Let’s talk about something nobody really likes thinking or hearing about: Mold. It’s nasty, it’s invasive, and if you have it in your house, it can cause serious damage, both to your home and to your health and the health of your family. That’s one of the main reasons why mold testing in Virginia Beach, VA is so important.
Envirotex is a certified mold testing and removal contractor. We offer:
The insidious reality about mold is this: Colonies tend to get started and take root in those dark, damp hidden recesses every home has and spread from there. Thus, by the time you actually start seeing the first signs of mold, you can bet that the problem is both deep and pervasive.
That’s bad news no matter who you are, of course, but if you or a member of your family has an upper respiratory condition like asthma or COPD, it can go from being bad news to being a genuine health hazard, as mold spores can make any type of upper respiratory condition much worse.
Granted, some mold species are harmless, but others can make you sick or even kill, and no matter what kind of mold it is, it can still worsen those upper respiratory conditions. That’s why, if you even suspect you have a mold issue, mold testing in Virginia Beach, VA is essential, so you know for sure and can take the appropriate steps to get rid of it.
We’ve been in the business and proudly serving the region since 2000, and nobody knows more about mold testing and remediation in Virginia Beach, VA than we do. Our process is as comprehensive as it is effective. Here’s a quick overview of the steps we’ll take when you give our office a call:
The very first thing to be done, of course, is test to see if you have mold, or if something else might be causing whatever issue first raised your suspicions. Our mold testing service in Virginia Beach, VA utilizes cutting edge technology, including thermal imaging that enables us to peer through the very walls of your home to see if there are problems that make the establishment of a mold colony more likely.
For instance, one of the things we look for is the presence of moisture behind your walls, which indicate a leak in one or more of the pipes that make up your home’s plumbing system. Remember, mold only needs two things to thrive – darkness and dampness. Leaking pipes are one of the leading contributing factors to mold colonies taking roots in homes in the area.
Whatever the results of our testing, we’ll share them with you and outline our next steps.
If our mold testing in your Virginia Beach, VA home is positive, those next steps will revolve around remediation. If not, but you’re still concerned that something is causing an issue, we can discuss additional testing at that time.
If mold is found to be present in your home, the next thing we’ll do is isolate the colony so that when we start to remove it, the spores don’t take to the air and simply relocate. That can easily happen unless you’re careful and our talented crew is careful indeed. We have the experience and the specialized equipment necessary to ensure that when we start removing the colony, it won’t simply relocate and resurface to trouble you again later.
Where mold colonies are concerned, removal actually means two different things. First, it obviously means killing the mold colony itself and removing all traces of it from your home, but it also means collecting and removing any materials that have become infested with mold spores. Depending on where the mold is, just about anything could be overrun with mold, from papers and cardboard boxes to clothing and more.
Whatever the case, we’ll go in and kill the colony, then collect and remove all the materials that have become contaminated.
Once the work is done, we’ll safely and completely remove all of the contaminated materials, taking them to a properly licensed facility for disposal. In some cases when we work with hazardous materials, testing is required by law, but this doesn’t apply to mold. If and where testing is required, however, we’ll share the test results with you when we get them back.
There is one additional step left in the process, however. What starts with testing ends with our recommendation of possible next steps to address the root cause of the issue. That is to say, there’s always a reason that the mold colony was able to establish itself in your home in the first place.
Maybe the root cause is a leak in your attic that allowed moisture in. Maybe it was a crack in one of the walls of your basement or the aforementioned leaky pipe.
Even though by the time we’re finished, we will have removed all traces of the mold that was threatening your family, if those root causes aren’t also addressed decisively, the problem is bound to return, and it will be back sooner, rather than later, so this is a critically important step.
Of course, testing for mold and mold removal is only one part of what we do. We actually work with and remove a variety of hazardous materials from area homes, businesses and governmental installations. You’d probably be both amazed and dismayed at just how many potential hazards are lurking in and around your home, or in various places on your property. Here are a few:
The good news about lead paint is that the person you purchased your home from is required by law to tell you of the presence of any lead paint they know about. The bad news is, some sellers may not be aware of the presence of lead paint.
That’s problematic because lead paint can cause serious health problems, especially in the very young, who are prone to eating the chips that flake off of the painted surface, and the very old, who tend to have weaker immune systems.
As with mold detection and remediation though, we have a comprehensive system of removing it, so if you become aware of lead paint somewhere in your home or in one of the outbuildings on your property, we can take care of it for you.
This is another major issue, and honestly, asbestos testing and removal is one of the most commonly used of the services we offer.
Asbestos was used in construction from the 1920s up through the 1970s. By the time it was finally banned, it was estimated that the material could be found in more than 80% of homes, factories and office buildings standing at that time. Since it was banned, owners have been working diligently to remove it, but as you might expect, it’s a massive undertaking, and as a nation, we’re nowhere close to being done.
Unfortunately, asbestos can take a staggering variety of forms inside an older home, and each of the different forms it takes demands a different remediation strategy. For instance, dealing with asbestos roofing tiles is a very different process than dealing with asbestos floor tiles, siding, or insulation.
As with mold remediation though, testing is always our first step, and then the process unfolds from there. The particulars will vary depending on the hazard being dealt with, but broadly speaking, the pattern of isolation, remediation and disposal are repeated, no matter what the specific hazard.
The bottom line is this: Your family’s health is too important to take chances with. If you even suspect the presence of some type of hazard in or around your home, don’t delay. Give us a call right away. We’ll send one of our experienced technicians out to conduct a comprehensive test and share the results with you.
Once we have a clear picture of what we’re dealing with, we’ll provide you with a free, no-obligation estimate of what it will take to put the problem behind you once and for all. Then, assuming you’re comfortable with that estimate, we’ll get to work. Before you know it, those problems will be a thing of the past. Give us a call today. 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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Envirotex truly came to our rescue. With the discovery of asbestos during our current renovation project, we were faced with the possibility of a considerable delay. Envirotex's prompt response, competitive pricing and flexibility to work off hours prevented any schedule slippage.
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