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Preventative Mold Maintenance

Getting rid of visible mold is important, but it is equally important to prevent mold from returning once it has been removed. Mold is always present in the air around us, and when conditions become favorable (high humidity, relatively low temperature, lack of sunlight) it can instantaneously begin to form colonies.

That is why preventative maintenance is key when providing a safe environment for others.

Below are the Top 5 Negative Effects of Mold

1. Adverse Health Effects:

Some indoor molds are capable of producing extremely potent toxins. These toxins may lead to medical conditions such as nasal and sinus congestion, nosebleeds, asthma, headaches, and in extreme cases of continuous exposure, cancer or neurotoxicity. Children and elderly people are at the highest risk and often experience the most severe symptoms.

2. Legal Consequences:

Numerous lawsuits relating to indoor air quality have resulted in multi-million dollar judgments against building owners, contractors and insurance companies. These cases are rising in both frequency and amount.

3. Damage to the Building

Mold’s natural function is to break down dead organic matter. You want to do your best to prevent it from breaking down your entertainment center, coffee table, and the rest of the “dead organic matter” that we call a house.

4. May be Costly to Remove

In minor cases, it is possible to use home remedies for mold removal. However, if the impacted area is greater than 10 square feet it is necessary to get the help of a mold removal company. A typical crawl space mold removal cost can be anywhere between $500 to $4,000, but as high as $6,000 for a basement wall. If there has been structural damage to the walls, the cost of mold removal and repair may be between $10,000 and $30,000

5. Not Always Easy to Detect

Mold can be found inside crawl spaces, in attics, and in other hard-to-detect places such as behind wallpaper. Because it is important to find and remove mold as soon as possible, delayed detection may lead to the onset of negative health conditions caused by exposure to mold.

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