Is There Mold In Your Home
Discovering mold can be a scary thing for Chicago homeowners. We pride ourselves on not only removing mold but on taking the time to educate our customers in the entire process during our initial contact so that they know what will be happening in their home while we work. We also will address any water leaks that you may have.
Using industry standard protocols and cleaning procedures, our team will remove the visible mold along with its mold spores in a safe manner. We prevent any floating air spores, dust and contaminants from being released into the atmosphere. Structural and nonstructural items which remain will be safe and mold-free.
We also have crews that can repair any damage done to your home, replacing sheetrock, flooring, ceiling, etc. We pride ourselves on being Northwestern Chicago’s #1 expert on mold remediation and repair.
Mold Q & A
What exactly is mold?
Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided.
Why is it growing in my home?
Molds produce tiny spores to reproduce. Spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.
When excessive moisture or water accumulates indoors, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or un-addressed. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture. Mold should be cleaned up promptly and the water problem fixed.
It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
Are there Federal regulations or standards regarding mold?
Standards or Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) for airborne concentrations of mold or mold spores have not been set. There are no EPA regulations or standards for airborne mold contaminants.
Can mold cause health problems?
Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis). Allergic reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed.
Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people. Symptoms other than the allergic and irritant types are not commonly reported as a result of inhaling mold. Research on mold and health effects is ongoing.
Read more about mold at www.epa.gov/mold
4 Step Mold Remediation
Step 1: Inspection
The whole house will be inspected. Every room and any places with a musty smell will be inspected along with damp areas of the home. You don’t always need to see the mold for it to be there.
Step 2: Prepare the Area
All your belongings need to be removed from the area. If certain items cannot be removed, make sure to cover them with heavy plastic to protect them. When the mold starts to be disturbed, it will produce more spores into the air. These spores may carry toxins that are hazardous to humans. So it is important to seal off any vents within the house to minimizing any spores spreading.
Step 3: During the Remediation
During this time, you’ll notice the workers will be fully covered from head to toe, and also be wearing masks or respirators. Just as much as you want to protect your belongings, so do the workers want to protect themselves.
There will also be some form of an exhaust fan that blows the inside air through a window or a door. This removes any stirred up spores from the mold and pushes them outside.
Step 4: After the Remediation
Once the workers complete the remediation process, you should be able to start moving back into your house. You’ll want to check your belongings carefully. If you notice some items have that mold look or smell, you can try cleaning them with bleach. If that doesn’t work, it may be time to throw them away. Anything that has come in contact with the mold should not go back in the house.