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Mold, the Hidden Menace: Mold Removal in Boyceville, WI


February 27th, 2014

Mold Remediation in Boyceville by ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning

Some things just naturally go together like peanut butter and jelly, burgers and fries, and needle and thread. There are other things that always follow one another like sunrise and sunset, winter and spring and, unfortunately, moisture and mold. That’s right. When not properly handled, moisture always leads to mold, and mold needs to be removed. Proper mold remediation, or removal, is best handled by a professional, like ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning of Boyceville, WI.

Even small amounts of moisture can lead to mold growth, and a seemingly trivial amount of mold can be a threat to your house and health. If left untreated, mold expands and encroaches throughout the home, contaminating everything it come into contact with. When the cause of the mold is left uncorrected, mold will come back stronger than ever.

Of course mold is unsightly when it spreads out of the dark moist areas it loves, but it is the health hazards associated with it that are more alarming. Mold has been linked to all sorts of illnesses and conditions. Some of these ailments result from direct contact or ingestion. But mold spores are more often inhaled and come from sources you may not see. Here are the most common symptoms of mold exposure:
• Nasal and sinus congestion, runny nose
• Eye irritation, such as itchy, red, watery eyes
• Respiratory problems, such as wheezing and difficulty breathing, chest tightness
• Cough
• Throat irritation
• Skin irritation, such as a rash
• Headache
• Sneezing / Sneezing fits

Some people are more sensitive to mold than others. Those at greater risk are infants, the elderly and people with chronic respiratory problems like asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Extreme and prolonged exposure to mold has even been linked to some forms of cancer. Although that link is anecdotal at this point, clinical studies are ongoing to study a suspected link.

Since mold can be a significant health hazard, it is extremely important to make sure mold removal is performed properly and thoroughly. Wherever there has been a water leak, water damage or areas where there is a moisture problem, every and all surfaces affected by the moisture need to be completely dried as soon as possible. Under the right conditions, mold can begin to grow in as little as 24 to 48 hours.

Areas that should be inspected regularly include spaces under sinks, around water supply lines and drains, and basement areas like dark corners or where a concrete wall meets a concrete floor. If a room in the basement is carpeted, check under the carpet in those areas from time to time, especially after a heavy rain or during a wet spring or summer. During our wet springs and humid summers in the Upper Midwest, you may want to consider running a dehumidifier in the basement. A little prevention is a lot less expensive than having to deal with water damage or mold removal.

Once mold gains a foothold, eradicating it and eliminating the source can be a challenge for a property owner. If you suspect there may be a problem, a trained professional can evaluate your property to determine whether you have a mold issue, follow appropriate mold remediation procedures to get rid of the mold and properly dispose of any affected materials. They can also work with you to identify the source, correct the problem and make suggestions about how to prevent the problem from recurring.

In northwestern Wisconsin, ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning is your certified mold remediation specialist. We have been working with property owners around Boyceville, Menomonie, Spooner, Rice Lake, Hayward and River Falls for years. When you contact us, you can be confident your mold problems will be a thing of the past. We are continually involved in training our professionals in the latest and most effective methods for handling mold as well as any other cleaning or restoration need. We take pride in what we do, and it shows in our commitment to our customers.

 

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