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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.

Things to Do If You Have Storm Damage

Dealing with storm damage can be a herculean task. Homes and businesses can be damaged as a result of many extreme weather events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, severe storms, etc. The important thing to remember is to try to remain calm and think about the steps that will be needed to eventually recover from nature’s ire. Therefore, since we are approaching the spring season, we have provided you with some tips you should follow in the event your home becomes damaged by a storm.

  • Use caution while working on the roofs.
  • Analyze the kind of damage you might be dealing with. After you are sure that it is safe to return to your home, make a brief assessment the damage that has been done. Although a complete inspection is best left to professionals, this initial assessment may prepare you for what is to come in the days, weeks and perhaps months to follow.
  • Take care while using a chainsaw or other power tools.
  • Repair roof leaks in order to prevent water damage to the interior of your home.
  • Make sure to cut off the main power supply if your home should become completely flooded.
  • Before clearing up the damage, take pictures. This will help you when it comes time to file your insurance claim.holidays

Insurance clearance:

The most common mistake that many people make is to call their insurance company immediately after a storm damages their home. There are some important steps you should follow before you contact the insurance company.

  • First, you need to consult with a reputable storm damage restoration company. They will completely inspect the property to figure out the severity of the damage to your home. They will also be able to produce an estimate for the cost of the restoration process. This estimate will also be useful for insurance purposes.
  • Read your policy carefully before you call the insurance company so that you know what to expect from your agent and so you’re prepared with the proper questions to ask regarding your coverage.holidaysIf your home has been damaged by severe storm storms, give us a call at Conejo Restoration – the leading restoration company in Thousand Oaks, CA. We provide various services to our customers such as fire damage, water damage and mold remediation & restoration all within your budget. We care for your property and give the best hygienic storm restoration services. Our highly experienced professionals are courteous and thorough. For further queries visit is at http://www.conejorestoration.com/.

Air Sampling for Mold: How it Works and Why it’s Necessary

We’ve discussed on this blog how the damage caused by mold can go largely unseen. Mold can hide in places that the average homeowner may not even think to look. Well, rather than inspect every inch of a home in search of mold spores there is a more efficient way to determine whether or not mold is present. This way is by sampling the air in the household in question. This is often a wise step to take after a home has suffered from some severe form of water damage caused by a backed up sewer, storm or aftermath of a fire. Air sampling for mold is one of several tools we use here at Conejo Restoration. So that you will know more about this process here is some general information about air sampling for mold.

How Air Sampling for Mold is Done

There are several methods for collecting air samples in order to test for mold. These include Impaction sampling – which takes a calibrated air sample and injects captured spores on a slide for examination with a microscope. Single-use cassette samples which also use forced air to collect samples and Particle collectors which can trap mold on a dish to be examined later. There are two important things to remember however. First, air sampling for mold should be done by processionals. Second, mold can be anywhere in a home so multiple sites must be examined in order for any test for mold to be truly revealing.

Guidelines for Mold Air Sampling

  • We pay attention to the number and location of samples: As we have stated, in order for any testing to be meaningful multiple samples must be taken in multiple locations. We make sure that samples are taken in the complaint area and that a control sample is taken in an area that has not been affected by mold. (For example, a sample can be taken outside in the winter, etc.)
  • We explain the goal of sampling: We address any questions you may have about mold sampling, the procedures we use and the actions that we advise are taken once the results are known.
  • Make sure the data is interpreted accurately: We use thorough testing methods to ensure that the results we get are accurate and complete. This is the only way that your family and home can be protected against the health dangers posed by mold.air sampling
  • We know the limitations of air sampling: Finally, we understand that air sampling is only one component to a battery of tests that must be taken once mold is suspected. We visually inspect the area and conduct other tests as well.

Finally, as we have already indicated hidden mold is not always easy to detect. For that we use our years of experience in water damage repair. We know the places that mold is likely to form and our team can handle all kinds of water damage in Thousand Oaks.

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