Humans and fungi have coexisted peacefully for millennia, however, there are dangerous and noxious strains of mold and mildew that can wreak havoc on your immune system.
If you have experienced water damage to your property, may that be from flooding, a plumbing problems or disaster situations you should seek immediate professional mold and mildew removal help like GCE Restoration.
Full Mold And Mildew Coverage For South San Francisco
While there are many innocuous strains of mold, if the dangerous kind starts growing inside your home or business it’s a cause for concern. If you are not certain what kind of fungi you’ve noticed, get an inspection check form our team ASAP, especially after water damage restoration.
Not only could indoor mold growth be a sign of a fundamental water damage issue with your property, but it can also be indicative of an underlying harmful and dangerous mycotoxins presence in your property.
These toxins, propagating through airborne spores, get inhaled and become a part of your lungs, quickly causing respiratory and even neurological issues.
While a leaky pipe or other type of water-related malfunction may be one of the main causes of indoor mildew and fungal growth, your property may be hosting them even without any prevalent water damage issues. It’s a good practice to be aware of any signs of mold or mildew, even if you don’t have a water damage issue or leak.
Causes & Growth
Mold and mildew are common phrases which describe a fuzzy, organic material that likes to grow in wet and damp places.
However, they are quite a complex microorganisms with a dense classification. Mildew could really be anything from fungi to bacteria.
While some types are not very harmful, there are some that are toxic and can cause skin irritation, allergies, infections, and even serious illness if touched or breathed in.
Some of the most dangerous types of mold are dark in color (such as the potentially lethal “black kind”). Toxic fungi and mildews can come in any color or form, really.
No matter how benign or toxic the mold in your home or commercial building looks, it’s vital that you take the proper steps to have it removed with due attention.
Signs Of Mold & Mildew
Due to the variety of mycus, the dangerous and toxic kind can come in a plethora of different colors, it’s best to treat all indoor mold with the utmost caution.
It can grow in big, dark spots in the corners of ceilings or along the floor or windowsill. Sometimes it’s not so easy to spot, so here are some ways to identify mold growth in your house:
- Water leaks
- Damp spots on your walls, ceilings, or floor
- Allergy symptoms – symptoms that are prevalent when you’re indoors but seem to get better when you leave the property
- Visible marks on the walls, ceilings, or floors – what looks like a bit of dirt, soot, or paint could actually be a spot of mold
- Strong, musty smell even when you can’t see the cause
What To Do If You Find Mold On Your Property
If you find evidence of mold growing in your house or building, you should call a professional fungi removal company that offers remediation services.
GCD Restoration has always been the paragon of infestation removal. With the help of our experienced team of mold removal specialists, equipment, and training, we are confident that we can safely and fully remove all infestations from your property.
There is something you can do once you’ve called us:
Our Mold Removal Services
When you call us, we’ll offer a full set of mold removal services to ensure your property is completely disinfected and safe. They include:
Our expert mold inspectors can quickly identify if what is growing on your property is innocuous or it poses a threat. It will also be determined what the stage of its growth is and if it’s inactive or feeding. Determining this will let us know whether or not it has released spores into the air.
With this we know and assess the extent to which it affects the surrounding area. Such a process provides enough information for creating an accurate analysis and report. It also aids our mold removal team in preparing proper safety precautions are necessary.
Depending on whether the mold is active or inactive, our team will determine what level of remediation is necessary. In this way we create a plan to safely remove it and disinfect the area.
Some cases require more involvement in the shape of wallpaper and drywall removal and restoration. Prior to removal you will be provided a full report of the extent of the infestation, so you can decide what is best for you.
As long as you take the appropriate steps, your concerns will be attended to and your safety will be guaranteed. In cases where you suspect dangerous mold spore inhalation, it’s recommended you notify your GP. We WILL provide a report for medical purposes.
There are many solutions to the problems, as long as you react immediately and don’t DIY! It’s no longer about an inconvenience and it’s more about ensuring your safety.
After we remove and clean all mold and mildew, we’ll provide a water damage inspection as a preventive measure against further mold growth. As an addition, we also provide to all of South `Frisco a comprehensive water damage restoration service, which can be ordered as a part of a package deal.
Suggestions on DIY Mold Removal
While we do recommend that you address the issue of mold on your property by contacting professionals, there are ways in which you can reduce mold removal cost. Some people are inclined to do DIY mold removal, and bellow we’ll discuss the ways that DIY inclined people deal with black mold removal.
Your main priority should always be safety because some mold variants are extremely toxic, such as the infamous “black mold” or stachybotrys chartarum. Wear a respirator and synthetic clothes which cover your whole body, use gloves and eye protection when dealing with any sort of mold infestations.
To those wondering “How much does mold removal cost?” a DIY mold removal might cost almost nothing in the short term, but unless you follow strict safety protocols it may cost your health in the long run. We’ve written a lot on the topic of how to remove mold from your property, but in short it should be something like this:
- Deal with the moisture in the room;
- Dehumidify the area and the wet spot in particular;
- Provide enough air circulation in the room and remove furniture;
- Allow for the mold dry out;
- Use space heaters for a full control mold removal.
When asking “What are some good mold removal companies in my area?” look for mold removal services with a certificate. It will symbolize their ability to expertly deal with the issue.
Areas We Cover
As we make an effort to expand our coverage to the entirety of the Bay Area and all of San Francisco, we are happy to announce that we now cover the entirety of the South San Francisco area including all 5 districts.
- San Bruno;
- Daly City;
- San Mateo;
- Visitacion Valley.
GCE Restoration will expand its water damage repair and restoration efforts to all of San Francisco, San Jose and the entirety of the Bay Area, expect us near you in the near future.
It’s the process of removing mold or mildew from any building, part of building, furniture, floors or any part of a property. This process requires a thorough check of the property, most often combined with Indoor Air Quality Testing, to determine the presence of mold spores in the air.
We quarantine the affected area to restrict airflow and then use disinfectants to kill mold and mildew.
This service is most commonly requested when property owners find dangerous black mold on their premises. It can occur weeks after water damage, flooding, rainstorm after roof damage or appliance malfunction.
The GCDRestoration.com restoration team is fully equipped and capable of dealing with small and large infestations, with accommodation for businesses as to not disrupt their operations.
Removing the moisture source. The best way to treat mold infestations is to remove the source of moisture. While we can disinfect the area, if moisture is not removed, it’s highly likely that it will come back in a different location.
When a fungal infestation is discovered, the best course of action for private citizens is to stay clear since mold can be quite toxic.
The toxin levels in mold vary from species to species, with the most dangerous being the so-called “black mold” or stachybotrys chartarum.
Usually 12 hours to 5 days. The precise time of full removal really depends on the extent of the infestations as well as the mold species.
Chances are you have mold because there’s moisture in that particular spot, or the room has bad air circulation. For a thorough mold removal process, it’s recommended that any existing conditions for the development of mold are remediated – it’s possible you need water damage restoration and dehumidification.
Because there are unresolved moisture issues on your property. GCDRestoration’s sees mold reappearance as what it is, a symptom to a more global issue, mainly the presence of moisture or bad ventilation.
The source of moisture can be varied, but the best way to determine what those bight be is to narrow the suspects down. The first clue is the room, its proximity to ground, plumbing, foundations, the angle of landscaping and so on.