Mold Removal Services
Mold is a rather strange organism that can take many different forms – some more hazardous than others. No, we are not talking about the mold that creeps up into your loaf of bread seemingly just a few days after you bought it. Rather, we are referring to the mold that affects the structure and safety of your home. The location of your home plays a large part in the risk of developing mold.
Not everyone is affected by the presence of mold to the same extent – while some hardly notice any health issues, others may experience wheezing, and irritation of the eyes and skin. This is a direct consequence of exposure to something called a “mycotoxin.” Certain types of mold, known as “toxigenic molds,” produce toxins that can present serious health complications, particularly for those that are immuno-compromised or have pre-existing respiratory conditions.
With its ability to spread throughout your home and produce such toxins, you may be wondering, “What exactly is mold?” Mold is a type of fungus that grows naturally both indoors and out. They spread by producing spores, which are tiny reproductive units that allow fungi to reproduce – or in this case, form new growths in different sites within your home. Since they can persist in conditions that the mold itself cannot, spores are virtually invincible to DIY techniques intended to remove them.
Experts believe that there are more than 300,000 species of mold around the world! One of the largest numbers of any living group of organisms, rivaling that of insects, which make up a large portion of the world’s biodiversity. The most common types of mold that homeowners will run into include:
- Alternaria: This is the one you will most likely find indoors, as it is known to grow under showers and leaky sinks.
- Aspergillus: You may find this species on food (especially powdery foods) or even on materials like drywall.
- Cladosporium: This one is a bit more versatile than those above, as it can grow in both cold and warm locations. It takes up residence mostly on fabric and wood.
- Penicillium: Despite the similarity in its spelling – no, you cannot use this as a substitute for antibiotics. You will typically find this one on water-damaged materials.
Molds come in different textures and colors, including black, yellow, and green. They can be quite smooth to the touch or rough, depending on the species and its location. Though these characteristics may help you in identifying a certain mold species, it is strongly advised that you leave this task to a professional instead.
American Veterans Restoration is available to help you to eliminate the presence of mold in your home. We offer free inspections and work directly with your insurance company to ensure that you get the protection you need. If you have spotted mold growth or observed any of the following signs please contact us right away.
- Discoloration: Mold growth causes a change of color in the material on which it is growing. This is a sign that the mold has been growing for quite a while.
- Musty odors: Certain species of molds will produce strong odors as they grow and spread. Though this is not a sign of mold on its own, when combined with discoloration and sightings of growths, you can use this to confirm the colonization of mold in your home.
- Skin and eye irritation, coughing, wheezing: As discussed above, mycotoxins can cause adverse health effects in humans. If you have noticed any of the above signs and your health has suddenly taken a turn, your home requires mold remediation.
Mold remediation is the process of locating, identifying, and eradicating mold growth in the home. Without the proper tools or professional assistance, it is impossible to determine the extent of damage done by the fungal growth (despite the abundance of DIY methods involving bleach and dish detergent). A thorough mold remediation job would involve the following:
- Removing water-damaged items from the home
- Removing mud and dirt using a wet vacuum
- Cleaning all flooring, wooden structures and furniture, and tile
- Thorough cleaning of all hard surfaces
- Thorough, quick drying
Mold can grow in areas that are not accessible to you as the homeowner. However, our expert technicians will be able to identify the affected surfaces in your home, no matter how tricky they are to reach – a job that may be significantly more difficult after a flood, for example. Keep in mind that your home’s heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system must be inspected as well during remediation services. This will ensure that spores and other growths are not stashed away, waiting to harm you in the future.
We want to do everything in our power to ensure your health and safety in your home or business. You can rest assured that we are equipped to handle any type of mold that is colonizing your property.