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Mold Information

What are the Health Concerns?

Some molds can produce mycotoxins which can cause health problems in humans and pets. Particularly vulnerable to illnesses are infants/children, elderly, people with immune-compromised systems, people with respiratory problems, and pregnant women. Adverse health effects reported have included reoccurring nosebleeds, headaches, rashes, extreme fatigue, dizziness, memory loss, asthma, and intestinal distress. We are learning more and more about high exposures to mold and its negative effects on our health.

Black Mold
These toxic black molds can be found anywhere that dark and dank conditions permit them to grow. When you try to kill them, they take to the air, spreading themselves with no forethought to the damage they can cause. The mold is just trying to survive

Mold has been around since the beginning of time. Some molds can be harmful if found in excess in an indoor environment. The conditions that we live in are similar to those that mold grow in--low light, little air movement, and temperatures at 68-86°F. Airtight buildings contribute to high mold growth. Of course, a building that has, or has had, moisture problems/leaks are at a higher risk of having excessive mold. Mold breaks down organic matter and its food sources are items such as carpet, wood, paper, drywall, paneling, and ceiling tiles. Although not all molds are oxygenic it is wise to be cautious and realize the potential for toxicity is serious. Prudent public health practice indicates removal through clean up (remediation) as quickly as possible.
   

Magnified mold spores
Mold develops in buildings wherever dampness occurs. Often unnoticed at first, over time it can develop into a real plague, making many residents ill and triggering allergic reactions. Regardless of whether it was caused by leakages, flood damage or poor-quality building – the key to effective treatment is a speedy and thorough repair by specialists, because many cases of mold growth can be attributed to initial treatment by inexperienced persons. Professional repair begins with an analysis and by sealing off the affected area; larger-scale damage demands a microbiological assessment. In every case, mold damage repair requires a well thought-out plan and individualized treatment.

 

   

Mold growing on a inner wall
Valley Construction & Restoration’s remediation team are trained and certified using EPA standards making our mold remediation team a first choice for health conscious customers. We always do a third party clearance test to insure the home or building is healthy and clean. Valley Construction & Restoration stands behind their 100% guarantee that the air quality meets safe standards set forth by the EPA.Our on hand Mold Professional saves insurance companies and homeowners time and money with quick response evaluation and innovative development as the job is underway in less time And completed quickly.

Molds can gradually destroy the things they grow on. You can prevent damage to your home and furnishings, save money, and avoid potential health problems by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth

 

Mold Remediation
Ten Things You Should Know About Mold


Mold growing on a ceiling

  1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints. 

  2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.

  3. If mold is a problem in your home, school, or business, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.

  4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.

  5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60% ) to decrease mold growth by: venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside; using air conditioners and
    de-humidifiers; increasing ventilation; and using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning.

  6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.

  7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.

  8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.

  9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).

  10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

For additional information, the EPA has developed the publication "A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home" EPA 402-K-02-003, Reprinted September 2010.


Mold growing on a piece of ceiling tile


Our certified professionals test for mold

Floods/Flooding


Flood water damage

Mold growth may be a problem after flooding.  EPA's Fact Sheet: Flood Cleanup: Avoiding Indoor Air Quality Problems - discusses steps to take when cleaning and repairing a home after flooding.  Excess moisture in the home is cause for concern about indoor air quality primarily because it provides breeding conditions for microorganisms.  This fact sheet provides tips to avoid creating indoor air quality problems during cleanup. U.S. EPA, EPA Document Number 402-F-93-005, August 1993.
   
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