Mold Remediation

About

Due to the harmless appearance of mold, a lot of property owners tend to overlook their presence. However, to the trained eye, these microorganisms are a threat not only to your home but to your health as well. These organisms are known to harbor dangerous toxins hidden within their spores, and those who are constantly exposed to them can experience several ailments that affect their skin and lungs. Sensitive people will find it difficult to live inside their homes, for they will have difficulty breathing and experience irritation of their eyes, nose, and skin. Furthermore, the sight of mold means that the area is still harboring moisture, meaning that structural damage, like wood rotting, is not too far behind.

How We Help

You might think that removing this intruder is quite easy and consult do-it-yourself methods. However, because of the nature of mold, drying and rubbing it off the surface is not enough to keep them from coming back.

Professional mold remediation is what you seek, and we, at Water Damage NY, are just the people you need to handle the task. Using our high-tech equipment and trusted remediation methods, we can find all the molds that are hiding within your spaces, as well as disinfect the area to prevent molds from growing anytime soon.

Our mold remediation follows a strict step-by-step process to ensure the safety and health of your homes.

  • We will examine the extent of the damage by using moisture-meter tools
  • Remove the water as soon as possible
    Seal off the afflicted area to prevent mold from spreading
  • Dispose of items that have been riddled by mold
  • Treat your heating, ventilation, ductwork, and air conditioning systems
  • Total home disinfection
    Repair and restore the damaged areas
  • Final inspection

The Dangers of Black Mold

Black mold, also known as toxic black mold, pertains to a type of fungal growth that can grow indoors. It is greenish-black in appearance and usually grows in areas where water damage or water seepage is present. Though commonly slimy to touch, it can become dry and fine when deprived of a water source.

Toxic black mold thrives in warm places all over the world. It can grow indoors and outdoors as long as there are sufficient moisture and cellulose to nourish it. Areas with low nitrogen levels have also proven to be ideal for mold growth. Indoors, black mold spores activate and grow in dark, moist areas. This makes buildings with water leaks or water damage history particularly vulnerable to infestation.

Toxic black mold has been a known health hazard to humans for centuries. Black mold colonies produce poisonous substances called mycotoxins. If humans or animals come into contact with these toxins, a variety of health issues could be experienced as a result.

Black mold growth isn’t just unsightly and destructive to your property. Any contact with airborne spores can pose serious health risks for you and your family members, visitors or pets. Here’s a list of ailments that can be attributed to the presence of black mold:

 

  • Skin irritation
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Asthma attacks
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Internal bleeding
  • Nausea
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Cancer over prolonged exposure

 

If you or members of your family are experiencing these symptoms, look for signs of black mold colonies in your household. Be careful not to make direct contact with mold colonies when you spot them and call a qualified service provider immediately for a thorough inspection.

The Mold Abatement Process

If you spot what appears to be a black mold colony in your household, do not attempt to remove it yourself. Scraping, scrubbing, or bleaching has been known to trigger the release of toxic spores into the air. It is in your best interest to contact a qualified mold removal service provider, like us at Best Cleaning and Disaster Restoration Services, right away and request an inspection.

If the presence of black mold is confirmed, you can expect the following steps to be taken:

  • Assessment and mapping of infestation area
  • Setting up of perimeter and physical barriers to contain spores
  • Mold removal
  • Water or moisture source elimination
  • Area dehumidification
  • Area inspection

After several weeks, we may conduct one or more follow-up inspections to ensure that growth does not recur in the affected areas.

Primary Areas or Causes of Mold

Even if molds don’t have a frightening size, their presence in your home should still terrify you. When left untreated, mold can cause various illnesses, such as:

-Asthma
-Allergies
-Respiratory ailments
-Lung cancer (especially black mold)

The reason why molds can make you sick is due to their spores. When molds diffuse their spores into the air, the spores travel all around your property and embed themselves in your rugs, walls, furniture or clothing. Of course, these are microorganisms, so it is a given that they are difficult to see. However, molds only manifest in certain areas. So if you know where to look for spores, you can find ways to get rid of these nasty substances.

Where to Find Molds and How to Get Rid of Them

Molds love grow in areas that are dark, damp, and humid. Therefore, places like your basement, crawl space, and ventilation system, are primary targets for molds to germinate. To reduce the occurrence of molds in these areas, it is best that you have them cleaned regularly. True, this task is going to be extra work, but allotting some time to freshen these spaces up will make it difficult for any molds to latch on. Additionally, if any of these areas have received any damage, have them repaired immediately. Cracks, holes and other crevices can invite water in, which can worsen your dilemma with molds. Items that are severely damp should also be cleaned or treated immediately. Molds can also grow in between the fibers of your rugs, couches, and even bed sheets, and it will be difficult to remove them once their numbers have grown. It is also necessary to check your home for any leaks. If something’s dripping, molds are bound to manifest in the wet area in a matter of days.

How Fast Does Mold Grow?

24-48 hours is the usual time required for mold to grow, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), given that all the required conditions are met. Mold spores spread from one area to another also with time. These microorganisms can quickly fill the air and spread throughout your home, affecting more and more areas and endangering your health with every passing hour. Mold spores that start to colonize within 24 hours on the surfaces become visible in about 18 to 21 days of the flooding. But that happens if nothing has been done to dry the water and restore the affected surfaces. For these reasons, it’s essential to deal with water and moisture issues by an expert like Best Cleaning & Disaster Restoration Services Inc. (simply known as Best), as soon as you have a flooding incident.

Mold Testing

Best Cleaning & Disaster Restoration Services Inc. (simply known as Best) have few mold testing partners, who routinely perform mold testing for many types of residential & commercial buildings. They use a multi-disciplinary approach to evaluate Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) concerns. They perform mold and IAQ consulting services in hospitals and other healthcare facilities as well.

Mold Remediation