Mold Removal and Remediation:
We Tend To Your Mildew
If you’ve ever seen a mushroom, you’re familiar with fungi. Mold may not bear any physical similarities to mushrooms but they’re a member of the fungi family all the same.

With over 300,000 kinds of mold, it’s no wonder that at least one of them wants to move into your home. The most common variants include Aspergillus, Cladosporium, or the deadly Stachybotrys Atra – otherwise known as black mold.

Like any fungus, mold doesn’t thrive in every environment. It prefers to inhabit the dark, damp areas of the world. That atmospheric attraction explains its prevalence in bathrooms and attics.

However, once mold has housed its moisture somewhere, it refuses to move out. Even drying out those sectors of the residence won’t rid it of mold growth. And when water has damaged an area, mold overtakes it all the more.
What is Mold?
What Causes Mold?
Mold may seem to manifest out of thin air, but the truth is that it – like everything – has a source.
In fact, it has six separate sources that, when combined, allow mold to blossom.
Should homeowners eliminate even one factor, then this fungus will find another house to haunt.
Spores
Let’s get the hard truth out of the way immediately: you can never remove every mold spore inside your house. Not only are they too numerous to count, but they’re invisible to the naked eye. Eliminating all of them would be a waste of time.

Not to fear – this source might seem insurmountable, but that only means you don’t need to waste time on it. Instead, invest your energy into mitigating the other causes.
Water ensures that every living organism on Earth can grow to its fullest extent – mold included. Unlike humans, mold doesn’t ask for much. Even minute volumes can sustain fungi for long periods of time.

Should you ever discover a dampened area in the house, soak it up with a clean towel immediately. Identifying and drying these areas shortchanges any chance the mold has at settling in. The longer that moisture remains unattended, the more opportunities mold has to anchor down.
Moisture
Food
We may not commonly think of mold as a lifeform, but it requires nutrition like any other living being. However, its diet differs drastically from mammals like us.

This omnivorous fungus can consume any number of materials without remorse. Organic materials, such as wood paneling or wet cardboard, make for a hefty meal. When left without other options, mold will devour dust, dirt, and even other mold spores.

Given that we cannot eliminate these spores, mold will always have a meal at hand. It’s better to pour energy into alternative methods of curbing this fungi’s lifespan.
In order to divide further, mold must split its air supply between the “parent” and “offspring” spores. Without the proper amount of oxygen, mold remains stagnant and impotent.

You might assume that limiting air, as impractical as it sounds, would serve as the best solution. Hold onto your oxygen, however, as the reverse holds true all the more.

Creating consistent forms of healthy airflow will prevent mold more than any restricted airways would. With the proper ventilation, wind will dry off dampened areas and even transport spores where they cannot reproduce.
Oxygen
Sunlight
No matter how powerful it may be, everything has its Achilles heel: and for mold, that’s sunlight. Mold thrives in the darkness but cannot handle the ultraviolet rays hidden inside sunbeams.

Indoor lighting, unfortunately, lacks the impact of actual sunlight because it does not contain ultraviolet radiation. If you’re planning to burn away your mold, expose it to organic sunlight instead of artificial brightness.
Mold possesses a picky temperament when it comes to temperatures. It mandates that its home remains above 71º F and 60% humidity. This warmth allows the mold to settle and spread as it pleases.

The best way to keep mold at bay is to crank the air conditioning down. Prevent your home from reaching the appropriate heat by setting your thermostat to the appropriate temperatures. In winter, when humidity escalates, monitor its levels with a hygrometer and adjust as needed.м
Climate
The Risks of Mold Poisoning
A momentary interaction with mold will do little to inhibit one’s health. However, prolonged exposure to the substance can result in a poisonous reaction.
Symptoms of Mold Poisoning
Over time, molds produce allergens: contaminants that activate allergies. One inhale – or worse, one touch – can trigger an allergic reaction. While the average human will rarely break out in hives, the other symptoms are nothing to scoff at.

Common reactions include sneezing, reddened eyes, skin rashes, and runny noses. The timeframes for activation differ from person to person and house to house. However, no one can escape these problems altogether.

Of all victims-to-be, anyone suffering from asthma should keep the closest eye out for potential mold infestations. Allergens produced by mold can exacerbate asthma symptoms and other respiratory issues. Take caution when in the vicinity of or cleaning out mold, or consider hiring a professional to avoid repercussions.
Black mold poisoning shares all of the aforementioned symptoms with its green-colored cousin. However, homeowners testify of altogether deadlier setbacks from extended exposure.

Should you notice increased and consistent levels of exhaustion, immediately inspect your home. Black mold can inflict those around it with chronic fatigue.

While the previous respiratory afflictions are no small problem, black mold takes them to new extremes. Add nausea, vomiting, and internal bleeding in the lungs or nose to the list, because black mold causes them all.
Symptoms of Black Mold Poisoning
What is Mold Remediation?
Whenever mold surfaces at any point in your home, homeowners must act effectively and efficiently to eradicate it. However, they need not bear that burden alone.
Partnering with Moisture Guards allows us to do the dirty work so you can breathe easy.
How to Remove Mold from Your Home
Before any physical work can begin, we must determine which specific mold plagues your household. We’ve equipped ourselves with a pump that collects mold spores floating throughout the air. Once a trusted laboratory returns the results, our work can begin in earnest.
Inspect the House
First things first: we need to seal off any affected areas. This keeps the mold spores from spreading anywhere else in the house and risking a prolonged remediation period.

All physical barriers erected create “negative air” spaces, oftentimes using airlocked plastic sheeting. Negative air keeps air flowing inward instead of outward into the rest of the house.

No matter the temperature, all heaters, fans, and HVAC units must remain offline until we’ve completed this process. If not, those spores could sneak inside, only to be released later.
Contain the Mold
Our next targets are the HVAC units themselves. These can hide spores that would otherwise go unnoticed until mold has once more spread throughout the home.

In order to fight off these fungi, we implement specialized filters directly into the units. These units attract and capture loose pollutants that we then safely dispose of.
Filter the Air
Mold does not come out with one scrub of a common dish rag. While this might dispose of it for a moment, that mold will only grow back over time.

To rid homeowners of fungi once and for all, we combine our cleaning equipment with anti-microbial substances. These not only destroy the current contaminants but prevent them from ever resurfacing.

However, we cannot salvage every afflicted surface with mere scrubbing. Certain areas that have suffered the most may require replacement altogether.

In this case, we can clear out any incurable sections and dispose of them safely. Should replacements be required, we can walk you through whatever you would need.
Clean the Affected Area
Regardless of the mold’s reach, any item within range should receive disinfection. Wipe down any nearby possessions with sanitation wipes and other products that eliminate as many germs as possible.

How can we help with this process? Our fogging equipment can provide widespread coverage that clears the air and cleans any surface-level objects.
Sanitize All Possessions
How Moisture Guards Can Help You
Call Us Around the Clock
No matter when mold surfaces in your home, we’re here to handle it. Keep calm and dial our 24-hour hotline as soon as possible. We promise to have a team to you within the hour who will kickstart remediation immediately.
An Inspection Without the Price
If you need a professional to eyeball the issue, we’re happy to send a team member to your residence immediately. Our team can analyze any problem and suggest a plan of attack moving forward. The best part? The first inspection is free of charge.
Leave the Insurance to Us
No one wants to play the middleman when mold has overtaken their home. Instead of worrying about the insurance, allow us to bill your company directly. We’ll deal with the legal end so you can focus on the homefront.
Molding Our Language to Your Needs
Whether you speak English or Russian, our multilingual team is here to talk through every issue with you. We understand how overwhelming these setbacks can seem. We promise that, whatever language we speak in, every word will be fueled by compassion.

Your home deserves the best defender – and who better to guarantee its safety than Moisture Guards? Reach out for restoration at any time by calling (833) 377-7337 and take the next step towards revitalizing your residence.
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