Mold contamination continues to receive increased attention in the media and is a rapidly growing concern for homeowners, property managers, insurance providers, and restoration companies.
It's not uncommon for a lawsuit involving mold litigation to award $50,000, $200,000 or more per settlement. In 2005, there were an estimated 10,000 mold-related cases pending in United States courts.
Mold growth of any type inside a building is unhealthy. Even when mold spores do not contain hazardous mycotoxins, they will contain chemicals that cause and agitate allergies. In fact, indoor mold contamination has been identified as a major contributor to allergies and poor indoor air quality. In addition to the health risks, mold also causes severe damage wherever it grows, and can even lead to serious structural damage.
What is Mold?
- Mold can grow in as little as 48 hours.
- Mold thrivse in moist, warm environments resulting from a flood, slow leak, a broken pipe or just high humidity.
- Mold requires an organic food source. One common food source is cellulose, which is found in building materials such as wood, drywall, wallpaper and upholstery.
- Mold is spread by microscopic airborne particles called "spores." These light weight spores are able to travel through the air and are capable of surviving a long time.
- Exposure to mold presents a danger to your health through allergies and respiratory complications.
The best way to deal with mold is to prevent it from happening. If the drying of wet building materials is commenced within 24 hours (assuming clean water), the chances of preventing mold growth are excellent. If building materials remain wet, it is inevitable that mold will start to grow. Therefore, addressing and eliminating moisture problems is the critical first step.
At ServiceMaster Dynamic Cleaning, we specialize in certified mold removal and mold remediation. Utilizing the S520 mold standards, our technicians determine the necessary steps to mitigate your damage properly. They perform Dry Ice Blasting when necessary as well as customary methods of removal and encapsulation. Our goal is to safely and effectively remove mold.