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Reasons You Should Not Remove Mold by Yourself

There are a lot of sites on the Internet that offer tips on DIY mold removal and remediation. To hear the people on these sites put it, mold removal just takes a small amount of time, some bleach and a brush and presto! – no more mold. Well, these sites are doing the public a disservice. Mold removal and remediation is a job best left to the professionals. It is a tricky and dangerous job that not everyone is suited for. For this reason the state of New York, for example, requires a person be licensed in order to assess and remediate mold. In the interest of public safety, here is why mold remediation and removal should be left to the professionals.

  • The public is ill-equipped to detect and remove mold: The general public does not have access to the special equipment it takes to detect and remove mold. This equipment is so specialized that it can even detect mold in places that are not easily detected by the human eye. These special filtration and detection devices help to ensure that removal of mold is permanent and complete.
  • Risk of black mold exposure: It is easy to be exposed to black mold during the removal process if one does not know what one is doing. The last thing you should want is for your family to be exposed to even greater danger simply because you do not know how to remove mold correctly or thoroughly. Moreover, the general public lacks the tools and resources needed to ensure that they are safe during the process.
  • Missing hidden mold in the home: You can never be sure where mold may be hiding in your home especially if your household has recently recovered from a flood or fire event. Therefore, it takes special training and equipment to detect mold in hidden places around the home. In these places, mold can still pose a health risk to you and your family.
  • You could make the situation worse: If not done correctly, DIY mold removers can actually spread mold to other areas of the home making the problem much worse.mold
  • Mold removal can be a massive undertaking: Removing mold completely can be a huge time commitment. It may take more than a few minutes as many sites would have the public believe. We are experts in mold cleanup in Thousand Oaks who can efficiently remove mold and make sure that it does not return. No job is too big for us.

In short, make sure you know all the facts as you decide whether or not to do a DIY mold remediation project. You will see that it is not such a wise decision after all. It may save some money but it may cost your family its health and security in the long run.

Mold and Mental Health

Back in 2007 a groundbreaking study lead by Brown University epidemiologist Edmond Shenassa found that there is a link between damp, moldy homes and depression. Since then, more and more scientists have found that mold affects brain physiology in many ways. In fact, they have found that toxic mold can lead to psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, attention problems, brain fog and insomnia. Moreover, some individuals may be particularly susceptible to the conditions that are caused by toxic mold exposure. Here are some other facts about toxic mold and how it can negatively affect the health of you and your family.

Infections, Depression and Toxins

Some of the toxins left in the wake of a fire or flood include streptococcus and Neurological Lyme which have been shown to be responsible for creating several psychological conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression and anxiety. This is why it is vitally important to have an inspection conducted immediately after a fire or flood event. Making the situation worse is the fact that mold can often hide in places that are not immediately apparent yet in these places still cause damage.

Non- psychiatric Symptoms of Toxic Mold

Of course, the symptoms of toxic mold can manifest themselves in more than just the brain. Other symptoms of toxic mold poisoning include:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Aches
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Light Sensitivity
  • Red Eyes
  • Blurred Vision
  • Sinus Problems
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Joint Pain
  • Morning Stiffness
  • Skin Sensitivity
  • Sweats (especially night sweats)
  • Excessive Thirst
  • Increased Urination

The Good Newsmental health

The good news is that some of the mental conditions caused by toxic mold can be diagnosed and treated. Some of the treatments for mycotoxins, for example, make use of charcoal and clay as natural binds that trap these toxins permitting them to eventually leave the body. Some toxins are harder to treat once they have done their damage to the body. Therefore, the best possible solution is to quickly have your property tested after a flood event. We can specialize in mold damage restoration and water extraction carpet cleaning and can eliminate mold from your home. We can detect mold using air sampling and other techniques that can make your home safe.

Water Damage Insurance Claim Tips

Most homeowner insurance policies cover water damage to some degree or another. However, just because you are covered does not mean that the insurance company will pay off on your claim. It takes some common sense on your part and sometimes a great deal of persistence to increase your odds of being compensated when water damages your home. Here are five water damage claim tips that can help you avoid having your claim denied.

  • Document everything: Take photos of everything that is damaged and make an inventory list in the immediate aftermath of a house flood. Ideally, you should also try to gather together any pictures that show the items before they were damaged. You will also wish to find as many receipts as possible and any other information you can about damaged or destroyed items.
  • Notify your insurance company immediately after the disaster occurs: This is not only a good idea on your part but it is often required by the insurance company that you notify them promptly of a flood event.
  • Read your policy: It is a crucial that you know exactly what kinds of exceptions may be laid out in your policy. Even though this might be tedious, this is absolutely. Knowing the ins and outs of your policy will help you to avoid misunderstandings and will prepare you so that you will have relevant questions to ask your insurance company.
  • Be present during the visit: This may sound like a no-brainer but some people are not even present when adjusters compile the information they will use for the bulk of their report. Try to be there when your adjuster arrives and go through your property with him/her every step of the way. Be cooperative and obliging but do not sign anything you don’t understand and have not discussed thoroughly with him/her.
  • Determine which contractor will do the work: This will be absolutely essential if you wish to get your life back and track. Conejo Restoration is used to dealing with insurance companies. We are also experienced in handling the aftermath of flood damage such as water removal and mold removal and remediation.water damage

As you can see, you can’t just wing it when it comes to dealing with the insurance companies after a disaster such as a flood. It takes a certain amount of preparation and diplomacy to get the desired result – a successful claim that pays off. We at Conejo Restoration will help you as much as possible when it comes to getting your life back on track and putting your family safely back in your home.

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