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Watch Out For Toxic Mold And Mildew

Watch Out For Toxic Mold And MildewIf you have sustained noticeable water damage to your basement, you no doubt have invested a great deal of time and money on clean-up. But did you know there may be lingering after effects that you may have not noticed? You may have structural damage, damage to your possessions, and potentially the most serious outcome of water damage, mold and mildew growth. Mold growth is dangerous because not only does it diminish the value of your home, it can make you and your family very sick. Mold grows best in stagnant water, in a dark environment. Most basements and crawlspaces provide the dark environment, while a leak in your foundation or basement wall provides the stagnant water. Mold can grow undetected for years, while making you and family ill while at the same time damaging your home and destroying whatever it’s growing on.

The Health Threats Of Mold

Mold can cause a variety of health problems, ranging from the irritating to the life threatening. Mold can irritate the symptoms of those with allergies or asthma, making it hard to breathe. On the other end of the spectrum, certain types of mold can release mycotoxins, which can cause anything from athlete’s foot to death. Because mold can grow unnoticed for extended periods of time, it could be releasing spores into your home environment and making you and your family sick without knowing the source of your illness. But there’s a solution to this problem.

Proper Mold Remediation Will Eliminate Mold And Prevent Its Return

AA Action Waterproofing can identify the mold growing in your home using a wide array of testing methods. With these methods, we can identify the type and amount of mold present in any area of your home. Once we’ve done that, we can treat the contaminated area, eliminating the mold growth and preventing further damage. Mold eventually destroys whatever it’s growing on, so once located, it’s important to have it removed immediately to prevent damage to your home or possessions.

While a small contaminated area can be cleaned up by the homeowner, large contaminations require special equipment to remove as well as keep those doing the decontamination safe. Improper removal can result in mold growth recurring, so make sure you hire a professional to handle mold remediation. We’ll work to identify the source of the moisture causing mold growth and if desired, take steps to eliminate it so that recontamination will not occur. Don’t let mold ruin your home, call or use our online form for a free estimate today!

This entry was posted in Mold & Mildew on April, 07, 2014