When home or business owners hear the phrase “black mold” it is frightening. They often have a lot of questions, such as:
- Is my family in danger?
- How do I get rid of it?
- What can I expect to happen next?
When they call on RestorePro Inc, they can rely on highly trained professionals who have plenty of experience in handling mold remediation and other property restoration projects. One of the first things that we try to do is answer these questions as well as any others that they might have. When you know what to expect, it takes the fear out of the situation so that you can focus on the future.
Where does mold come from?
Mold can develop anywhere there is moisture. It most often appears in dark areas, such as basement corners, inside of walls, behind sinks or toilets, and in showers. After flooding or a leak, if any moisture is left behind it can lead to later mold growth.
Is my family in danger?
While many types of mold are fairly harmless, some can be very dangerous. For those who are especially vulnerable, the effects can be life changing. While anyone can have a negative reaction to mold, some people are far more likely to experience serious problems. People with a history of asthma and allergies, a compromised immune system, or undergoing cancer treatments are more vulnerable. Infants, young children, and the elderly also experience more problems.
Unfortunately, many people experience symptoms for a long time before mold is discovered. When mold is discovered, family members’ unexplained health concerns suddenly make sense. Many of the symptoms of mold exposure don’t lead medical experts to look at environmental factors, so mold is often overlooked. Some of the more common signs include:
- Muscle Weakness
- Light Sensitivity
- Poor Memory
- Difficulty Remembering Words
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Joint Pain and Stiffness
- Numbness and Tingling
- Sinus Congestion
- Shortness of Breath
How do I get rid of mold?
Sometimes homeowners try to get rid of mold by themselves. In some cases, they are successful, especially if the affected area is small. On a non-porous surface such as shower tiles, a thorough cleaning might be sufficient. Materials such as drywall or wood, where spores are likely hidden beneath the surface, are much harder to eradicate. If they aren’t treated properly, the mold will soon return. Mold remediation experts are able to remove moldy materials safely and clean the area thoroughly.
What can I expect to happen next?
Most people can’t tell the difference between different types of mold. In some cases, we might call in outside experts to test the air for mold spores, or we may send samples to a lab for analysis. Often, however, we use universal precautions to protect both your family and our technicians during the mold remediation process. We often seal off the affected area with plastic sheeting to prevent mold spores from spreading to other areas of the home. You might see our team members wearing personal protective equipment, or PPE, such as gloves, disposable clothing, shoe covers, respirators or air filters, and goggles.
Once we arrive at your home, the first step is to get the mold out of the home. Drywall, carpeting, and wood materials are usually removed and carefully disposed of. We use a variety of EPA-approved cleaning solutions, moldicides, and other cleaners to make sure the spores are all gone and the mold won’t return.
If you discover mold in your home, you don’t have to tackle it alone. Call on the experts at RestorePro Inc, and we’ll make sure that it is completely eradicated. Don’t cut corners when the health of your loved ones is at risk. Call 1-800-847-0114 24 hours a day and let us take care of you.