Mold Removal In Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina Crawl Space Mold Removal
Charlotte, North Carolina is the most populous city in the entire state. Between 2004 and 2014, Charlotte was the fastest growing metropolitan area in the entire United States with 888,000 new residents. Among Charlotte’s many notable attractions include the Carolina Panthers (NFL), the Charlotte Hornets (NBA), the NASCAR All-Star Race, and the U.S. National Whitewater Center. All of this makes for a very popular place to live. One problem that residents of the Charlotte, NC area face is mold. If your home or crawl space falls victim to leaks and mold, our experts can help with your mold removal needs in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Mold Removal From Wood
Depending on the amount of mold, (and if it’s penetrated behind the wood), you can opt to safely remove the mold instead of completely replacing the original wood.
The first step in any mold cleaning process, is of course, to wear the right protection and to prep the work area accordingly. Gloves, a mask, and other protective gear are a must.
Using mold killing liquids, scrub the affected area thoroughly until all mold spores are removed from the wood. After scrubbing, you will most likely be left with two problems: 1) the mold spores will now disperse into the air and 2) mold stains will permeate on the wood.
In that case, you’ll need a HEPA vacuum to clean the surrounding area once you’ve removed the mold.
Once the moisture problem that originally caused the mold is fixed, the mold stains themselves have a very low chance of regrowth. You have a couple options here to help remove the stain. 1.) If the mold stain doesn’t run deep into the wood, you can most likely use sand paper to remove the stain. In some instances your best option, 2.) will be to stain the wood.
Causes of Mold in Crawl Spaces and Basements & The Removal Process
1. Foundation Cracks
After a few decades, a home’s concrete foundation will age and eventually crack. This allows for water penetration into the home. Once this occurs, the germination of mold will start.
The Fix: A crack in foundation is a serious problem. The Fresh Air Technologies team will expose the crack by opening up the walls if necessary and having it sealed and filled.
2. Humidity and Condensation
One of the leading causes of black mold growth is humidity and condensation within homes. Basements and crawlspaces often have cold walls, especially in the winter. The combination of the cold wall and the heated indoor air can result in condensation and mold growth. Similar to a cold glass of water in the summer, condensation will start forming on the warmer and dryer sides.
The Fix: This type of mold happens primarily on exposed or painted concrete walls. This doesn’t require any demo of drywall – which saves a lot of time and money. Two cleaning agents will be used here, the first being a mold killing solution like Concrobium Mold Control. The second is a cleaner designed to remove any stains the mold caused. Clorox Cleanup works great for this.
The leading cause of flooded basements is sump pump failure, which is something you might have encountered yourself a few times. Sump pump failure and flooding can happen when an old pump stops working or when a power outage occurs during a storm. In any case, a malfunctioning sump pump can cost you tens of thousands of dollars in water damage. If this isn’t taken care of immediately, some leftover water can seep into walls and hard-to-reach spots, allowing for mold growth and water damage.
The Fix: Contact a professional water damage company within 24 hours of the initial flooding. Your water damage experts will be able to rapidly dry the space before any mold can grow. Any longer than 24 hours, and you are most likely looking at wet drywall. This fix requires cutting out a lot of drywall and a timely rebuilding process.
4. Poor Vapor Barriers/Dirt Soil
Mold issues in crawl spaces are caused by high humidity and moisture. The soil from the earth already provides the moisture. Consequently, homes with a dirt floor or poor vapor barriers are ripe spaces for mold breeding.
The Fix: Eliminating mold in a crawlspace doesn’t require any demo, but is, however, still very tedious. It requires detailed HEPA vacuuming, spraying, and scrubbing wood in a very tight place. This may also lead to more work like replacing the vapor barrier for a better one, installing a sump pump, or insulating the inner walls.
Definition Of Mold Remediation
Mold Remediation Law and Legal Definition. The term mold remediation is defined as “the removal, cleaning, sanitizing, demolition, or other treatment, including preventive activities, of mold or mold-contaminated matter that was not purposely grown at that location.” Tradewinds Envtl.
Mold Remediation Steps
- Immediate response from our team
- Careful containment of the area to prevent spreading
- Proper purifying of air and removal of all mold spores
- Precise removal of impacted areas
- Thorough vacuuming of contaminated areas with commercial-grade equipment
- Quality deodorizing and disinfecting to offer full protection and prevent regrowth
- Final HEPA vacuum and cleanup
*Average operation time is 3 hours from start to finish
Mold Removal Products
From the scrubbing tools and mold killer solutions, to the cleanup afterwards, there are a lot of mold removal products out there.
Some homemade remedies include combinations of water, detergent, bleach, borax, ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and vinegar. Be careful when using these as their original purpose wasn’t for mold removal and could easily ruin your wood, carpet, and flooring.
Since black mold can be dangerous to those involved, for safer and better results, you can turn to the Fresh Air Technologies experts and the products they use.
Charlotte Mold Removal Cost
Mold can come in many different colors and sizes. It also has the ability to grow almost anywhere in your home. All of these factors play a big role in the average, cost of mold removal so keep that in mind.
The average cost of mold remediation is $2,325, with most homeowners spending between $1,500-$3,150 or $15 to $31 per square foot.
Minimum Cost: $500
National Average Cost: $2,325
Average Range: $1,500 to $3,150
In some cases, mold remediation costs can escalate to tens of thousands of dollars if the mold has spread and the problem is severe. Mold mitigation costs vary depending on how much and where mold exists.
If mold is untreated for too long, you’ll most likely incur additional costs to help repair the damages caused by it. Damaged drywall, lumber, sub-flooring, and siding are the most common.
About Fresh Air Technologies
If you are looking for stellar mold removal, The Fresh Air Companies’ experts certainly fit the bill. We devote as much as time as is necessary to complete mold removal in your home in Charlotte, North Carolina. Just be sure to call us for your free estimate. Our expert team is eager to help you as they have with their clients since being in business. Contact us for mold removal services today.
Fresh Air Technologies has been helping Charlotte area homeowners solve their Charlotte mold removal issues for over 16 years. Jay Lanzy, Principal Owner of FATech, was trained as an Environmental Geologist with over 20 years of environmental consulting experience. Every mold removal project is carefully planned with written protocols prepared for every job. The health and safety of the homes’ occupants are of utmost importance to us.