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How Professionals Remove Mold

Many homes will encounter mold problems at some point, especially if they are older or have experienced flooding. While you can remove small mold portions, most of the time you need to use professional services to ensure it’s fully eradicated. Below you’ll discover more about what causes mold to develop and how experts can remove it.

What Causes Mold Growth in the Home?

There are numerous things that cause mold to grow in one’s home. The most common include:

  • High humidity
  • Water leaks
  • Lack of sunlight
  • Excessive mold spores

How Do I Know if I Have Mold?

Mold comes with many side effects. For instance, if you find yourself constantly coughing or sneezing, it could be because of mold spores. Other common signs your home might have a mold problem include musty odors, black patches on walls, and water leaks.

Can I Remove Mold Myself?

If you have a small section that has a few mold splotches, you probably can remove that area yourself. However, if you have a vast area that has mold quickly spreading on it, you’ll more than likely need a professional to properly remove it.

How Professional Remove Mold in Your Living Space

They Inspect the Area: The first step they will do is inspect the area. This will help them to understand the scope of the problem and identify the type of mold they need to remove.
They Quickly Contain the Mold and Install Air Filtration: After inspection, expert mold removers will quickly contain the fungus. They will usually do this by closing off the area to prevent further spread of the mold spores. Once they do so, air filtration will be installed to help quickly remove humidity and improve air flow.

Scrape Away the Mold and Clean the Space: The last step is to remove the mold. Professionals will usually have large bags where they will put the mold they scrape off into. These bags are designed to contain the mold and prevent the spores from spreading through your house.

Once the mold has been fully removed, they will then clean the space. Special solutions will be sprayed on the area to help kill any invisible spores and to prevent future growth. Depending on the situation, a follow up mold test may occur.

Mold is a serious problem that can result in significant health issues and structural damage. If you’re concerned that your dwelling space might have it, RCS can help. We offer mold removal and remediation services that ensure your home is completely free from this fungus.

Black Mold - How to Determine if it’s Toxic Black Mold

Black Mold – How to Determine if it’s Toxic Black Mold

Black mold, or any mold for that matter, is a scary thing to have to deal with. But the good news is that not all molds that are black in color are the infamous toxic black mold. There are literally a thousand different types of mold found in the United States, and many of them are black.

Molds are found both indoors and outdoors, but the molds found outdoors are an important part of nature’s process. Indoor mold serves no such positive function, as it breaks down the material it’s growing on, your home or business, and causes health issues ranging from allergic to potentially fatal in cause and severity. Knowing what kind of mold you have is important to help you have it addressed as quickly as possible. A less-serious allergy-causing mold can sometimes be cleaned by the property owner while a more serious one needs immediate, professional assistance.

How to Determine if it’s Toxic Black Mold

Where the Black Mold Grows

Any building can develop mold around leaky plumbing or in bathrooms and kitchens that are not perfectly ventilated and humidity controlled. Buildings with areas of humid air(are damp and of warmer temperatures), also tend to foster mold growth anywhere these conditions exist. Any place that has suffered water damage can also grow mold, such as from flooding, a plumbing leak, or a roof leak.

Look for mold in kitchens and bathrooms first, particularly dark corners, behind fixtures, and in cabinets. Then examine any place where there has been a leak or water damage and any place in the building that is humid. Often you can just follow the smell. Don’t rule out an area of the building because it’s not the most likely place. Any place can grow mold if moist and dark conditions are present.

Health Symptoms

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), exposure to areas with mold can cause mild to severe health conditions, depending on the type of mold and amount of it. Mold that is more difficult to find, like inside walls, can grow without being noticed to alarming amounts and cause various irritating and sometimes life-threatening symptoms.

Many molds cause allergic symptoms in certain individuals, such as sneezing, coughing, sore throat, etc. Neurological symptoms such as dizziness, depression, headaches, memory loss, and concentration problems are symptoms of toxic mold exposure.

Mold symptoms depend largely on the amount of mold you’re being exposed to and how long you’ve been exposed to it. If you have unexplained neurological symptoms or they fluctuate depending on whether you are at the location or where you are in the building, leave if possible and seek immediate help as neurological symptoms indicate a serious level of toxic mold exposure. Don’t necessarily assume that you don’t have toxic mold because you don’t have those symptoms yet.

How to Identify Toxic Black Mold

With so many types of molds in existence, and with many of them looking very similar, it may be difficult to properly identify what type of mold you have. Stachybotrys, or toxic black mold, is slimy when wet and powdery when dry and can be black or green in color.  It prefers paper, wood, and similar cellulose materials. Since it requires constant moisture to grow, you’ll usually find it in places with long term water damage or after a leak or flood that was not properly addressed.

What to Do if You Find Mold In Your Home

All molds need to be cleaned up right away. There is no acceptable amount of mold that can be present in a home and no type of mold that is not at least a threat to people with allergies or those with a weakened immune system.

Only attempt to clean up mold if you are 100% sure it’s a non-toxic mold and it is in a location that is easy to thoroughly clean, i.e. there are no joints, cracks, and crevices that it could have traveled into.

Call a mold removal expert for large areas of mold growth, for situations when water damage is present and/or the mold may have grown into areas you can’t reach, for any mold you are not 100% of it’s toxicity, or if you just don’t want to worry about what kind of mold it is or how to clean it.

RCS damage cleanup specialists will help you determine every location mold is present in your home or business, extract any water, repair water damage, remove all of the mold, and give you tips to prevent mold from recurring.

Green Mold What You Need To Know

Green Mold: What You Need To Know

Often when we discover mold in our homes we hit our internal panic button. By its very nature mold can be off putting, and most everyone knows the dangers that mold can bring into your home. Green mold is not only visually off putting, but, as with any mold infestation, it can be very hard to get rid of. To make matters worse, if left unchecked, it can overwhelm your property and send your home’s resale value into the basement. So here are a few things to keep in mind when you discover green mold in your home.

Green Mold: What You Need To Know

There Isn’t One Green Mold

Green mold could be any number of molds, with over one hundred thousand know types of mold and thousands of those molds being green, the color of mold sadly does not tell you much.

Green Mold Probably Isn’t Safe

Because there are so many kinds of molds, even green ones, the only way to know if the mold you have discovered is hazardous is to have it tested.

A safe rule of thumb is that generally all molds possess some level of potential hazard to your health, and the danger increases with prolonged exposure. Even if you know what kind of mold you are dealing with, you are going to have to get rid of it.

Get Rid Of Green Mold Sooner Rather Than Later

Don’t waste valuable removal time trying to identify the mold you have in your home. This wasted time will only allow the mold to spread further into your home. As we said above, the longer mold stays in your home, the more dangerous its effects become. It also does more damage to your home.

You Don’t Have Tackle Green Mold Alone

In some instances, you can remove green mold yourself. If it’s a small patch in an open area with no crevices, meaning you can be sure you can completely eliminate the mold, it’s probably safe to clean it yourself. Many mold problems don’t fit that category, or you may simply want to stay clear of the mold. Thankfully there are mold remediation specialists like us at Restoration Certified Specialists, RCS, who are happy to remove the mold and do any repairs that are required. Call us about your mold problem.

 

 

Mold and Your Mental Health

Mold and Your Mental Health

If you even think there’s a possibility that you have mold in your home or office, it is important to promptly get a mold inspection. Where mold is suspected, it usually exists, and if you don’t get it removed, it might make you sick—literally.

Mold and Your Health

Mold can grow just about anywhere there’s moisture, and anywhere there’s organic material like food, plants and soil. And it does much more than just look bad on your walls or in your shower. Over time, mold wreaks havoc on your building structure, and even more havoc on your health. As mold grows, it reproduces by releasing spores into the air. These spores can hide in air vents, on walls, in carpets and even on animals.

Over time, the negative effects of living in a damp, moldy house do take their toll. Indeed, the negative health effects caused by mold are well documented in scientific literature. The airborne spores are well-known for triggering lots of respiratory issues like asthma attacks, sore throats, coughing, wheezing, and nasal and sinus congestion. Mold is an irritant, so it can also cause skin or eye irritation.

Mold and Your Mental Health

Mold also has an impact on mental health. Some studies have linked mold to depression. Many people who live in moldy homes have decreased appetite, trouble sleeping, headache, fatigue and other symptoms of depression. In one study that analyzed nearly 6,000 adults, people who lived in moldy homes were 44 percent more likely to suffer from depression.

Molds are toxic to humans, and these toxins can affect the immune system and the nervous system by changing the way the brain functions.

People who have prolonged exposure to mold can develop a chronic inflammatory response to the mold, which causes several alterations in mental health, including not only depression but anxiety, memory issues and irritability. More and more, scientists are realizing the effects that negative environmental exposures can have on human health.

Furthermore, people in the above-mentioned studies reported that they felt even more depressed because they perceived that they would never be able to get rid of the mold in their homes.

Have The Mold Removed

But mold removal is definitely possible! Call Restoration Certified Specialists today. We’ve been in the mold-busting business since 1975, and we’ll have you breathing easier—and healthier—in no time!

How Long Does Mold Removal Take?

Molds or fungi exist in nearly every environment with effects ranging from sensitivity to severe reactions in people living in those areas. Indoor fungi often appear in areas of high humidity or with water damage. Fortunately, mold removal is not as painful or scary as it seems and can generally be completed in as little as a day or two for very small problems, to one to two weeks for large professional clean ups. While this may sound like a long time to be displaced from your home, the dangers of mold are very real and you want to ensure things are done properly to protect yourself and your family. 

What should you do when you spot mold in your home?

Determine the Source 

Whether water or humidity leads to mold, addressing the cause is essential in removal. Plumbing leaks, other water problems, high humidity, lack of ventilation and other issues can be repaired by a homeowner or professional. However, if these problems are not sufficiently addressed, mold clean-up efforts are in vain because the mold will return. The source of the problem needs to be determined and fixed before clean up.

DIY or Professional Clean Up?

With the source problem resolved, determine who will remove the mold. Many minor cases of mold removal are within the abilities of a homeowner with a little elbow grease, especially if it is a small area with a clear cause that has been fixed. However, some situations require assistance.

If you have a large area of mold, it is within the walls, you cannot identify the source, or you think it may have spread underneath or inside surfaces, you need to call a professional. It is better to have a professional consultation than a major problem later on or waiting until your health is at risk.

DIY Clean Up from Porous Surfaces

Porous materials absorb mold making it difficult to eradicate. Items such as ceiling tiles and carpets may require disposal. It is better to dispose of materials and replace them then have mold regrowth and a larger problem later on. Washable textiles can be machine washed with regular detergent.

DIY Clean Up mold from Non-Porous Surfaces

Mold removal products exist commonly in homes. Detergent or bleach mixed with water removes mold from non-porous surfaces. The mixed solution with a scrub brush works to eliminate mold. Some staining and cosmetic damage may remain.

To use bleach, mix one cup of household bleach with one gallon of water and scrub the mold wearing gloves and protective eyewear. Be sure to ventilate the workspace by opening windows and doors.

How long is mold removal going to take?

When it comes to asking the question how long mold removal will take, the answer is not always cut and dry. If mold is from a simple cause and covers a small area it can be removed in a day. It is still recommended, however, to call a professional for advice and to ensure the problem isn’t larger than you think. If you have an expansive mold problem that requires professional work, mold removal typically takes them 1-2 weeks to complete. This is short when you consider the long term effects mold can have on the health of you, your family, and even your pets.