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Water damage brings with it all types of problems, both short and long term. Short term problems include the immediate damage to your home and its contents, damage to furniture and appliances, loss of valuables and other personal items, and of course the disruption of your normal life. Long term problems include the degradation of wood and metal components that make up the structural integrity of your home. The worst long term issue you can face, however, is the growth of mold that always seems to occur in the aftermath of any sort of water damage problem.

Mold may be a long term problem, but it shows up very fast, usually appearing as soon as 72 hours following a water damage event (sooner if the water damage is sewage based). It establishes itself, spreads rapidly, and can be almost impossible to successfully remediate. Mold is one of those problems that simply will not get better over time. It will continue to get progressively worse until some action is taken to remove the problem and prevent it from returning.

The most obvious danger found with mold is the health hazard that it represents. Mold spores are easily inhaled and can result in problems ranging from mild allergic reactions to more severe neurological and respiratory issues. Itching eyes, skin irritation, and asthmatic attacks may also be attributed to mold exposure.

Some may wonder what all the fuss is over when it comes to mold. After all, we encounter mold every day with no ill effects. It is a natural part of our outdoor environment, and plays a vital role in the breakdown if dead animal and plant material. We also deal with mold growth in our bathrooms and kitchens with no adverse problems coming up, and these are easily taken care of with readily available mold cleaners and disinfectants found in your local market.

While not all molds are a threat to your health, all molds do tend to break down the surface on which they grow, simply due to their primary function of breaking down inert material. This can wreak havoc on the surfaces of the walls, ceilings, piping, and other areas of your home where mold may be found.

Many molds however, are a threat to your health, and repeated exposure may cause the inhabitant of a mold infested home to become seriously ill. Failure to treat the mold problem, or not treating the mold problem properly, will only cause an already unstable situation to become even worse.

Qualified, professional mold contractors will be needed to handle mold growths of significant size, namely those beyond three feet or so in diameter. They will have the proper tools and techniques designed to kill the mold and prevent it from spreading. All too often, inexperienced or unqualified mold removal technicians end up causing the mold problem to spread, since disruption of the growth by something as simple as touch can release hundreds of thousands of mold spores into the air, and they will settle anywhere else in the home that there are conditions favorable to growth.

Professional mold remediation technicians will know how to cover and isolate the mold problem prior to treatment, and then bring in compounds and chemicals designed to kill the mold and work deep into the affected surface to take care of any loose or hidden spores.

Far too many people believe that the solution to mold problems is to simply kill the mold. Unfortunately far too many mold removal companies believe the same thing. The fact is that killing the mold is only one step in the process. Mold grows anywhere that conditions are favorable for its growth, namely areas that are warm and with sufficient moisture in the atmosphere to feed mold spores and allow them to grow. If the mold growth is killed off, but the environment is still friendly to mold, then the problem will return in a fairly short amount of time. It is important to kill the mold, and then properly treat the affected area to prevent the problem from returning.

This procedure involves the cleaning and sanitizing of the area, along with using air circulation and dehumidifiers to reduce the level of relative humidity in the area. Dehumidifiers may be run constantly or on an intermittent basis in order to maintain acceptable moisture levels. Humidity should be kept to a level of 40%-45% in order to prevent future growth. Combined with proper air circulation, mold growth can be prevented for an indefinite period.

For mold removal in your home, you will want to secure the services of a qualified mold removal company, one that is Clean Trust certified and able to handle even the largest mold removal situations. The company you choose should be able to provide you with a detailed plan on how they will remove the mold and the steps they will take to prevent it from returning. They should also back their work with a comprehensive industry guarantee for a period of no less than one year.

Read the EPA guidelines regarding mold remediation.

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