Mold exposures have a variety of health effects depending on the person, some people are more sensitive to mold than others. Exposure to mold can cause a number of health issues such as; throat irritation, nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, cough and wheezing, as well as skin irritation in some cases. People at higher risk for mold allergies are people with chronic lung illnesses, which will result in more severe reactions when exposed to mold.
In natural outdoor conditions, mold is a fungus that is easily found growing and thriving. A problem arises when mold begins to grow within the confines of your home or workplace, most of the contents and building materials in your home can be affected. If left unattended long enough the building structure can start to rot and compromise the structures integrity. Excessive moisture or leaks on the walls or ceilings offer a great place for mold to grow indoors. Disturbing this mold even with the slightest breeze can send tens of thousands of mold spores into the air and onto other non affected areas. That is why mold removal and remediation is practiced under such strict measures of containment.
The first step in an assessment is to determine if mold is present. This is done by visually examining the premises. If mold is growing and visible this helps determine the level of remediation that is necessary. If mold is actively growing and is visibly confirmed, sampling for specific species of mold is unnecessary. Sometimes more intrusive methods are needed to assess the level of mold contamination. This would include moving furniture, lifting and/or removing carpets, checking behind wallpaper or paneling, checking in ventilation duct work, opening and exposing wall cavities, etc. Sometimes Air Quality testing may be required, our trained professionals will collect the required amount of samples for the area in question where they will be sent to a lab for analysis. Upon completion you will be provided with a complete report with suggestions to improve your indoor air quality
24HR Disaster Restoration’s professionals are trained in the safe mold removal and mold remediation. We identify the mold, isolate the area and eliminate it, then clean-up and safely dispose of infested materials. The purpose of the clean-up process is to eliminate the mold and fungal growth and to remove contaminated materials. As a general rule, simply killing the mold with a biocide is not enough. The mold must be removed since the microbial volatile organic compounds (mvoc’s), which cause a reaction in humans, are still present even in dead mold.
If you feel mold growth is present in your home contact 24HR Disaster Restoration for a free consultation.
*Additional charges apply for air quality testing, a free consultation is a visual inspection only and any work completed will be subject to a charge.