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mold in room cornerAccording to the Center for Disease Control and the Institute of Medicine, there is a correlation between the presence of mold and a variety of illnesses, ranging from lung irritation in healthy people to acute respiratory issues in immunocompromised individuals. Mold has also been linked to the development of asthma in some children. Mold is considered a toxic substance, and exposure to mold should be avoided. Unfortunately, mold can thrive in almost any environment where moisture and oxygen are present. It grows on any organic surface. If you discover mold developing in your home or place of business, call the professionals at American Restoration, New Mexico’s experienced mold removal and remediation company.

Is My Home at Risk?

How do I know if I have a mold infestation? Mold can develop on almost any surface if conditions are right. When building materials like drywall or insulation are wet or have been wet, they are especially susceptible to mold growth. Often, mold growth is difficult to detect – it occurs beneath the surface. You may not know it’s there until the health effects become noticeable. That’s why it’s so important to contact American Restoration for thorough water extraction after a flooding event.

Can I Remove Mold Myself?

Some people may attempt to clean up mold on their own, and in some cases, that’s fine. Remember that it is extremely important to get rid of excess water and moisture in the affected area. You can clean small areas of mold with diluted household bleach. Never mix bleach with any other cleanser and only use in a well-ventilated area.

When to Call the Professionals

mold on wallIf the affected area is larger than 10 square feet however, we do not recommend attempting cleanup. Our certified mold removal technicians should be consulted because often, where there is visible mold, there is more mold hidden from view. We take a sample to our mold testing facility to determine if the substance is indeed mold. We may ask you to leave the affected area or close off the affected room until results are conclusive. If the mold test is positive, we begin to put together a thorough plan for mold removal which may include containment barriers, drying out affected areas, protecting unaffected areas from new mold, and discarding any porous objects that cannot be cleaned.

At American Restoration Water & Fire, our technicians and site managers are certified in mold remediation by ACME Environmental (#071713-6). Our experienced technicians will safely and effectively remove dangerous mold from your property. Don’t risk your health, or the health of your family. If you suspect mold growing in your home or business, call American Restoration Water & Fire.