PUT MOLD ON HOLD!
Q. How can carpet cleaners make it impossible for mold to thrive when carpets are flooded?
A. Mold in flooded carpets are remedied with prompt professional extraction with mold included in the cleaning, ventilation through blowers, and a second mold treatment included in the cleaning when the carpet is dry. Wall and baseboard mold treatment completes the process. Moisture is continuously monitored through inspections using computerized moisture meters to detect hidden pools of water and moisture in wood, walls, and other building materials.
Q. What is mold?
A. Mold comes from slow water leaks that are difficult to discover. Hidden water leaks are the growth factor, drip, drip.
Q. How does mold grow?
A. Mold grows when undiscovered leaks remain unaddressed. A slow drip from a leaky pipe puddles into cabinets and flooring. Or heavy rains through a leaky window puddles on top of the ceiling. Or a leaky roof puddles into the building materials below. Or a broken pipe or toilet floods the carpet and flows through walls which are no barrier and puddles in the channel between the walls. Or a homeowner may decide to save money and let his flooded carpet dry by itself and consequently mold will likely grow in the carpet and pad.
Q. How long does mold live?
A. It rarely dies, mold just becomes dormant. When the rainy season comes, humidity rises to 40%, mold comes back to life, mold spores reproduce. Mold spores are easily disturbed and waft into the air repeatedly with each disturbance. Building materials become sources of nutrition. Building materials are porous and may have to be replaced because the mold treatment can't reach inside 100%. All of the mold must be removed or the remainder can reproduce.
Q. Does mold affect peoples health?
A. Alive or dead, it doesn't matter, people get ill from dead mold spores too. First to get ill are young children, seniors, pregnant women, people with allergies and compromised immune systems. Most don't realize mold poisoning is their illness until after they have tried other treatments.
Major symptoms are respiratory: allergy, asthma, coughing, sinusitis, shortness of breath, burning in the lungs and sore throat. Other symptoms can include running nose, itchy eyes, rashes, headaches, dizziness, insomnia and chronic fatigue.
WHAT CAN HOMEOWNERS DO?
Advanced mold growth can take over your home and health. Homeowners can find leaks before mold happens, routinely inspect windows, pipes and roof for leaks, walls and ceilings for brown water rings. Search for musty odors emanating from hidden puddles of water and listen for drips.
Prevention is easier than the cure.