Molds, which are usually not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing, have the potential to cause health problems, claims a spokesperson for Gold Coast Flood Restorations in Santee, CA.
Molds produce substances (allergens) that can cause allergic reactions, irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis).
However, as part of the natural environment, the Gold Coast Flood Restorations mold inspection and remediation expert adds that mold plays a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided.
There are also many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture, and a primary place where water is known to be use very often is in the home, and is prone to contamination from the subtle effects of molds.
“Mold spores, which may possibly hide in areas that are not visible, like inside walls, in ductwork for heating, cooling, and ventilation, and in other areas of the property that you can’t see, can only be investigated and better eradicated by a trained professional,” says the spokesperson.
“Mold in the home is not something to play around with or ignore,” adds the spokesperson, who believes that once the mold inspection has been done, the mold investigator has concrete grounds to stand on as it relates to reporting what the true situation is with the home owner.
The mold inspector, having thoroughly identified the causes of the mold in your home and how to begin the mold remediation process, will perform actions to prevent additional water intrusion, removal of mold-contaminated materials that cannot be adequately cleaned and decontaminated, and cleaning and decontamination of mold-contaminated materials.
Wet porous materials with mold growth are contagious and have to be removed and discarded. These include paper, fiberglass and cellulose insulations, gypsum board (dry wall), ceiling tiles, insulation, wall coverings, carpet, leather, and unprotected wood products.
In some instances, large dehumidification equipment will have to be deployed where needed. However, when a previously wet or damped structure has been deemed dry, mold can no longer grow there, and it now becomes mold free and safe for habitation.
While the amount of damage can vary greatly, the source points out the price range for treating mold infestation and damage can vary as well. “It may cost as little as $500 for small problems, but the price can be as high as $30,000 for larger areas or major issues,” says the spokesperson.
However, if the client has insurance, the Gold Coast Flood Restorations spokesperson says they work closely with insurance companies for clients to make the whole traumatic process of mold remediation easier for them.
For more information about mold inspection and remediation services visit Gold Coast flood & mold specialists at http://www.goldcoastflood.com/mold-remediation or call (888) 373-9243. Connect with the popular mold inspection North County San Diego company on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sandiegowaterdamage .