Mold Removal: In and around Austin TX
Austin, TX 78704
Removal in Austin TX
Okay, so you find yourself coughing or sneezing more
often when you're at home. You just developed a rash
on your skin that won't go away. Your eyes are perpetually
watering. What could be the problem?
Well, you could have the flu or some other virus, or
maybe you came into contact with something that you're
allergic to that caused the skin reaction, or it may
be allergy season and your body is just reacting accordingly.
Then again, the problem may be found in your home itself.
And that problem, my friends, is mold.
We know mold damage is the most common byproduct
of water damage,
usually appearing in as little as 48 hours and proving
well nigh impossible to get rid of. Mold also brings
with it a number of health problems, and the threat
presented is based on the kind of mold you're dealing
With water and flood damage such a major problem in
Austin TX, you know mold issues cannot be very far behind.
Mold is the single most common and serious by product
of water damage, usually appearing within a couple of
days following a water damage event, spreading quickly,
and proving itself extremely difficult to get rid of.
While there are literally thousands
of species of mold out there (nobody knows for sure
just how many), mold can generally be broken down
into three basic categories:
Allergenic mold: These molds
are a mild threat to your health, causing what appear
to be allergic reactions such as sneezing, watery
eyes, stuffy nose, and itching.
Pathogenic mold: This type of
mold produces infections and may threaten those with
seriously suppressed or weakened immune systems. High
exposure may cause hypersensitivity pneumonitis (an
acute response to exposure to an organism).
Toxigenic mold: Mycotoxins can
cause serious health problems for almost anybody,
ranging from short term irritation to more serious
neurological problems and respiratory issues.
Some of the long term symptoms resulting
from mold exposure include chronic fatigue, headaches,
fever, body aches, breathing problems, and in some
cases, problems with the nervous system as evidenced
by memory loss, speech problems, and even mood swings.
Who is the most at risk? Basically,
anyone with a weakened or suppressed immune system.
The elderly, children, babies, or those prone to asthma
attacks or other respiratory problems. Long term exposure
to mold may produce more serious side effects, including
bleeding noses, diarrhea, weight loss, bronchitis,
or sore throats. These are the result of exposure
to mycotoxins, released by molds as a means of attacking
other mold species and staking their territory. Micotoxins
are simply a weapon molds use against other molds
and us humans are not the intended target, we are
mere casualties of war. Nevertheless, micotoxins are
extremely dangerous when inhaled in large concentrations.
In some rare cases, mold exposure has
been responsible for bleeding in the lungs, brain
damage, and even death. As I said, rare cases, but
the fact that it is possible at all should be ample
motivation to get the mold problem in your home remediated
as soon as possible. Mold also produces physiological
and psychological effects such as insomnia and depression.
If you are finding it difficult to sleep regularly
or are feeling run down and sad, that may be reason
enough to start looking for mold in your home.
Of course the best way to determine if your symptoms
are mold related is to see your doctor. He can perform
tests that will determine if this is an allergy, a regular
illness, or the result of long term exposure to mold
or mildew. Skin tests and blood tests are routinely
used to determine if there are mycotoxins or other evidence
of mold spores in your system.
Mold is found all the time in nature, acting as a natural
recycling agent and breaking down dead organic materials
from plants and animals. Encountered in such an environment,
mold is usually harmless. It becomes a problem when
it begins growing indoors, and the spores it produces
are encountered and inhaled in large concentrations.
Therefore it becomes important to deal with your mold
problem as soon as you discover it.
A lot of people go to great lengths to have their homes
tested for mold by means of a tape lift test.
This isn't really necessary. A tape lift test pretty
much just tells you what type of mold is growing on
your wall. An air sample test is the only genuine
way to go as it samples the air at a breathable level
and will tell you how many and what types of spores
you're breathing in. An air sample test will tell you
if you have mold growing somewhere that you're unaware
of. Typically if you can smell it then you have an active
mold problem. In most cases, if you think you have mold,
you probably do.
Unfortunately, too many people mistakenly believe that
if the mold is removed or killed, then their problem
is over. This is incorrect. Mold only occurs where conditions
are ripe for it to establish and grow, namely in those
areas where ventilation is poor and humidity and moisture
levels are unusually high (say above 50%). If the mold
is removed but the conditions remain the same, it is
only a matter of time before the mold returns. And please
understand that that's not to say that it wasn't removed
properly in the first place. It's for this reason we
always insist on a mold clearance test so we
can show that the mold was gone, or at least less than
the outdoors count, by the time we left.
The affected area must be properly treated in order
to prevent the mold from returning. This includes not
only the removal of the growth, but the cleaning, disinfecting,
and sanitizing of the area, improving the ventilation,
and using a dehumidifier to remove residual moisture
from the air and bring humidity levels down to acceptable
levels. Ideal humidity for any location should be no
more than 40-45%.
It is just for this reason that professional mold
remediation services are highly recommended. Your
local Clean Trust certified provider will offer mold
removal as one of their many services, and their technicians
are highly trained and skilled in the procedures necessary
to get the mold out of your home and make sure that
it does not return. They offer same day service and
a full guarantee. Call your local water restoration
company to address your mold problems today.
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