It is not unusual for a homeowner to discover a small amount of water under a cabinet or on the kitchen floor and clean it up, only to discover a larger quantity of water in the same place the next morning. How do you know when a small problem today will create a large problem tomorrow? Lets compare this scenario to our health. If we recognize a significant change in our health (symptom) we consult with our physician in attempt to discover the cause. Through a proactive effort serious long term health risks can be averted. The same is true with water damage restoration. A minor water leak can lead to major structural or microbial (mold) damage. It is best to follow a proactive approach and seek help from a water damage professional to determine the source of the problem and the solution to correct it. In determining whether to call a “flood company” just remember this advice: IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY.
Mold is everywhere and it is not possible to rid the world of it, nor would we want to because it performs vital functions within the natural environment. However, when mold spores are introduced to a confined living space and gain access to moisture and organic material it can quickly pose a threat to the health of inhabitants.
Mold is a symptom of a moisture problem. The first step in dealing with a mold problem is to determine how to prevent the moisture that allowed the mold growth to take place. Foreign proteins in the mold structure, not just the spores or fungal fragments can cause a reaction. Nearly all parts of the mold structure and spores are potentially allergenic and some species of mold produce “mycotoxins”.
It is important to limit exposure to mold to the extent possible because any level of mold contamination has the potential to affect someone. Effects can range from mild allergic reactions to health conditions of a serious nature. A structure is considered contaminated when the level of mold contaminants is considered unsafe. These conditions and terms sound very broad in describing health effects of mold exposure and levels of contamination.
The broad nature of the effects of mold are due to the variety of mold present in the world and the varying health conditions of those exposed to it. If you think you have a mold, safe or unsafe call Russ at White Mountain Restoration and I’ll help you determine how safe your situation is.
White Mountain Restoration is a local business operating out of Snowflake that specializes in water damage dryout and cleanup. We will walk you through the insurance claim process and in most cases can help pay your deductible. We are available 24/7 so don’t hesitate to call us if you experience a loss in your home or business. Because of our central location in the white mountains we can respond quickly when your call comes in.