Mold can grow on almost any surface and can be found in almost any place. It reproduces by dispersing spores through the air. Mold growth requires the presence of moisture and a food supply, which can be any organic item. There are many organic compounds in dwellings, and they can even be found on inorganic surfaces. This means that the presence of moisture is the most important factor in mold growth within a building.
If you've recently had some issues with standing water in your home, you may have a mold issue in your home. The problem with mold itself is it usually stays hidden, meaning it can grow into a larger problem if not found immediately. When dealing with small, non-porous areas, DIY mold cleanup can be satisfactory. Still, when dealing with large amounts of mold, especially on porous materials like wood, carpet, and drywall, it's best to go with professional remediation.
If you see signs of mold or have experienced water damage or water leaks in your home or business, call ANR Restoration. Our IICRC-certified technicians will identify, assess, and eliminate any mold from your residential or commercial property. We offer 24/7 emergency service because disaster doesn't care about convenience.
Anytime the moisture levels in your home are at 60% or higher, mold can grow. What's frustrating for many property owners is that they don't see a puddle on the floor or water dripping from the ceiling. When mold grows, the source of the moisture is usually hidden under floorboards or behind walls.
Each water-damaging event presents an opening for mold to grow from dormant spores or other microbial growth. The source and type of water, as well as the volume of the water, the ambient temperature, and the length of time the moisture has been present, all have a direct bearing on the amount and types of microbial growth species. It is critical to take action as soon as you understand that a water damage loss has occurred. Growth can begin within 72 hours in some cases.
It could be. Because mold spores are microscopic and airborne, you'll end up breathing them into your lungs. Depending on the type of mold and how well your immune system functions, you may develop some serious health symptoms that could end up being the result of mold. That's why ANR Restoration takes mold removal so seriously. The space affected by mold is isolated and contained during cleaning so the spores won't spread to other areas of the house, and the remediation team stays suited up in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the process.
For the majority of surfaces in your home, bleach won't actually get rid of your mold problem. It's the "iceberg effect." Visible mold is usually a small percentage of the actual amount of mold growth. Bleach can't kill mold on porous surfaces like wood, and while tile or fiberglass surfaces can be cleaned with bleach, often the mold has spread far deeper. The reason why ANR Restoration doesn't recommend DIY cleanup isn't that we want to make more money; we know that a mold problem is usually far more invasive than can be seen with the naked eye. Simply cleaning the surfaces can provide false assurances that you got rid of the mold, only to have it come back time and time again.
Sometimes mold remediation is included if the cause of the mold was a "covered peril" like a burst hot water heater or water damage caused by firefighters extinguishing a fire in your house. Gradual water damage - like from a leaking pipe or hose - will often cause mold growth, but your insurance coverage will usually not cover that by claiming that it was caused by poor maintenance or neglect. If your insurance company denies your claim, you should request an inspection from a mold remediation company that can help you document the source of the mold.
If the inspection/assessment process was able to pinpoint the source and cause of the mold growth, once that source is repaired, you can be relatively confident about the success of remediation. Ask if your restoration technician has the IICRC certification for "Applied Microbial Remediation." All techicians at ANR Restoration have this certification and numerous others, so if you hire ANR, you can rest assured your team is experienced in mold remediation. You can also request a "post-remediation mold clearance" from a third-party mold inspector to re-test the area for any remaining traces of mold before the area is treated with a sealer or encapsulant to resist future mold growth.
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