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Back To School Mold: The Potential Dangers of Children Being Exposed To Mold

School is starting up and children are our future. We love seeing the little ones running around, learning new skills and taking on new hobbies. What we don’t want, is to jeopardize the health of the kids. Mold can be something that hinders the path of our children. The harmful effects need to be known and mold remediation is a necessity.

The Mystery

Effects of mold are more known now than ever. That doesn’t mean everyone is safe or really knows what is happening in their homes. It is pretty difficult to determine whether or not symptoms are tied to mold, especially if the possibility of it isn’t thought of.

Mold produces tiny spores that not only trigger growth but also diminish the quality of the air. When humans are exposed to these spores, they can be inhaled and cause neutral allergic reactions that the body uses as a defense mechanism against foreign objects. Reactions to mold are different from person to person, which makes it hard to gauge what the symptoms are from. Children are among the most prone to the negative effects of mold, and the severity depends on what type of mold, the amount of exposure, and proximity of the mold to their daily routines.

Here are different symptoms children may experience when mold is in your home:

Skin Irritation

Black mold poses a threat to the skin. When spores enter the body through the skin, irritation, itching, and rashes are a definite possibility. This is much more prevalent in children because they often times are more hands on. Younger kids like to touch everything and this gives mold direct access to their skin.

Eye Irritation

On average, people touch their face 3,000 times a day. 3,000! With such a large number, it is no surprise that mold can get close to, if not in, the eyes of our little angels. When mold comes in contact with eye cells, it can cause inflammation and create vision problems. Itchy, watery, bloodshot, soreness, and puffy eyes all accompany the presence of mold. Along with that, blurred vision can come into play and that is not something we want, especially for our children.

Respiratory Problems

Studies have shown that living in a mold infested home correlates to respiratory issues in children. Different problems may arise when inhaling mold spores like these:

  • Wheezing
  • Runny nose
  • Shortness of breath
  • Itchy nose
  • Sinus congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Other flu-like symptoms

Kids with asthma are even more at risk for problems when the mold is combating their immune system. Mold can trigger more frequent attacks and exasperate the lung disease.

Black mold, in particular, can cause burning sensations in the nasal cavity, throat, and mouth. If spores get lodges in any of the sinuses and mucus membranes, it can lead to severe breathing problems, bleeding in lungs, and even death.

 Neurological Problems

The trichothecene mycotoxins in black mold do more than just affect the airways, skin, and eyes. If it wasn’t already bad enough, black mold spores can kill neurons and impair brain functions. This can cause mood swings, nervous disorders, and irritability. Common neurological problems include:

  • Slowed reflexes
  • Dizziness
  • headaches/migraines
  • Memory loss
  • Depression and anxiety
  • confusion/disorientation
  • Shortened attention span
  • Numbness
  • trembling/shaking

Problems like this can really hinder a child’s ability to develop. Learning and partaking in hobbies can stall. With even just one of these problems, there is a constant crisis on a kid’s growth in school and in their childhood.

Black Mold In The Bloodstream

When black mold finds its way into the bloodstream, vascular and circulatory problems may occur like irregular heartbeat, heart damage, inflammation in the heart, low blood pressure, too much or too little clotting,  and internal/external hemorrhaging.

Other Possible Problems

A number of other issues can affect your children due to the exposure of mold:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Muscle pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Weakness and general discomfort

How Does Mold Grow And What Can Be Done About It?

Mold requires little water to survive. In fact, just a little bit of moisture can cause mold to thrive and create an infestation. With tropical weather conditions, Florida is always at risk for mold. Problems skyrocket in some seasons too. School starts in the midst of hurricane season and this is when the mold is very much in power.

Small cracks and poor construction quality can let water in with ease. Within 48 hours, mold can already get a hold on life and move in. More time and more water can allow mold to spread around the home and get into areas that make matters worse. As mold spreads to air ducts, the fans will blow spores all over the house and allow it to latch onto furniture and other areas that are not confined to the walls.

How can you know when you have a mold problem? For starters, there are some easy baseline guides to discover an infestation. Musky earthy smells come from mold, so if your home has a very unpleasant smell, it can be a sign. Another routine check is to inspect the walls. Look for blotches or streaks of discoloration. Mold can cause the walls and other components to turn gray, black and even green. In this instance, your problem is already bigger than you might think.

Getting Rid Of Mold

Areas that are most commonly wet, like showers, are classified as a one man job. Some store-bought cleaners and sanitizers may be all you need to fix this. But when mold spread around to other areas of the home and is in larger quantities, cleaning it yourself may actually do more harm than good. Spraying and scrubbing these areas can cause mold to spread around as well as fling into the air.

When this occurs, it is best to leave this task to the professionals. It is good to know what your plan of action will be and making a call to a restoration company should be a part of it. Restoration USA is ready to help you tackle this job.

Making The Call

Calling is the first step of the process. This initial call is vital and lets us know what we will be coming to when we arrive on site. Other information in this call may include:

  • The full name of the property owner
  • Contact information
  • Homeowner’s  or property insurance policy information
  • The street address that the property is located at
  • More general information on the look/smell of the mold, or why you suspect mold may be in the property

Keeping these details on hand will make the call much smoother. Once a team arrives, we will take a look at the property and evaluate it. We will take into account any banned materials like asbestos insulation and lead paint. Removing these hazardous materials is a must.

When we are done with the inspection, we will gauge the cost and work directly with your insurance company so you can get back to your busy schedule.

Removing mold will be our next step. Restoration USA uses IICRC approved equipment to get this underway. We will remove affected areas of the home and dispose of them properly. Then we will implement our industrial air scrubbers to clean the air, and other areas that can’t be reached by hand – spores like to get into every nook and cranny.

After the mold is completely removed the smells will be taken care of with the further use of our air scrubbers. To combat nasty aromas even further, we will deodorize and sanitize the home and rid it of these smells completely.

 Go With The Pros!

Restoration USA knows how important your children are to you. We want to keep everyone safe and get them back to healthy living. With over 25 years of service, we know the ins and outs of mold remediation. We will work at your convenience and set up times that best fit into your schedule. Our team is ready to assist you at any time. We know that problems need to be compromised as soon as possible, so we offer 24 hour emergency service. If you notice any of these symptoms in your children, yourself, or anyone else in the home, give us a call at (866)-745-6428 or fill out the contact form on our mold removal page. Let your kids blossom and eliminate mold as quickly as possible; problems grow exponentially as time goes on so don’t wait it out!

Restoration USA Tips: What Are Some Common Insurance Claims That Restoration USA Receives?

Restoration USA has been in the field for over 25 years. Sometimes inquiries consist of a lot of questions that may need a few links to answer. Though we get a steady flow knocks, we like to finish the conversation on a positive note without the need for head scratching.

Some common claims have to do with a larger general spectrum like fire damage, leak detection, mold inspection and remediation, and water damage. What do we cover and how do we do our work?

Leak Detection

We run into leak detection inquiries all the time. Leaks can occur in any home or business. It can be made of the most modern materials on the market or be the oldest house in the neighborhood – leaks can happen anywhere. Some common causes of leaks are old pipes, poorly constructed plumbing systems, and pipe/drain clogs. When pressure builds up from a clog, pipes can burst. Systems built improperly could already contain leaks that just went unnoticed. Old pipes, of course, can become brittle and break even without a catalyst.

How will I know if there is a leak? Leaks often show signs early on, like puddles in the home, wet carpets and walls, a drop in water pressure, damp smells, and increase in your monthly water bill.

So what do we do to help? Our team uses IICRC certified technology to detect leaks without the need to excavate the home or break down countless square footage of walls. We will investigate the cause and pinpoint where it started. With the least invasive surgery to your property, we will go in and assess the problem and fix it.

Water Damage

Water extraction is a service homeowners frequently require. When this dangerous element enters the home it can weaken the structure and destroy your personal belongings.

Where does it come from? Well, there are a number of causes; the most common being storms, flooding, and leaking pipes. Natural and manmade disasters can occur in the home and welcome water’s arrival.

What are some signs of water damage before it gets out of hand? When water touches surfaces, it soaks in and weakens materials. It is hard to see this without taking a close look. For instance, walls may start to bloat or warp. When it goes a little further, the structure may be weak and walls may break and parts of the interior structure could collapse. Before this happens, it is important to get the premises inspected and the damage taken care of. Our goal is to help you remove this water. We will map out the process by using thermal imaging to find the source and where it is most problematic, remove what parts need replacement, extract the water with professional drying systems, and deodorize the home.

Mold Removal

Problems with water often lead to mold infestation and mold removal is a familiar claim. Since mold requires little moisture to thrive, Florida’s climate lays down a risk. Leaks and water damage can also lead to mold growth. A sick house displays symptoms too. Earthy smells and wall streaks tend to be the first to show up.

So how does mold come so quickly and out of nowhere? Unfortunately, mold can start flourishing with minimal water. Just a day’s humidity can create an avenue for mold to march on in and spread. The onset of mold can come within the first 48 hours of the presence of water. When moisture is trapped behind walls and fixtures, mold easily can populate.

Mold is a well-known hazard. It can affect some more than others, but all in all, needs to be taken care of regardless. We specialize in this area as well. Mold remediation requires much more than just some scrubbing. It actually could be spread even faster with some elbow grease from someone who is untrained. With knowledge of how mold grows, our professionals are able to take into account the threat. HEPA filtered negative pressurization is one of the processes we use to remove mold in a very safe fashion. Using industrial air scrubbers is a means of removing the nasty aromas; along with deodorizing.

Fire Damage

As we all know, disasters do occur. Fires commonly devastate homes and businesses when they do happen. Fortunately, it is not always a total loss. When fires don’t destroy everything, that means there is hope. At Restoration USA we help repair fire damage to restore your home or business back to it’s potential.

Numerous events can spark a fire – faulty equipment, candles, stoves and other items left burning, lightning from thunderstorms, and even arson. Fires can start anywhere in the home if someone isn’t paying attention.

What happens to my property after the fire is put out? Usually, any size fire emits more smoke than it seems like it should. Everything that air touches, so does the smoke. This will create an overcoming odor in the residence. Restoration USA will help remove the stench. To do this, we clean the contents and deodorize the house. We provide ozone treatment and flooring replacement and restoration.

What happens to my stuff? Restoration USA knows your belongings are important. After ensuring your home is structurally sound, we will help create content inventory, pack, and store your possessions.

 How We Operate

Restoration USA works directly with you and your insurance company to smoothen the bumps in the road. Another aspect to be utilized is our emergency service. Even when something goes bump in the night, we offer 24-hour services. With over 25 years of experience Restoration USA should be your go-to for restoration inquiries and services. Call us at (866)-745-6428 for an assessment. We will arrive within 40 minutes or work efficiently with your schedule to give you a free inspection.

Restoration USA Tips: Mold Growth at Home & The Dangers Of DIY Mold Removal

In the tropical environment of Florida, conditions tend to be humid and damp. This is welcoming to many things – among them being mold. Mold thrives in areas with elevated moisture and this goes for your home or business. Formation of mold can have a variety of effects such as dirty aromas, ugly displays of color on walls and floors, and even worse, health hazards. Though some people are less sensitive and even not affected by mold much, others face huge threats.

People who are prone to problems from mold experience feats like stuffy noses, eye irritation, coughing or wheezing, and sometimes have itchy, dry skin reactions. These risks are elevated even greater to those who may be allergic or have some sort of compromised immune system. People who have lung diseases may come face to face with serious infections. In order to prevent these hazards, avoiding areas that are possibly manifested by mold is needed.

When mold makes its way into the home, it must be taken care of as soon as possible before it spreads. With the possibility of worsening, people who are handy may try to take matters into their own hands. Restoration USA would advise against this. Removing mold is a job best left to experienced professionals.

Mold Versus The Human Body

Mold can trigger many bodily issues. For many, especially those allergic to mold, asthma can worsen and also induce asthma attacks. Your skin, eyes, nose, throat, and lungs are not safe either. Mold can create a painful irritation that may feel like burning. Along with this, inhaled mold can cause illnesses to these areas that may be sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, skin rash and lung infections or even pneumonitis. Other problems that come about from mold contact are athlete’s foot and yeast infections.

To lower your risk while being in a moldy area, it is recommended to wear gloves and avoid touching mold or moldy areas. Use protective goggles and masks that block out exposure to the face. And a great thing is to use fans, dehumidifiers, and air conditioners that you have to reduce moisture in the air.

An example of extensive mold growth in a Pompano Beach bathroom.

An example of extensive mold growth in a Pompano Beach bathroom.

Calling a Professional

The previous tips are definitely a good starter action, but these are not to be relied upon to stay safe. Mold remediation is a must have and Restoration USA is glad to provide the services.

What are the benefits of calling Restoration USA?

Health Risks: As we now know, mold can create numerous ailments to your body. Our team is trained to be safe with mold remediation and we will keep you away from contact.

Intensive Checks: Trying to clean mold may seem easy, but it is exactly doing so that can worsen your problem. When scrubbing and cleaning, you will create mold agitation. This is when particles of mold will be moved around and flung into the air without detection, which easily provides a means of spreading for mold.

Personal Private Eye: Restoration USA will be the detectives in your case. Not only will we help remove mold, but we will find the cause. It is always most effective to find out where the problem stems from to prevent the chances of another outbreak

When removing mold, it is best to call Restoration USA. With over 25 years of experience, and state of the art equipment, we will solve your mold issue in no time. Trying to remove mold yourself can do more harm than good, so give us a call at (866) 745-6428. In the case of an emergency, our lines are open 24/7. Don’t let your problems get worse — after all, your health is a priority.

Mold And Mildew: What’s The Difference?

Dark, dank conditions are the perfect breeding ground for both mold and mildew. Most people know that mold is not only hazardous to your health and personal belongings, but it can also cause serious damage to the structural integrity of your house. Read more