Mold being testedDid you know that there are over 300,000 different types of mold? The average person would probably be stunned to know that. And many have extremely toxic and harmful effects on people. It’s hard to put a finger on an exact number of mold types, but it’s known for certain that many are exceedingly dangerous.

What’s worse, some molds are constantly changing in characteristics, and new, potentially more toxic versions are evolving all the time. But this much is certain, mold is a living organism that has no business living in your home. You need to do everything possible to prevent it and to clean it from your home if it establishes a presence.

A primary problem in the mold removal process is that the moment you start to deal with the issue, you’re contributing to making it worse. That is, as you begin to disturb mold by cleaning it or physically removing it, you break it up and allow spores to be released into the air. You can then breathe in those spore if proper precautions aren’t taken.

Breathing mold spore can lead to symptoms like eye and throat irritation, wheezing and problems breathing. Improper mold removal in your San Diego home or commercial building can actually cause these kinds of problems for your family and coworkers.

To prevent mold growth, you need to eliminate sources of humidity and moisture in your home. This means fixing:
– the leaking roof
– any leaking appliances
– any improperly functioning HVAC or refrigeration systems
– any basement seepage
– any water damage from flood or other causes.

Even a malfunctioning dishwasher can cause water damage and therefore mold growth if care isn’t taken.

To determine if your water damage or high humidity has resulted in mold growth, contact Orange Restoration for professional mold testing. A warm and wet summer is one time when natural conditions can lead to mold growth without specific water damage being present. Mold only requires water, food and warmth to grow — and your home’s building materials provide the food they need.

If you have mold, it can be cleaned away or cut out and removed under specific circumstances. If precautions aren’t taken, the mold removal process can make things worse.

To prevent mold in the first place or prevent it from recurring, air your home frequently by opening the windows when it’s cool and dry, venting your bathrooms and kitchens and dehumidifying the air in your home with an HVAC system or portable dehumidifier. A well-ventilated home shouldn’t experience mold growth unless there is flooding, water damage from a malfunction or another source of moisture.

When it’s too late to prevent mold in your home, there are companies like Orange Restoration that focus on mold remediation and can get rid of the mold safely and help prevent it from returning. We know that the idea of having mold in your home or commercial building is gross and unappealing, but we can put things right.

If possible, prevent mold growth in your home. If you can’t do that, take action to get rid of it right away by calling a professional mold removal company like Orange Restoration.

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