With the introduction of virtually any water source into a home, such as what occurs when a roof leaks or a pipe bursts, mold can spread in less than two days. Even if the variety of mold that grows is not toxic, the side effects of exposure can produce serious health issues – such as hives, bloody noses and migraines. Every type of mold presents a risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems. And if the mold is toxic, such as Stachybotrys, Chaetomium, Penicilium, Fusarium, or Aspergillus, the associated health risks are greater still…leading to Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, brain abscesses and cancer. So mold remediation is crucial following a flood.
If you suspect that your home or business has a water leak which has produced mold, call the experts at JB Plumbing. We can inspect and assess your property to find the water source, make necessary repairs to eliminate leaks, and determine whether mold is an issue. If it is, we can work with remediation professionals, who know how to eliminate the mold without spreading spores throughout the entire home. Because we are a licensed general contractor, we can replace anything we had to remove in a timely and budget-friendly manner.
All About Mold
- One of the easiest ways to determine the presence of mold is by odor. Mold smells musty and funky.
- Mold spores exist are everywhere. In fact, when archaeologists studied the contents of King Tut’s tomb, mold spores were present. In fact, some historians speculate about the cause that the king’s death could have been somehow related to toxic mold.
- Microscopic and floating in the air, mold spores may enter your home through windows, doors, or HVAC systems or on your clothing.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. In fact, spores quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.
- The first step in mold remediation is to identify the sources of water or moisture that are contributing to the growth of mold. Otherwise, remediation will be futile.
Mold Remediation Myths
You’ve likely seen scary tabloid stories about mold growth. So we want to put some of those fables to rest.
Myth: Black Mold is toxic.
Fact: Not all black mold is toxic. But molds can be hazardous even if the variety of spore is relatively safe.
Myth: Hazardous mold grows inside shower stalls.
Fact: Showers don’t usually provide the right environment for mold to grow. Mold feeds off of wood, cardboard, drywall and other material that is high in cellulose.
Myth: Removal and remediation are the same thing.
Fact: Carelessly removing mold, without use of proper equipment and caution, can spread spores – which can leave your home in worse shape than it was before the removal. Mold remediation includes the safe handling of mold, which often includes heavy plastic sheeting and tape as well as
Myth: Bleach will kill every variety of mold.
Fact: Bleach will kill mold growing on non-porous surfaces like glass, tiles, bathtubs and counter tops. However, bleach cannot completely kill mold growing in non-porous materials like drywall and wood. Bleach does not penetrate into these non-porous substances.
Myth: Any plumbing company can eliminate mold.
Fact: Only those plumbers who work with certified remediation specialists can safely address any mold growth in your home. Also, only licensed general contractors can be trusted for mold remediation, to restore your home to its pre-mold condition following an infestation.
At JB Plumbing in San Dimas, California, you can expect upfront pricing; fast, free estimates; licensed, bonded and insured plumbers who are neat, polite, and well trained. We use state-of-the-art tools and equipment and are proud of the fact our services are free from hidden costs like travel charges. If you call JB Plumbing today, 24/7, you will speak directly to a plumber instead of a telephone answering service. At JB Plumbing, we are experts in residential and commercial plumbing as well as construction. Call today to schedule an appointment. (909) 593-2194.