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Eliminate Mold and Mildew with a Chicago Water Damage Restoration Company

5/13/2015 (Permalink)

House water damage creates a breeding ground for mold and mildew in Chicago.

Eliminate mold and mildew with a water damage restoration company.

Chicago mold and mildew present an immediate hazard to the health of you and your family. That’s why it’s essential that you take immediate action when water damage invades your home. Mold and mildew spores can start propagating within hours of a fire or flood emergency. Even if you repair the damage, mold and mildew can destroy your home and health.

The inhalation of toxic mold and mildew has been linked to cancer, immune disorders, respiratory issues and other diseases. It has also been shown that children are at risk of developing asthma after breathing mold and mildew for a prolonged period of time.

The best way to prevent the growth of mold and mildew Chicago after a fire or flood emergency is to contact a fire restoration contractor as soon as possible. There are also steps that you can take to reduce your exposure to mold and mildew. A water damage emergency is bad enough, but the long-lasting effects of mold and mildew can be even worse.

Water Damage and Mold Growth

Molds consume organic materials as they spread throughout a home or business. They love to chow down on materials such as wool, cotton or any surface covered with things like soil, food, or grease. Mold will eventually destroy the wood, textiles and other materials in your home. Your home is especially vulnerable to mold growth if you live where the weather is warm or humid. Voracious mold spores thrive on the moisture introduced by a fire or flood emergency.

The Toxic Effects of Mold and Mildew

House water damage can promote immune disorders, cancer and lung problems. Chicago mold and mildew growth are often responsible for severe allergic reactions that can cause dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, shortness of breath or even asthma attacks. Mold allergies are also associated with symptoms such as sinus issues, chronic fatigue, vertigo and mood swings.

House water damage creates a breeding ground for mold and mildew. It’s important that you protect your health and home by speaking with a professional restoration company. They have the knowledge, experience and equipment to prevent the spread of toxic mold and mildew. Only a water damage restoration company has the expertise necessary to locate and destroy harmful mold and mildew.

Understanding Mold

Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

SERVPRO of West Loop-Bucktown-Greektown Professionals are dedicated to responding immediately when you contact them. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further Chicago mold damage, and reduces cost. If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, call SERVPRO of West Loop/Bucktown/Greektown at (773) 434-9100. We can inspect and assess your property for the presence of moisture, humidity, and mold infestation. If mold is found, our technicians have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle mold damage in your Chicago home or business.

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