Mold Removal at Short Notice
Just like water damage, mold in your home or business can have a devastating impact on your structural building materials, your personal property, and your health. Many of the molds that form in your property are the direct result of prolonged or unattended water damage and moisture.
Generally, mold takes 24 to 48 hours to grow. In the best conditions, however, it can grow in as little as a few hours, so if you experience any water damage, it’s best to act fast.
When mold does strike, it’s better to get rid of it as soon as possible. Don’t call just anyone to do the job. Call iDry Columbus. We’re qualified mold removal and remediation experts.
Since we operate in Columbus and throughout the state of Ohio, we respond immediately to calls about water damage and mold can be at your property within an hour.
Is Mold Removal Expensive?
Mold removal costs vary depending on the extent of the damage. If there is lots of mold growing and covering a large area, you can expect the cost to be higher than for smaller amounts of mold. You may even be able to remove the mold yourself.
The location of the mold can also affect the cost. For instance, is the mold growing in the basement, or in the attic?
In general, the average cost for mold remediation in the United States is approximately $2, 231, with the average cost per square foot being $10 to $25. However, the cost of mold removal and remediation projects can range from as little as $50 for under 10 feet to as much as $6 000 or more. If toxic spores affect the whole house, you have a serious problem on your hands: The costs can jump to as high as $30 000.
You can do smaller mold removal jobs in the home at little cost to yourself; however, be sure to have read up about mold and its causes and effects before you tackle the task. For bigger jobs, it’s better to hire a local mold removal company. Several water damage restoration companies in Columbus, such as ourselves — who are certified, offer this service.
The bottom line: Tackle mold sooner than later to keep your costs down and prevent health problems.
Will My Insurance Cover Mold Removal?
Normally, insurance policies don’t include coverage for mold removal and remediation at all, although there may be exceptions. This is the case even if a loss that the policy does cover has caused the damage.
If you have a water damage claim in progress, or even a previous one that resulted in suspected mold growth, contact your insurance carrier or adjuster to find out what coverage is available.
When it comes to insurance coverage, UPPA law forbids contractors from advising, discussing or determine any coverage that may be applicable or where coverage is not applicable.
The EPA has published some great information in not only remediation of small mold removal projects but in protecting yourself as well as know when to call a professional mold removal company such as ours. You can find the information here.
What Exactly is “Black Mold”?
“Black mold” — also known as “toxic mold” is the common term for stachybotrys chartarum. If you experience lots of sneezing, runny noses, coughing, itchiness, redness of the eyes, watery eyes, these may be signs of black mold.
The media have made a major issue out of black mold, however, and its effects on human health. This form of mold has become something of a sensational term and the mold has been the focus of a lot of negative media coverage.
There is a lot of confusion around the mold and it is generally considered dangerous. Given that there are so many warnings about the dangers of mold to health, when tragedy strikes an elderly or immune-deficient member of a community, the event is something of a flashpoint.
Is Mold Hiding in Your Property?
One of the best ways to detect mold is to simply apply your sense of smell. If a room or a particular area of a property smells earthy or musty, you may have a mold problem on your hands. Whether the mold is “black mold” or any other color, you should call a mold removal specialist.
And that company should be one of Columbus, Ohio’s finest names: iDry Columbus. We’ve inspected thousands of properties and performed thousands of successful remediation projects. These have included two local hospitals.
In this time, we’ve seen some common issues and places to look in many cases that can help you stop mold from growing in your property. Inspect them and carry out any necessary repairs correctly. You may save yourself expensive water or mold removal work later.
Here are a few common questions you should ask yourself:
Bathroom Exhaust Fans – Does it work? Is it used?
The bathroom exhaust isn’t only to remove only to remove foul odor. When bathing, water quickly increases the humidity or moisture in the air. If you close the door and don’t switch on the fan, the air can’t exchange or be removed, which causes moisture to build up. Left saturated, the building materials such as the drywall absorb this moisture swiftly and mold grows soon afterwards.
Does the Exhaust Fan Vent Outside the Structure?
Inspections of many attic spaces have found that improper ventilation of bathroom exhaust fans caused mold to grow. Venting of these units must be done to the outside to prevent a build of condensation in the attic space.
Is the Roof Ventilated?
There are many different forms of ventilation for the attic space. A very common issue that we see is the improper installation of insulation along soffit vents. Baffle vents must always be used to prevent insulation from covering the natural airflow of these vents. If you suspect a ventilation issue, contact a local licensed roofing contractor or our office for a quick inspection.
Attic mold is very common. Most houses have it in some form or another; however, the kind of mold depends on many factors. A visual inspection and onsite tools won’t determine this. We’d need to take a sample of micro-organisms, and then test the sample at a certified laboratory. The results will always be a mix of the airborne spores inside the residence and are often compared in volume and identification to the outside. Keep in mind that your indoor environment changes rapidly: Any air test is only indicative of that particular point in time.
The mold’s color won’t tell you anything about it. Many of the molds that can produce a mycotoxin are the result of water or moisture and are typically found in basements, attics, kitchens, and bathrooms or areas where there has been significant flooding.
For some quick tips in prevention, visit our water damage prevention page.
Keeping Moisture Away to Avoid Mold Removal Services
Minimizing moisture and excessive humidity inside your home or business is your first line of defense in stopping mold from growing. Here are some tips:
- Make use of dehumidifiers in damp basements and crawlspace areas. In summer, use the air conditioning system when the property is closed up to the outside air.
- Take the proper steps to dry building structure materials if there is a floor or water damage occurs. You can avoid hiring a mold removal company altogether if you do this.
- Address condensation, leaking windows, leaking water supply lines, roof systems and any other moisture issues, and repair the damage properly as soon as you discover it.
- Older block basements often suffer from foundation leaking. This causes mildew, calcium and salt deposits to build up. Make sure that a dehumidifier is in place and use a wire brush, soap, and water to clean the wall surfaces. Re-apply waterproofing sealants if necessary.
- Monitor the humidity in your home, which should be less than 50%. Make your home has good ventilation.
Mold removal can be expensive. Bear these simple tips in mind and you could save money later.
Mold Removal and Your Health
Millions of people have allergies. Some even suffer serious allergic reactions to the spores, mycotoxins and contaminants often found in properties that have suffered water damage.
Mold spores are microscopic, are easily airborne and enter your home or business every minute of every day. The airborne levels of these contaminants will vary greatly and opening a door or window can change them drastically.
It’s important to keep in mind that “water damage” doesn’t have to take place for molds to form inside. Condensation, high humidity and poor ventilation will often cause mold and/or mildew to grow in your home.
If you discover mold, educate yourself before you try removing the mold. Never use toxic or caustic chemicals in your home or near your family. You can remove mold successfully in the home by using simple soap and water.
Be wary of over-the-counter chemicals and products that promise quick results or magic in a bottle. In return for these wondrous results, you’re likely to be placing your own health and safety at risk, so read the small print carefully.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published some excellent information about preventing and remediating mold growth, as well as about knowing when to call a professional mold removal company such as ours.
Renewed Standards in Restoration
With the understanding that our company alone may never change the entire restoration industry. Many of our team members and associates have decades of experience in water damage cleanup and each have made a pact that in the development of iDry Columbus, and in the services we offer to every client, that a renewed standard would be created and used as the approach on every claim.; even if that standard would only apply to the water damage cleanup or property claims that we were involved in.
In making the decision to not enroll in or join “preferred vendor” relationships where the relationship becomes a carrier/vendor one instead of client/vendor due to rate discounts and the reliance on the possibility of future property damage claims; we’ve taken back the control and returned it to the client, where it should have always been.
Utilizing the latest in technology in drying equipment, low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers, low amp draw air movers and HEPA filtered air cleaning equipment, we continually deliver successful results in the restoration of building and property damage.
Its Restoration Redefined. Guaranteed.
Property damage inspections have been and will always be free of charge and at no obligation to our client. We’ve chosen to include the use of thermal imaging and highly sensitive moisture detection equipment on every inspection; allowing us to offer detailed and complete information, estimates, and/or proper drying recommendations by identifying areas of concern that may have been overlooked without the use of these tools.
If you find yourself in need of a water damage cleanup company that’s redesigning the restoration industry in our client’s favor, we would appreciate any opportunity to be of service and will always perform in a manner that we would expect for our own family, home or business.
With service available around the clock and throughout Columbus, Ohio and surrounding communities, we recognize that the need for a water damage repair company doesn’t always occur during normal business hours, because of this, we haven’t had normal business hours in more than 20 years.
Water Damage? Your Local Water Damage Restoration Contractor
Master Certified and built from concept to performance. iDry Columbus – Water Damage Cleanup is available 24 hours day in response to any emergency water damage situation you find your home or business in.
Avoiding preferred relationships with insurance carriers and foregoing discounted rates and agreements in exchange for property damage claims allows us to service only our client. Every service we have the opportunity to provide is proudly backed and guaranteed for as long as you own your home or business.
Continually raising the bar in property damage restoration. Providing service for everything from water damage cleanup, flooded basement, water extraction, sewage cleanup and mold removal.
Its Restoration Redefined. Guaranteed.
Sick Building Syndrome and Mold
The rise in indoor environmental health issues emerged due to new building codes in the 1970s that called for reduced energy and greater insulating factors when building built homes and businesses. As the structures became more air tight, it became more and more difficult for indoor air to exchange with outdoor air, and this increase the amount of overall indoor contaminants. Suddenly, “Sick Building Syndrome” became a thing and those with mold allergies suffered reactions every time they would enter.
How do you feel at home? Do you feel good? Can you breathe freely? No headaches?
Headache? Itchy eyes? Running Nose? No, it’s not likely to be just a case of the Monday morning blues. They’re one of the many symptoms that signal Sick Building Syndrome (SBS).
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, contaminated HVAC supply lines, hidden leaks, untreated water damage, moldy ceiling panels and mold behind wallpaper etc. are all common causes.
Sick Building Syndrome is hard to diagnose sometimes. You may need to call qualified mold removal company such as ours. We hold the Advanced Microbial Certification (AMRT) from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and have years of experience of remediation projects in hospitals, retirement facilities and residential properties. We’ll provide the tools and implement the practices for a successful remediation. You can be sure of that.
Minor Mold Problems and Mold Removal
Most homes and businesses in Columbus, and in the wider of state of Ohio, will have a mold problem at some point or other. Most of the time the mold is harmless — if tackled soon enough.
Some good news. With a little education and precaution, you can solve minor mold problems yourself and not have to call a mold removal company.
Depending on the materials affected and the size of the area, you can find many publications that will guide you a successful cleaning process. Like anything you read on the internet, research it again.
You can visit the EPA or check out the New York City Guidelines in mold remediation. Of course, we’re also happy to help and arrange a no-obligation onsite inspection.
Stay Safe and Hire a Certified Mold Removal Company
For peace of mind, you should hire a certified mold removal and remediation company, such as ourselves.
The fact that the media have sensationalized black mold has triggered an entire industry in mold removal. Unfortunately, the ethics of this new industry are also questionable. The mantra is “Mold is Gold,” and has led to some rather unscrupulous practices.
Today, anyone who owns a shop-vac and household chlorine bleach is advertising themselves as a qualified mold removal company. This practice is leaving desperate property owners with homes and businesses that are in worse condition than they were before.
Some owners have even abandoned their property altogether after an unsuccessful removal job. Even worse than this, they must disclose the attempted mold removal. They often have major trouble finding a buyer for the property unless they offer large discounts.
Pro-tip: If you suspect you have a mold problem of any kind in your home or business, you should contact an experienced mold removal company in the region (water damage restoration companies, such as ourselves, often provide this service). Insist on seeing certifications, past projects and positive online reviews from successful remediation projects.
Water damage and mold problems go hand in hand. If you don’t address moisture-related issues, they’ll lead to the discovery of microbial growth later. You can be certain of that.
Don’t take the risk, call us on 614-810-0000. We’re not like these unethical companies. We’re professionals. We can also come out at short notice.
iDry Columbus – Emergency Water Damage Response – Guaranteed Service Area
Emergency water damage, flood water extraction, and mold damage services available around the clock and around the state. Rest assured if you need an expert available at 2 am, contact us, your call will be answered and service will be on the way.
We take great pride in the fact that our services are ranked and reviewed highly throughout Columbus and surrounding communities. We’ve built on our relationships with home and business owners, insurance carriers, adjusters, and agents throughout the state and across the Nation to ensure that your needs are met and every damage claim is prepared, serviced, and resolved quickly.
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