While there are tens of thousands of different kinds of mold both in our outdoor environment and our indoor environment, black mold is the one which people identify with and are concerned about most. The proper name for black mold is Stachybotrys Chartarum. Black mold is often found in areas where there is high moisture content such as bathtubs or window sills; or places that have had water leaks, such as ceilings, floors, walls and attics. Most molds give off an odour, however you can often detect black mold that is invisible to the human eye by the very strong musty earthy-like odour it gives off.
While black mold itself is actually not toxic, it does give off airborne toxins, called mycotoxins, into the environment where it grows. It is these toxins that can produce a host of health issues, mainly respiratory, in humans. Exposure to black mold has been known to cause allergic reactions, asthma attacks, and breathing problems, and can compromise immune systems.
Minor contamination can be removed from hard surfaces safely using the proper techniques and solutions. For porous surfaces where the mold has penetrated, such as drywall, carpets or insulation; the only way to rid yourself of the problem is to remove the affected materials. The process of removing black mold can can cause cross contamination releasing spores and toxins into the air causing respiratory problems for you and/or your family. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you have a professional mold removal company take care of it for you if you have a severe contamination of black mold. If you suspect even a small area of black mold, we suggest you call us or another specialized Mold Inspector to have it assessed first.
If your mold contamination is minor, our experts at MoldCare will give you proper advise on how to remove it safely and effectively yourself. If you have a severe contamination or health related problems caused by mold, the experts at MoldCare can seal off the contaminated area to reduce further exposure to your family; and they have the proper Personal Protective Equipment, tools, knowledge and systems to remove the mold safely and effectively for you. We follow IICRC S520 Mold Remediation Protocols.
Often times, removal of black mold results in removing damaged materials such as drywall/ plaster, flooring, insulation, trim or framing and ceilings from your home. It is essential to identify and rectify the source of moisture and cause of mold before reconstruction. MoldCare is one of the few mold remediation companies who have qualified contractors on staff to take care of the reconstruction for you. We can provide you with a free quote for reconstruction after the mold has been removed.
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