Mold is a fuzzy growth on moist organic matter by several types of fungi.

Toxic molds can produce several toxic chemicals called mycotoxins that can damage your health. These chemicals are present in the spores and small mold fragments that are released into the air.

In high concentrations, mold fragments, spores, and mycotoxins can trigger symptoms even in individuals who have no allergies.

Mold is reproduced by spreading microscopic spores. Mold spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on damp organic material such as wood, paper, feathers, hair, cellulose, petroleum products, rubber, carpet, etc., they may begin growing and digesting material.

There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth it to limit moisture. During humid weather, avoid excessive ventilation and use an air conditioners and/or dehumidifier to keep relative humidity below 60%.

Indoor mold growth usually can be seen or smelled. In most cases, if visible mold growth is present, sampling is not needed. There are no health or exposure based standards that individuals can use to evaluate a mold sample. The amount of mold it takes to cause illness varies from person to person.

STEPS FOR INSURANCE CLAIMS:

An insurance company is more likely to cover mold contamination if it results from a covered accident, such as a water line break. Contact your Insurance to see if your loss is covered.

Once we are contacted, Damage Control, Inc. will make an appointment with you to visit the site. Damage Control, Inc. will prepare a written estimate and submit to your insurance company and adjuster. This helps to expedite the approval process thereby getting the repair work completed much sooner.

FACTS:

The effects of mold vary widely from one individual to the next. Knowing that can help you decide the best course of action for your mold dilemma.

Do as much research as you can and the same applies to companies you are talking to about the project. Many times they do not carry the proper insurance such as Commercial Pollution Liability. Most business policies DO NOT cover Mold as a result of workmanship issues from a Restoration or Contracting Company. Only Commercial Pollution Liability Coverage does.

Visual Inspection: In cases where there is almost certainly water damage and associated discoloration, a visual inspection may allow us to suggest the proper corrective actions without the need for formal laboratory testing.

DON’TS:

Don’t use bleach to eradicate the problem. It may put you or others at a much higher risk of spreading the problem to other areas of the building through a process called sporulation. While bleach is an oxidizing agent and may reduce the appearance of mold residue, it is not solving the problem that caused the issue in the first place.

Don’t ever hire a company that does their own Post Remediation Verification or “Clearance” Testing.

Washing the area with bleach and applying Kilz over the area will not take care of the problem.

Do not turn on an air mover before dealing with visible mold growth or suspected mold growth. The air mover will act like a transport agent for the spores, spreading them and contaminating the entire area.

DO’S:

Do be willing to pay for testing services before and after a project. Many guarantees are based on it.

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