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Basement Mold Removal - Mold Removal Questions
1.10 Mold problem?!?!?! Health Issue? Legal Case?

Q. Please bear with me, it's kind of a long story. I'd been renting a town home for about 15 years, and for the most part there were no major problems. But recently I noticed a problem with the floor in my 2nd floor bathroom. I called my landlord, who contracted people to replace the subfloor. When they came to do the work, I just happened to step inside the room while they were working and I noticed that the wood beneath the floor was pitch black, and the guys told me it was mold. I felt really sick around it and I left. Meanwhile, they apparently "corrected" it and replaced the floor. When they were removing the mold they just carried it out as is through the halls and down the stairs. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I always thought that when you found mold you'd have to contain it and remove it safely so the spores don't spread. Anyways, I called the landlord numerous times to see what to do, and they said nothing was wrong, and the house was still safe. I should mention that my teen daughter had been critically ill for almost two years with an immune condition that seemed like lupus and major allergies (she was never diagnosed with lupus btw), and after the floor was removed her condition was constantly deteriorating. Eventually we decided that for her sake we had to move out. When we called the landlord to see if they could help us out, they said the house was safe and we were on our own. We stayed at a hotel (a 4 person family in a 2 bed hotel room), and the landlords refused to help pay at the time. After we insisted, they agreed to do an air quality test and provide us with a copy of the results. Weeks passed, still no results. So we showed up at the landlord's office, and they pretty much said they wouldn't give the results to us, but said the house was safe. We decided to hire our own mold expert to do a test, and he found mold spores of Penicillium, Aspergillus, Cladosporium, Alternaria floating around. The worst was not in the bathroom as we had so thought. Inside our basement walls was a well-established culture of the toxic mold Stachybotrys Chartarum. The expert said he thinks it had been there a long time (there was a growth atop a growth: 2 cycles). We did have a problem back in 2K4 when about 1/4 in. of water leaked through the wall (the landlord said it would be okay at the time 'cause it would dry), and thereafter the wall sometimes got VERY VERY LIGHTLY damp, but it was never out of the ordinary. And my house is immaculately clean, so it had nothing to do with dirtiness. We reported this to the landlord who gave us the cold shoulder. We never did move back into that house (though we paid the rent even during the 3 months we had vacated). We had all of our property remediated by a restoration company and had it kept in storage until we moved into our house. I wish that was the end of it. We stayed in a hotel 6 weeks, 2 furnished homes for a month each, and then we moved into our new home. My daughter, who started to feel better was suddenly worse and we later learned (a month after the furniture was delivered) that none of our stuff had been remediated. We had to throw out all of it. We lost everything, and we're financially drained, but on the plus side, my daughter is so greatly improved it's amazing. This has been difficult, and I have a few questions: could this toxic mold have hurt my daughter? People have suggested legal advice- is there a case here? Can I report the landlord? Thank you so much for reading.

A. Mold can be very dangerous to have in your house. It is really important you have professionals come in and look at the problem because they will be the ones to tell you if something needs to be done or not. Ameri Pro Restoration is a great company for water, fire, and mold restoration. Check their website out at http://www.ameri-pro.com/ and hopefully it will answer some of your questions.

1.00 Mold in basement>10 sq ft: can we just remove paneling, or need to have it tested first? How much $$$?

Q. Areas of mold (black and some gray) in a basement that flooded three times this spring. We're working to fix the water problem. We're planning to remodel anyway, so the old paneling isn't a big loss, but I don't want to release tons of mold spores into the air if they're toxic. My inclination is to hire an independent testing lab, find out what type of mold we have, then use their remediation plan to hire a contractor to deal with it. Are we likely to have to clean it up first and THEN remove the damaged areas? Or is removal itself a viable means of solving the problem? Can a regular contractor do this? How much should I expect the testing to cost? If we're not suffering from any clearly related physical problems now (it's been there for months, I'd guess), will we need to vacate the house while remediation takes place? My husband wants to just hire a regular demolition crew to pull the paneling out, but I'm not comfortable going that route. Informed opinions appreciated.

A. We bought a home in which mold was detected - actually, the sellers kept something in front of a gaping, oozing black hole! the mold tested to be the most deadly black mold. i would not do a lowe's test - given the dangers, I agree with you that you need a mold remediation company to test and make a proposal. Our cost was 1100 for testing and remediation, including cleaning of all the house ducts and not including replacing drywall. i have to say the mold remediation folks who tore out the drywall didn't even use masks. I don't know if this is a lack of respect for their workers or because even the deadly black mold is not a huge problem. I will say our regular contractor - who fixed the drywall - would have nothing to do with removing the moldy wall. We did not clean the wall before it was removed.

1.00 Mold in finished basement?

Q. Please read carefully as I am including lots of details that I can't find in other questions pertaining to mold. Our basement is completely finished. Our dishwasher leaked about 6 weeks ago under our hardwood laminate flooring in the kitchen. We cleaned it up, let the flooring dry in our garage for 4 weeks, and laid the flooring back down. Cleaned up water in unfinished part of basement below dishwasher. No more problems as dishwasher is disconnected. 3 weeks ago, we noticed visible green mold on certain parts of the ceiling in finished part of basement. The mold is not everywhere but seems to have be a pick and choose pattern where we see it. For example, not on painted walls, but on painted ceiling, but not all of it. Not at all on any part of the room the leak occur in, with exception of exposed studs. Our insurance will cover $10,000, which is great but it will cost $11,198 in cost to JUST clean up and remediation. This does NOT include any coverage to replace the carpet, drywall, etc. or items such as family pictures. I had another estimate out today and will hear the quote tomorrow but, we are at the point where we want to know, if we can clean it ourselves? My husband is a contractor and we have the respirators. How doable is this? Has anyone had a personnaly experience with cleaning mold in a finished basement? How do we clean the carpet, which we are being quoted $2500.00 just to remove and dispose of. Do we have to rent a special dumpster for the drywall etc, or will the county dump take it? Fosters 40/80 is mentioned several times as a solvent used on studs, etc. Can we get this or do you need a license for it? I would appreciate answers from others who have dealt with this type of situation personally.

A. As long as you are careful and thorough you can clean up the Mold yourself. Answering how takes longer than your very long question -- so I've given you a few links to review below on how to clean up. As to removal of materials; you do not need a special dumpster, however, you might be better off with two different dumpsters depending on your local landfill charges. Call us at 1-888-423-8867 and we can talk over you project with you. You might be better off with a C&D dumpster for the construction type debris like the Sheetrock and a 2nd dumpster for MSW (trash/garbage). These items could be charged different tipping fees (landfill disposal charges). I have had to clean up mold several times myself and I will caution that if you do not get it all then you wind up starting all over again. Also, keep the area very dry by running a dehumidifier. If you can hook up the dehumidifier so that directly drains (say into a utility tub or through a drainage line) then you never have to worry about emptying it. good luck and be super safe with the bleaching and other chemicals...

1.00 Our basement has what I think is white mold growing in the rafters, any advice on removal by ourselves?

Q. We don't want to hire someone as we don't have a lot of money. Our basement does leak and this is the second summer we have had troubles with white mold. From what I've read I gather it isn't as toxic as the 'black' mold we all hear about on the news, but I'm still worried about my family's health. I want to resolve this asap. Any advice is most welcome.

A. Wipe it down with bleach water solution.On a large area put it in a pump up sprayer and mist it on.Don't get too worked up about it. It's not like we haven't been surviving it for years.

1.00 Have I Got damp?

Q. My walls seem dry and so does the floor/carpet but.... we keep getting a green mould in the wardrobes and an unpleasant smell. The room just seems damp!! I Have tried the manual moister removal boxes which have collected quite a lot of water over the last two weeks. Any ideas anyone before I have to splash(no pun intended) out on an expert. Many Thanks

A. It could be coming from your crawl space or basement. If your basement is wet so will be your house. Same as your crawl space, it has to be dry and the floor joists have to be at least 36" from the ground with a a plastic and pea gravel cover to absorb the moisture. I hope this helps.

1.00 Remove baseboards for basement flooding?

Q. We recently had flooding in our basement due to a backup from our kitchen / sewer drain. We have cleaned the floors, walls and baseboards and also pulled up the carpet. Do we need to replace the baseboards as well?

A. Well that really depends on what type of baseboards they are. All the sheetrock is probably still wet. I would suggest pulling off the baseboards and cutting a few inches of the sheetrock out (just enough so that when you put baseboard back on it will cover the missing rock) and putting some fans on the studs behind. If you don't get this dry you will have mold. Mold doesn't hurt everyone, but it will keep growing back there behind that wall and will cause major problems down the road. The best thing you could do would be to call a disaster restoration company in your area. If your not wanting to involve your insurance company then they could get really expensive. You could at least have them just check it out for you. Explain your situation to them and they may be kind enough to check everything out with their moisture meters and let you know what to do above what you have already done. Good luck!

1.00 Does anyone know addresses or phone numbers of companies who would be willing to sponsor a charity?

Q. I have started a seperate division of my contracting company that would provide services to low income families in order to better our neighborhood and help keep people safe (removal of lead pain, fixing roofs, removing mold and asbestos, etc.). Does anyone know any addresses or phone numbers of corporate or individual sponsors who my be willing to help fund us?

A. You need to check businesses in your area. Also call the tv stations and get the word out. Churches too.

1.00 Concerns over mold in home.?

Q. We signed a lease on a home to move in. We are trying to get the place in livable, cleaning, etc. They had dogs and there are hairs all over the place. Each and everytime I am in the house I get a very sore throat. Husband gets a headache. I was wondering if there could be a mold problem so we bought prolab kits. One downstairs had a few small mold spores and the ones upstairs just one. I don't want to overreact just concerned. We are going to clean out ducts and shampoo carpets but a company specializing in pet odor removal. The house is only 4 years old. What could the sore throat be from? Thanks.

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Basement Mold Removal

 Mold Removal - Basement Mold Removal The basement provides fertile conditions for the growth of mold. All surfaces in the basement are susceptible to mold especially wood, ceiling tiles and walls. Leaky pipes can cause water to accumulate causing the growth of spores. The lack of ventilation systems in the basement also contribute to the growth mold and mildew. If yours is an unfinished basement, then its likely to be dark and dingy, making it hard to spot mold and mildew until it has spread.

 mold removal company in Irvine, California Of all the places where mold can fester and grow, the basement is the most dangerous. This is because the spores can easily find their way out of the basement and into the main house above through the vents and ducts of the HVAC system in the basement. Once inside the main house, these spores will feely disperse into the air, and begin to settle down in different parts of the house, causing severe Asthma and other respiratory illnesses. To combat mold and mildew in your basement, make sure there are sufficient artificial ventilation systems in place like air conditioners and ceiling fans. Make sure there is no dampness in the basement -- get leaky pipes fixed immediately.

A mold infestation in the basement can easily spread to the other areas of the house through the HVAC systems. Once inside the main house, you will find you family suffers from allergic reactions and respiratory illnesses much more often than before. If you notice mold growth in our basement, don't scrub at the spores. Once dislodged, the spores can easily bee inhaled by you. Call a reputed basement mold removal company to make sure that mold is removed effectively and safely. We make it easy to connect with an experienced basement mold removal company in Irvine. Simply fill out the form and you'll receive up to 4 free estimates from the most reputed mold remediation contractors in Irvine!

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