Residential and Commercial Mold Testing and Removal for the Greater Virginia Area
Crawlspace Encapsulations: Fully licensed and Insured
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Providing Mold removal services for your home or business
You are here because adverse reactions to possible mold infestation where you live or work are causing ill health to humans or damage to building materials. Mold Colonies appear as ugly fuzzy patches of black, brown, yellow, pink, green, stinky growth on walls, basements, bathrooms… wherever moisture gathers. Mold could also be hidden in heating/cooling ducts, inside wall cavities, wet floors or carpets- all due to an unknown plumbing leak, roof leak, or ground water infiltration. Adverse health effects might include headache, fatigue, inflammation of eyes, throat, skin and respiratory infections. Family members sicken by mold is distressing to their loved ones. Employees getting sick is a costly drain on business resources. No matter if mold is growing in home or business it needs to be controlled for the sake of the inhabitants.
We are a Mold Remediation service that combines the protocols and guidelines from the ANSI/IICRC :
Find the area with excess moisture- this is where mold is found.
Build a Containment area around the growth to stop Mold spores from escaping during removal
Remove mold infested materials (unable to be cleaned) sealed in thick bags to the dump.
Use a fungicide that kills bacteria and molds on non-porous building materials (mold can feed on dust, oils and dirt that clings to all surfaces.
A dead mold spore will still cause allergies so HEPA vacuums and air scrubbers will be employed throughout the cleaning process- no more allergies.
Contact Hero Mold Removal of the Tidewater area for a Free,No Commitments, Mold and Moisture Assessment, we will respond quickly, and at your convenience conduct an onsite investigation.
Crawlspace Encapsulation Controls Mold and Seals out Pests
Hero Mold Removal Top Quality Encapsulation removes Mold, Rot, Mildew, Pests and Improves Energy Efficiency. Crawlspace Encapsulation is a method of enclosing the space under the home from the earth below and the outside environment by completely covering the ground with a thick poly membrane, insulating foundation walls, closing off the vents and sealing all seams with tape. The purpose is to condition the air space to remove the excess humidity which are favorable conditions for mold growth, and to improve the air quality within the home.
The traditional method of Crawlspaces design includes several cross-ventilation vents to keep the air flowing under the expanse of the home above, and placing fiberglass insulation between the floor joists to help keep the home more energy efficient. Unfortunately, this type of crawlspace has many drawbacks such as:
During summer vents are open to encourage breezes to move moisture out from under the home to the outside. However, humidity during the summer tends to hover between the floor joist where the fiberglass insulation soaks it up causing it to stay wet for long periods. Fiberglass Insulation is a rich food source for mold and when wet all it takes is a floating mold spore to land to develop a mold problem.
During the winter, the vents are close to keep out the bitter cold but the area will draw heat from the above home because usually the insulation placed between the floor joists is wet, inadequate or ill maintained.
Building Science teaches that about 50% of air floating inside our homes comes from the crawlspace which motivates many homeowners to clean it up. The air in a traditional crawlspace is often polluted with mold spores, mildew odors, radon gas and bacteria from pest waste all of which will be traveling upwards sending foul odors with it. Ask Hero Mold Removal to test your Crawl Space for Polluted air at no charge.
Mold Remediation throughout Virginia
Hero Mold Removal provides safe, effective mold remediation and odor removal services in the Tidewater area of VA. Complete Services we offer to Residential and Office/Commercial clients alike are Mold Remediation or Mold Removal, Mold Testing, Mold Inspection, Mold and Mildew Cleaning, Odor Removal, Animal Urine Odor Removal and Smoke Odor Removal. We are eager to help Homeowners, Businesses, Home Inspectors, Property Managers, and Real Estate Agents investigate their property for mold infestation. We Don't Take Shortcuts to move things along faster and easier. Faster and easier seldom means adequate or better.
Mold exists everywhere as the critical decomposer of dead organic matter reducing it to basic nutrients which is essential for new plant growth. Mold spores or seeds are blown on the wind through an open window or door, carried on a person’s shoes or clothes into their home and can also be carried in with building materials. A mold spore needs favorable conditions to multiply rapidly such as a ready supply of water and nourishment. The supply of moisture can come from a plumbing leak, ground water flooding, roof leak and high humidity such as conditions in bathrooms, basements and crawl spaces. The food supply is anything that was made from dead plant material or natural fibers such as wood, drywall, wallpaper, carpet and insulation.
It's an impossibility to eradicate all mold spores but you can retard mold growth by doing simple things as turning on the exhaust fan in the bathroom when taking a shower or bath and use the kitchen exhaust fan over the stove top when boiling water or just cooking a meal. As a side note, all exhaust fans should be vented to the outdoors. High humidity comes from many sources within a home for example, people will expel a lot of moisture just by breathing, taking showers, using the washing machine and many building materials have huge amounts of moisture to release when installed (newly laid cement releases a lot of moisture within the first few months). When high humidity is difficult to reduce, the use of a dehumidifier is advised.
Some signals that you have a very high concentration of mold spores in your home:
Fresh fruit or vegetables sitting out on the kitchen counter top spoil within a day or two- they really should last 4 to 8 days.
Clothes in your washer start to smell musty after a few hours.
Any musty nasty smells.
Any black, green, blue, white, and or yellow mold on any surface.
Condensation on Windows.
Respiratory illness or other health issues.
Crawl space with standing water or mushroom growth.
When Mold is smelled in a home, business or noticed blooming on walls, the best test for a toxic impact is when someone, unfortunately, is sick. Even if no one is sick, the mold could be rotting the building materials such as wood, drywall and carpet. Thus, getting rid of mold is not only important to protect the heath of those we love but also the value of your property. Call Hero Mold Removal and we'll respond quickly to provide you with a free mold and moisture inspection including an estimate of costs for cleanup.
Mold in Petri-dish
Air Sampling Equipment Testing Air Quality
Moisture Meter Reading 26.5% Humidity
Accurate Mold Testing,How Important is it?
Mold Testing the Accurate Way for Pre-Remediation Mold Testing and its Purpose: Pre-remediation testing allows us to understand, species or type of mold present, determine the extent of airborne spores present in the suspicious areas, statistics from the starting point, age of infestation and can suggest areas of hidden menace. Pre-remediation testing when compared with Post-remediation testing can ensure successful remediation. All stages of testing are required should you need proof your home or office is free of mold infestation- very important in real estate transactions. To provide our clients the best unbiased service we gladly provide the service to take the samples but then they are sent to an independent, yet well respected, third party laboratory.
When the mold infestation is visible, it's not always necessary to discover exactly what type of mold is in your home because all indoor mold should be removed for the health of the inhabitants and for the sake of keeping your building materials from being devoured. Essentially all mold remediation is accomplished the same way: Stop the moisture, contain the infected area, clean what can be cleaned, bag the too far gone decomposing material and remove all bags to be securely disposed. If money is tight, no one is seriously ill and your home is not pending a sale, mold testing to determine what species is something many clients decide they don't need to do. Contact Hero Mold Remediation when you need advice about mold odors in the home or office and we'll quickly make a house call.
Basically, remember mold is a normal bio-decomposer in our environment and can't be eradicated- nor would we really want to as the earth would get very crowded should nothing decay. However, we don't want a Mold bloom in our homes because of the many dangers it brings. One necessity for mold growth requires moisture levels at least above 55% but levels at 70% are more ideal for its development.
Walk out Basement Room Seldom Used
Breathing in Mold Spores can cause Respiratory Distress
Expert Removal of Toxic Black Mold to make your home safe again
The frightening black toxic mold, people dread as soon as they spy a black colored mold on a wall, produces visions that hired technicians in white hazmat suits will enter the home with sledge hammers and gut parts of the home. Mostly, people are afraid that mold remedition or cleanup will cause them to go broke. Understanding the favorable conditions for black toxic mold is the best way to let go of the fear. Mostly, the really horrible mold infestations are greenish black in color and seen in unoccupied homes where flooding occurred and has stayed soaking wet for a period of a week or more: in fact the mold will probably still appear wet. There are over 100,000 species of mold in our world and not all produce these horrible Mycotoxins. The color of mold bloom depends somewhat on what the mold is feeding on and if there are other mold species involved. Toxic Mold colonies are occasionally found hidden inside wall cavities fed by a continuous plumbing leak, but for the most part people living in these homes will realize something is amiss before a toxic mold colony takes over- though a less dangerous mold colony might be growing. Mold growth, no matter the species, found in homes, businesses, hospitals, and schools should be eliminated for the sake of humans or pets health, structural integrity of the dwelling, and quality of life.
Air Scrubber Collecting Smoke in Restaurant
Ceiling Leak in Storage Room
Scrubbing Air in Containment
Free Mold Assessment for Residential Homes and Commercial Buildings
The Journey to a cure begins with a call to Hero Mold Removal to request a mold and moisture inspection. They're 4 necessary elements needed for mold growth- mold spores, dead organic matter, appropriate temperatures above 70 degrees and excessive moisture. Since Water is the easiest element to find where it shouldn't be, this necessarily brings the inspection down to a basic chore of finding the excess moisture. The visual inspection will attempt to identify where the moisture issues are and the causal agent.
Our Mold Inspection experts will arrive at your home or business to perform mainly a visual mold assessment but we take advantage of technical humidity sensors when the mold is hidden. Mold inspectors will listen to your suspicions of where you think the mold is, take a walk around the outside of the property looking for moisture intrusions, move indoors continuing to look for leaks and get a brief history of the dwelling. They will check the dwelling for indications of past or present flooding, crawl space moisture problems and will examine the HVAC or ventilation. Sometimes the moisture link is hidden, at which time, further steps must be taken to find the infestation. Specialized tools we use to find hidden mold colonies are infrared camera and moisture meter. The Inferred camera is used to show temperature changes within a wall cavity to indicate a plumbing leak (water always reduces temperatures). The Moisture meter is used to check humidity levels throughout the dwelling to find the area of concern.
After evaluating all information gathered, we will quickly provide a written proposal detailing what needs to be done to bring back a healthy environment and its costs in time and money. Hero Mold Removal will quickly answer any calls, emails, or texts. Give us an opportunity to prove we can fix the mold issues in your dwelling quickly and affordably. Breathing clean air again will improve everyone's health and home-life will be improved.
If your home inspector detected mold, we can remediate it quickly for the best price in the Tidewater area.
Costs of Mold Removal or Remediation
Costs of Mold Remediation really depends on how large or how badly infested the area is. For example, mold that has been on drywall for such a long time that it crumbles with a touch then likely the wall will have to be removed and replaced. However, had the mold been found early on when the drywall could still be repaired it could be done for a relatively small cost. Call several experts in the mold removal industry to inspect the area and advise what the cleanup will cost. This will be the best way to understand the scope of the mold problem your dealing with and give an indication of what, if any, guarantees they provide.
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Hero Mold Removal: Why Consult Us?
Our Team has over 30 years of combined experience in the successful conclusions of all types of Mold Removal Projects. A good reputation is priceless and should be guarded and improved with consistent great customer service. We know how important proper preparations and execution of mold remediation is to achieving a healthy environment free of mold infestation. Looking Forward, we are eager to win the confidence of new clients to provide exceptional Mold Remediation service.
Fully Licensed, Insured and Bonded
Never take a risk by hiring an unlicensed or uninsured mold remediation contractor. Not only can they ruin the surface they try to clean but they could also try to sue you if they get hurt on the job. We carry both property and liability (workers comp) insurance so you are protected. When a Company is licensed, it assures clients that they are dealing with service providers that have passed one or more, state monitored, tests, proof of formal training or so many years of on the-job-experience. The tests mostly cover safety requirements and construction laws. Being Bonded requires the Contractor to have secured funds, in case of a lawsuit, to pay for damages that have been ordered by a court of law.
Our Employees have Proper Training
Our mold removal technicians are expansively trained in the right methods and proper cleaners for the mold infected materials involved. We clean the mold infestation in a field of strict containment so any mold spores stirred up do not travel throughout the home or business and infect other areas. Thus, they do not attempt to take shortcuts to try and move things along faster and easier. Faster and easier seldom means adequate or better and in some cases can even cause more damage.
Our quality is assured by meeting or exceeding our Clients expectations: their satisfaction builds our company through word of mouth. We build trust in our company, throughout our community, when we deliver the best quality and affordable prices for Mold Remediation Services. Sorting through countless companies to find the right business can be frustrating not knowing who to trust to do it right. We strive to make it easy. We care about our customers and their experience with our work. That’s why we take extra care to build a reliable relationship with you from start to finish. We will keep you informed every step of the way. We ensure the job is done right the first time by taking the time to be careful. That is our guarantee to you as our customer. You can trust us to be the best mold remediation company in Virginia- We have the credentials to prove it.
What Our Clients Are Saying
Not convinced we are the mold removal company in Virginia to hire? Then we urge you to explore what our clients have to say about us. We have earned the trust of hundreds of clients throughout the state, and we would be thrilled to serve you too. Check out our reviews to see what they’re saying.