What can you do when you do when dangerous Mold in your home or office is making you sick?
An extremely dangerous by-product of indoor water intrusion is mold
Mold growth can occur 24 hours after a water emergency and propagates through the release of thousands of mold spores which travel though the air and land on any porous service like wood, fabric, carpet, food or drywall beginning a brand new contamination. Water leaks, malfunctioning air conditioner, sewer backups can all cause a water emergency. In many cases the evidence of mold is not visible but hidden behind walls, cabinets and in duct work where the moist and humid conditions fuel mold growth. Homeowners who have had a water emergency or even a small water leak over a long period of time can be impacted by mold growth if the affected area never dries. For answers to your commonly asked questions about mold growth visit our Mold FAQ’s.
Left alone, mold can damage the structural elements of your Orlando home or business and even worse;
Mold has immediate and severe effects on human health. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the effect of mold on humans include: allergic reactions, asthma, respiratory complaints, nasal stuffiness, eye and skin irritations. Some people with chronic lung disease, such as COPD; may develop mold infections in their lungs. Commercial and office buildings are susceptible to mold, creating a “sick building” syndrome where workers spend countless hours in a dangerous environment.
If you suspect the presence of harmful mold within your home or business; the first step is to contact a licensed mold inspector who will conduct a visual and scientific survey of the property. Remember to ask for the inspector’s proof of state certifications because some unethical companies will falsely represent themselves. The inspector will take air and surface samples and will later provide you a written report based on evidence and visual inspection, stating the degree or density of mold present and what steps should be taken to remedy the situation. To view the credentials of Orlando Florida based ITC Restoration visit our About Us page to learn more.
If your inspection report shows a dangerous level of mold, you will want to seek out a licensed mold remediation company like ITC Restoration to perform the necessary repairs to bring your property to safe levels. ITC Restoration uses scientific and safe removal mold removal procedures to restore your property to it’s previous condition or better! ITC Restoration will also work with your insurance company every step of the way to make sure that your claim is processed smoothly. Don’t be frightened or pressured by unscrupulous companies. ITC Restoration does not believe in high pressure or scare tactics but a measured approach to take care of an unfortunate situation.
The Mold Remediation Process
The very first steps in a mold remediation, once the presence of mold has been established, is containing the spread of mold and the removal of mold infested materials. These materials could be drywall, carpet, fabrics, wood and other porous materials that mold spores will infect. This removal process must be done in a scientific and safe manner to prevent the spreading of the mold spores through-out the structure. Scientific mold measuring procedures will take air samples to verify the containment and elimination. The process for eliminating the dangerous spores from your home may use the physical removal of surfaces that contain mold or treatment involving chemical agents. The final step after the mold spores have been eliminated is the restoration of the structure, which can include installing new drywall, carpets, drapes and interior fixtures.
Common causes for Mold Outbreaks
- Water Instrusion
- leaking roof or gutters
- AC Vents
- High Humidity or unfiltered air
- Dripping pipes behind walls
You can trust the professionals at ITC Restoration to treat you in an ethical and considerate manner. We understand that the mold removal process is very disruptive and every effort will be taken to speedily restore your property to it’s previous condition or better with minimal disruption to your home and business.
Call (407) 235-0249 to learn more about your options in removing dangerous mold from your home.