You should call Quick Response Restoration at 518-899-7090 at the first suspicion of a mold problem. Mold can colonize within 24 hours, so it is important to address it as quickly as possible. Our restoration technicians have the skills and training needed to remediate mold from your home or business.
If mold is left unchecked, it can continue to grow at an astounding pace, affect the health of your building's occupants, and endanger the structural integrity of the building itself.
The first step in mold abatement is to identify the source - moisture. Without knowing and addressing the source of the mold growth, it will return. Before beginning the process, we may need to establish a containment area with negative pressure to prevent the spores from traveling.
Mold on porous material must be fully removed. Simply killing it is not enough. Even dead mold spores can continue to affect the health of humans and pets. To assist in the prevention of future mold growth, the affected area, especially nonporous materials, are treated with an antimicrobial agent.
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What is mold?
Mold and mildew are fungi. No one knows exactly how many species of fungi exist, but estimates range from 10,000 to 300,000, and possibly even more.
What are the common types of mold?
The most common indoor molds include Cladosporium, Penicillium, Aspergillus, Alternaria, and Mucor. Various household molds affect people differently, and almost all have the potential to affect the health of humans and pets. Common household molds come in a wide range of colors.
Where does mold grow?
Mold commonly grows in places with water leakage or seepage issues, particularly in roofs, pipes, walls, plant pots, and anywhere flooding has occurred. Building materials provide organic nutrients that support mold growth. Wet cellulose materials, including drywall, paper and paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, wood and wood products support the growth of mold.
Other common materials that can support mold growth include dust, paint, wallpaper, insulation, carpet, and various fabrics.
How does mold affect people?
Mold causes inflammation, infections, and allergic reactions. Symptoms similar to asthma and other allergies may appear. Typical signs include:
- Respiratory problems such as wheezing, difficulty breathing, and shortness of breath
- Nasal and sinus congestion
- Eye irritation such as burning, watery eyes, and reddened eyes
- Nose or throat irritation
- Skin irritation
Reports of these symptoms at home or in the workplace may be a sign that the property should be inspected for fungal growth.
What are some of the common signs of a mold problem?
- Visible mold and/or mildew - Fungi grow in damp areas and cause discoloration, musty smells, and moldy odors. The mold may be almost any color imaginable.
- Damp spots on walls - Gray splotches are signs that water has absorbed into the wall. Mold grows in the presence of moisture.
- Cracked walls - This is a sign the foundation has moved or shifted and should be inspected to determine the exact cause. If moisture has entered through these cracks, mold may be present.
- Peeling paint - This sign suggests the wall has absorbed moisture. Paint does not stick to wet surfaces.
- Rust on appliances or furniture - Rust on the bottoms of furnaces, water heaters, and other metal appliances is a sign of dampness.
- Rot - Mold causes dry and wet rot.
- Warped paneling - Moisture will cause paneling to bow and discolor. This is often seen on the bottom portion of the panel.