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Mold Damage Risks and Hazards2018-10-26T20:47:36+00:00

Risks and Hazards

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Risks and Hazards

Did you know that every household has mold? Mold exists in the air and in the building materials of even the cleanest environments. In general, the mold in your home only becomes a problem after prolonged periods of high humidity or moisture, usually brought on by water or storm damage.

One of the most difficult aspects of mold remediation, is containing the mold from spreading. Mold spreads through the dispersal of millions of spores, spores so small that they can travel through the air, by water, or even on insects. Mold also produces a substance called mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are incredibly toxic and carcinogenic. When left untreated, they can cause inflammation, asthma and allergic reactions. They are also known to release immunosuppressive agents that can modify a person’s immune response.

Most people can safely be exposed to small amounts of mold without experiencing extreme adverse effects, but you can never be too careful in circumstances where children, pregnant women, and the elderly may be exposed to mold. Additionally, if you or a member of your family suffer from any respiratory conditions such as asthma, it can be greatly exacerbated due to mold exposure.

The CDC reports that there is sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms such as coughing and wheezing, with asthma symptoms, and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition.

At Bright Restoration we advise our clients to take mold very seriously. Some of the negative health effects of mold can last a lifetime. Our team is licensed, certified and bonded to perform mold remediation. No matter how severe the mold growth, we’ll work to find a solution!

Mold Damage Tips

Before doing anything else, read this! Many homeowners exacerbate their mold problems due to improper handling at the first sign of mold. It’s important to be educated on mold practices. Here are some tips you can follow right now!

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.

What Our Clients Say

“Michael dealt with our insurance company for us and got them to pay us for the entire project including the repairs! which saved us a huge headache! We were truly blown away by his level of professionalism. Water damage restoration in Los Angeles is a stressful process, but this team made sure that we were happy with the process every step of the way. So pleased with the work!”

JOANNE ROBERTSON • LOS ANGELES

“With the storm that hit LA recently, part of our ceiling in the living room caved in and unleashed all kinds of havoc. We were recommended Bright Restoration by a friends and we weren’t disappointed. From the moment these guys came to our home, we could tell they were experienced and professional. We felt safe in their hands every step of the process and you will too. Thanks, guys!”

LILLY MCKEON • SHERMAN OAKS

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