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Why Mold Sometimes Returns

Mold is an unusual organism with special characteristics. It is aggressive, prolific and can often re-appear even after a homeowner’s best efforts to destroy it. It can reappear even after mold remediation has been performed by experts. So, what is the value of hiring mold cleanup in Thousand Oaks? Well, we can find mold even when it may escape detection by homeowners and our experience and equipment can make it far less likely to reappear after we have treated the area.

Déjà vu all Over Again

So, once mold appears many homeowners wonder why it is happening to them again. The simple answer – as we said – is that mold can be very persistent. However, it is a bit more complicated than that. Here are some other reasons why mold can sometimes reappear in homes and offices.

  • It was not completely removed in the first place: The danger of using DIY methods to remove mold is that they are usually quite incomplete. Mold can hide in a number of places around the home. Some of these places are not always obvious to homeowners. Thus, someone can believe they have removed all mold from their home when they indeed did not. We have equipment that can detect the presence of mold in the air. Most DIYers do not have access to such equipment.
  • The right solution was not used: Most people think that bleach alone can permanently destroy mold. This is not true. While mold may destroy surface mold in some cases, it is not effective in killing all mold particularly when it covers porous surfaces.
  • Moisture levels were not controlled: When you pull moisture out of the air mold is in effect suffocated. Mold requires moisture, warmth and a place to grow. Try using a de-humidifier after we have successfully performed mold remediation on your home.
  • Mold was spread during the cleanup process: The other danger that is created when non-professionals attempt mold removal is that they sometimes release microscopic particles into the air as they are attempting to remove mold. These particles can land elsewhere in the home and the problem can begin all over again. Moreover, airborne mold particles can enter the body through the nose, eyes or ears during this attempted cleanup.
  • Proper ventilation was not used: One way to decrease the chance that mold will reappear is to maintain proper ventilation all throughout your home. When you do, moisture levels and reduced meaning that mold will not have an environment in which to grow.house mold

At Conejo Restoration, we handle mold remediation right the first time! Moreover, our experience and the special equipment we use decreases the change that mold will make an unwanted re-appearance in your life. We also handle water damage repair and fire damage repair.

Northern California Faces New Wildfires and Forced Blackouts

The nature of news is that just as one event take holds in the public consciousness something else replaces it. Thus, many people outside our state may have forgotten about the wildfires that are a constant threat to most us here. Well, back to remind us of the fragility of life and how we in The Golden State can never forget about this danger are new wildfires that are currently raging in Los Angeles, Sonoma and San Bernardino counties. As of this post, these wildfires have destroyed thousands of acres of land and threaten residents in both Southern and Northern California with massive blackouts.

The Latest Developments

October 25: More than 3,000 firefighters are engaged in fighting the Kincade fire alone.

Oct 26: PG&E has begun shutting off power to nearly 3 million people in Northern California. The company has called this a “public safety power shutoff” and says that it is necessary to avoid the possible spread of the wildfire.

Oct 27: The Governor of California – Gavin Newsom – has declared a state of emergency due to high winds that are helping to spread the fires. “We are deploying every resource available, and are coordinating with numerous agencies as we continue to respond to these fires,” Mr. Newsom said.

Oct 25-27: Nearly a quarter million people have been ordered to evacuate from the path of the Kincade fire near San Francisco.

Oct 27: The Saddle Ridge Fire, Tick Fire, Old Water Fire, Oak Fire and Palisades Fire are still burning in Southern California.

Oct 25 -27: A fire weather watch has been issued for more than 7 million from Redding down to Sacramento.

Here is a partial list of active fires in California from October-25, 2019.

  • Bautista Fire
  • Briceburg Fire
  • Cabrillo Fire
  • Caples Fire
  • Eagle Rock Fire near the Yosemite Recreation Center
  • Kincade Fire (This fire – which started near Geyserville – has been burning since Oct 23 and is being spread by a “wind event.”
  • Nelson Firefires
  • Palisades Fire

Experts believe that the start of this fire is human caused as is the case with 84% of all wildfires. One of these causes is Californians who have built their homes in fire-prone areas of the state. This increases the chances that a spark will be ignited by some human activity that can ultimately set off a fire. Moreover, reports are that the Kincade Fire started in the Geysers, The largest geo-thermal electrical facility in the world.

At Conejo Restoration we all familiar with the damage that fire can cause. We know about the ancillary damage that can follow in its wake can necessitate mold, expert smoke repair and fire damage repair. We know about the disruption in lives these events cause. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the men and women whose lives will be forever changed by these catastrophic developments.

Mold in the Workplace: What You can Do

Mold growth can occur just about anywhere. It is not necessarily confined only to private residences. It flourishes wherever moisture and organic materials exist. This means that commercial establishments are just as vulnerable to mold growth as private homes. Here are some facts about mold in the workplace, its sources and what you can do to protect yourself and your co-workers if you find it thriving in your office.

Mold in the Workplace

Mold is the number cause of a condition known as Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). This is a medical condition where people in a building suffer from symptoms of illness or feel unwell for reasons they cannot necessarily pinpoint. It is a very real condition that can contribute to absenteeism which results in lower productivity. Moreover, mold in the workplace can damage property as well as it can cause workers to suffer from a whole host of symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, etc. Finally, mold in the workplace is unsightly and can give visitors and clients to your office a bad overall impression of your business.

Its Sources

There are many places mold can begin to form in workplace. This is particularly true of buildings that lack adequate ventilation. Building materials like drywall can be a receptacle for mold as well. Some other sources of mold in the workplace include:

  • Roof leaks
  • Landscaping or gutters
  • Unvented combustion appliances
  • Delayed, unfinished or insufficient maintenance projects

 

What to do if you see Mold in your Workplace

If you see mold in the workplace, here are the steps you should take:

  • Advise your manager immediately
  • Provide details about the environment of the location
  • Recommend mold remediation
  • Visit or contact your regional or area Occupational Safety and Health Administration office
  • Request proof from your company that they’ve cleaned the area. They may wish to do so if only to avoid legal actions.office mold

Finally, if you have been exposed to mold either at home or in the place and exhibits signs such as a chronic cough you may wish to see your doctor for a check-up. He or she can advise you on what course you should take if your condition was caused by mold exposure. As mold damage restoration experts we can conduct a mold inspection and advise you on how you can eliminate mold in the workplace and at the same time protect your workers, guests and clients.

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