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                WHAT ARE SAFE LEVELS OF MOLD FOR MY HOME OR BUSINESS? 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. 
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, (Children under the age of 2, anyone with respiratory issues or immune deficiencies) 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 (S502)  mold remediation / mold removal standards.  We follow guidelines put forth by the EPA,  National Association of Environmentally Responsible Mold Contractors 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 guarantee)
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You can find mold anywhere you have a water issue!  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 different 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 certain 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 microscope.  The fact that a mold is black for example, doesn’t mean that it is THE BLACK MOLD.  (STACHYBOTRYS)  There are around 30 different kinds of mold 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.
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ASPERGILLUS/PENICILLUM FAMILY OF MOLDS
CRAWL SPACE MOLD
BASEMENT / DRYWALL MOLD
CLADOSPORIUM FAMILY OF MOLD
WINDOW MOLD
ATTIC DECKING MOLD
ALTHERNARIA / CLADOSPRIUM
ALTHERNARIA/ ULOCLADIUM
ALTHERNARIA MOLD
STACHYBOTRYS MOLD (The Black Mold)
Stachybotrys mold likes to grow on soft materials such as dry wall.  It loves a very wet environment.  If you look at the pictures above, you can also see that when it colonizes, it does so by forming circular patterns.  While Stachybotrys gets the most attention on the Internet, it isn’t the most common mold that we deal with.  In fact, we really only see if about 25% of the time.  But because of the potential health concerns that it can cause both to humans and animals, extreme care must be given when dealing with it!
OTHER THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN DOING THIS YOURSELF:  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 any 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 conditioning/heating returns that are in the area that you are working, should be sealed! 3.  Negative Air Scrubbers should be used when possible. This helps with keeping the mold in the contaminated area only.
A+ RESTORATION SERVICES LIBRARY OF MOLD SPECIES
                       Most web pages seem to show pictures of what a mold looks like when viewed by a                      microscope.  That doesn’t help YOU in identifying the mold that you may or may not                                 be dealing with.  The images below are designed to help you recognize                                        various common of mold that might be growing in your home.
On a Vent
(Found on joist in a basement)
COMBINATION OF 4 MOLDS FOUND ON THIS NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION - BASEMENT SAMPLE
May not look like much, but this sample showed Aspergillus/Penicillum, Chaetomium, Ulocladium & Stachybotrys. 
*** Aspergillus/Penicillum is probably the most common mold that has to be dealt with.  It can grow just about anywhere in a building.  It can be found on walls, carpet, clothes, furniture, you name it!  This mold can be found in multiple colors. ***
Found on cabinets
OK, I understand that I should use a professional mold remediation service to handle my mold problem.  But I want to try and save money! We still recommend that you hire a professional for your mold removal project if one of the two following situations apply: 1.  The area is over 3ft x 3ft.  (Again this is an EPA guideline) 2.  If anyone in your home has respiratory issues or considered high risk. But if you are set on doing this yourself………… (Please keep the following in mind) 1.  Watch Out For Magical Claims By Companies Or On The Internet:        If you look on the Internet, you will see multiple ways that people  claim to clean up/remove mold.  While we are not saying that some of these claims will or will  not work, it is our opinion that they don’t work 100%!  Some of the more common methods talked about on the  Internet or by some “professionals” are listed below:      A.  BLEACH USED AS WAY FOR MOLD REMOVAL:  Back in the 1990’s Des Moines Iowa had a huge flood.           It was so bad, that some of the homes along a river were flooded to their roof tops.  The federal           government moved in to help the victims of this flood.  To combat mold the government handed out bottles of           bleach as a way to kill mold that was growing as a result of this flood.  That was the 1990’s, we are now in 2017!             The federal government / EPA has learned since then, that BLEACH DOES NOT WORK WELL IN REMEDIATION OF MOLD.    Bleach            doesn’t have the ability to get to the root of the mold that has grown into porous surfaces.  Given time mold will come back on area’s treated with bleach.             PRO’S VS CON’S OF USING BLEACH            Positive Points of using bleach:            1.   It is very cheap!            2.  Works well on NON porous surfaces.  (Ceramic tile, etc)            Negative Points of using bleach:             1.  Only kills the top layer of mold.  (Studies have shown it kills about 40% of the mold on porous surfaces)            2.  Breathing bleach does more harm to your body then most molds!     B.   Ultra Violet Light As A Way To Remediate Mold:  When companies claim that they can remove mold using ultra violet light, it sounds           incredibly attractive to potential customers.  In short,  it sounds like “cutting edge” technology or the latest, greatest technology.  And in            theory, it is very good.  BUT then there is the practical side of things.  Ultra violet light breaks up the DNA of mold which           results in the sterilization of the mold.  Sounds great doesn’t it?????  The problem is, Ultra violet light only works if the light is kept           1-2 inches from the effected surface.  Depending on the surface, it takes anywhere from 2-10 seconds in that area to effectively sterilize            the mold.  As the distance the light is from the surface increases, the intensity of the light decreases and renders the process ineffective.            PRO’S VS CON’S OF USING ULTRA VIOLET LIGHT:            Positive Points of using ultra violet light:            1.   Sounds like cutting edge technology!                       Negative Points of using ultra violet light:             1.  Unless it is held 2” above moldy surface for 2-10 seconds, it doesn’t work.             2.  Cost of unit is expensive       C.  Borax Used As A Way To Eliminate Mold Problems:              Borax is pushed as a “Natural” way to remove mold.  While it is a natural method, it has the same issues as bleach!  It cannot get the the root of the mold.             PRO’S VS CON’S OF USING BORAX:            Positive Points of using borax:            1.   Its cheap!            2.   Its a natural method.                       Negative Points of using borax:             1.  Doesn’t work well on porous surfaces.  Can’t get to the root of the mold!            2.  Borax is dangerous to mucus membranes such as eyes.  It is dangerous if inhaled accidentally and is very dangerous to your pets!            3.  Because of the health hazards it can cause, it is not considered a “green method” or kid or pet friendly!  D.  Other Internet Methods Of Mold Removal:   There are a bunch of other methods that folks have posted on the Internet.   Vinegar,           baking soda, ammonia, tea tree oil, grape fruit see extract, the list goes on and on!  Some of these methods may work some don’t work at all.  In most           cases, the mold will return in 2-3 months when these methods are used.   2.  Just Killing 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 still have         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 has         grown on.  Example of this would be treating drywall.  Cut it out after you have sprayed it with a moldicide.  Care should be given to bag it up         immediately, so that you don’t cause cross contamination.  Remember, you must remove the dead mold!    3.  Encapsulation Of Wood Or other Areas That Have Mold Growth.  General contractors who have not been properly 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 that have been caused by water or         smoke damage.  BUT it wasn’t made for mold.  Far to many times, we see the mold growing on top of the KILLS  (The KILLS becomes food for the mold)           
On Wall
If your selling your home and you had your home inspected, the home inspector will usually use some vague term stating that you have a “mold like substance”.  If you see wording along that line, chances are you have the mold pictured above!
If your selling your home and you had your home inspected, the home inspector will usually use some vague term stating that you have a “mold like substance”.  If you see wording along that line, chances are you have the mold pictured above!
FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MOLD & MOLD REMOVAL
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FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MOLD & MOLD REMOVAL:   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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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
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 different 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 certain 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 microscope.  The fact that a mold is black for example, doesn’t mean that it is THE BLACK MOLD.  (STACHYBOTRYS)  There are around 30 different types of mold 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
(Otherwise known as Stachybotrys)                 
Cheatomium
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SUMMARY OF THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND IF TRYING THIS YOURSELF
1.  The EPA recommends that you only deal with a mold issue if you are working an area smaller then 3ftx3ft. 2.  Containment, Containment, Containment.  Make sure that the area that you are working on is isolated       from other areas of your house/building. 3.  Use proper equipment & chemicals for mold remediation.  DON’T USE BLEACH! 4.  KILLING THE MOLD ISN’T ENOUGH. You need to remove the dead mold from the area.  Dead mold is      just as bad for you as live mold! 5.  Where the proper PPE (Personal Protection Equipment)
(Attic example)
Cladosporium
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September 18, 2017 - Ellise - Noblesville, IN Verified Home Advisor Review
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  That depends on the mold and how much there is of it.  The EPA recommends that consumers handle mold jobs if the area’s in question are under then 3ftx3ft.  See EPA guidelines on the following link: http://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-cleanup-your-home HOWEVER if you have high risk people living in your home, if the area is larger then the 3ftx3ft rule, or if there is signs of water damage, we recommend (And so does the EPA) that you use a qualified professional.  A+ Restoration staff have been trained to adhere to all IICRC (502s) mold remediation/mold removal standards.  We follow all guidelines put forth by the EPA, &  Indoor Air Quality Association.  We are fully certified for mold remediation/mold removal, so you can be rest assured your mold removal project will be done correctly.  We use 3rd party testing to show that we have successfully removed the mold from the structure. 
OK, I understand that I should use a professional mold remediation service to handle my mold problem. But I want to try and save money! We still recommend that you hire a professional for your mold removal project if one of the two following situations apply: 1.  The area is over 3ft x 3ft.  (Again this is an EPA guideline) 2.  If anyone in your home has respiratory issues or considered high risk. But if you are set on doing this yourself……(Please keep the following in mind) 1.  Watch Out For Magical Claims By Companies Or On The Internet:      If you look on the Internet, you will see multiple ways that people  claim to clean up/remove mold.  While we are not saying that some of these claims will or will  not work, it is our opinion that they don’t work 100%!  Some of the more common methods talked about on the Internet or by some “professionals” are listed below:      A.  BLEACH USED AS WAY FOR MOLD REMOVAL:  Back in the 1990’s Des Moines            Iowa had a huge flood.   It was so bad, that some of the homes along a river were            flooded to their roof tops.  The federal government moved in to help the victims            of this flood.  To combat mold the government handed out bottles of           bleach as a way to kill mold that was growing as a result of this flood.            That was the 1990’s, we are now in 2017!   The federal government / EPA has           learned since then, that BLEACH DOES NOT WORK WELL IN REMEDIATION OF           MOLD.    Bleach doesn’t have the ability to get to the root of the mold that has           grown into porous surfaces.  Given time mold will come back on area’s treated           with bleach.             PRO’S VS CON’S OF USING BLEACH            Positive Points of using bleach:            1.   It is very cheap!            2.  Works well on NON porous surfaces.  (Ceramic tile, etc)            Negative Points of using bleach:             1.  Only kills the top layer of mold.  (Studies have shown it kills about 40% of the             mold on porous surfaces & of course the MOLD GROWS BACK!)            2.  Breathing bleach does more harm to your body then most molds!     B.   Ultra Violet Light As A Way To Remediate Mold:  When companies claim that           they can remove mold using ultra violet light, it sounds incredibly attractive to           potential customers.  In short,  it sounds like “cutting edge” technology or the           latest, greatest technology.  And in theory, it is very good.            BUT then there is the practical side of things.  Ultra violet light breaks up the           DNA of mold which results in the sterilization of the mold.  Sounds great           doesn’t it?????  The problem is, Ultra violet light only works if the light is kept           1-2 inches from the effected surface.  Depending on the surface, it takes            anywhere from 2-10 seconds in that area to effectively sterilize the mold.  As the            distance the light is from the surface increases, the intensity of the light            decreases and renders the process ineffective.            PRO’S VS CON’S OF USING ULTRA VIOLET LIGHT:            Positive Points of using ultra violet light:            1.   Sounds like cutting edge technology!                       Negative Points of using ultra violet light:             1.  Unless it is held 2” above moldy surface for 2-10 seconds, it doesn’t work.             2.  Cost of unit is expensive       C.  Borax Used As A Way To Eliminate Mold Problems:              Borax is pushed as a “Natural” way to remove mold.  While it is a natural             method, it has the same issues as bleach!  It cannot get the the root of the mold.             PRO’S VS CON’S OF USING BORAX:            Positive Points of using borax:            1.   Its cheap!            2.   Its a natural method.                       Negative Points of using borax:             1.  Doesn’t work well on porous surfaces.  Can’t get to the root of the mold!            2.  Borax is dangerous to mucus membranes such as eyes.  It is dangerous if                  inhaled accidentally and is very dangerous to your pets!            3.  Because of the health hazards it can cause, it is not considered a                 “green method” or kid or pet friendly!
 317-647-6653
 317-647-6653
They sent someone to give an estimate the day after I called and completed the job in the following week. I was very impressed by their punctuality and professionalism. They sent additional employees to finish the job in two days instead of the three days they originally estimated.
TOXIC BLACK MOLD 
Black mold gets all the attention on the Internet & with the press.  But its not the most common mold that people have to deal with.
ASPERGILLUS/PENICILLIUM
Aspergillus/Penicillium is really many types of very similar molds.  It is the most common mold type that we deal with.  It can be found just about anywhere in your home.  This category of mold can have multiple colors.
CRAWL SPACE EXAMPLES OF ASPERGILLUS/PENICILLIUM
OTHER EXAMPLES OF ASPERGILLUS/PENICILLIUM
BEHIND WALL PAPER
UNDER KITCHEN SINK
OTHER TYPES OF COMMON MOLDS
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