Mold can be a problem you didn’t have last week, you do have this week, and that you’ll have a lot more of next week, if you do nothing. This is especially true after flooding or a plumbing break.
In these events crawlspaces will often not gain the attention they need. They can be hard to get into and hard to work in. Nearly all crawlspaces have a bare soil floor, so that can mean working in mud.
Even the most determined DIY homeowner will probably leave some mold behind, simply because he or she doesn’t know where to look, or what is needed to get rid of the mold permanently, and the mycotoxins mold produces.
This week lets take a look at three common household molds:
- Aspergillus Mold: Eats Organic Matter. This mold typically grows on leather and cloth, especially in humid conditions. Aspergillus mold contributes to the “musty” odor of older couches, armchairs, clothing items, and shoes. Aspergillus produces the mycotoxin aflatoxin. This especially dangerous mycotoxin is a potent carcinogen, capable of causing cancer in human tissue. Aspergillus can infect humans and animals and cause the disease Aspergillosis
Penicillium Mold: Feeds on Damp Materials. This mold is typically found in crawl spaces. When spores are released they can be carried by upward drafts and start to grow in wet insulation, carpet and even wallpaper. Prolonged exposure can lead to swelling of respiration passages and bronchial spasms.
- Stachybotrys (or Black) Mold: The Killer Wood Mold. Even though black mold only grows on wood or paper products, it is still one of the most common types of molds found in homes. This mold produces a wicked mycotoxin, trichothecene, that can lead to neurological damage. Black mold mycotoxins can also be absorbed through the skin or ingested into the lungs.
Louisville Carpet Cleaning & Flood Restoration is certified in mold remediation. As with all our services, your crawlspace mold remediation begins with an inspection by a Certified Mold Inspector. If testing is needed we will have the results about mold and fungus spores in about three days.
If your problem is caught early the mold-eating chemicals and remediation techniques we use will solve the problem. In more advanced cases we’ll use heavy equipment systems and a wider array of chemicals. All our work carries a lifetime satisfaction guarantee, we are fully insured, we are able to respond at any time of the day or night, and we have ongoing relationships with rebuild contractors.
Those are just some of the reasons LCC&FR has A+ ratings from both the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List. Little wonder, then, that Buddy of LaGrange said, “They came in and were completely professional. They did everything they could to keep the dust down while dealing with the mold in the crawlspace and the crawlspace ended up looking way better than it had before the damage had been done. “
If you haven’t been proactive about mold then you need to be active once you know mold is growing in your crawlspace. Remember, your nose is a pretty good detector of mold. If you smell something musty, you’re smelling mold. Combined with the symptoms of chronic coughing, sneezing, runny nose and aggravated asthma, you know you have mold.
It’s easy to find mold growing in your bathroom – on the tile, even on the ceiling of older unvented bathrooms. The homeowner can easily eradicate this surface mold. But crawlspaces? Now that’s another deal completely. When was the last time you looked into your crawlspace? Have you ever?
Like death and taxes, mold infestations will not go away just because you pretend they don’t exist. That’s why acting now is so important. Delay only makes the problem that much worse. When you call Louisville Carpet & Flood Repair we will give your mold problem the serious attention it deserves. We understand your family’s health is at stake.
During our inspection we’ll find the source of moisture causing your mold problem. We will chemically eradicate the mold, and in advanced cases remove the components the mold has infiltrated. All work will be performed by Certified Mold Remediation Technicians. You will know the total cost up front. Unlike other companies, Louisville Carpet Cleaning & Flood Restoration has no hidden fees.
Crawlspace mold? It’s kind of like the Creature from the Black Lagoon. It’s down there, somewhere. Just waiting.