MOLD & MILDEW REMOVAL
Mold and mildew are both types of microorganisms that flourish in humid or damp places, from rainforests to laundry rooms. We are all exposed to a variety of different molds every day when we walk outside. They are a natural part of life and many of them are not harmful, such as the mold that grows on blue cheese.
However, when mold beings to grow inside your home or office building, that is a cause for concern. Not only could indoor mold growth be a signal of a deeper water damage issue, but the conditions that cause mold to grow indoors are frequently attractive to the more dangerous and harmful types of mold.
And, while a leaky pipe or some other type of water-related damage is one of the main causes of indoor mildew and mold, remember that your home or building may have mold or mildew even without any prevalent water damage issues. It’s a good idea to be aware of any signs of mold or mildew, even if you don’t have a water damage issue or leak.
CAUSES & GROWTH
While “mold” and “mildew” are common words to describe that fuzzy organic material that likes to grow in wet and damp places, these are actually generic terms for a host of different types of microorganisms. Mold or mildew could really be anything from fungi to bacteria. While some types of mold 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 mold”), but toxic molds and mildews can come in any color.
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 remove it safely and professionally if you find it.
SIGNS OF MOLD & MILDEW
Because there are so many different types of molds and dangerous or toxic molds can come in a variety of different colors, it’s best to treat all indoor mold with the utmost caution.
While mold 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:
- allergy symptoms, especially symptoms that are prevalent when you’re indoors but seem to get better when you leave the house or office
- water leaks
- damp spots on your walls, ceilings, or floor
- 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 if you can’t see any signs of mold
WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND MOLD IN YOUR HOME OR BUILDING
If you find evidence of mold growing in your house or building, you should call a professional mold removal company that offers mold remediation services. Here at GCD Restoration, our professional team has the experience, equipment, and training necessary to safely remove mold and mildew from your home or building.
While you wait for a mold removal service technician to arrive, here are some important things to remember about handling mold:
- do not try to remove mold yourself – without the proper equipment, safety measures, or protective gear, you may disturb the mold spores, causing them to further infect the air and increasing your chance of contact or accidental ingestion
- do not turn on your HVAC or a fan until the affected area is properly cleaned
- do not try to disinfect the mold yourself with household cleaners, as some molds will react hazardously with certain chemical formulas
The safest course of action is to wait from the affected area, for a professional crew to arrive and assess the situation!
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. Our mold and mildew removal services include:
1.Professional Mold Inspection
Our expert mold inspectors can correctly identify the mold growing on your property, determining whether the mold is harmless or toxic. They will also determine whether it is inactive or growing and to what extent the area is affected. This helps us provide an accurate quote as well as helps our mold removal team know what safety precautions to take.
2.Mold Removal & Mold Remediation
Depending on whether the mold is active or inactive, our team will determine what level of mold remediation is necessary and create a plan to safely remove it and disinfect the area.
3. Water Damage Assessment & Restoration
After we clean the mold and mildew, we’ll inspect for water damage so that we can prevent mold from growing in the future and repair any water damage that was done.
So, if you notice mold growing in your building, please call GCD Restoration at (650) 835-4447 today!