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The Health Hazards of Mold

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When a house or building has flooded, it becomes a breeding ground for mold after the water recedes. Mold is not only smelly and unsightly, it also destroys the material on which it is growing. If not professionally remediated, mold can lead to serious, long-term health problems.

Health Problems Caused by Mold
Mold in itself is not a harmful substance, but it can produce mycotoxins, spores and allergens that cause symptoms in some people. The health effects of mold exposure include the following:

• Sneezing

• Coughing

• Nasal discharge

• Itchy and watery eyes

• Breathing difficulties

• Asthma attacks

• Lung infections

The degree to which symptoms appear depends on how sensitive an individual is to mold. Those with compromised immune systems are the most vulnerable to mold spores and mycotoxins. Children and the elderly are also sensitive and should not spend time in areas where mold is suspected.

Preventing Mold Growth
Mold is usually caused by flooding, but it can also be the result of a long-term plumbing issue, such as a leaky pipe or a broken sump pump. Removing excess moisture and drying the affected area is crucial for preventing or stopping mold growth. Calling a professional water cleanup team is the first step to restoration.

The Restoration Process
Before the team arrives, excess water should be mopped up, and items should be assessed for damage. The professional cleanup team will use thermal imaging to detect any unseen water issues, then dry, disinfect and deodorize the affected area and provide a complete report. If necessary, building materials will be replaced. The cost of restoration is usually covered by insurance.

Mold remediation should always be done by experts to ensure minimal damage and the prevention of potentially life-threatening health problems caused by mold growth.

If you have a mold or need mold removal in Phoenix, AZ call us at 480-309-2524 our Mold Removal experts can help!

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