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Mold Damage Emergency Tips

When it comes to mold, the name of the game is speed! It’s important to respond to mold issues quickly. While your instinct may be to scrub the mold, or to pour bleach on the problem, take the time to read these tips first! Many homeowners exacerbate their mold problems due to improper handling at the first sign of mold.

Mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, around pipes, or where there has been sitting pools of water. Mold grows well on paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. Mold can also grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery.

Resist the temptation to identify the mold type yourself

Did you know that there are over 100,000 species of mold? “Black mold” is the name given to the category of mold species that produces carcinogens and toxins that are harmful to your health. These toxins are known mycotoxins and have their own set of risks and hazards. Misidentifying mold may cause you to treat the mold in a way that is harmful to your health. Resist the temptation to identify the mold type yourself and seek out the help of a professional.

Take stock of your health

Are you feeling under the weather? Are you coughing more than usual? Mold at home or in the office can lead to various health problems, including skin rashes, nausea, mucous membrane irritation, acute or chronic liver damage, and immune system suppression. If you start feeling any of these symptoms, you should call a professional to inspect your home for mold.

Power down your heating and cooling systems

When you discover mold, the last thing you want to do is disturb the spores. When disrupted, mold spores will disperse and can make their way into air ducts and air filters, which will present difficulties for the remediation professionals tackling the problem. At the first sight of mold, shut off your heating and cooling systems until the mold can be treated properly by a professional team like Bright Restoration.

Risks and Hazards

Most people can safely be exposed to small amounts of mold without experiencing adverse effects, but you can never be too careful with children, pregnant women, and the elderly. Here are some risks and hazards of mold exposure.

Common Types of Mold

If you’re dealing with mold in your home, you probably know that mold comes in many different varieties. In fact, there are thousands of different mold species! We’ve created a guide to explore some common types of mold you may encounter.

Mold Remediation Process

From first contact, to site inspection and review, to containment, removal and air purification, we’ve customized the Bright Restoration mold remediation process help you fully repair your home quickly and responsibly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Don’t be confused by people who use the terms mold removal and mold remediation interchangeably. There is a difference between mold removal and mold remediation.  Imagine if you had an infection. While a pain reliever might temporarily alleviate your pain, you won’t really begin to combat the infection until your doctor prescribes you with antibiotics. Similarly, scrubbing a surface area of mold may remove the mold from your wall temporarily, but it may also cause much more damage to you and also to your home. In true mold remediation, highly trained specialists will return the mold levels in your home to safety, as well as solve the moisture problem that was causing the mold growth in the first place. Make sure the restoration company you hire is accredited by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (or the IICRC), an internationally recognized organization responsible for providing certification to all mold specialists.

While we never advise that you handle cases of mold remediation yourself, there are certain situations where it may be safe. If the mold seems to be located on tile or grout (for example, on shower tiles), it is generally safe to handle it yourself using the correct safety precautions. On the other hand, if you can see mold on your walls, we advise you to call a professional restoration company. Mold on porous surfaces such as walls, hardwood floors, ceilings, indicate a good chance of mold growth behind the walls.  Mold gives us a signal that the area is retaining moisture. In order to perform proper mold remediation to your walls or ceilings, you must first treat the source of the moisture so that the problem does not reoccur. It’s important that you know the difference between DIY and professional mold remediation circumstances. Also, if you’ve previously tried to clean mold in your home but have experienced a resurgence of growth, it’s definitely time to call a professional restoration company.

Mold remediation costs will vary from project to project. Each case is unique and requires a customized plan for successful mold remediation. Having said that, the general range is between $2,000 to $7,000, and is determined by the scope of the infestation, the extent of labor and the cost of materials used in restoration.

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