Worried you have mold in your house? In need of some mold testing and inspection to determine if you need remediation? It’s not an uncommon home problem, especially on walls, in attics, basements or crawl spaces where you might have a hard time keeping moisture under control. Especially in Portland which averages 39 inches of rain per year, keeping moisture under control to prevent mold is a big problem.
Alpha Environmental, based in Portland, Oregon and serving surrounding areas, understands the ins and outs of how to get rid of mold and go through the remediation process to ensure your home is safe for you and your family. Or if you are needing commercial services, we also have extensive experience with mold removal & remediation for business properties.
Our thorough removal process includes:
Where is there mold in your house? Alpha Environmental will thoroughly inspect all areas of your home or building, including your attic, basement and crawl space. As a part of the inspection, we will also take into account moisture levels, which can indicate where mold may be a problem and need to be treated, even if it isn’t visible.
If mold is visible, testing to ensure a substance is in fact mold is usually not necessary. However, if symptoms of mold are present, or there are areas that are found to have increased moisture levels, testing can be helpful to detect spores and verify the existence of mold. Air quality testing to assess how much mold is in the air compared to outside is essential to determine your home’s level of risk.
Mold Removal & Remediation
Alpha Environmental takes incredible care in removing mold from your home or commercial building, and also takes remediation steps for prevention. As tempting as it may be to handle mold removal yourself, the process requires expert equipment and knowledge of the situation to avoid problems to both structure and body, so we highly recommend calling us to handle the process.
When removing the mold, great care is taken to treat and scrape all visible mold away from the affected surfaces (Ex. Walls, exposed beams, baseboards). Different surfaces require different treatment methods though, which is why the expert knowledge that Alpha Environmental offers is essential. For example, merely scraping wood beams clear of mold is likely insufficient because of the porous nature of wood. Mold can often work its way under the surface, and chemicals are then needed to treat the problem.
Types of Mold
When most people think of mold, they only picture black mold which is the most common form of mold. However, there is also the type of mold that grows and on food and air conditioning systems and a green-like mold that you tend to find on the back of toilets or painted surfaces. This latter form of mold is non-toxic, but for many it will trigger allergy-like symptoms such as eye irritation, rashes and a sore throat.
There is also outdoor mold that is orange or red; however, this form is harmless to humans.
If you would like to get more information about the services Alpha Environmental offers in Portland and the surrounding areas in Oregon, give us a call at 503-292-5346.
You can also find more information on mold on the EPA’s website, at https://www.epa.gov/mold.