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Mold Removal – Arizona

If you are looking for a mold removal company with certified mold experts that can remediate your mold problem at a rate that is among the most affordable in the industry than look no further than Arizona’s Restoration Experts, LLC.

Mold Removal Services are available in:

Phoenix, Glendale, Avondale, Carefree, Cave Creek, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Apache Junction, Mesa, Fountain Hills, Casa Grande, Maricopa, Buckeye, Gold Canyon, Anthem, and more.

What is Mold?

Mold is a filamentous fungus, generally appearing as a circular colony that may be cottony, wooly, or fibrous, but with filaments that are not organized into large fruiting bodies, such as mushrooms.

There are thousands of known species of molds which include opportunistic pathogens, saprotrophs, aquatic species, and thermophiles. Like all fungi, molds derive energy not through photosynthesis but from the organic matter in which they live. Typically, molds secrete hydrolytic enzymes, mainly from the hyphal tips. These enzymes degrade complex biopolymers such as starch, cellulose and lignin into simpler substances which can be absorbed by the hyphae. In this way, molds play a major role in causing decomposition of organic material, enabling the recycling of nutrients throughout ecosystems. Many molds also secrete mycotoxins which, together with hydrolytic enzymes, inhibit the growth of competing microorganisms.

Molds reproduce through small spores, which may contain a single nucleus or be multinucleate. Mold spores can be asexual (the products of mitosis) or sexual (the products of meiosis); many species can produce both types. Mold spores may remain airborne indefinitely, may cling to clothing or fur, or may be able to survive extremes of temperature and pressure.

Although molds grow on dead organic matter everywhere in nature, their presence is only visible to the unaided eye when mold colonies grow. A mold colony does not comprise discrete organisms, but an interconnected network of hyphae called a mycelium. Nutrients and in some cases organelles may be transported throughout the mycelium. In artificial environments like buildings, humidity and temperature are often stable enough to foster the growth of mold colonies, commonly seen as a downy or furry coating growing on food or other surfaces.

Many molds can begin growing at 4 °C (39 °F), the temperature within a typical refrigerator, or less. When conditions do not enable growth, molds may remain alive in a dormant state depending on the species, within a large range of temperatures before they die. The many different mold species vary enormously in their tolerance to temperature and humidity extremes. Certain molds can survive harsh conditions such as the snow-covered soils of Antarctica, refrigeration, highly acidic solvents, and even petroleum products such as jet fuel.

Xerophilic molds use the humidity in the air as their only water source; other molds need more moisture. Mold has a musty odor. (info source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mold)

Health Effects from Mold Exposure

Molds are ubiquitous in nature, and mold spores are a common component of household and workplace dust. However, when mold spores are present in large quantities, they can present a health hazard to humans, potentially causing allergic reactions and respiratory problems.

Some molds also produce mycotoxins that can pose serious health risks to humans and animals. Some studies claim that exposure to high levels of mycotoxins can lead to neurological problems and in some cases even death. Prolonged exposure, e.g. daily workplace exposure, may be particularly harmful. Research on the health effects of mold has not been conclusive. The term “toxic mold” refers to molds that produce mycotoxins, such as Stachybotrys Chartarum, and not to all molds in general.

Mold in the home can usually be found in damp, dark or steam filled areas e.g. bathroom or kitchen, cluttered storage areas, recently flooded areas, basement areas, plumbing spaces, areas with poor ventilation and outdoors in humid environments. Symptoms caused by mold allergy are watery, itchy eyes, a chronic cough, headaches or migraines, difficulty breathing, rashes, tiredness, sinus problems, nasal blockage and frequent sneezing. In extremely rare cases, over-exposure to mold may result in bucal mold growth leading to death by asphyxiation. (info source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mold)

Mold Removal Services are available in the following cities:

Phoenix, Glendale, Avondale, Carefree, Cave Creek, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Apache Junction, Mesa, Fountain Hills, Casa Grande, Maricopa, Buckeye, Gold Canyon, Anthem, and more.

Mold Prevention

The main thing one can do to prevent mold from becoming elevated is through moisture control. Mold needs three things to survive; air, moisture, and a food source. Take any one of those three things away and mold cannot reproduce. The easiest thing to control is moisture. Moisture is anything from standing water to elevated humidity. If one fails to control the amounts of moisture in a building the results could warrant the need for mold remediation.

Mold Removal (Mold Remediation)

Removing large amounts of mold should always be done by a professional trained and certified in mold remediation. Some mold situations can be resolved without the assistance of a mold removal company; however, you should at minimum consult with a certified mold expert before attempting to remove the mold yourself.

There is no room for error when performing mold remediation. A simple mold removal project can become a health compromising situation if not dealt with properly. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) as well as the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) have established standards and guidelines that outline specific protocols for removing mold in any amount from numerous types of structural materials. These standards and guidelines are strictly followed by the certified mold remediation technicians at Arizona’s Restoration Experts. You can rest assured that when you contract our mold experts to remediate your mold problem we will do all that is required to return your environment to a normal fungal ecology.

14 Steps of professional Mold Remediation:

    1) Find the Source of the Mold Problem (Your source will be anything that will involve a way for water or excess moisture to enter the structure)
    2) Correct or Repair the Source of Moisture Intrusion
    3) Conduct a Preliminary Assessment
    4) Identify the Type of Contamination. (What category water was involved?)
    5) Design the Remediation Strategy
    6) Set up Containment Area
    7) “Suit Up” with Personal Protective Equipment and Enter Containment
    8.) Perform the Remediation
    9) Dispose of Contaminated Debris
    10) Cleanup
    11) Containment Exit Protocol
    12) Post Remediation Evaluation
    13) Breakdown of Containment
    14) Document the Entire Process

Mold Removal Services are available in:

Phoenix, Glendale, Avondale, Carefree, Cave Creek, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Apache Junction, Mesa, Fountain Hills, Casa Grande, Maricopa, Buckeye, Gold Canyon, Anthem, and more.