When a home suffers a water damage event, a mold infestation can quickly arise and spread throughout a home in 48-72 hours. Calling a professional to deal with the mold infestation as quickly as possible is crucial not only because mold can produce allergens and irritants, but because, as the mold is indicative of water damage, identifying and dealing with the underlying cause of the mold is crucial in order to avoid the accumulation of damage – and to improve your cases of avoiding claim rejection by your insurance carrier under the gradual damage clause.
It is important to stress that complete removal of mold from a building, which certain restoration companies claim to offer, is neither possible nor necessary in order to deal and prevent the recurrence of a mold infestation. Mold spores are omnipresent, both indoors and outdoors. These microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows and HVAC systems. What enables the mold spores to grow into colonies which can threaten the health of the household is moisture, which is why mold is more common in bathrooms and opening where moisture can seep through without properly drying. Accordingly, the first thing to do before Mold Remediation can begin is to locate the source of the aberrant moisture (A leaking pipe, a leaky wall or window, etc.). Cleanup of the mold without addressing the underlying cause will merely ensure the return of the mold later on.
If the mold is left unchecked, it could further result in reduced indoor air quality and an unsafe environment, including but not limited to the following problems:
- Long-Term Diseases
Different types of mold can show up in your home environment. Accordingly, you should keep your eye peeled out for various different signs of mold. Some mold infestations commonly found on residential that require remediation are:
If you are not sure whether you have mold in your home our experts can use a simple machine to test the mold count in the air. Even if you haven’t experienced significant water damage, a problem as simple as a leaky window could lead to mold damage.
- Stachybotrys: Also known as black mold, it is toxic to humans and animals.
- Penicillium: A type of fungi that can cause severe allergy or escalate existing allergic conditions.
- Cladosporium: Most commonly observed as a green or black color on walls and ceilings.
- Alternaria: Hazardous to humans and can cause fever, asthma, and other illnesses.
- Aspergillus: A genus containing several hundred mold species that can appear around the house.
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