Frequently Asked Questions about Mold Remediation
What is mold remediation? Is it different from mold removal?
Mold remediation is a multi-step mold removal process. When we find black mold in your home, we’ll seal off the area and scrub the area clean of mold, taking care to filter the air so as not to fill the rest of your home with black mold spores. Sometimes black mold can eat away at porous surfaces like wood and concrete; in those cases we may have to remove those surfaces that have been damaged.
What is black mold?
Black mold, or Stachybotrys chartarum, is one of the leading causes of poor indoor air quality in homes. It is commonly found in damp or flooded homes, and requires constant moisture in order to grow. See our article on black mold for a more thorough explanation.
Is there more than one type of mold?
Absolutely! Mold is a living organism, and just like anything else, there are variations of the species. Some molds are very toxic and harmful, while other molds are less harmful to people, such as the ones found in bathrooms and laundry rooms. Whether the mold is toxic or non toxic, it is always best to have a professional evaluate the severity of the problem, because as with other living organisms, mold can evolve, going from harmless, to potentially fatal.
Can I clean the mold myself?
Most companies will have you believe it is impossible for the common homeowner to undertake a mold cleaning issue. This is not fully true. In any supermarket or hardware store there are many products that claim to clean mold, and most of them do a good job. But there is a difference between the mold that shows up on your bathroom tiles in the shower, and the mold that has been rotting away and deteriorating your home’s foundation. Get the proper knowledge and analysis before undertaking ANY type of mold cleaning project. A small problem can easily turn into a larger one down the road.
Should I get a mold test done?
Mold testing is a valuable test which fully details, in a written report, any and all toxins and bacteria that are living in the air. But after the test, what next? Mold testing can get pretty expensive depending on how many rooms you want tested. If you see mold or mildew, or something you suspect may be mold or mildew, give us a call first! Our experts are very highly trained at detecting mold issues, and can offer lots of information on the type of mold and what caused it, as well as remediating the problem, and the best part of all, the evaluation is 100% FREE!
What will it cost to solve my black mold or basement waterproofing problem?
Ultimately, the price will depend on the solution. Standard system installations, like French drains and exterior gravity systems, are priced by the foot. Installations of backup pumps or other features may also affect the total cost of your job.
Do your basement waterproofing installers have the expertise to do the job right?
Absolutely. All of our employees receive extensive initial training, as well as continuous field training throughout the year. Most of our installers have been doing this kind of work for a long time, and as a company we do nothing but solve problems related to basement moisture. We’ve been correcting basement waterproofing problems similar to yours since 1981.