Mold is Dangerous: Flood Restoration and Why You Should Act Quickly
When it comes to water damage restoration at your business, property, or home – the quicker you act the less money you’ll spend on damages. If you encounter a water-related emergency, you are in a race against mold and bacteria. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you typically have between 24-48 hours after a flood or water exposure before mold or mildew begins to form. Having a flood restoration company on call for any type of water-related or flooding emergency is important for mitigating this risk.
Mold spores are microscopic – and they exist in almost all places! That includes indoors and outdoors – and makes it very difficult to remove completely. If you think you have a mold problem, understanding the facts about mold will make the process of removal easier.
- Mold is present indoors and outdoors
- Mold often produces a musty odor – giving you clues to the source of the affected areas
- Mold spores are microscopic and travel in the air
- Mold can enter your home through windows, doors, heating and cooling systems or even through your pets or clothing
- Mold spores thrive in moist areas and can quickly spread and grow when exposed to water
- Before mold remediation can begin, the problem sources of water should be addressed or the mold may comeback
- Humidity that is higher than 65% facilitates mold growth
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people. Clients, residents, and family members with asthma can experience fever or shortness of breath when in the presence of mold. Those that have mold allergies may experience itchiness, rashes, chest tightness, or other allergic reaction symptoms.
Mold Control = Moisture Control
The most common indoor molds are Cladosporium, Penicillium, and Aspergillus. These molds can grow in places with a lot of moisture. This includes any leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there has been flooding. The easiest growth sights are on paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. Mold can also grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery. To keep mold from spreading, it must be cleaned and the source of moisture must be eliminated. If the moisture is not eliminated, the mold may return.
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Having a water damage restoration company, like Restoration Management Company, on standby can ensure a quick response and help eliminate the growth and spread of dangerous spores. Learn about the emergency and flood restoration services that RMC provides by clicking here.
ABOUT RESTORATION MANAGEMENT COMPANY
Since 1985, Restoration Management Company has provided 24-hour restoration service for customers when they experience a catastrophe in their home or workplace. With their headquarters in Hayward, California, RMC has 10 regional locations in Northern and Southern California, as well as locations in Seattle, Washington; Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; and the Denver, Colorado metro areas. When emergency services are required RMC delivers high-quality and rapid water damage restoration as well as smoke, fire, environmental and catastrophic restoration services. We stand ready with our highly-trained, experienced, and customer-focused restoration technicians.
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