Prompt attention to water damage or visible mold can often keep a minor problem from becoming major.
With all the media attention in recent years, the presence of mold brings an instant hesitation. Is it a real concern? The truth is, the effects of mold on our bodies are just now being understood. While rare, serious health effects from exposure to fungi, do occur. Too much exposure to certain types of mold could also trigger asthma, cause allergic reactions, rashes and other respiratory complaints. This makes mold removal a top priority if it has invaded your home.
Because of the potential harm, any water intrusion into a building should be handled quickly and professionally.
What Are Some of the Signs of Mold Contamination?
Visible mold growth
Musty or earthy odor that is most noticeable when you first enter a structure or room. Your nose will be become desensitized to it in about 10 seconds.
High indoor humidity levels for extended periods
Headaches and allergic reactions when within the environment
If I Discover Mold What Do I Do?
First, don’t panic, but do use caution. Make sure your actions won’t aggravate the problem by making the mold spores airborne or spread them to uncontaminated areas. Call Sunshine Cleaning for an assessment. Testing can be done to determine the type of mold. You can count on Sunshine Cleaning for all your mold removal, drying and remediation needs.
Inspection and assessment of the cause and extent of the damage
Containment to prevent the spread of fungi to unaffected areas
Remediation, depending on the extent of the damage
Cleaning of contents in affected areas
Clearance testing through an independent third party
Mold can grow on virtually any substance,
provided that moisture is present.
The mold inspection usually lasts one to two hours. We look for mold and mold-friendly conditions, so even if mold isn’t growing, we will find any places that could have future growth. Once complete, we’ll give you a clear, in-depth report of everything we find, complete with any mold-friendly conditions we find and suggested courses of action.
We walk you through the laboratory testing results, showing which species of mold are present, what their effects are, and how much is present compared to the natural outdoor environment.
The Science Behind Mold Remediation
The first reason to prevent mold is to keep yourself and your family healthy! According to the EPA, 90% of our time is spent indoors.
Harvard University Study
A Harvard University Study of ten thousand homes in the United States and Canada found that over half of the homes had water damage and mold. In the study, the presence of mold was associated with a substantially higher level of respiratory problems.
American Lung Association Study
One third to one half of all structures within the US have damp conditions which can encourage mold growth. "This information is indicative of the problem. Mold doesn’t go away or become healthier over time.”
Mayo Clinic Study
This study linked nearly all of the chronic sinus infections that trouble approximately thirty-seven million Americans to mold. Recent studies have also linked mold to the tripling of the asthma rate over the past 20 years.