© 2008 - 2016 A+ Restoration Services, Inc. CONTACT US A+ Restoration Services, Inc Serving ALL of Central Indiana! 317-647-MOLD FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MOLD & MOLD REMOVAL: WHAT ARE SAFE LEVELS OF MOLD IN MY HOME OR BUSSINESS?                    One of the most common questions that we get asked  when dealing with a mold removal / mold remediation  project.  The answer isn’t as clear as we would like it to  be.  The Federal or State governments have not set  specific standards saying what are safe levels of mold.   Part of the reason for this is that mold effects each person differently!  With approximately 80% of the molds out there being allergenic, it’s very hard to determine how each person will react.  Think of people who are allergic  to various things.  Peanuts are a great example.  Most of us have no problems eating peanuts,  but there are some people out there who are allergic to them.  In some cases, their reactions are so bad to them that they could die.    For the most part, most allergic reactions to mold are not that dire.  Although the range of reactions can go from very minor reactions to fairly severe reactions.  Again it depends on the person. Toxic molds are molds that can harm anyone.  Black mold (Stachybotrys) is the mold that gets all the internet attention.  It is a very dangerous mold and extreme care needs to be taken when dealing with a mold removal project that involves it!  Keep in mind however, just because a mold is black, doesn’t mean that it is the “Black Mold”.  It is impossible for anyone to look at the mold and say with any amount of certainty “that mold is xyz.”   A sample needs to be taken to a lab to determine the exact type of mold it is.    To get a test to determine the type of mold you have, call us at: 317-647-6653
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO REMOVE MOLD FROM MY HOME OR BUSINESS? That depends on the mold and how much there is of it.  The EPA recommends that consumers can handle mold jobs if the areas in question are smaller 3ft x 3ft.  See EPA guidelines on the following link:  http://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-cleanup-your-home If you have high risk people living in your home, if the area is larger then the 3ftx3ft rule, or if there has been signs of water damage, we recommend (And so does the EPA) that you use a qualified professional! Our staff has been trained to adhere to all IICRC (502s)  mold remediation / mold removal standards.  We follow guidelines put forth by the EPA and the Indoor Air Quality Association (For mold removal.)  We are fully certified for mold remediation / mold removal, so you can be assured your mold removal project will be done correctly. We use third party testing to show that we have successfully removed the mold in the structure that we worked on.  Further more, we give a TWO year guarantee that the mold will not come back on the area’s that we worked on!  (Talk to one of our mold removal specialist for details on our grarantee)
“OK, I understand that I should use a professional mold remediater to handle my mold problem, but I  want to save money!”  What steps can I take to do this myself?                            We still recommend that hire a professional for your  mold removal project if the  it’s   an area over 3ftx3ft or if  you have someone living in your home that is high risk.  But if you are set on doing this yourself, please keep  these things in mind when you begin your mold removal project:   1.   Magical   claims  on the Internet:    If you read on the internet, you will see multiple ways that people  claim to clean up mold.  While we are not saying some of these claims will or will not work, it is our  opinion that they don ’ t work fully!    Two of the most pushed methods are talked about below:       A.   Bleach used as a way for mold removal:     Back in the 1990’s, Des Moines Iowa had a huge flood.  It was  so  bad;   flood waters  were to the roof tops.  The Federal government handed out bleach to people as a  way to combat mold.  That was the 1990’s, but now we a re in 2016!  The EPA has learned since then  that it doesn’t work well.   Therefore,   the EPA recommends that you don’t use bleach, we recommend  that you don’t use bleach!  Once again, the reason why is, it doesn’t work!  Bleach will   kill the top layer  of mold , but it doesn’t get it all.  It will make it appear that it has been cleaned up, but  within   3 - 6  months the mold will grow back.  Bleach doesn’t have the ability to get to the root of the mold that has  grown into the porous surface. Given time and some mo isture, it comes back.    Not to mention that  breathing bleach does more harm to your body them most molds!   B.   Borax used as a mold removal method:   Borax is pushed as a  “ natural ”   way to remove   mold.  While it is  a natural method, it h as the same restrictions as bleach .  It cannot get to the root of the mold.   Like  bleach, there are some  health concerns with using Borax:   Borax is dangerous to mucus membranes such as eyes. Also dangerous if inhaled accidently, and is  also dangerous to have near pets .   C.   Other methods of mold removal that one finds on the internet:  There are a bunch more things that  people claim will work.   Vinegar ,  baking soda, ammonia, tea tree oil, grape fruit seed extract,   etc.  Some  of these methods might kill some mold, some won ’ t.  In most cases, it will come back over time!       2.   Just killing the mold, isn ’t enough!    Dead mold can be just as harmful as live/active mold. So once you have treated the mold to kill it, you stil l  have more  work to do!  Remove active & dead mold:   Either do this by wiping the mold away with a rag or remove the  item that the mold is on.  Example being drywall.  Cut it out a fter you have sprayed it with a moldicide.   Care should be given to bag it up immediately so that you don’t have cross contamination.  You must  remove the dead mold.  Dead mold can be just as harmful as mold that is growing!     3.   Encapsulation of wood or other areas that have mold growing on it .   General                                   contractors who have not been trained in mold removal / mold remediation like to cover the mold up  with KILLS.  KILLS is an awesome product if you are trying to block stains out on dry wall or wood.   Great fo r blocking out water damage marks, smoke damage, etc.  But it wasn’t made for mold.  Far  too   many times we see mold growing either through KILLS or growing on top of it.  KILLS can become food  for mold!                                   OTHER THINGS TO KEEP I N MIND:    You should take extreme care when dealing with mold:     1.  PPE:   You need to use proper personal protective (PPE) items.  When working on a mold removal project,  you should at the very least use a N95 designated mask.  These can be purchased at an y home improvement  store.  Gloves are also another item that you should be using.     2.  Containment:  Cross contamination of your house or office should be a major concern.  The area that you  are working on should be sealed off from other areas.  Any air c onditioning/heating returns that are in the area  that you have mold, should be sealed off!     3.  Negative Air Scrubbers should be used whenever possible.  This helps with keeping the mold in the  contaminated area.
CALL US WHEN YOU NEED A MOLD REMOVAL / MOLD REMEDIATION COMPANY IN INDIANAPOLIS, CARMEL, FISHERS, ZIONSVILLE, PLAINFIELD, BROWNSBURG, GREENWOOD OR ANYWHERE ELSE IN CENTRAL INDIANA! 317-647-MOLD
CALL A+ RESTORATION WHEN YOU NEED THE PROFESSIONALS TO DO THE JOB!  317-647-6653
Where do I look for mold?  Mold growth can happen anywhere that you have a combination of moisture and food!  The food being just about anything.  The primary areas that we see mold are the following: CRAWL SPACE - Crawl Space Mold Removal ATTIC Spaces - Attic Space Mold Removal KITCHEN / BATHROOMS - Kitchen / Bathroom Mold Removal BASEMENTS CLOSETS UTILITY ROOMS Really anywhere in your house! 
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IDENTIFYING MOLD TYPES:  When doing a mold removal project, some people like to know exactly what type of mold they are dealing with.  With over a 1000 diferent types of mold in the US, it is very hard to tell what type of mold is growing just by looking at it.  In fact, if you have a “remediation professional” claim that a certian mold is xyz just by looking at it, I would stay away from that person!  Mold can only be identified when looked at with a microsope.  The fact that a mold is black for example, doesn’t mean that it is THE BLACK MOLD.  (STACHYBOTRYS)  There are around 30 diferently molds that can appear black.  Only one is the BLACK MOLD!  Look below to see some samples from our mold library.  These samples have been identified by our lab.
        Althernaria                                                        Alternaria                                    Stachybotrys                      Aspergillus/Penicillum         Cladosporium                                                   Ulocladium                               (The Black Mold)
Stachybotrys / Acremonium
Cheatomium
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FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MOLD & MOLD REMOVAL: WHAT ARE SAFE LEVELS OF MOLD IN MY HOME OR BUSSINESS?                  One of the most common questions that we get asked when dealing with a mold removal / mold remediation project.  The answer isn’t as clear as we would like it to be.  The Federal or State governments have not set  specific standards saying what are safe levels of mold.   Part of the reason for this is that mold effects each person differently!  With approximately 80% of the molds out there being allergenic, it’s very hard to determine how each person will react.  Think of people who are allergic  to various things.  Peanuts are a great example.  Most of us have no problems eating peanuts,  but there are some people out there who are allergic to them.  In some cases, their reactions are so bad to them that they could die.  For the most part, most allergic reactions to mold are not that dire.  Although the range of reactions can go from very minor reactions to fairly severe reactions.  Again it depends on the person. Toxic molds are molds that can harm anyone.  Black mold (Stachybotrys) is the mold that gets all the internet attention.  It is a very dangerous mold and extreme care needs to be taken when dealing with a mold removal project that involves it!  Keep in mind however, just because a mold is black, doesn’t mean that it is the “Black Mold”.  It is impossible for anyone to look at the mold and say with any amount of certainty “that mold is xyz.”   A sample needs to be taken to a lab to determine the exact type of mold it is. 
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WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO REMOVE MOLD FROM MY HOME OR BUSINESS? That depends on the mold and how much there is of it.  The EPA recommends that consumers can handle mold jobs if the areas in question are smaller 3ft x 3ft.  See EPA guidelines on the following link:  http://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-cleanup-your-home If you have high risk people living in your home, if the area is larger then the 3ftx3ft rule, or if there has been signs of water damage, we recommend (And so does the EPA) that you use a qualified professional! Our staff has been trained to adhere to all IICRC (502s)  mold remediation / mold removal standards.  We follow guidelines put forth by the EPA and the Indoor Air Quality Association (For mold removal.)  We are fully certified for mold remediation / mold removal, so you can be assured your mold removal project will be done correctly. We use third party testing to show that we have successfully removed the mold in the structure that we worked on.  Further more, we give a TWO year guarantee that the mold will not come back on the area’s that we worked on!  (Talk to one of our mold removal specialist for details on our grarantee)
To get a test to determine the type of  mold you have, call us at: 317-647-6653
CALL A+ RESTORATION WHEN YOU NEED THE PROFESSIONALS TO DO THE JOB!  317-647-6653
CALL US WHEN YOU NEED A MOLD REMOVAL / MOLD REMEDIATION COMPANY IN INDIANAPOLIS, CARMEL, FISHERS, ZIONSVILLE, PLAINFIELD, BROWNSBURG, GREENWOOD OR ANYWHERE ELSE IN CENTRAL INDIANA! 317-647-MOLD
“OK, I understand that I should use a professional mold remediater to handle my mold problem, but I  want to save money!”  What steps can I take to do this myself?      We still recommend that hire a professional for your  mold removal project if the  it’s an area over 3ftx3ft or if  you have someone living in your home that is high risk.  But if you are set on doing this yourself, please keep  these things in mind when you begin your mold removal project: 1. Magical claims  on the Internet: If you read on the internet, you will see multiple ways that people  claim to clean up mold.  While we are not saying some of these claims will or will not work, it is our  opinion that they don ’ t work fully! Two of the most pushed methods are talked about below: A. Bleach used as a way for mold removal:   Back in the 1990’s, Des Moines Iowa had a huge flood.  It was  so  bad; flood waters  were to the roof tops.  The Federal government handed out bleach to people as a  way to combat mold.  That was the 1990’s, but now we a re in 2016!  The EPA has learned since then  that it doesn’t work well.   Therefore, the EPA recommends that you don’t use bleach, we recommend  that you don’t use bleach!  Once again, the reason why is, it doesn’t work!  Bleach will kill the top layer  of mold , but it doesn’t get it all.  It will make it appear that it has been cleaned up, but  within 3 - 6  months the mold will grow back.  Bleach doesn’t have the ability to get to the root of the mold that has  grown into the porous surface. Given time and some mo isture, it comes back. Not to mention that  breathing bleach does more harm to your body them most molds! B. Borax used as a mold removal method:   Borax is pushed as a  “ natural ” way to remove mold.  While it is  a natural method, it h as the same restrictions as bleach .  It cannot get to the root of the mold.   Like  bleach, there are some  health concerns with using Borax: Borax is dangerous to mucus membranes such as eyes. Also dangerous if inhaled accidently, and is  also dangerous to have near pets . C. Other methods of mold removal that one finds on the internet:  There are a bunch more things that  people claim will work.   Vinegar ,  baking soda, ammonia, tea tree oil, grape fruit seed extract, etc.  Some  of these methods might kill some mold, some won ’ t.  In most cases, it come back over time!   2. Just killing the mold, isn ’t enough!  Dead mold can be just as harmful as live/active mold. So once you have treated the mold to kill it, you stil l have more  work to do!  Remove active & dead mold:   Either do this by wiping the mold away with a rag or remove the  item that the mold is on.  Example being drywall.  Cut it out a fter you have sprayed it with a moldicide.   Care should be given to bag it up immediately so that you don’t have cross contamination.  You must  remove the dead mold.  Dead mold can be just as harmful as mold that is growing! 3. Encapsulation of wood or other areas that have mold growing on it .   General  contractors who have not been trained in mold removal / mold remediation like to cover the mold up  with KILLS.  KILLS is an awesome product if you are trying to block stains out on dry wall or wood.   Great fo r blocking out water damage marks, smoke damage, etc.  But it wasn’t made for mold.  Far  too many times we see mold growing either through KILLS or growing on top of it.  KILLS can become food  for mold!                                 OTHER THINGS TO KEEP I N MIND: You should take extreme care when dealing with mold: 1.  PPE:   You need to use proper personal protective (PPE) items.  When working on a mold removal project,  you should at the very least use a N95 designated mask.  These can be purchased at an y home improvement  store.  Gloves are also another item that you should be using.   2.  Containment:  Cross contamination of your house or office should be a major concern.  The area that you  are working on should be sealed off from other areas.  Any air c onditioning/heating returns that are in the area  that you have mold, should be sealed off!   3.  Negative Air Scrubbers should be used whenever possible.  This helps with keeping the mold in the  contaminated area.
IDENTIFYING MOLD TYPES:  When doing a mold removal project, some people like to know exactly what type of mold they are dealing with.  With over a 1000 diferent types of mold in the US, it is very hard to tell what type of mold is growing just by looking at it.  In fact, if you have a “remediation professional” claim that a certian mold is xyz just by looking at it, I would stay away from that person!  Mold can only be identified when looked at with a microsope.  The fact that a mold is black for example, doesn’t mean that it is THE BLACK MOLD.  (STACHYBOTRYS)  There are around 30 diferently molds that can appear black.  Only one is the BLACK MOLD!  Look below to see some samples from our mold library.  These samples have been identified by our lab.
Althernaria                                         Alternaria                                    Cladosporium                                    Ulocladium
Stachybotrys                                       Aspergillus/Penicillum
(The Black Mold)
Stachybotrys & Acremonium
Cheatomium
Servicing Indianapolis, Greenwood, Avon, Brownsburg, Plainfield, Zionsville, Carmel, Fishers, Martinsville, Noblesville, New Palestine, Greenfield, McCordsville and the surrounding areas. Servicing the Indianapolis IN area including 46077, 46107, 46113, 46183, 46201, 46202, 46203, 46204, 46205, 46208, 46214, 46217, 46218, 46219, 46220, 46221, 46222, 46224, 46225, 46226, 46227, 46228, 46229, 46231, 46234, 46235, 46236, 46237, 46239, 46240, 46241, 46250, 46254, 46256, 46259, 46260, 46268, 46278.