Mold Damage Restoration Inland Empire
What causes mold growth? High humidity, wet conditions, plumbing and roof leaks, or trapped moisture—or a combination thereof. Mold needs moisture to grow and usually is accelerated when the moisture is trapped combined with high-temperature conditions.
Mold and mildew are naturally occurring in nature and usually are not a problem until the concentration level exceeds normal levels or baseline readings taken outdoors or in the unaffected part of the home or building.
Paul Davis Restoration can identify the area of contamination in most situations and prepare an estimate for the cost of removal. Our company uses the latest equipment and technology which allows us to be efficient and do a better job than our competitors at a more affordable price.
PDR is an IICRC certified firm and closely follows the guidelines for microbial (mold) mitigation and removal. Per the IICRC guidelines, testing is usually required for microbial growth over 10 square feet. Sometimes pretesting is required to identify the spread of contamination and scope of work, and testing is provided to Paul Davis Restoration and the owner or manager of the property by a third party. Paul Davis Restoration recommends schools, government and public facilities to obtain pre- and post-testing on most microbial mitigation projects.
There are three main types of mold: allergenic, pathogenic and toxigenic:*
Allergenic molds do not usually produce life-threatening health effects and are most likely to affect those who are already allergic or asthmatic. The human system responses to allergenic molds tend to be relatively mild, depending on individual sensitivities, typically producing scratchy throats, eye and nose irritations and rashes.
Pathogenic molds usually produce some type of infection. They can cause serious health effects in persons with suppressed immune systems. Healthy people can usually resist infection by these organisms regardless of dose. In some cases, high exposure may cause hypersensitivity pneumonitis (an acute response to exposure to an organism).
Mycotoxins can cause serious health effects in almost everyone. These agents have toxic effects ranging from short-term irritation to immunosuppressant and possibly cancer. Therefore, when toxigenic molds are found, further evaluation is recommended.
What can you do to prevent mold growth?
What do you do if you suspect that you have a mold problem? Here are some important things for you to know and steps you can take:
- Mold growth requires a wet environment, and it usually grows in the home as a consequence of improperly controlled water damage.
- Many molds may require a high level of moisture during initial growth, but then mature, survive and reproduce indefinitely at much lower moisture levels, sometimes as low as standard indoor humidity levels.
- Mold growth can be effectively prevented only by quick and efficient drying, which removes the moisture necessary for initial mold growth before it can get a foothold.
- If you suspect mold, contact an experienced contractor certified in mold remediation.
You want your home back to the condition it was in prior to the mold damage—at Paul Davis Restoration, we know just how to do that.
How can you help?
You’ve discovered mold in your home, but you’re on the right track to finding out what your next step should be. Here are some things you should know to face your mold claim with confidence.
- Moisture control is the key to mold control.
- Locate the source of moisture. It may be due to improper or inadequate ventilation.
- If the source is running water, turn off the water to the structure.
- Keep gutters clear so water doesn’t collect.
- Make sure the ground slopes away from the structure so water won’t pool or seep into the foundation.
- Keep indoor humidity low, so condensation does not occur.
- Fix leaks promptly.
- Do not store excess materials as they may, over time, attract moisture and contribute to mold growth.
- Make sure areas like the bathroom have fans to help with ventilation.
- If you have a clothes dryer, make sure it vents to the outside.
- Clean drip pans from the refrigerator and air conditioner often.
*Mold definitions taken from AMI website