Mold refers to thousands of types of fungi that produce airborne spores to reproduce and can result in households needing professional mold services for removal and remediation. Mold spores are a common household allergen but they can also cause or worsen serious health conditions. If your home has suffered water damage that was not mitigated fast enough, you may have a mold problem in your home.
Mold only needs a few conditions to grow and spread. After water damage or a leak, it takes just 24 hours for mold to begin growing. This is because mold spores are always present, both inside and outside. Aside from moisture, mold only needs a food source like drywall or wood, darkness, and relative warmth. Mold is often found growing in bathrooms and kitchens, but it can also grow under water-damaged flooring and hidden in your walls.
Mold is a serious and often unseen problem that affects all sorts of homes and businesses. Buildup typically occurs in damp areas like basements, bathrooms, kitchens, and areas that have been damaged by water. Mold grows naturally in places all around the world. However, when mold growth in your home reaches higher than normal levels, it can negatively impact your family’s health, your belongings, and the structural integrity of your home itself.
Excessive mold growth is more than just an annoying problem, it can cause allergic reactions, sinus issues, and other health problems. For these reasons, it is crucial that you take the steps to remove it. In order to remove mold safely, you should hire an experienced company like KHR Restorations. We have the training and knowledge to remove all types of mold from any area in your home. Our removal and remediation services include:
At KHR Restoration, we take mold seriously. If you suspect a mold problem in your home, our team will perform thorough mold remediation. Remember that proper damage restoration after your home suffers a major flood or leak is the best way to stop mold in its tracks.
What is Black Mold?
You may have heard warnings about black mold, also known as toxic mold. This refers to Stachybotrys chartarum, a notorious type of mold that produces mycotoxins. While not enough is known about the health risks of black mold, it has been implicated in “sick building syndrome.” As a general rule of thumb, you should treat any mold with caution as any type of mold can cause health complications like allergic reaction and respiratory problems
Black Mold Removal
Though all mold can cause health issues, black mold is the worst of the worst. Black mold is also known as Stachybotrys chartarum. It releases spores while it feeds on organic materials in often-used household materials like drywall, insulation, sub-flooring, and carpet.
In addition to causing damage to your home, exposure to black mold can result in unpleasant and dangerous symptoms in humans. These health effects include eye irritation, chronic coughing and sneezing, rashes, mucus, persistent headaches, and chronic fatigue. In more severe cases of prolonged exposure, black mold can cause nausea, vomiting, and bleeding in the nose and lungs. If there is black mold in your home, it is crucial that you get it removed as quickly as possible. Doing so can protect your family and home, so act fast!
A mold service, also known as mold remediation or mold removal, begins with an inspection of your property. We will check for visible signs of a mold problem as well as hidden mold and sources of water, which may be water leaks in your walls. Depending on the location and size of the problem, we may use negative air pressure and barriers to prevent mold spores from spreading in your home during clean-up. HEPA vacuums and air scrubbers will also be used to filtrate the air and capture airborne mold spores.
All mold-infested materials will be removed from your home or treated to kill or encapsulate mold spores. Mold-contaminated drywall will be safely disposed of, but some materials like studs and ceiling rafters cannot be removed easily. In these cases, mold is encapsulated. After the surface is scrubbed with a fungicide, a special sealant is applied that prevents mold from growing and spreading.
One of the most important elements of mold remediation is addressing the source of the water. If your home suffered flood damage, the water must be cleaned and the area dried completely before it’s sanitized. Mold can also be the result of a leak in your home.
What To Do About Mold?
If you have found mold in your home you should definitely be concerned but there are things you can do to avoid further problems from arising. You should first remove yourself from the infected area and contact a professional like KHR to come inspect the situation. Below is a list of things you can do if you find mold in your home.
Taking Care of Your Mold Problem – Steps
1. If you have mold in your home then you may also have unexplained illnesses like allergies, sore throat, headaches and fatigue which can be directly related to mold proliferation. If you experience any of these symptoms you should go see a doctor and explain to them that you have mold in your home. Here is more on the symptoms of mold exposure.
2. Have your home tested by a professional immediately. It is a big mistake to clean up the mold yourself before getting it tested and knowing what you are dealing with and why.If it’s large job and mold services need to be hired for removal and remediation then they will oversee the cleanup and supervise the removal process. When the cleanup is done, we will come back and test again to make sure the removal was properly done.
3. It’s very important to identify the cause of the mold in your home so it doesn’t come back. This can be caused by a leaky pipe or humidity in your home.
4. Contact your insurance company and find out if mold removal is covered in your policy, in many circumstances it is and KHR can help you navigate the insurance claim process to get approved.
5. After you get the mold test results you can determine if you can remove the mold yourself or if you need professional mold services to come and take care of it for you.
6. Have the mold in your home removed. Mold removal is actually a fairly complicated process to make sure it is done correctly and thoroughly. It can also be harmful to your health doing it yourself and you may not even have all the tools necessary to keep it from returning.
7. If you are going to hire a professional then give us a call for a free quote and feel free to get a second opinion. We pricce ourselves competitively and go above and beyond what other mold services will do.
8. After the mold is removed you can have us come back to test your home again to ensure the mold is gone for good and to discuss any other steps you can take to prevent it form returning.
10. Be proactive in the future about mold prevention. Here is more information on preventing mold.
11. If you have any questions about mold in your home, feel free to contact us.