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Water damage restoration & water removal is a step by step, detail oriented progress.  We understand the importance of proper water damage cleanup response.

As the most reliable water damage restoration service nearest you, our methods include a master level, IICRC certified approach to effectively restoring your home or office to a normal, “pre-loss” condition. We strive to provide our customers with an experience of comfort and satisfaction, even in the middle of a stressful water damage project.

Mold Removal in Northern VA

Step 1: Lay down floor protection & move furniture.

Mold remediation is more than just using bleach or baking soda on the mold-infested area. In fact, it is a tedious and complex process that involves spore testing, mold detection, moisture mapping, containment, decontamination, and so much more. At Mold Metrix, our team of mold professionals will leave no stone unturned and will search your attics, crawlspaces, basements, and HVAC systems to identify & eliminate the root cause of your mold problem.

Step 2: Set up containment barrier & quality control.  

At Mold Metrix, we will safely and efficiently detect, test, and remove molds in your home or business so you can get back on your feet as soon as possible. Our qualified team is dedicated to providing you with prompt and comprehensive mold testing and removal services at a price that won’t break your budget. We are also fully licensed, insured, and committed to upholding the IICRC industry standards to provide quality services that you can trust. Furthermore, we also give discounts to the members of the military, first responders, and to the elderly.

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Step 3: Remove effected materials;

Clean, Demo, Decontaminate

Mold removal and water damage cannot be separated.

In fact, all mold contamination is the result of water damage.

Some people question if there are certain types of molds, such as black mold, that are more dangerous than others.

The simple answer is that any mold contamination in your home or office has the potential to cause both structural and or health hazards.

Step 4: Clean & Decontaminate.

Most mold removal projects begin with a mold inspection.

Industry guidelines for mold inspections do not require lab analysis.

For example, if the substance in question looks like mold and the conditions for mold growth are present, the inspector can treat the substance as if it was in fact mold.

In other cases, before mold remediation will begin, samples will be taken to confirm the substance is indeed mold.

Step 6: Structural Exfoliation.

Lab analysis is irrefutable and lets a mold inspector know for certain if a substance is or is not mold.

Although many times mold removal can be recommended without the need for mold testing and analysis, there are cases when mold testing cannot be skipped.

For example, in cases of disagreement between a landlord and tenant.

Or in cases where residents of the effected home fall into the high-risk category and secondary areas of mold contamination need to be identified.

The Metrix Method

  • Precision

  • Practical application of industry standards

  • Eliminating the unnecessary

We know that your time and resources are valuable, which is why we offer complete water damage restoration and water damage cleanup services, including water damage repair.

With over 50 years combined experience in the Restoration Industry, Metrix Restoration offers a highly specialized and detail oriented approach to water removal and water damage projects.
As certified water damage restoration and remediation experts serving the DMV area, it is our duty and honor to ensure that we effect and maintain the highest level of indoor environment quality for our customers home and office.

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Mold Testing & Inspection in Northern VA 

At Mold Metrix, we are able to provide mold testing & mold inspection service for pre & post mold remediation.  Pre mold remediation testing is recommended to establish secondary contamination zones & mold remediation goals.  Post mold remediation testing is recommended for project clearance. Our services are specially designed to solve all of your water-related problems like mold growth, structural issues, plumbing leaks, and even cosmetic damages to your home.

After a leak or flood, your property can quickly become a breeding ground for harmful molds and bacteria triggering serious health problems such as allergies, asthma, and other respiratory illnesses. Saturated building materials are not always easy to detect, turning your home or office into a health hazard without your awareness. Professional mold testing is a simple and essential step to ensuring the safety of your family and customers. 
Sampling and laboratory analysis may not be recommended for every project but is mandatory for a definitive assessment. No inspector can state as a “legal fact” that you are experiencing a mold infestation without proper testing for confirmation. 

There are three common ways for collecting mold samples — lift, swab, and spore trap.

Lift and swab samples are used for direct surface sampling. For example, swab samples may be better suited for drywall and studs while lift samples may be used for collecting carpet or drape samples. These two methods are excellent for post-remediation testing. Collected samples are always categorized with a proper chain of custody and sent to an independent laboratory for a full analysis.

Spore trapping or “air sampling” is most desirable for determining the risk of exposure and linking adverse health symptoms to mold contamination. Whenever air samples are collected inside of a building, at least one air sample must also be collected outside for comparative analysis.

Mold Removal Quality Assurance 

Quality assurance is key to mold remediation projects, which is why we adhere IICRC remediation standards and company better business operating procedures so that we are able to offer a service warranty with each remediation project.
We are proud to provide our communities with these valuable services while also educating the public on the importance of a healthy home. Schedule your free mold estimate today and earn 5% cash back by mentioning this offer.

If you’ve got a mold infestation in Northern Virginia within a 33 mile radius of Arlington, Fairfax County, Prince William County Virginia or surrounding areas, you need to call Mold Metrix.

In addition to causing extensive property damage, mold can also pose serious health risks if left untreated. At Mold Metrix, we utilize sophisticated testing equipment to conduct thorough mold inspections. Call us now at (833) 200-9444 or Text us at (571) 554-5091 for a free, no-obligation quote.

Molds are not only pesky but also hazardous. They release poisonous substances known as mycotoxins that can cause severe illnesses and even death in both humans and animals. In fact, prolonged mold exposure can cause adverse side effects on your nervous, respiratory, and immune systems. Exposure to mold contamination can also affect your overall health in bold and subtle ways.

Fortunately, Mold Metrix can help you detect and eliminate mold contamination in your home or business in Arlington, Fairfax County, Prince William County and the surrounding areas. We have a certified team of mold testing and mold remediation experts that will provide you with safe and affordable solutions to solve all of your mold-related problems.

Contact us today at (833) 200-9444 for a free initial consultation.

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Mold Removal From Air Ducts & HVAC

“The power to change the matter is in the Metrix.” If you are looking for the most trusted provider of air duct cleaning and indoor air quality testing services in Arlington, VA and the surrounding areas, Mold Metrix is the company to call. Contact us now at (833) 200-9444 for a free consultation.

Air duct cleaning is an important aspect of residential and commercial property maintenance. A dirty air duct system can lead to increased energy usage, higher utility bills, and the potential for poor indoor air quality. Meanwhile, a well-maintained air duct system will help your home or office work more efficiently by reducing the amount of energy required for heating and cooling. It also lessens the risk of developing respiratory problems from inhaling dust particles that may circulate throughout a building via a poorly maintained air duct system.

If you are looking for quality and affordable air duct cleaning services in the Northern Virginia area, contact Metrix Restoration today at (833) 200-9444 for a free estimate.

Residential Air Duct Mold Removal Services in Northern, VA & surrounding areas within a 33 miles radius of Arlington, VA.  At Metrix Restoration, we offer three air duct cleaning options to suit your needs.

Standard  Starts at  $24.99 per vent opening. Our Standard service includes removing vent covers, the use of HEPA quality direct contact extraction to remove air duct debris, HEPA extraction and topical soil removal from vent covers, and HEPA extraction and wipe down of HVAC return boxes. (Some restrictions may apply.)
Premier  Starts at $39.99 per vent opening. Our Premier service includes standard air duct cleaning plus  Antimicrobial Decontamination Treatment proven to be effective against 99.9% of common household germs, bacteria, and fungi(Some restrictions may apply.)
HVAC main unit cleaning and disinfection- Starts at $399.99 per unit

Choose Metrix over your Air Duct Cleaning Matter and receive Indoor Air Quality Clearance Testing with lab analysis valued at $299.99 for FREE(Best bang for your buck!)

Reasons for Air Duct Cleaning in Northern, Virginia; Arlington, Prince William County & Fairfax County

Here are some reasons why you may need professional duct cleaning services in Northern, VA.
Excess Dust and Debris Buildup
According to NADCA statistics, the average weight of dust and debris buildup accumulated in your air duct system in between cleanings is about 40 pounds. These particulates are recirculated back into the air you breathe, causing allergies, asthma, and other respiratory diseases. 
Efficiency Loss
Dust and debris in the air ducts clog your heating and cooling devices, forcing your HVAC system to work harder. It leads to higher energy bills and an increased risk of system repairs and breakdowns. Hire a certified professional to clean your air ducts regularly for an energy-efficient HVAC system. 
Mold or Microbial Growth
If you notice what appears to be mold growing on your vent covers or anywhere in your home or office, you should have your air ducts professionally cleaned immediately. Mold spores are easily spread through poorly maintained air ducts with excessive moisture and increased particulate count per cubic foot of air space.
Health and Respiratory Issues
Poor indoor air quality can cause allergic reactions such as coughing, itchiness, inflammation, irritability, restlessness, asthma attack, and more. If any of your family members or staff begin to experience respiratory issues or other similar symptoms on a more consistent basis, you should have your air ducts professionally cleaned as soon as possible.

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Mold Removal in Air Ducts blog series 

Mold removal from air ducts and HVAC system must be done with special considerations.  Anytime mold gets established in an HVAC system the chances of air born contamination increases by more than 10x.  Most people don’t think of high humidity as a form of water damage, but this is the number 1 cause of mold grow in air ducts.

I was recently called to a project where the customer had visible mold growth covering her air ducts and was in need of immediate mold remediation.  Before a mold remediation protocol can ever be written, there must be an inspection of the affected area, and when mold is in the HVAC system, the chances of multiple areas of a home or office being affected is always high.  During my initial mold inspection, I noted elevated humidity levels in effected zone, but this was not the primary source of the mold growth and need for mold removal.

The HVAC unit was relatively new, and at the time of installation a whole house humidifier was also installed into the duct work. I always tell customers that if they opt to install a humidifier into their duct work a UV light must also be installed be help prevent mold growth.  Not only was there a humidifier adding moisture to air that was already too high, but the ducting was also painted with regular interior wall paint. 

Mold grows easily on cellulous based materials, not metal.  When the paint was added to the sheet metal, temperature differentials and convection made it easy for mold growth to get established on the outside of the air ducts.  The mold remediation included several steps.  First, I cleaned and decontaminated the outside of air ducts which were heavily contaminated due to the paint covering the duct work.  The process included chipping paint, HEPA extraction for mold removal, applying an antimicrobial to the outside of the duct work and finally applying a coat of antimicrobial encapsulation.

The next step was to clean and decontaminate the main unit and ductwork.  This process included using a special antimicrobial designed to be applied in air ducts.  Once the initial mold removal steps were completed, I closed this project by installing a new UV light system into the HVAC unit to help maintain the work I had done and to improve the overall indoor air quality of the home.  My final step was to secure humidifier installed in the main unit after it was cleaned and decontaminated.  Of course, I advised my customer to leave the unit inactive to help prevent the need for mold remediation in the future.

Mold Remediation Recommended Guidelines

Remediators should perform remediation in compliance with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) mold removal guidelines, The State Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Bureau of Environmental & Occupational Disease Epidemiology guidelines or in compliance with EPA mold removal guidelines for schools and commercial buildings. HVAC remediation work should be done in compliance with NADCA recommendations. The remediator should follow any applicable recommendations that the indoor environmental professional included below.

Vacating the Premises

Vacating people from the adjacent spaces is usually only necessary for a large/widespread problem but is also recommended for individuals with reduced immune systems, elderly, infants, recent surgery patients, people with chronic inflammatory lung disease or individuals with respiratory health concerns.

Personal Protective Equipment

 (PPE) Full-face respirators are to be worn. Gloves are to be worn to remove all infected building materials. Disposable Tyvek coveralls covering both the head and shoes shall be worn.

Containment of Each of the Contaminated Areas

Complete isolation of the work area using plastic (6 mil poly) sheeting sealed with tape. If a containment area blocks the only entrance, vacating the property is usually recommended during remediation. If the problem is widespread and the entire property needs remediation, no containment is necessary. This area should be large enough to house any contaminated materials Sealing with plastic sheeting (6 mil poly) all ventilation, ducts/grills, fixtures and other openings.

 Negative Pressure

Use an exhaust fan with a HEPA filter to generate negative pressurization (ventilating to the outdoors). Use the appropriately sized unit for the space. The air exchange rate must be six times per hour.

 HEPA Vacuum

Any area that is in the same area of contaminated materials should be HEPA vacuumed, starting at highest point and working down to the floor. Any area that is contained should be completely HEPA-Vac’d. This should be done before AND after removing contaminated materials. If the entire property is contaminated, the entire property needs to be HEPA-Vac’d.

Apply Antimicrobial

Apply antimicrobial to visible fungal growth prior to removal of material. Wait 10 minutes before removing the material. This provides sufficient time for the antimicrobial to paralyze microbial agents and reduces the dust generated because the material is wetted. This should be done before and after removing contaminated materials.

Removal and Discarding of Contaminated Materials

Remove infected drywall, insulation and building material least twelve inches past any visual mold. All debris should be double bagged in 3 mil contractor bags twisted, goose necked and sealed with duct tape. The sealed bags are to be wiped clean with the appropriate disinfectant in the containment before transport to the disposal area. There are no special requirements for the disposal of moldy material. Moldy materials that are bagged can be disposed of with other general waste. All contaminated materials should be wrapped in plastic and sealed with tape before being taken out of the containment area through the unaffected areas for disposal. Sometimes building material, furniture, flooring, etc. cannot be evaluated until it has been jarred from its location. For cases like this, the mold remediation company hired should be trusted to give an honest evaluation.

Restoring a Damaged Item

If an item such as kitchen cabinets, clothing, furniture, etc. were damaged you should have a yes/no answer to whether or not your item can be restored. How this needs to be done is dependent upon the item in question. Wood may require sanding, clothes a simple rinse in the wash, etc. Some items like cabinets may appear to be salvageable, but after they are removed the damage is worse than anticipated. Trust the mold professional you hire for advice on whether or not something can be restored.

Final Cleaning

After the contaminated material has been removed, the contained area is to be HEPA vacuumed again. If any visual mold is seen on studs HEPA sand affected area. In the event that an item cannot be restored it must be replaced, even if it is building material. The contained area is to be wiped down with a biocide and/or detergent solution. The contained area is to be HEPA vacuumed again.

 Air Scrubber(s)

Multiple air scrubbers should be used for properties with a widespread problem and no containment area. How many should be a decision trusted in the hands of the mold remediation company hired. An Air Scrubber should be placed in each containment area for 48-72 hours.

Air Duct Cleaning

Every mold remediation should be completed with a thorough cleaning of the HVAC system and air ducts. Sanitize/Disinfect air handler coils. Sanitize/Disinfect all duct work.

Final Inspections

Prior to containment removal and re-occupancy of the space a certified mold inspector should do a visual inspection and air sampling. Air sample should be taken both within the containment and in an adjacent area to ensure spores have not spread to other areas. After passing post remediation testing you may choose to apply a sealant around studs. Containment removal and re-occupancy shall occur when space passes appropriate verification testing.

Containment Used During Reconstruction

After the work area has passed clearance testing, the enclosure can be used to contain the dust generated by sheetrock sanding and taping activities. This is done to reduce the clean up when reconstruction is complete.

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Signs of Mold Exposure

Many times, people have the need for professional mold remediation services but do not recognize the signs of mold contamination.  Heads aches, itchiness, coughing and throat discomfort as well as increased allergic reactions and aggravation to existing health conditions are all signs of exposure to mold.  Be sure to have mold testing conducted by an IICRC certified professional if you think you may need mold remediation services.  The following article was written to help owners recognize when to call a mold remediation company.

Visible Mold

Visible mold and or what appears to be mold is a major sign that mold remediation may be needed.  Remember, mold is microscopic, so visible mold can be the sign of a larger water damage issue.

Mold Odors

Mold contamination may not always be visible, but the smell of mold can be a strong indication that mold remediation is needed.  Odors are a result of enzymatic activity of mold growth.  If strong mold odors are present in your home or office mold testing can be the first step to completing your mold remediation project.

Flood/water damage

A previous flood or water damage can either be the source or a major contributing factor of mold contamination and the need for mold remediation services.  All water damage, no matter how small should be cleared by a professional water damage company to make sure all salvageable materials are dry. 

Mold Remediation & groups of high risk to Mold Exposure:

Pulmonary/respiratory issues

Indoor air quality is a vital, yet underappreciated aspect related to the quality of life we experience.  People who suffer from heart or other breathing issues are particularly at risk for mold exposure and the need for professional mold remediation services. One reason why is because mold possess the greatest risk when inhaled.  Mold that is inhaled may be able to grow inside of the lungs, causing a variety of lungs sickness.

Pregnant/attempting pregnancy

Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant fall into may high risk categories and mold exposure is no exemption.  Over exposure to mold presents not a health risk to the mother, but also to the fetus she carries. 

Children under 6

Children under the age of 6 are at higher risk allergic reaction due to over exposure to mold contamination.  The younger a person is, the more at risk they are to mold exposure due to the developmental stage of their heart and lungs.

Adults over 65

You or your loved one could be 65 or older and in tip top health.  If this is the case, then you do not fall into this category.  However, many people experience some percentage of heath decrease in this stage of life.  Exposure to mold and or poor indoor air quality can only make pre-existing health condition worse.  Mold removal services can help improve and maintain health.

Asthma/allergies

People with asthma and or allergies live with an acute awareness of their breathing and are especially sensitive to changes in indoor air quality.  Exposure to even slightly elevated mold levels can trigger allergic reaction and the need for professional mold remediation.

Immune deficiency

Living with any chronic disease has its special requirements.  One essential requirement is to maintain good indoor air quality.  Mold remediation and mold remediation services can literally help save the life of someone who falls into this category.

 

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Mold Metrix is located Northern VA. We offer mold removal & water removal service to areas within a 33 mile radius of Arlington, VA. Our service territory also covers Prince George’s & Montgomery County, MD.

At Mold Metrix we understand the stress that comes with experiencing the need for mold remediation. Therefore, it is our mission to replace stress with satisfaction whenever duty calls. If you need help with a water damage cleanup or mold remediation, call us today. Both experienced & certified, we have exactly what it takes to provide of 100% of your mold & water damage restoration needs.

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