What to Expect During a Black Mold Inspection in Virginia Beach, VA

Mold Inspection in Virginia Beach, VA

Why Black Mold Inspection Is In Such Demand For Virginia Beach, VA Homes

Let’s talk about mold. Do you have any in your house? Most people would answer that question with a reflexive no. After all, if there are no obvious signs of a mold infestation in your home, there’s no problem, right?

Envirotex is an reputable, licensed environmental services company performing professional mold inspection in Virginia Beach, VA. We offer:

  • Comprehensive mold inspection in Virginia Beach, VA for home and business owners.
  • Envirotex licenses and certifications, including: Asbestos Inspector license, Class A Commonwealth of Virginia contractors license, EPA accreditation and OSHA certification.
  • The environmental specialists at Envirotex have the proper equipment, training, field experience and required licensing to safely and effectively perform mold inspection.

Unfortunately, a casual visual inspection isn’t a reliable means of confirming or ruling out the presence of mold in your home. That’s because mold doesn’t tend to grow in places you spend much time looking at or thinking about. By the time you see the first obvious signs of an infestation, the issue has grown large and serious enough to pose a genuine health hazard to you and your family.

That’s exactly why black mold inspection in Virginia Beach, VA is so important and why our inspection service is in such high demand. Mold lurks in places you don’t go or can’t see, and if you wait until it’s visible, it’s going to be costly and expensive to root out. Here are some of the more common places we’re likely to find mold when you call on us to inspect your home:

  • The crawlspace under your home, if you have one
  • Your basement
  • Any ductwork in your home
  • Your attic, especially if you have a leak in your roof and don’t realize it
  • And behind any wall if there’s a leaky pipe

About the only highly visible place mold is likely to take root in is your bathroom. The only things mold needs are dampness and darkness, with dampness being the larger and more important of the two factors, and bathrooms are, of course, high humidity areas of your house on a regular basis.

All that to say that you may have a mold problem and not even be aware of it. While it’s true that most mold species aren’t fatal, many are hazardous to human health and can commonly cause the following symptoms to manifest in one or more members of your family:

  • Persistent coughing or wheezing and shortness of breath
  • A stuffy or runny nose
  • Puffy, red, irritated eyes
  • Itchy skin
  • A sore throat
  • Nosebleeds
  • Headaches
  • And more

Unfortunately, the symptoms above describe the effects of the more benign mold species. If your home is infested with a dangerous type of mold, Black Mold, for instance, the symptoms will be markedly worse and can include things like disorientation, an inability to focus, fatigue and more. Even among the healthiest of adults, exposure to Black Mold can require hospitalization and can sometimes lead to death.

To make matters worse, if you or a member of your family suffer from some type of upper respiratory condition, exposure to any species of mold is going to hit you harder than it would a person who didn’t suffer from those conditions. In those cases, people who already have lung problems can easily wind up in the hospital after mold exposure of any kind.

So that’s why it matters, and why our black mold inspection service in Virginia Beach, VA is in such demand. If you or a member of your family suddenly starts exhibiting any of the symptoms described above and you even suspect that mold might be the root cause, or are just looking to definitively rule it out, give our office a call and schedule your appointment today.

As the best, most respected remediation company in the area, nobody knows more about finding and properly combatting mold than we do, and our black mold inspection in Virginia Beach, VA is without peer. Here’s a quick overview of our process, just so you know what to expect:

It Starts With Testing

Obviously, if there’s no mold to remediate, there’s nothing for our skilled professionals to do, so the very first thing that will happen when you call on us is that we’ll come to your home and perform a thorough inspection, looking in all the places mold is likely to grow and leaving no stone unturned.

Time and technology have changed the business over the years, and we’ve incorporated all the latest technological advances into our process. These days, we can even peer into the walls of your house to see what’s going on behind them.

That’s critical because as we mentioned above, one of the places a mold colony can take root is near a slowly leaking pipe. Being able to see that without ripping your drywall apart saves us time and you money. Those are both very good things!

Containment

If your black mold inspection in your Virginia Beach, VA home revealed the presence of a colony, our next priority would be to keep it from spreading. To do that, we’ll employ a variety of methods to isolate the area, including, but not limited to:

  • Covering doorways and other openings with polyethylene sheeting
  • Sealing everything with duct tape
  • Closing all doors and windows between the contaminated area and the rest of your house
  • In some cases, we use technology to create negative air pressure which keeps mold spores from spreading during the remediation process
  • And of course, we’ll also need to power down your HVAC system so that mold spores aren’t sucked into your home’s ductwork and spread in that manner

The reason containment is the crucial next step in the event that our black mold inspection of your Virginia Beach, VA home reveals the presence of a mold colony is the fact that mold spores are highly mobile.

Once we begin remediation, our efforts are guaranteed to stir up thousands of mold spores, sending them into the air. If we don’t take the step of properly cordoning off the area, then our work won’t be effective because the spores will simply filter to other parts of your home and immediately begin re-establishing themselves the moment we leave.

That’s not what we want, and it’s certainly not what you’re paying for, so containment really matters.

Remediation

This is where the rubber really meets the road in terms of solving the problem. Depending on where the colony is located and the particulars of the infestation, we’ve got a variety of tools at our disposal. Our approach varies from one job to the next, but we’ll be employing a variety of technologies, including chemical agents designed to kill mold spores and HEPA air filters to capture any airborne spores that try to escape as we’re doing our work.

Unfortunately, mold is especially fond of drywall, cloth, and paper, so we’ll gather anything that’s been contaminated and prepare it for disposal. Be aware that this could include paper files you’ve been keeping, cardboard boxes—and, in all probability, their contents—clothing, furniture, drywall, and more may be at risk and wind up in the contamination pile.

Disposal

Once we’ve collected all of the contaminated material, we’ll make sure it’s disposed of at a facility properly licensed to handle it. Of all the steps in our process, this is the most straightforward.

Decontamination

After we’ve removed all contaminated material, we can set about cleaning up the area where the colony was. We would never even consider viewing our work as complete without doing this because if we did, we’d leave you with a tremendous mess, and we simply don’t work that way.

There’s a lot to do here, including vacuuming all exposed surfaces with HEPA vacuums, wiping down all surface areas with cloths and/or mops, and using a special detergent solution designed to kill any mold spores that might remain.

Once all of that is done, we’ll bring in the fans and dehumidifiers to help speed the drying process along.

Restoration

Finally, the last step is to turn our attention to restoring your home to the way we found it, except for the mold of course, which allows you to get back to your life and put the issue behind you once and for all.

As you can see then, ours is a thorough, comprehensive process designed to complete the work in an organized manner that guarantees your family’s health and safety. We take great pride in our work and would love the opportunity to exceed your expectations. Call us today.

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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