We would like to keep a lot of things out of our homes and offices — ants, strangers, door-to-door salesmen. One dangerous invader is of another variety altogether, however. Mold, like water through a leaking roof, has an insidious tendency to squirm its way into nooks and crannies that you may never even know exist, much less be able to find, and cause damage wherever it has the chance to spread. Indoors or out, a fungus can grow just about anywhere and is likely to be detrimental to both personal health and property if left unchecked. That is why Forensic Restoration Services offers mold inspection and remediation throughout Sullivan, IL and beyond. Safety comes first!
The Dangers of a Few Spores
Exposure to mold is not guaranteed to affect one’s well-being, but it is likely. Depending on your sensitivity to allergies and pre-existing health concerns, the microscopic spores released by mold can cause numerous effects when they are inhaled or allowed to settle on the body. These include:
- Sinus congestion
- Respiratory problems (difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest)
- Constant coughing or sneezing
- Eye, nose, skin, and throat irritation
- Asthma attacks
- Fungal infections
- Toxicity from mycotoxins
Young children, individuals with autoimmune deficiencies, and those subjected to prolonged exposure are at increased risk of developing one or more of these ailments. And because it requires damp to flourish, mold goes hand in hand with water damage to permanently destroy carpets, walls, and building infrastructure once it takes hold.
The Ease of Infestation
Mold inspections are key to stopping contamination in its early stages, before it has a chance to profligate and spread. Finding it all can be difficult — mold can enter a home through doors, windows, vents, and HVAC systems, or become attached to clothing and pets. It grows well on paper, cardboard, ceiling tile, wood, dust, paint, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, upholstery, and other fabrics; and with so many ways in and countless hidden places to take root, professional testing is the most thorough way to check your property for fungus.
Removing the Source
Forensic Restoration Services uses air sampling to check for spores and trace them to their source. Once found, we rely on a variety of remediation techniques to ensure that the mold is removed completely, affected items are cleaned and sanitized, and that preventative measures are in place to stop any regrowth. Different materials require different approaches for safe elimination and decontamination, so be wary of doing any remediation yourself! Sullivan, IL residents are encouraged to give us a call to make sure that the job is done right.