Mold Remediation & Mold Removal Services

Finding mold in your home or your place of business can be a scary situation.

Molds are microscopic organisms that thrive in places where sufficient moisture is available, both indoors and outdoors. They also tend to have negative health effects, which makes their immediate removal a necessity. Molds can occur almost anywhere, especially beneath surfaces that have been subjected to water damage like floors, walls and ceilings. Mold is a type of fungus, and there are over 100,000 species of fungus that have been identified

Mold needs three things to grow: darkness, moisture and food. Two of that trio already exists in your home: darkness and food. When a water intrusion occurs, the trio is complete. Water damage to your home or office building can result in the formation of mold growth within 48-72 hours. Prolonged exposure to persistent moisture enables microbes to flourish.

Mold is dangerous and can cause serious health problems. Molds produce allergens which cause allergic reactions, and in some cases toxic substances that can cause death especially in children and individuals with weak immune systems. In the event you discover mold in your home, you should act quickly. If left untreated, these microbes will grow quickly to dangerous levels, eventually contaminating the indoor air and create health risks for those who live and work there.

If you suspect that you have mold in your home or office call Wiz Team, your Certified Mold Mitigation expert. By seeking a certified expert you will ensure that the mold detection is conducted in a professional way. As the experts we know exactly where to look for mold and we have the necessary instruments to help us conduct the inspection.

During our inspection, if we discover that it is necessary to have your property tested, we will recommend a third-party industrial hygienist to conduct the test and sampling from all affected areas in order to identify the type of mold and determine the extent of the infiltration. Our Mold Remediation and Mold Clean Up Services all come with a satisfaction guarantee!

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Wiz Team, Inc. is equipped and experienced in conducting such tests; however we do not feel that it is the proper way of doing business. This would also create a conflict of interest if we were to conduct the testing and perform mitigation services.

We know a lot of other companies do this, however Wiz Team abides by the code of ethics and we feel these practices are unethical.

Aside from the health issues mentioned above, there are several other issues that are also associated with mold and mildew. These health threats may be exacerbated by the presence of black mold. We highly advise against you taking any steps on your own to remove black mold! Instead, call us in order to safely accomplish black mold removal. Mold has become a serious issue when selling your home; you will be required to sign a mold disclosure. Any property with mold is not to be taken lightly.

As we mentioned before, mold needs moisture to grow, and if you have discovered a mold problem, the first step is to find the moisture source. Routine maintenance is crucial to avoiding the buildup of moisture in your home. Proper ventilation and insulation are key components of preventing moisture buildup and mold growth.

The next step is to have mold mitigation performed by a certified microbial remediation company. What is Mold mitigation? It is a safe and thorough removal of mold, spores and existing colonies. It is an extensive process which starts by determining the source of the mold growth. After determining which type of mold is present in your home or business, we will recommend certain remedies which may be tailored to your specific circumstances.

Wiz Team’s certified technicians will walk you through the process and remove any worries about the mold remediation process. Action needs to be taken to remove the mold safely as well as fix the source of the problem that allowed the mold to grow in the first place.

Wiz Team partners with many different companies that can help you come to a viable solution from trusted experts.

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We provide excellent inspections and mold mitigation services for residential & commercial properties throughout the Chicagoland area. Our certified technicians have performed and completed many successful mold remediation jobs and we strictly follow the accepted industry standards, IICRC S520 guideline and protocol for all restoration projects.

If we consulted with an industrial hygienist prior to the remediation project, we will once again consult industrial hygienists to perform clearance tests at the completion of your project to verify that the job was completed according to industry standards and assure that mold problems have been properly addressed.

Was your home or office building subject to water damage and was not restored by a certified water damage restoration company? Have you recently been facing respiratory problems such as wheezing or difficulty breathing? Do your burning, watery eyes worry you? Have you found that skin irritation, pains and aches are becoming regular problems for you? Have you noticed that your allergies are present year-round or your symptoms worsen during the cold, rainy winter months?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you should seriously consider a mold inspection because you may be suffering from mold-related allergies. The longer you wait to remove it, the worse it will be. Luckily, if your symptoms are related to mold growth in your home, we have the solution that can improve your health almost instantly. We charge a small fee for mold inspections; however it is well worth it in the long run considering the risks involved.

We have the expertise and experience to contain and remove mold from your home. From the initial inspection through completion and the follow-up call we are committed to your comfort and satisfaction every step of the way. Lake Forest IL Mold Remediation Company

The Wiz Team’s mission is re-creating the beauty of home – but we always have the health and safety of you and your family in mind. We want to ensure that our customers’ tile and grout areas – floors, walls and backsplashes – contribute to and augment the overall attractiveness of rooms and living spaces. Eliminating unsightly mold from tile and grout is a significant part of the tile and grout cleaning process, but tile and grout mold removal isn’t just about appearance.

Mold can develop on tile and grout surfaces, especially in high-humidity areas of your home such as bathrooms and the basement. Certain types of toxic mold have the potential to cause or exacerbate allergies and respiratory ailments – including those that are potentially life-threatening. While some mold varieties are easy to spot because of their greenish-black appearance, other types are invisible to the naked eye. You might not be aware that, in some cases, health problems may actually be attributable to the presence of mold in your tile and grout areas. Infants, pregnant women, the elderly, and those who already suffer with asthma or other respiratory illnesses might be particularly at risk.

In order to help protect your family from the possible harmful effects of toxic mold exposure, The Wiz Team recommends taking the following steps toward detecting and preventing mold:

  1. Is your indoor air safe to breathe? Have your home inspected by a reputable mold and air-testing company. These professionals will conduct a thorough visual inspection of each room, and collect various particle and air samples to determine the presence and extent of possible toxic mold growth.
  2. If you spot mold growth, you can determine whether it is toxic by using a home test kit to collect a mold sample for laboratory analysis. Caution is advised, though, especially if you have a health condition. Always remember to wear gloves and a mask when dealing with mold growth.
  3. Controlling moisture will help in preventing and inhibiting toxic mold growth around your tile and grout. Be sure to locate and repair any water leakages, and consider installing a de-humidifier in your basement to keep excess moisture out of your indoor air.
  4. Invest in an air purifier with a HEPA filter to cleanse you indoor air of mold spores and airborne microbes. Place it in an area where you would frequently find mold – basements, bathrooms or kitchens – and replace your HEPA filter frequently.

If you find that you have a problem with tile and grout toxic mold growth, keep your family safe by contacting your local Wiz Team for fast, effective tile and grout mold removal. Our professionally-trained technicians will eradicate tile and grout mold from your home, and further advise you on tile and grout mold prevention. Restore beauty and health to your home.

The Wiz Team is a full service carpet cleaning and restoration service. We service Lake Forest, Highland Park, Glencoe, Winnetka, Wilmette Glenview, Northbrook, Deerfield, Buffalo Grove, Arlington Heights, Palantine, Lake Zurich, Barrington, Mundelein, and more. Contact us today for your cleaning and restoration needs.

Following this incredibly wet winter, it is a good idea to check to make sure that mold growth is not beginning inside or on your home. You may have noticed that the media has been talking about this on news programs of late.

Mold needs four things to thrive and liquid water is perhaps the most critical as it is the only one we have a chance of controlling. Having liquid water coupled with available oxygen, food and the temperature sweet spot, 41° to 104° F, is the perfect storm for mold growth. Here is what you should do:

  • Inspect your basement for damp walls or cracks where moisture can come in and seal them.
  • Fix plumbing leaks and other water problems as soon as possible. Dry all items completely.
  • Scrub mold off hard non-porous surfaces with detergent and water, and dry completely.
  • On porous surfaces, in addition to surface cleaning you need to completely dry the material in order to prevent its reappearance. If that can’t be done, you may need to remove the material.
  • Inspect the exterior of your home at ground level. If water is collecting there, divert it away from the foundation.
  • If you find mold, make sure to cover your face and hands to minimize exposure when cleaning the area. It is also important to put a fan in a window and blow air from the room out of the house when you are working around the mold or you may disturb it. If it is a significant area affected or if you begin to feel “allergy type” symptoms when working around mold, call an expert to clean it out.

What humans typically react to are the mold spores which become airborne when it is in its “happy place” with food, water, and a cozy temp or when the mold is physically disturbed.  

We’ve made a lot of changes to how we build in recent years in order to conserve energy and live more sustainably. Many of the things we’ve done to improve our habitat have unfortunately created an ideal environment for mold to thrive. The only chance we have to keep mold from becoming a full-time member of our households is to eliminate the presence of liquid water in or on the materials we use to construct the dwellings.

The Wiz Team is a full service carpet cleaning and restoration service. We service Lake Forest, Highland Park, Glencoe, Winnetka, Wilmette Glenview, Northbrook, Deerfield, Buffalo Grove, Arlington Heights, Palantine, Lake Zurich, Barrington, Mundelein, and more. Contact us today for your cleaning and restoration needs.

What are the 5 levels of Mold Remediation?

According to Vicki Lankarge in her book “What Every Home Owner Needs to Know About Mold & What to Do About It,” mold remediation can be broken up into 5 levels: level one being the least contamination, level four being the most, and level five HVAC and air conditioning systems.

When dealing with mold contamination in your home it can be difficult to decide when a mold remediator is needed or what you can take care of yourself.

In the following 5 levels, you will have a guideline to go by when removing mold from your home :

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  • Level I (10 square feet or less)

Smaller infestations categorized in level I is mostly found on ceilings or baseboards. Level I mold contamination may be cleaned without hiring a mold remediator, but there are several important safety precautions that you need to know :

  1. Do not attempt cleaning mold if you suffer from asthma, allergies, or immune disorders
  2. Wear gloves, eye protection, and an N95 disposable respirator
  3. Vacate from your work area any infants less than 12 months old, individuals recovering from recent surgery, anyone with a suppressed immune system, or people with chronic lung diseases such as asthma, severe allergies, emphysema, etc.
  4. Contaminated materials that cannot be cleaned should be removed from your home in a sealed plastic bag to prevent an infestation in another part of your home.
  5. Clean your work area when you’re done with a damp cloth or mop.
  6. Make sure all areas are left dry and visibly free of mold contamination.
  • Level II (10-30 square feet)

To remove mold from an area category the size of level II (probably one wall panel), the same precautions used in level I should be taken as well as the following :

  1. Moldy materials should be covered with plastic sheets and sealed with tape before any handling or removal of materials. This will contain dust and debris. It may be wise to double wrap in plastic before escorting the moldy material from your home.
  2. WHen the mold removal is finished, vacuum the work area with a HEPA vacuum. Clean the area with a damp cloth or mop.
  • Level III (30-100 square feet)

Mold contamination this size (patches of mold on several wall panels), should still be handled with the same precautions as level I and II as well as the following added measures :

  1. Seal ventilation ducts/grills in the work area and areas directly adjacent with plastic sheeting.
  2. Vacate everyone from your work area until work is completed. Further vacate adjacent work areas of any infants less than 12 months old, individuals recovering from recent surgery, anyone with a suppressed immune system, or people with chronic lung diseases such as asthma, severe allergies, emphysema, etc.
  • Level IV (greater than 100 square feet)

An infestation depending on how much greater than 100 square feet may require the assistance of a mold remediator. If not, the same requirements should be followed as were needed in levels I, II, and III along with the following :

  1. Every worker must be trained in the handling of hazardous materials and equipped with full face respirators with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) cartridges, with disposable protective clothing covering both head and shoes.
  2. Make sure workers completely isolate hteir work area from the rest of your home with sheeting sealed with duct tape, including ventilation ducts/grills, fixtures, and any other openings.
  3. Make sure workers set up and use a “decontamination room,” or a chamber taped off with plastic sheeting. The outside of sealed bags containing contaminated material should be wiped down with a damp cloth or HEPA vacuumed in the decontamination chamber prior to their removal.
  4. Air monitoring should be conducted prior to moving back into your home to determine if it is fit to reoccupy.
  • Level V (Air Conditioners and HVAC Systems)

If there is a small area of mold growth beneath your air conditioning system it would be safe to apply precautions from levels I and II to remediate the mold contamination. However, all remediation procedures for air conditioning units and HVAC systems should be left to professionals. Procedures for level V remediation for areas larger than 10 square feet are the same for all previous levels with the following precautionary measures added :

  1. Shut down the HVAC system prior to remediation.
  2. Growth-supporting materials that are contaminated, such as the patper on the insulation of interior lined ducts and filters, should be removed and sealed in plastic bags.
  3. A variety of biocides – broad spectrum antimicrobial agents designed to prevent the growth of microorganisms – are recommended by HVAC manufacturers for use with HVAC components, such as cooling coils and condensation pans. HVAC manufacturers should be consulted for the products they recommend for use in their systems.

The Wiz Team is a full service carpet cleaning and restoration service. We service Lake Forest, Highland Park, Glencoe, Winnetka, Wilmette Glenview, Northbrook, Deerfield, Buffalo Grove, Arlington Heights, Palantine, Lake Zurich, Barrington, Mundelein, and more. Contact us today for your cleaning and restoration needs.

Pets can bring a lot of unwanted bacteria and dander into the household. It’s always important to keep your home clean, and your pets clean as well. Mold can easily follow your pet home, since pets are highly at risk for mold-related health issues. Mold loves to breed in ideal environments that have enough moisture and dampness. These places typically include kitchens, bathrooms and basements. Pets travel throughout the house, and can easily pick up mold with their fur. Once the mold is attached to the pet, anyone in the household can get really sick by petting the animal.

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As a pet owner, it’s highly recommended that you get air fresheners and air purifiers inside your house. You can’t keep track of every single movement your pet does, but you can certainly ensure that it does so in a clean environment. Mold is the direct result of a water leak or severe water damage. You might not even notice the toxic mold at first, but you can detect the musty odor that accompanies it. Black mold is a dark greenish color that manifests inside your bathroom or basement. The temperature there is just right for it to grow. Your pets love to explore the house, which is why, you need to keep it as clean as possible. You should also have your pet cleaned on a regular basis. It will not only prevent it from spreading harmful bacteria, it will also ensure that it receives a clean bill of health. If you notice any health symptoms, like coughing, sneezing, or other allergic reactions, it might be due to the mold. You should contact a professional mold restoration company right away!

Why Choose Us?

We love pets very much, and understand the health hazards they can bring along at times. That’s why we make sure that your home is completely mold-free at Wiz Clean. We’re a fully committed team that works 24/7. We know all about the health symptoms attributed to mold. We have a gameplan to effectively kill the mold at an early stage, and we never give it a chance to spread. Our customers trust us with their health and well-being, which is why, we make sure their homes are 100% clean and safe. Don’t take any chances breathing in that toxic musty odor, get in touch with us today!

Mold has become an increasingly popular topic of conversation, especially to property owners. While mold accrues in the South quite frequently due to humidity, New Englanders see their fair share of mold in their bathrooms, kitchens, attics and crawl spaces. There are 3 main factors that explain why mold has caused such a disturbance in the home.

  1. New homes are built to conserve energy. This means that less fresh air is allowed to circulate in the home.
  2. More and more people have been diagnosed with asthma and allergies. Many of these reactions are worsened with mold.
  3. Organic materials are being used in new construction, such as plywood and laminates. These materials often harbor mold.

Mold can grow in drywall, ceiling tiles, ductwork, paneling, wallpaper, etc. Basically, any type of wet area in the home is a breeding ground for mold. If you spot signs of water in your home, this will surely transpire into a huge mold infestation.

“Toxic Black Mold” has been the villain in many horror stories in the news and on the Internet over the years. As professionals in the mold inspection and mold remediation industries, the most common questions we get asked are: “do I have toxic black mold?” or “is this black mold going to make me sick?” These questions are usually asked by frantic homeowners or distraught parents who have read these horror stories and whose minds automatically go to the worst-case scenario, and rightfully so thanks to the pictures painted in these articles. They are quick to tell of these terrible scenarios, but they often forget to educate the common reader on what this “black mold” is.

Let’s take a step back in order to get better understanding of the mold that has been haunting home owners and establish what black mold actually is, if it is in fact “toxic” and what this mold is capable of.

What is Black Mold?

The infamous mold that had been given the name “Black Mold” is Stachbotrys chartarum, also known as Stachybotrys atra. Stachbotrys has been nicknamed black mold due to the greenish-black color that it colonizes in. As reported by the Center for Disease Control, black mold can grow on cellulose-based contents such as fiberboard, gypsum board, paper, dust and lint and a constant moisture source (flooding, water infiltration, excessive humidity or condensation) is needed for it to grow.

Although Stachbotrys is the mold that is had been dubbed “black mold” there are other allergenic molds that can colonize in black. The only way to know for sure the genus, or type, of mold is to perform mold testing.

Is Black Mold Toxic?

Contrary to popular belief, “Toxic Mold” is not an accurate term. While certain molds, including black mold or Stachybotrys, are toxigenic, meaning they can produce toxins, the molds themselves are not toxic or poisonous. (Center for Disease Control, CDC)

Stachybotrys has the ability to produce the following toxins: Cyclosporins, Macrocyclic trichothecenes: roridin E, satratoxin F, G & H, sporidesmin G, trichoverrol, verrucarin J and Stachybotryolactone. Exposures to these toxins can occur through inhalation, ingestion or skin exposure. (EMSL Analytical, Inc.)