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How To Get Rid Of Black Mold? Facts & Services
A mold infestation in your home or business can be a costly and dangerous problem that causes serious health problems. This is particularly the case with infestations of toxic black mold. Getting black mold under control can be tricky. And the symptoms and health effects of exposure to black mold and black mold poisoning cover a wide range of health problems. The mold remediation professionals at Guardian Recovery Services, based in Ferndale, offer safe and effective black mold removal and black mold testing services all over Michigan.
What is ‘Black Mold?’
Black mold, or Stachybotrys chartarum, feeds on common organic materials found in carpet, drywall, insulation, paper, or wood that have gotten wet. As the black mold feeds, it releases spores that can spread through the air and land on any surface. If ingested or inhaled, these black mold spores can trigger a host of unpleasant and even dangerous side effects.
Most of the effects associated with exposure to black mold spores are respiratory in nature. This means they can affect breathing and associated systems. Symptoms of black mold exposure or black mold poisoning can include:
- Chronic coughing and sneezing
- Eye irritations and watering
- Irritated mucus membranes in the nose and throat
- Assorted rashes
- Chronic fatigue
- Persistent headaches
Some people have allergies that are severely affected by exposure to black mold. In these people, symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, and even bleeding in the lungs and from the nose. Anyone experiencing such symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.
How Can I Prevent Black Mold from Invading My Home or Business?
All buildings and properties in Michigan, both residential and commercial, should be routinely inspected for evidence of moisture accumulation, water damage, and visible mold. Any condensation, water leaks, or flooding should be corrected immediately to prevent the growth of mold.
Other Helpful Black Mold Recommendations:
- Keep humidity levels low, especially in places with regular changes in moisture and air temperature. No more than 50% humidity is recommended.
- Use an air conditioner or dehumidifier during humid or especially wet months.
- Be sure buildings have adequate ventilation, including exhaust fans in kitchens and bathrooms.
- When painting, be sure to add mold inhibitors to the new paint.
- Clean bathrooms with mold-killing products like Concrobium Mold Control.
- Do not carpet bathrooms.
- Remove and replace perpetually wet or flooded carpets with hard flooring.
How Can I Get Rid of Black Mold?
Contrary to all the DIY solutions you will find across the internet, any type of mold, including black mold, is extremely pervasive. It can and will reach into areas you cannot clean with do-it-yourself methods. For the health and safety of your family or others, as well as to protect the investment in your Michigan property, you should call Guardian Recovery Services for complete black mold testing, analysis, and a black mold remediation plan.
Our Black Mold Remediation & Testing Process
GRS mold technicians will collect material from the surface and air to determine what types of mold are present on your property. Samples are examined under a microscope, and the quantity of each type of mold is determined. A full lab report will reveal if you have black mold, along with other harmful types and their level of infestation. With these results, we can then create a protocol for mold remediation
Black Mold Remediation Service Based In Ferndale
Mold Remediation seeks to determine the cause of mold growth, identify the areas where growth has become a problem, and return mold levels to normal. This includes removing toxic elements like black mold from your property, as well as treating growth areas to prevent reoccurrences. GRS technicians use only OSHA-approved cleaning agents and follow all standards for restoration and mold cleaning established by NAMP and IICRC guidelines. Your property will retain only a healthy amount of mold that’s common in the surrounding ecology.