The Process of Mold Remediation for Homes in Virginia Beach, VA

Mold Remediation in Virginia Beach, VA

How We Handle Mold Remediation in Virginia Beach, VA

One of the most vexing problems homeowners have to deal with is mold. It’s easy for a mold colony to get established because the only thing most mold species need in order to thrive is a dark, damp space. Unfortunately, most homes have more of those than many people realize.

While it’s true that some mold species are more dangerous than others, none of them are welcome guests in any home, and even the most benign mold species will cause watery eyes and irritation.

If you or a member of your family suffers from an upper respiratory condition like asthma or COPD, the presence of mold in your home is likely to make those conditions worse, making attacks much more likely and increasing their severity when they occur.

That’s one of the reasons why mold remediation in Virginia Beach, VA is so important, but there are others as well. Mold tends to spread very quickly once it gets established, so if you don’t take action immediately when you see signs of it, the problem could quickly spiral out of control, making it a much more expensive issue to deal with.

Then there’s the matter that mold often gets started in areas of your home you seldom if ever visit, so by the time you do start seeing readily apparent signs that there’s a problem, it’s a good bet that it’s already quite entrenched.

On top of that, there’s the problem that mold ruins just about everything it touches. If it gets into your drywall, you’ll have to cut out the mold-infested sections and replace it. If you’ve stored boxes of papers in the area where the mold is spreading, you can bet that they’ll be ruined. The same goes with any clothing you may have put into storage in the mold-infested area.

In other words, it can be expensive in more ways than you realize.

If you even suspect that you might have a mold problem, the first step in our mold remediation process in Virginia Beach, VA is testing. Barring any visible signs of the problem, that’s the only way to know for sure. The good news on that front is that our skilled technicians use cutting edge technology that even allows them to peer behind your walls without having to damage anything in your home.

That’s not something that just any mold remediation company in Virginia Beach, VA can do. For instance, if you want to check to see whether a pipe behind your drywall has a slow leak that’s serving as the root cause for your mold problem, some companies will have to cut the drywall away to investigate. We don’t.

Using thermal imaging technology, we can tell at a glance, leaving your walls intact. Naturally, we’ll have to do some cutting if a problem is revealed, but our process is much less invasive, which saves you money.

In addition to using our thermal imaging technology to search for mold behind your walls, we’ll also inspect places like:

  • Your basement
  • All of the ductwork inside your home
  • Your attic
  • And the crawlspace under your home, if you have one

All of these are areas where it’s easy for a mold colony to get established without your even realizing it. We won’t leave any stone unturned in our search, and if testing and a thorough inspection reveal that you have a mold problem, by the time we have completed that process, we’ll have a firm understanding of the scope and scale of the issue.

Armed with that information, our mold remediation specialists in Virginia Beach, VA will be able to develop a comprehensive remediation plan and provide you with a copy, along with a free, no-obligation estimate so you’ll have a good understanding of what it will take to deal with the issue decisively.

Then, assuming you’re comfortable with our estimate, we’ll get to work. The rest of the process will, in broad terms, look like this:

Containment

One thing we absolutely don’t want to do is risk spreading the mold we’re trying to eradicate around. When we get rid of the problem for you, we want to make sure it stays gone, and that means isolating the colony, so as we proceed with its eradication, mold spores don’t stray into some other part of your home where they’ll take root after we’ve gone. To that end, we’ll employ a number of different methods to cordon the area off, including, but not limited to:

  • Powering down your HVAC system so that mold spores aren’t sucked into your home’s ductwork, using it as a highway for further spread
  • Closing all doors and windows between the contaminated area and the rest of your house
  • Covering doorways and other openings with polyethylene sheeting
  • Sealing everything with duct tape
  • And in some cases, using technology to create negative air pressure which keeps mold spores from spreading during the remediation process.

Proper containment is critical to successful remediation.

Remediation

This part of the process is where we set about eradicating the mold colony itself. We have a number of tools at our disposal here, and how we proceed is highly dependent on exactly where the mold colony is located inside your home and how far it has spread. Commonly, we’ll use 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.

Mold is particularly fond of cloth, paper, and drywall, so we’ll gather all materials that have been contaminated and prepare them for proper disposal. Be aware that the contaminated materials may include paper files you’ve been keeping in cardboard boxes, so you may irrevocably lose some of those items. Also, be aware that if you’ve stored clothing or other memorabilia in the contaminated area, your clothing and other items may also be contaminated and lost to the cleanup effort.

Disposal

Once we’ve dealt with the mold colony itself, the next part in our mold remediation process in your Virginia Beach, VA home will be to dispose of any materials that have been contaminated by the colony. Anything we leave behind opens the door to allowing the colony to re-establish itself in short order, so this process must be thorough. We’ll gather the materials and dispose of them in a facility that’s properly licensed to handle it.

Decontamination

Once all the contaminated materials have been removed, we’ll be in a position to start in on the final cleanup. There’s a lot to be done here, including wiping down all surface areas with cloths, mopping the area using a special detergent designed to kill any remaining mold spores, and vacuuming the area thoroughly using HEPA vacuums. After all that’s done, we’ll bring in fans and dehumidifiers to help speed the process of thoroughly drying the impacted area.

Restoration

The last step in our remediation process is to address the root cause that led to the mold infestation in the first place to be sure that it won’t return after our work has been completed, allowing you to get on with your life.

In some cases, that will mean fixing a leaking pipe that caused the problem to begin with, patching a leak in your roof, fixing a leak in your basement, and the like. Whatever the root cause is, we deal with that, restoring your home to a condition better than it was when we first got involved.

Of course, handling mold problems is only one part of what we do. If you suspect you have lead paint in or on your home, or if you think it might be present in one of the outbuildings on your property, we can help with that as well.

In addition to that, if you have asbestos anywhere inside your home or around your property, our skilled technicians are more than capable of handling that problem as well. Asbestos can be an especially insidious problem because sellers are under no obligation to disclose its presence. Again, if you’re not sure, testing is the first necessary step.

The bottom line is simply this: There are more hazards lurking in and around your home than you might realize. If you want to make sure your home is safe, give our office a call. We’ll be there when you need us.

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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