Allentown Mold Removal Service
You have mold. Now what?
Whether you or an inspector discovered mold in your home, office, or industrial space, our Allentown mold removal experts are here for you. As a team of certified indoor air quality experts dedicated to our craft, we apply the most advanced techniques to protect your property and health from the potential dangers of mold. We’re so sure that we’ll completely rid your space of invasive mold, we issue a two-year no-mold warranty.
What Does Mold Look Like?
When it comes to mold, one size doesn’t fit all. There is an abundance of fungus species that thrive particularly well in damp environments found in many homes and buildings in the Allentown area. Here are a few classic markers to look for:
Color: Black, brown, green, yellow, grey, red, blue, white
Texture: Fuzzy, slimy
Shape: Irregular spots
In addition to visual cues, mold often has a distinct odor – but not always. If you notice smells often described as musty, stale, or pungent in spaces such as the attic, crawlspaces, basement, bathroom, office, or other areas, mold may be to blame. Keep in mind that some mold is odorless but is no less harmful.
If you think you see or smell mold, contact us for mold inspection and testing. Our indoor environmental professionals will come to your home or business to collect samples for analysis at an accredited and certified lab. Within 3-7 days, you’ll know whether you have mold and receive our recommended mold removal plan with any positive result.
How Did Mold Get Inside My House or Building?
Mold is a natural part of our everyday lives. Many harmless spores exist in both indoor and outdoor environments and only pose dangers when they invade your living or working space and begin to multiply. Outdoor mold spores can enter indoor environments through vents, open windows and doors, and heating and cooling equipment. Mold can also be carried indoors from pets or on your clothing, shoes, and other belongings.
Another way mold can appear in your indoor space is when it’s given the ideal conditions for growth. Areas particularly prone to moisture are prime breeding grounds for mold, such as leaks from roofs, windows, and pipes. When paired with the humid conditions in Allentown and surrounding areas, the chances of developing mold increase.
Types of Mold That Require Removal
There are about 100,000 different types of mold that could be lurking in our environment. As astonishing as this figure may be, not all are toxic to humans. However, even non-toxic varieties require removal because they can still lead to mold allergy symptoms and property damage.
Following are the primary classifications of mold that require mold removal:
Also known as black mold, Stachybotrys is one of the most dangerous types of mold because it produces toxins called mycotoxins that tend to cause the most health issues in both humans and animals. It often has a strong, musty odor that some people describe as rotting leaves, and lurks in areas such as basements, kitchens, and bathrooms.
This type of mold can grow in fiberglass air ducts, on the backs of toilets, in HVAC vents and grills, and on some painted surfaces. It may appear as brown, green, or black spots. However, it is not the same as its more dangerous “black mold” counterpart. Cladosporium is commonly found in bathrooms, basements, attics, and near heating and cooling equipment.
With several hundred species of mold in the Aspergillus category, this type can live indoors and outdoors. While not toxic, it can cause health issues in certain people, including a fungal infection called Aspergillosis. Like the other types of mold, Aspergillus favors moist environments such as window frames and bathrooms.
Why Do I Need to Remove Mold?
Regardless of the type of mold that may be growing in your environment, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends removing it because of the vast potential health effects it can cause, including:
Coughing or wheezing
Itchy or burning eyes
Shortness of breath
Asthma in children
In addition to adverse health symptoms, it’s important to remove mold because it can damage your property. It can quickly eat away at organic materials like drywall, carpet, floorboards, ceiling tiles, wood studs, wallpaper, and more, causing structural damage to ceilings, floors, and walls.
The Mold Removal Process
Our certified indoor air quality experts apply an evidence-based approach to complete mold removal in Allentown and the surrounding areas. We use a highly effective 12-step process to help ensure complete mold removal.
Evaluate the mold
A certified indoor environmentalist (CIE) inspects and tests your property to determine the root cause of mold growth, and we remove all visible traces of it.
Contain the affected area
We isolate the affected area to minimize mold spore spread by creating a sealed physical barrier and treating the area using a HEPA filtration system.
Protect your property
We cover your floors and personal belongings with tarps, so they’re not damaged or contaminated.
HEPA vacuum items
We use a specially-designed HEPA vacuum on personal items to remove dust, debris, and mold spores and take them away from the containment area.
Demolish wet materials
We remove and dispose of wet building materials, including insulation, subfloors, drywall, trim, and carpet to ensure complete mold removal.
Apply antimicrobial treatment
We prevent mold regrowth using an antimicrobial agent that we apply to porous surfaces such as floor joists and roof rafters.
We treat masonry walls with a sealant to minimize groundwater weeping and resist hydraulic pressure.
Scrub surface mold
We use an antimicrobial cleanser to remove mold from surfaces to help minimize regrowth.
Coat porous surfaces
We cover any porous surfaces with an antimicrobial coating in another effort to prevent mold from returning.
Wash air and test for mold
We remove any remaining airborne mold spores with help from HEPA-equipped air washers and retest for mold 1-3 days after recirculation.
Issue a certificate of completion
We’ll issue this certificate after mold has reduced to an acceptable level that no longer poses a threat to your health and property.
Restore building materials (optional)
To save you headaches of having to manage multiple contractors, we can also help restore building materials such as walls and flooring.
Put together, this process sets the new standard for Allentown mold removal – and even comes with our two-year no-mold warranty.
How Long Does Mold Removal Take?
The time it takes to remove mold depends on the amount of mold present, where it’s growing, the materials it’s growing on, the degree of damage, and whether we’ll restore your building materials. With all these factors in mind, we can usually complete mold removal within a few days. However, we’ll provide you with a more precise time estimate after evaluating your space and determining the complexity of the mold removal process.
While we’ll complete the work as quickly as we can, we’re committed to an unprecedented level of thoroughness so that you can rest easy knowing the mold is completely removed.
Can I Be Present During Mold Removal?
Whether you are present at the property during mold removal depends on a few factors, including:
Areas affected by mold
If the mold removal takes place in a small area that you do not need to use, you may choose to remain in the property. However, if the mold is in a highly-used space, such as a bathroom or kitchen, or covers a broad area, it may be best to vacate the property during the mold removal.
The extent of the mold removal
Similar to the areas affected, your decision here will come down to the severity of the mold issue. If the removal occurs in a small area that we can treat quickly with minimum interruption, staying on the property makes sense. On the other hand, if the structure is more fully involved, leaving the area is your safest bet.
Tolerance of noise and temperature
The mold removal process can be noisy when air machines, dehumidifiers, and other equipment are running in the containment area. We may also need to turn off the HVAC system, which will inhibit the use of air conditioners and furnaces. If you’d prefer to avoid noise and temperature disruptions, you may consider not being present during the removal.
Upon visiting your property and assessing your mold removal needs, we can help you understand what to expect during the process to help you make the best decision for you and your family or colleagues.
Your Allentown Mold Removal Partner
We have more than 25 years of experience performing mold removal in Allentown and surrounding areas. During that time, we’ve developed a process and passion for going the extra mile to ensure complete mold removal in homes, businesses, and industrial spaces.
To us, it’s not enough to go through the motions as if every project is the same. Instead, we treat each mold removal case individually as we work to thoroughly protect the safety of your property and health of you, your family, and colleagues.
Work with us and receive:
Is fully insured
Has certified indoor environmental professionals complete every job
Provides a certificate of completion
Backs up their service with a warranty
Puts the safety of you and your property first
Is highly rated and reviewed