Mold Removal in Des Plaines
Servicemaster is your local mold removal company to eliminate the source of what has caused the mold, and implement the proper processes. in order to eliminate mold growth.
DON’T LET YOUR HOME AND HEALTH BE RUINED WITH MOLD!
Mold is present everywhere in nature, but when it finds its way into your home it can be a major problem. We use infrared technology and special chemicals to help remediate the mold and protect your home by performing mold remediation services.
MOLD REMEDIATION SERVICES
We know how to stop a growing problem.
We know how to identify and eliminate the source of what has caused the mold, and implement the proper processes in order to eliminate mold growth. We can clear the contamination, while restoring peace-of mind.
WHAT IS MOLD?
Mold is more than a smelly nuisance. For homeowners, it can discolor and damage their home and present a serious health conRestorcern. Molds are organisms which are neither plant nor animal.
They are part of the fungi kingdom. Unlike plants, molds do not get their energy from the sun through photosynthesis. In fact the sun’s ultraviolet light inhibits mold growth. Molds also digest or “eat” the material they are growing on. The role of mold is to break down decaying organic matter such as dead plants, leaves or dead animals.
Mold is a problem most homeowners rarely think about and hope to never experience. It can grow almost anywhere, indoors or outdoors. Mold grows best in damp, warm conditions, such as basements, showers or decks. And, it can grow quickly.
Living under conditions where high mold levels are present can be dangerous. Not only can mold cause adverse health effects, but left unattended, it will continuously grow and can damage and destroy whatever material it comes into contact with. People are exposed to mold through skin contact, inhalation or ingestion, which may cause mild to severe allergic reactions, depending on a person’s sensitivity.
Most experts recommend a professional mold remediation services company when elevated mold levels are detected. Our professionals are specially trained to isolate and treat mold-affected areas to avoid contaminating adjacent spaces.
The ServiceMaster mold remediation team works with nationally recognized testing facilities and can provide mold inspection, laboratory analysis and written remediation plans at a reasonable price. We know how to identify and eliminate the source of what has caused the mold, and implement the proper processes. in order to eliminate mold growth. We can clear the contamination, while Restoring Peace-of-Mind®.
CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING 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 on a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Let your nose lead the way. 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.
WHAT IS BLACK MOLD?
Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold o.en called “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold. Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualified mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact ServiceMaster mold remediation services immediately.
“MOLD REMOVAL” VS MOLD REMEDIATION
Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy.
A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth. ServiceMaster Restore DCS professionals have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.
Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same.
Get in touch with our Des Plaines mold removal experts by calling (847) 957-9746 today!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS MOLD?
Mold is a microscopic fungus that is part of the natural environment and necessary for our ecosystem. While it is necessary in the outdoor world, too much mold inside a structure can be dangerous and unsanitary. Mold produces spores as part of its lifecycle, and these spores float through the air both inside and outside.
WHY IS MOLD A PROBLEM?
Many people aren’t aware that mold can cause serious structural damage to homes and businesses, which, if le. undetected, can cause a property to lose value and/or require significant repairs. And if you have ever suffered from allergies, exposure to molds can o.en cause nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, skin irritation or even more severe reactions.
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WHAT DOES MOLD NEED IN ORDER TO GROW?
Mold needs a moist environment, temperatures above freezing and a food source, which could be leaves, paper, dirt, wood or other building materials. Mold is more likely to be found in damp, dusty spaces or areas with stagnant air.
HOW CAN I TELL IF I HAVE MOLD?
If you see mold growth or water stains, a mold test can help identify related microbial activity. You can also look for areas where water leakage has occurred, such as roofs, pipes, ceilings or walls. Musty smells may also indicate the presence of mold.
WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF MOLD ON MY HEALTH?
Most mold symptoms are caused by mold allergies. When you breathe in mold spores your immune systems responds by creating allergic reactions. These reactions are the immune system’s defense against foreign particles entering the body. The more a person is around mold the more sensitive to it they will become. This means that they can end up unable to tolerate being around even small amounts of mold. Their allergic reactions will also become more and more severe. Symptoms that mold allergies cause include:
- Cold or flu like symptoms – Coughing, sneezing
- Sore, irritated, itchy throat
- Blocked nose, Itchy nose, Runny nose
- Sinus congestion and headaches
- Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
- Irritated, itchy skin
- Skin rash, hives
- Watery eyes
- Red, bloodshot eyes
- Itchy eyes and ears
- Hair loss, baldness
- Hay fever symptoms
WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT THE GROWTH OF MOLD IN MY HOME?
The most effective means to keep mold in check include keeping the humidity level of your home at 40–60 percent, using an air conditioner and/or dehumidifier during humid months and in damp spaces like basements, and always utilizing exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens, along with dryer vents outside your home. Lastly, if there are leaks in your roof, walls or plumbing, it is important to repair them as soon as possible.
IF I SEE MOLD, COULDN'T I JUST TREAT IT MYSELF WITH AN OFF-THE-SHELF SPRAY?
Most non-professional treatments simply cover up odors and possibly kill off surface molds or impurities temporarily. Unfortunately, they can’t penetrate deeper into walls and other areas where molds and mildew originate. Furthermore, such sprays or aerosols often contain harsh chemicals or synthetic ingredients that could be harmful when ingested. Unless the feeding ground of the mold spores is discovered, so the mold can be eliminated at its source, the problem will not be fully resolved.
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WHEN DOES MOLD NEED TO BE HANDLED BY A PROFESSIONAL MOLD REMEDIATION SERVICES COMPANY?
Most experts recommend a professional remediation company when elevated mold levels are detected. Remediation professionals are specially trained to isolate and treat mold-affected areas to avoid contaminating adjacent spaces.
SOME MOLDS HAVE THE REPUTATION OF BEING MORE DANGEROUS THAN OTHERS. IS IDENTIFYING THE MOLD IMPORTANT?
Sometimes you will hear terms like “toxic mold” and “black mold” used to refer to molds. While identifying the type of fungus or mold may be interesting, it doesn’t affect the course of action. If mold is present, the CDC has strongly recommended that it be removed by professional mold remediation services, no matter the type*.
*Source: “Facts about Mold and Dampness.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 18 September 2012. Web. http://www.cdc.gov/mold/dampness_facts.htm