Mold, What Causes It To Grow in Inside a Home?
Molds make tiny spores to reproduce, just as some plant produce seeds, indoors, these mold spores move through the air and settle on surfaces. When mold spores land on a damp spot, they may begin to grow and multiply. Molds need moisture and a food source. Good food sources for molds are cloth, woo, wallpaper and insulation, but molds can grow on almost anything. Water or moisture is the factor that limits mold growth. When there is a wet surface or material that is not dried or discarded promptly (for example, water discharged from a burst pipe), molds can grow within 24 to 48 hours in the area.
Mold, How Can It Affect My Health?
Molds produce spores, which are invisible and small enough to travel through the air and into your lungs. You can also be exposed to molds by skin contact. The most common health problem from molds is allergy symptoms, including: Runny nose, scratchy throat, itchy eyes, sneezing, and in more severe cases,
Wheezing is a serious symptom that may mean asthma, and should be evaluated by a doctor.
Although some molds can produce toxins under certain conditions, research so far has not shown what levels can clearly cause serious health effects from indoor air exposure. If you think you have symptoms related to exposure to molds, you should see your doctor.
Oakland County Mold Remediation, What Is It?
Mold remediation involves mold clean up and removal by addressing the damage and health risks associated with mold. Cleaning with bleach and water will not kill mold. Moldy material must be removed and the damaged area repaired. Mold remediation is best left to a professional trained to handle hazardous material and eliminate the spread of mold and contamination to other areas. Our mold remediation includes:
A certified mold remediation contractor will come into your home to identify moldy areas as well as the source of the problem. We will then formulate a mold remediation plan.
The source of the moisture problem is addressed and the affected area is closed off to avoid contaminating the rest of your home with mold spores stirred up during the mold removal process.
HEPA filters will be used to clean the air of mold spores and other particles.
Building materials and personal belongings in your home can be affected. Since mold is a living organism and deeply ingrains itself into materials to survive, it is best to dispose of anything porous. The safest and most effective way to ensure mold doesn’t return is to remove mold affected material. Nonporous materials can be cleaned with antimicrobial cleaners such as benifect and sealants may be used to make treated areas more resistant to water and mold. You may need to have your heating and air conditioning systems professionally cleaned and sanitized as well.
Mold Damage Repair
The reconstruction process will begin after all mold-contaminated materials are removed. Clean, mold-free materials will replace what was previously contaminated.
Following remediation, we search for any signs of recurrent water damage, moldy odors or visible mold to ensure the cleanup has been successful.