Though mold has extremely negative connotations surrounding it, mold is actually all around us and even plays an essential role in maintaining the environment. However, mold in the walls, carpets, flooring or ceilings of a home or business should be removed immediately. When left unchecked, mold can cause serious health and structural related issues and problems.
What is Mold?
Mold is a fungus that causes growth on different types of damp or dead organic material. Similar to bacteria in that it eats and digests the organic material, mold reproduces by producing airborne spores that can travel quite some distance. Mold digests the organic material by using its digestive systems to secrete enzymes that break down the material. During this digestion process, toxic byproducts are released into the air. Research has shown that over a hundred species of mold are toxic to humans and can be detrimental to our health in a variety of ways.
Mold and Water Extraction
Mold and water extraction often go hand in hand because areas with standing water are prime breeding grounds for mold to grow and multiply. Mold thrives in water and is commonly found in bathroom and kitchen areas as well. These areas are particularly susceptible to mold growth since they have a high water usage. We often get calls for water damage restoration, only to find a mold problem as part of the water damage.
Problems Caused by Mold
Mold can cause numerous structural and health issues. Some mold has even been found to contain carcinogens. Some of the problems mold can cause include:
- A threat to existing drywall, wood, and furniture
- Overall structural damage
- Unattractive stains and noticeable spotting
- Allergies and swollen throats, eyes, noses and skin
- Lung problems, infections, and difficulty breathing
- Sleepiness and flu-like symptoms
- Headaches, diarrhea and rashes
- Creation of an environment where rodents, roaches, dust mites and bacteria can thrive
You can often see large areas where mold has been allowed to flourish. It often looks like dots on the wall. Many times, you will be able to smell mold as well. Unfortunately, proper and thorough mold removal requires much more than just pouring some bleach on it. Some types of mold are resistant to bleach, and dead mold still has the ability to cause negative effects.
We use state-of-the-art mold removal equipment to remediate mold and to stop your exposure to it. We employ a variety of types of equipment depending on your situation, including dehumidifiers, negative air machines, air scrubbers and air blowers. By the time we finish our mold removal services, your home or business will be free from harmful mold.
Since even dead mold can cause serious side effects that are detrimental to your health, mold removal companies like The Water Damage Experts often include many different services to treat mold growth. These services include:
- Preliminary examination of mold
- Testing of mold, spore and mildew type
- Mold, spore and fungus extraction
- Dehumidification and air blowing
- Mold and water damaged area remediation
- Disposal of any exposed materials
- Purification of odors caused by mold
- Preventative anti-mold treatments
The first people to show the harmful effects of mold are often young children, family members with already-compromised immune systems, the elderly, and your pets. Left untreated, mildew and mold can wreak havoc on the health of your family and your home. The services of a professional mold removal and mold damage remediation company can fix your mold issue. If you see mold in your home, act.