Mold is dangerous. According the the Centers for Disease Control and the Institute of Medicine, mold can cause a variety of illnesses ranging from lung irritation in healthy people, to acute respiratory illnesses in immunocompromised individuals. Molds can be found almost anywhere and mold will thrive on virtually any area where moisture and oxygen are present. Mold can also grow on any organic substance. Undiscovered mold can be especially hazardous as it is considered a toxic substance and will often cause respiratory distress to those who are exposed.
Can I treat mold myself? In some cases...in areas where mold is present in small areas, it is extremely important to get rid of excess water and to eliminate moisture in the affected area. You can clean small areas of mold with diluted regular household bleach. Note: Do not mix bleach with any other cleanser-- and use only in a well-ventilated area. If you are unsure about its use, call us. We do not recommend attempting cleanup without a certified mold technician if the area has the possibility of being more than 10 square feet. You should also consider that there may be areas of mold that are hidden from view.
At American Restoration Water and Fire, LLC, we have multiple certified technicians and site managers who are certified by ACME Environmental (#071713-6). Our certifed technicians and removal process will allow you to have peace of mind that your mold is removed quickly and safely.
If we detect mold--
We note the size in terms of square feet that are visible for POTENTIAL mold in your home or commercial property. We also consider the high possility that there could be much more hidden mold that can be dangerous to your health.
If the suspected area is greater than 10 square feet, we take a sample to our mold testing facility to determine if the substance is indeed mold. We may ask you to leave the affected area until results are conclusive or close off the affected room.
If the mold test is positive, we begin to put together your unique plan for mold removal which may include containment barriers, drying out affected areas, protecting unaffected areas from new mold, and discarding of pourous objects that cannot be cleaned.