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Mold Remediation in Los Angeles

Eliminating Harmful Mold from Homes & Businesses

Don’t let your mold problem get out of hand and make sure you contact a professional Los Angeles mold remediation service company. The Los Angeles mold remediation specialists at Burns Environmental Services are happy to talk to you about the process. Your health and safety are our highest priorities. When we take on a mold removal project, we are extremely thorough and will ensure that no trace of mold is left behind.

For professional and reliable Los Angeles mold remediation services, call us at (800) 577-4009 today or use our online form.

Whether it’s the slimy black spots on your shower curtain, the fuzzy white patches on your basement floor, or the slick orange film that forms on your kitchen drain, household mold is more than unsightly. In some cases, mold in your home can make you sick, especially if you have allergies or asthma. Whether or not you’re allergic to molds, mold exposure can irritate your eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lung. Here’s what you can do to combat mold problems, and take care of yourself and your home.

Common Signs You Have a Mold Issue in Your Home

Inhaling mold spores can be incredibly dangerous for anyone, regardless of existing health complications. Paying attention to the warning signs is vital to keeping you and your family or employees safe. Some common signs that you may have a serious mold issue include:

  • Musty Odors: If you are noticing a musty odor, this could be due to an area in your home that could be holding onto moisture. Even if you can't see the mold, it can still emit a smell. Call our expert Los Angeles mold removal team for professional help.
  • Standing Water: If you've experienced a recent flooding or an event that caused an excess of water accumulate on a surface? Left unchecked, standing water can be a huge source of mold growth.
  • Mold Spores: Mold spores can look fuzzy or slimy. Mold is not always black, it can be a myriad of different colors, grey, white, brown and even red. If you see these mold spores, contact our professional team of Los Angeles mold removal right away
  • Allergies: If your home has mold, often times people living in the home will develop a scratchy through, breathing problems or other allergic reactions. If you are experiencing this, give us a call as soon as possible as this could be toxic mold in your home.

If anyone in your home or business suffers from a mold allergy, it's even more important to stay on top of this potential issue to keep them safe. Depending on the severity of the allergy, allowing mold to continue growing in your home could put their long-term safety at risk. Because these symptoms can be confused with other illnesses or allergies, it's important to pay attention to warning signs and keep your home clear of environments that mold loves. Some other people especially at risk of serious complications include:

  • Elderly people
  • Children
  • People who are immunocompromised
  • People suffering from chronic lung disease

Common Places Mold Could Be Hiding In Your Home

Mold is always in the air, but it thrives in warm, humid environments with temperatures ranging between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. You'll commonly find mold in places that are dark and damp. The following are three areas of your home where this toxic fungus could be lurking:

  • Kitchen: Unknown to you, the kitchen may be harboring mold, and not just any type either. Black mold is one of the most dangerous mold species out there, and it can grow behind the cupboards and under the sink and floorboards. Wood and tile are two of mold's favorite materials. There are several reasons for this link between kitchens and mold growth, including high moisture levels, water leaks, and stale food. The cabinets above your oven and microwave are especially at risk for mold because they come in contact with the condensation made when these appliances are in use.
  • Bathroom: Bathtubs and showers provide enough moisture to attract mold, especially when the bathroom is not ventilated correctly, so you might discover the fungus growing on your floor, walls, and ceiling. Grout can easily become moldy because it retains moisture longer than tile. Cracks in drywall are another prime area for mold. If your shower water is slow to drain, note that clogs can make the pipes appealing to mold. Most alarmingly, your toothbrush can become the perfect breeding ground for mold if not properly taken care of. Using airtight containers to protect your toothbrush may seem like a good idea, but it actually prevents the bristles from fully drying out after each use. This creates a closed-off, wet space that is perfect for mold to flourish.
  • Carpeting: Mold can grow in or under your carpeting, particularly if it's made of organic material. It typically grows in carpeting because of tracked-in dirt, which contains both mold and moisture. Mold growth under the carpeting may be due to a defect in your vapor barrier. The fungus is also more likely to grow when the carpet is in a damp area like the laundry room.

Common Health Risks Associated with Mold

Allergic reactions to mold are the most common health effects of mold and are therefore the greatest health risk related to mold. Allergic reactions may happen immediately or develop after a period of time following exposure. Both growing mold and mold spores may lead to allergic reactions. Symptoms and signs of mold allergy may include:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Watery eyes
  • Redness of the eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Skin irritation or rash

Molds produce irritating substances that may act as allergy-causing substances (allergens) in sensitive individuals. Some molds also produce toxic substances known as mycotoxins, but mold itself is not poisonous or toxic. The term “toxic mold,” therefore, refers to the fact that certain kinds of mold can produce these substances. The conditions under which some molds produce toxins are poorly understood, and the presence of mold, even a mold that is capable of producing toxins, does not always imply that toxins are being produced or that a health risk or problem is present. Mold may not cause any health problems, or it may lead to allergy or other symptoms in people, including adults and children, who are sensitive to molds.

Asthma attacks may be caused by mold or mold spores in people who have asthma and are allergic to mold. Even in some nonallergic individuals, mold can cause symptoms of irritation in the eyes, skin, and airways. For example, the “black mold” Stachybotrys, along with some other types of mold, produces toxins known as mycotoxins that can cause irritation of the skin and airways in susceptible individuals.

Sometimes, people may develop severe reactions to mold exposure. Symptoms of severe reactions, which are uncommon, include fever and difficulty breathing. People with compromised immune systems or patients with chronic lung disease can develop serious infections of the lungs due to molds.

It is not possible to predict the degree of severity of the health risks associated with mold in the home. Allergic individuals vary in their degree of susceptibility to mold, and any symptoms and health risk may also depend upon the extent and exact type of mold that is present.

In 2004 guidelines update in 2009, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) reported there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheezing in otherwise healthy people. Mold also was linked to the worsening of asthma symptoms in people who have asthma. Mold was also reported to be linked to hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to this immunologic condition. This uncommon disease is similar to pneumonia and can develop in susceptible individuals after brief or prolonged exposure to mold.

Steps to Take Before You Begin the Mold Removal Process

We know that Los Angeles mold remediation services is a complicated process and should only be done by a licensed professional. Our Los Angeles mold removal service professionals ask that you take a few steps before we arrive so that we can minimize the mold growth prior to removal.

If there is mold on your property, you should:

  • Turn off any sources of water near the mold: Water only helps mold grow and the sooner you stop the water, the better.
  • Wear a type N-95 respirator mask any time you are near the mold: These can be bought at any hardware store and they will prevent you from breathing in toxic mold spores.
  • Be careful of porous materials: You will likely have to throw away all mold-contaminated porous materials, such as drywall and carpet. It is difficult to eliminate mold from these types of materials.

Mold Removal Experts Serving Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside & Orange Counties

Like most environmental cleanup jobs, mold abatement should be handled by a licensed Los Angeles mold remediation service professional. You and your family’s health is too important to be compromised by a dangerous mold spore disturbed during an unprofessional cleanup. We are happy to help you eliminate mold and determine the source of the mold so that you can go back to business as usual as soon as possible.

Call (800) 577-4009 now or use our online form to set up an appointment with the Los Angeles mold remediation experts at Burns Environmental Services.

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