the mold you’ve got, if the conditions that set the stage for it to take root in the first place aren’t addressed, you’ll find that it comes back in short order.

Step two involves isolation. Once we’ve identified all the places in your home where mold lives, we’ll isolate those areas so that when we proceed with our remediation efforts, rogue mold spores won’t escape to respawn the colony elsewhere after we’re gone.

Step three involves the removal itself. Note that this includes more than just killing the mold on or in your walls, but also in gathering up all the clothing, paper, and other materials in the contaminated area for removal.

Step four is the removal itself. Once we’ve killed all the mold and gathered the contaminated materials, we’ll dispose of everything using a properly licensed and accredited facility with the certifications to accept the contaminated materials.

Finally, step five is decontamination. Here, we’ll go through the impacted area and thoroughly decontaminate so that no stray mold spores remain to trouble you further.

Once our work is complete, we’ll give you a final report which will include recommended next steps for dealing with the root of the problem.

Going back to the examples we cited previously, this may include things like working with a contractor to repair a damaged French drain that’s causing a leak in one of your basement walls, or working with a plumber to fix a slowly leaking pipe behind one of the walls, etc. If that follow up work isn’t performed, you can bet that the mold will return before long because the conditions that allow mold to thrive are fundamentally unchanged.

Of course, we do a lot more than just dealing with basement mold in Virginia Beach, VA. Since we first opened our doors, we’ve grown to become the region’s top-rated hazardous materials remediation company, capable of dealing with a wide range of dangerous materials including, but not limited to asbestos, lead paint, and formaldehyde.

Most people don’t fully appreciate how dangerous their homes are. There’s a false sense of security about home. People tend to regard them as safe havens, but the simple truth is, your home could hold all manner of dangers.

Take lead paint, for example. Although the person you purchased your home from was legally required to tell you about the presence of lead paint, they can only do so if they knew about it in the first place. If the person they bought the home from never told them, you could have lead paint somewhere on your property and not even realize it.

While lead paint isn’t typically harmful to healthy middle-aged adults, it can be extremely dangerous to the very young, the very old, or anyone with a compromised immune system. As before, if you’re not sure or if there’s any question about the matter, the best way to proceed is to give us a call so we can come out and perform some tests.

We’ll be able to tell you in short order whether you’ve got a lead paint issue to be worried about and if you do, we’ll be able to remove it as well, using a process that’s largely similar to the one we outlined above for mold remediation.

The same is true for asbestos. Asbestos was widely used in home construction from the 1920s on through the 1970s, and unlike lead paint, the person you bought your home from isn’t under any obligation at all to notify you. You could be sitting on some potentially dangerous materials inside your home and not even realize it until someone starts getting sick!

By that point, of course, it’s much too late, so again, testing is the way forward and the best way to be absolutely sure that your family is safe.

Asbestos was used in a number of ways in home construction, so it might appear in the form of insulation, flooring tiles, home siding, or roofing shingles, but don’t worry. If our testing reveals the presence of asbestos in any form, we can take care of the issue for you.

Your family’s health and safety isn’t something you want to take any chances with. If you even suspect you’ve got some type of hazardous material in your home, give us a call right away, and we’ll be able to give you a definitive answer in short order.

Whatever we find, we’ll give you a full report, along with a free, no-obligation estimate, so you’ll know exactly what it will take to get rid of the problem once and for all. Only when we know you’re comfortable with our estimate will we begin the work, and before you know it, the hazard will be no more, and your problem will be a thing of the past.

Since the day we first opened our doors, we’ve built our reputation by exceeding the expectations of each and every client we serve, and we’d love to make you our next satisfied customer. Give our office a call to schedule your appointment today. You’ll be very glad you did.

About Envriotex Environmental Services

Established in Northern Virginia in 2000, Envirotex Environmental Services was founded on military service. While serving his country, the company's owner Mr. Freeman gained vast knowledge and experience in the environmental services field. His expertise in air monitoring and hazardous materials testing prepared him for his post-military career.

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