© 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)
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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 diferent 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.
Servicing Indianapolis, Greenwood, Avon, Brownsburg, Plainfield, Zionsville, Carmel, Fishers, Martinsville, Mooresville, Westfield, 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.
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November 11, 2016 Joel - Brownsburg,IN
ASPERGILLUS/PENICILLUM FAMILY OF MOLDS
CRAWL SPACE MOLD
BASEMENT / DRYWALL MOLD
CLADOSPORIUM FAMILY OF MOLDS
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 enviroment.  If you look at the pictures above, you can also see that when i colinizes, 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 humans and animals, extreame care must be given when dealing with it!
SUMMARY OF THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND IF TRYING THIS YOURSELF
1.  The EPA recomends 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 Pertection Equipment)
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 persoanl protective (PPE) items.  When working on a m old 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 f rom 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 MOLDS
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.  There fore we are gathering samples and pictures to help you recognize various common molds that grow in the US. 
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 commom 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 remediator to handle my mold problem, but I want to save money!  What steps can I take to this myself? 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 respitory issues or considered high risk. But if you are set on doing this yourself, please keep the following points in mind: 1.  Watch Out For Magical Claims By Companies Or On The Internet:  If you look on the internet, you will see mulitple 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 metheds 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 ahuge flood.  It was so bad, that some of the            homes along a river were flooded to their roof tops.  The federal goverment moved in to help the victums of this flood.  The goverment            at this time handed out bottles of bleach as a way to kill mold that was growing as a result of this flood.  As a result of the goverments            recomendation, the vast majority of general contractors still tell people to use bleach. That was the 1990’s, we are now            in 2016!  The federal goverment/ EPA has learned since then that BLEACH DOES NOT WORK WELL IN REMEDIATING MOLD.    Bleach            doesn’t have the ability to get to the root of the mold that has grown into porous surfaces.  Given time and some moisture, mold            will come back on area’s treated with bleach.  Not to mention the fact that 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, takes anywhere from 2-10 seconds in that area to effectively kill            the mold.  As the distance the light is from the surface increases, the intensity of the light decreases and renders the process ineffective.       C.  Borax Used As A Way To Elimiate 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 to the root of the mold.  Like bleach, it also has some health conerns when         using borax.  Borox is dangerous to mucus membranes such as eyes.  It is damgerous if inhaled accidently and is very         dangerous to your pets.  While it may be listed as a “natural” way of elimiating mold, it is not considered a “Green friendly         method”.       D.  Other Internet Methods Of Mold Removal:  There are a bunch of more ideas that folks have posted on the internet.            Vinegar, baking soda, ammonia, tea tree oil, grape fruit seed extract, etc.  Some of these methods might kill SOME of            the mold, some won’t kill any at all.  In most cases, when these methods have been used, the mold returns in 2-3 months.           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 cuase 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)           
Jeff stopped by and provided a lot of good information about the type of mold, eliminating it, and controlling the humidity in my basement. Put my mind at ease. I was preparing myself for the worst ($ wise), and Jeff didn't charge a cent. I really appreciate honestly. I will definitely use A+ for any future mold or restoration needs. Thank you!
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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                                      
(The Black Mold)
Stachybotrys & Acremonium
Cheatomium
Servicing Indianapolis, Greenwood, Avon, Brownsburg, Plainfield, Zionsville, Carmel, Fishers, Martinsville, Noblesville, Mooresville, 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.
SUMMARY OF THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND IF TRYING THIS YOURSELF
1.  The EPA recomends 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 Pertection Equipment)
(crawl space examples)
Cladosporium
(Attic example)
*** Aspergillus/Penicillum is probably the most commom 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. ***
Aspergillus/Penicillum