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What You Need to Know About Red Mold

Last time on this blog we talked a bit about how mold can come in a variety of colors. We also discussed the meanings and types of mold that appear in the home and in the wild. This time we would like to take some time to talk about a type of mold that usually flies under the radar – red mold.

What is Red Mold?

Red mold is a type of yeast that often appears as small spots are flecks. For this reason, many people mistake it for simple stains. Moreover, red mold can generally be found on building materials such as particle board or drywall and can quickly spread just as any other kind of mold can depending on the surrounding environment. Finally, once red mold has begun to spread its presence can usually be detected by its musty smell.

Is Red Mold Dangerous?

Red mold is not black mold for sure but that does not mean that it does not pose certain health risks. Symptoms of red mold exposure can cause certain symptoms to appear in the following kinds of individuals:

  • Babies, toddlers, and children.
  • People with respiratory problems, such as asthma, pneumonia, or bronchitis.
  • People with allergy, or tend to develop allergic reactions easily.
  • People with compromised immune system, such as those with AIDS, Lupus, and cancer.
  • The elderly.

The symptoms of red mold exposure include dizziness, headache, sneezing, coughing, blocked nose, eye irritation, and exhaustion.red mold

How to Prevent Red Mold

The formation and spread of red mold can be prevented in much the same as the spread of others kinds of mold can be controlled – by controlling moisture levels in your home or business. In particular, you should use a dehumidifier to lower humidity levels and increase the circulation in your home or office if you think that mold may have begun to form in either of these places.

How to Remove Mold

Finally, you can attempt to remove red mold using a DIY like bleach but this is not a good idea. First, you will likely expose yourself to mold or even cause it to spread while you are attempting to remove it. Second, red mold is often accompanied by other kinds of mold and can signify a larger problem. Lastly, DIY methods cannot fully detect the extent of mold contamination like our special equipment can which can test air quality and the presence of microorganisms.

We have all read and heard a great deal about black mold and green mold and many people wrongly assume that these are the only kinds of mold that can be harmful. We hope that this post has dispelled that notion. Any kind of mold can be harmful particularly to those who have weakened immune systems and/or allergies. That is why it is important to take action after your home or business has undergone water damage in Thousand Oaks. Our water damage restoration team can quickly detect all kinds of mold and remove it from your dwelling or place of business ensuring the health and safety of your family and your employees.

Different Mold Colors: What they are and Would they Could Mean

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Mold is more complicated than most people might imagine. Yet, the fact that it can trigger rashes, headaches, allergies and asthma attacks and that it is unsightly is all that concerns most people. On the other hand, we at Conejo Restoration are familiar with the different types of molds you may stumble across. Here is our helpful guide that will tell you how to identify each kind of mold that may be in your home based on its color.

  • Green mold: This is the color that most people associate with mold. However, green mold is more complicated than most people would imagine. For example, did you know that there are thousands of species of green mold? Well, there are. Additionally, it is impossible to know exactly what kind of mold you are facing without an expert’s guidance. This kind of mold – just as with all other kinds of mold – should be disposed of immediately.
  • Olive green to brown/gray: Mold in these colors often has a velvety appearance. Further, there are approximately 40 species of this kind of mold – Alternaria – that can be found outdoors on many kinds of vegetation as well in your carpets, basement and attic.
  • Blue, white mold: These kinds of mold belong to the Penicillium genus. Yes, you’ve guessed it. This kind of mold was first used many years ago to produce penicillin. It is commonly found on walls. It too can create allergenic reactions in those who are sensitive it its presence.
  • Black mold: There are 180 species of black mold which commonly grows in damp areas of houses and sometimes in nature. Exposure to it can cause aspergillosis, a group of diseases often characterized by breathing issues.
  • Pink mold: Pink mold is often found in bathrooms around sinks and tubs and is actually a form of bacteria. The danger with it is that it can enter the urethra through catheters or the lungs through respirators for patients who are confined in hospitals. It has even been known to infect the corneas of some contact lens wearers via their contact lens cases.mold

Whatever kind of mold is in your home it has no place there. Our mold remediation team can inspect and remove any kind of mold that is growing in your home. We have the right equipment and experience to conduct mold inspection that will be thorough and complete whether it was formed in the aftermath of a flood or other cause.

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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