5 Facts About Proper Mold Removal

mold-1The weather here in Indianapolis can be many things, depending on the time of year, and even the time of day. Hot, muggy summers can offer pristine conditions for mold growth. Likewise, a frigid winter causing pipes to burst and homes to flood can equally encourage mold growth if the water is not removed quickly and effectively.

If you think there is mold in your home or business, Total Restoration can start by doing a mold test in your home. If mold is present, there are tried and true ways professional restoration companies can effectively remove that mold, and get your home back to normal as quickly as possible.

Here are some fast facts about the mold removal process:

  1. Mold can grow very quickly. Some experts believe mold can start growing in 24 to 48 hours after a flood if standing water is still present. Environmental factors like temperature and air movement also play a role in the potential growth. This is what it is important to get a professional water restoration company into the space quickly. They will start the drying process immediately after a flood or other water loss, often even before the insurance adjuster arrives on site.
  1. Restoration companies, like Total Restoration, work very closely with insurance adjusters. That means project estimators have a very good idea what areas have been impacted by mold, what it will cost to remove it, and what the insurance company is going to cover.
  1. Spraying bleach on mold is not a recommended way of dealing with the problem. You cannot kill mold in that sense, because dead mold spores and just as dangerous as life ones. Mold is mold, and can be toxic in both forms. Instead, mold removal experts at Total Restoration work to eliminate the source of the mold and return your property to a safe state.
  1. The best restoration companies abide by detailed industry standards for work like mold removal. This means there are best practices established industry-wide, and the process is proven to work time and time again. There are very effective chemicals, antimicrobials, and other products used during the mold removal and remediation process to be sure the spores are gone for good, and not going to grow back in the same place, or elsewhere.
  1. Mold illness is a real thing. Not every person is susceptible to mold-related illnesses, but some are, and the effects can be serious. The main mold-related illness is called Chronic Inflammatory Disease, and it is the direct result of exposure to mold spores. Research shows about 25% of people are genetically predisposed to CIRS. Beyond CIRS, mold spores can also trigger asthma flare-ups, rashes, cough, and other physical responses.

Bottom line, if you’ve found mold, don’t stress. There are a lot of factors involved, but there are also proven ways to very effectively fix the problem quickly. It is key if you think there is mold in your home or business that it be addressed by experts. Trying to remediate or remove mold on your own could cause the spores to spread and contaminate other parts of the building, and it’s likely a problem that will not disappear on its own.

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