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Types of Mold
Mold comes in a variety of colors, like black, white, green, and even orange. The most common types of mold are called Aspergillus, Cladosporium, and Stachybotrys Chartarum. The mold that is allergenic and typically found in food and in air conditioners is aspergillus. Cladosporium looks like a black or green pepper that grows on the back of painted surfaces, behind toilets, and in fiberglass air ducts. This mold is non-toxic, however it does cause allergy symptoms. Stachybotrys chartarum is the black and deadly form of mold. This mold can release spores as it feeds on organic materials in a household, like carpet, insulation, and drywall. If these spores are ingested or inhaled, they can cause very dangerous symptoms. If you experience any of these of molds in your home, call the experts at Stretch Cleaning and Restoration to get this problem taken care of.
How is Mold Caused & Where it Can Grow
Mold loves moisture and it also reproduces by releasing tiny spores in the air. Mold can also grow by a food source (like cotton, wood, and drywall), warmth, oxygen, time, and darkness. If you have experience getting water damage in a certain area, you should check for mold appearances. If you do happen to get mold, call the professionals at Stretch Cleaning and Restoration in Long Beach Island to remove the mold and help prevent it from coming back again.
Mold can typically grow anywhere in the home if it has any of the above conditions, but mold often grows on ceilings, clothes, floor, furniture, basement, walls, windows, insulation, and air ducts.
Process of Removing Mold
Figuring out where the water is coming from will be the first main focus of the process. Once the water source is found, the professionals will cut this off. That way, the water will not be a problem in the area anymore. Just before the removal of the mold, the experts at Stretch Cleaning and Restoration in Long Beach Island will seal off the area that the mold is in, so the spores don’t get released into the air and spread throughout the entire home. Once the area is sealed off, then the mold will be removed right at the source. Negative Air is a big thing for the mold removal process because this allows clean air to come into the contaminated area. This will push all of the bad air outside of the home. Negative air is created by using air pressure machines and blower fans. If the mold contaminated any baseboards, insulation, or drywall, the professionals at Stretch Cleaning and Restoration will remove those and replace it will new ones. Then, an antimicrobial chemical is used to clean the areas that have mold stains or any left-over mold.
The next important step to the mold removal process is cleaning the air in the home. HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air), which is air scrubbers and air exchange, are used to clean the air. It is a simple ventilation Stretch Cleaning and Restoration will use that removes the moldy air and replaces it with clean air, so it is safe for you and your family to breathe in.