Lakeland Mold Removal
What is Mold?
Mold is a fungus that thrives in environments where excess moisture is present, making this an especially common problem for property owners According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are an estimated tens of thousands, to perhaps three hundred thousand or more, different species of mold. Microscopic mold spores exist all around us. They float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or on a pet. Potentially dangerous mold growth can become a big problem for property owners, especially after floods, plumbing leaks, or water damage. If your property or home has a musty smell, suspect you may have mold. Mold takes effect and thrives quickly in environments of excessive moisture. Mold can begin to grow within 12-24 hours, cause property damage in as little as 48 hours and become visible within 72 hours. If you can see mold growing, your top priority should be to contact a professional for proper treatment and removal. Mold can cause health risks as well as structural damage to your property.
In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. You may have heard stories about the dangers of black mold or toxic mold. While most molds are not a major problem, even benign mold, if given the opportunity, can grow to massive numbers. And large populations of normal environmental mold can overwhelm even a healthy immune system.
Mold Related Health Risks
According to both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) all molds have the potential to cause health issues such as:
- Breathing difficulties
- Persistent cough or cold symptoms
- Burning or irritation of the eyes, nose, throat or lungs
- Asthma attacks
- Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
- Skin irritation
- Allergic reactions
- Opportunistic infections in immune-compromised individuals
Therefore, any mold in your home or business should be treated with caution! Stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold. Also, higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth, so keep indoor humidity below 45 percent. It is important to get rid of active mold growth. You should contact a qualified mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. Cleaning with bleach and water will not kill mold. Moldy material must be removed and the damaged area reconstructed. Removal of mold is a serious endeavor. Mold remediation is best left to professionals trained to handle hazardous material and eliminate the spread of mold to other rooms. The most effective way to protect your family and property from the threat of mold is to have professional mold remediation conducted as soon as possible. PuroClean has the expertise, training, and technology needed to do the job right.
Mold remediation encompasses identifying and addressing the damage and health risks associated with mold issues in a structure. Mold remediation prevents the spread of mold by isolating damaged areas, removing affected material and eliminating moisture sources (the cause of the mold growth) in order to reestablish a healthy environment. Expert mold remediation includes:
Assessment – A PuroClean specialist will come into your home to identify moldy areas as well as the source of the problem. He will then formulate a mold remediation plan.
Containment – 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 removal process.
Filtration – HEPA filters will be used to clean the air of mold spores and other particles. The PuroClean specialist will wear goggles and masks to lessen any exposure to airborne contaminants.
Removal – 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 affected material. Nonporous materials can be cleaned with antimicrobial cleaners 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 as well.
Drying – It is imperative that cleaned and repaired items remain thoroughly dry. Remember, excessive moisture is how the issue started. As a result, your PuroClean specialist will likely cover moisture management strategies to ensure your home doesn’t encounter future issues.
Repair – The reconstruction process will begin after all mold-contaminated materials are removed. Clean, mold-free materials will replace what was previously contaminated.
Testing – Following remediation, we search for any signs of recurrent water damage, moldy odors, or visible mold to ensure the cleanup has been successful.
It is our goal to not only effectively remove mold from your property, but to also help you feel comfortable and confident in our abilities along the way. If your home or business had water damage or moisture issues in the past, you may still be at risk for dangerous mold growth to occur. For more information about our mold removal services or why you should choose us for your restoration project, contact us at PuroClean today.
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