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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.

How Mold Affects Pets

There is much information on the Internet about the effect of mold on humans. However, not much has been written about how mold affects our four legged friends who see and traverse the world in an entirely different way than we do. Dogs, for example, very much explore the world through inhalation. This means that they can be particularly vulnerable to the damaging effects of mold. Let’s take a look at how mold affects our pets.

How Mold Affects Pets

As we have already stated, dogs are even more susceptible to mold than we are. This is because their sense of smell is many times greater than ours and because they are more likely to come into direct contact with mold as they travel through our homes. Thus, prolonged mold exposure can affect dogs in much the same way that it can affect us. Black mold can cause respiratory conditions in your pets such as COPD, asthma, and respiratory allergies. There is even some evidence to suggest that mold can trigger even more serious conditions in pets (and humans) such as acute liver damage, tumors, cirrhosis of the liver and immunosuppression damage.

Signs and Symptoms of Mold in Dogs

The first thing we can do to protect our pets from the dangers of mold is to learn to recognize the symptoms and signs of mold exposure. Some of the signs of mold sickness in dogs include:

  • Excessive licking, especially on your dog’s paws Loss of fur in small areas
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Discharge from eyes and nose
  • Noisy or labored breathing
  • Lethargy and listlessnesspets
  • Lack of appetite
  • Behavioral changes

How to Keep Your Pets Safe from Mold

If you suspect mold growth in your home then you should have an inspection done immediately. This will help to protect your pets and your human family. We specialize in water damage restoration and water damage repair. Water following a flood or fire are often the preamble to a mold problem in many homes. Next, you should keep everything that your pet comes into contact with clean and dry. You should also keep your pet away from trash cans, underneath sinks, etc. These are places that mold can hide. If your pet does become exposed to mold, then you should immediately take it to a veterinarian.

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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