The skilled specialists at Reno Renovation handle Mold Remediation and Build Backs in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Homeowners in the Chicago area who believe they have mold growth in their home can feel confident about hiring Reno Renovation for their Mold Removal and Build Back needs. The positive reviews we have received across our multiple platforms are great indicators of the quality work and stellar reputation that our company strives to maintain.
Causes and Indicators of Mold in your home
If you already see mold on the walls or ceilings of your home you should NOT spend money on mold testing something that you KNOW is there. Your next step should be to remove it. Mold is a type of fungus that can be found as a result of moisture and humidity. Mold often appears like a stain and can vary in colors of brown, yellow, black, green and/or blue. All homes will contain certain elevations of mold that is not readily visible to the naked eye. You can rest assured that these slightly elevated results are not harmful and further removal action is only required when test results render elevated or when the mold is visible to the human eye. Many companies will try to lure you in by instilling fear that dangerous and harmful mold is in your home only to have you spend hundreds of dollars to test for “harmful” mold that is most likely not there.
Mold requires moisture and oxygen to breed and can be found as a result of plumbing leaks, poor ventilation, flooding and can be found after periods of heavy rain or snowfall.
Types of Mold and health hazards
Some of the most common types of indoor mold are Aspergillus, Penicillium, and Alternaria.
Aspergillus is commonly associated with symptoms of fever, cough, chest pains and/or breathlessness. These symptoms are often found in conjunction with other illnesses and therefore may be difficult to diagnose as having originated from mold exposure.
Penicillium is not abnormal to find in a home. In fact, penicillin is often used in antibiotics and can stop the growth of certain bacteria. However, abnormal levels of penicillium mold is harmful to your health. Penicillium produces toxic substances known as mycotoxins that are bad for your lungs. Runny nose, chronic sinusitis shortness of breath and sneezing are a few indicators of Penicillium.
Alternaria is one of the most common allergens in humans. Alternaria grows indoors and causes hay fever and/or hypersensitivity reactions that sometimes leads to asthma.
How to Treat Mold
Depending on where inside the home the mold is, mold can be treated in numerous ways. When treating any type of mold it is important to remove the mold from its source regardless of the type of mold. As mentioned previously, moisture is required for mold to grow and it is therefore necessary to locate the source and eliminate the water source. For example, if mold is found on drywall as a result of a leaky pipe then the leaky pipe would need to be fixed and all contaminated drywall removed.
After the mold is removed then the air needs to be cleaned of any mold spores. Our mold specialist uses a high filtration safety face mask and High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) scrubbers to clean the air of any remaining mold particles and to avoid further mold breeding. The HEPA scrubbers act as a vacuum designated to filter the air. The high filtration safety face mask is part of the gear our mold specialists use to prevent exposure to the mold health hazards previously mentioned.
Once the water source is fixed and the mold removed as well as the air cleaned, the next step is to clean the area with antimicrobial supplies. The area is then further treated with water resistant sealers to prevent any further mold growth.
How to Prevent Mold Growth
The best way to treat mold is to be proactive and prevent it from growing uncontrollable in the first place. As mentioned earlier, mold is typical in homes and is only dangerous to your health when it breeds uncontrollably due to moisture and oxygen.
Make sure that any leaks in plumbing are identified and fixed. Make sure you use fans and maintain good ventilation especially in rooms that get frequently damp like bathrooms during a shower or bath. Opening the bathroom window while showering also helps. Turning vents on while cooking is also important.
Contact a Mold Remediation Specialist Near You
Reno Renovation has experience helping families in the Chicago area treat their homes of mold. Free mold estimates are available upon request. We guarantee quality work at affordable prices. Contact Us