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Expert Mold Technician

Feb 16, 2008
Whether you know it or not, mold is a universal blessing and curse to mankind. In nature, mold and mildew break down dead wood and organic material turning it into a kind of compost. In your house, school, or office building, it is a nuisance that creates a foul, bleach-like smell usually found in the dark and damp areas of forgotten storage areas. Mold spore are found in the air in nearly every building. They are only waiting for the opportunity to make your home their home as well.

The clearing of mold from a facility is never a simple project. Affected owners can toss out all the mold-infected material and disinfect the area with a mixture of bleach and water. This process, however, will not resolve the mold issue if it is hidden behind the walls, floors, and plaster. When the problem is found inside the construction, the repair of the mold problem is going to be a major project and it will be expensive.

Mold is a health hazard. Several forms of mold, such as black mold, can cause serious illness of anyone in the building. Those with allergies and weakened immune systems will suffer worse from mold infections. This is an invisible health threat that will not go away without direct action to remove all infected material.

A professional mold inspector knows that mold is always the product of too much humidity problem or water invasion. A major mold infestation cannot be completely remediated unless the water source is found and eliminated. Neglect of the water problem will guarantee that the mold problem will return. A water leak requires that a physical repair must be applied before the mold cleaning project can fix a mold issue.

Avoid services that simply spray a fungicide or paint over the problem with a special paint. There are far too many services that charge a hefty fee to do an inadequate clean up of the infected area. The truth is that mold removal is often a bigger job than most imagine, and it can be costly to correct.

Most insurance policies will not cover mold damage, but you might be able to pay for the repair under the "Water Damage" provision. Natural floods, broken pipes, and storm damage may be a covered event in your policy. It makes sense not to neglect the real source of water intrusion. If you have a water damage provision, the insurance company might be liable for the damage. You will, however, need a professional inspection to prove up your case.

Finally, do wait to clean out a flood, sewer back-up, or broken pipe problem. Mold starts to grow in 24 to 48 hours, and that will make the clean up worse. If you can't get a service out right away, pump out the area and remove all wood, cardboard, and fiber materials from the area. Once the water is out, force fresh air into the area to dry the room as quickly as possible.
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