Water Damage + Time = MOLD! …Swartz Contracting is the Solution!

Author: D16 March 13, 2014

What is mold and where does it come from?

Mold grows where enough water is present for it to reproduce.  So if your home or business had recent water damage, mold could be a concern.  It eats the material it grows on and can have an unpleasant odor.  It spreads quickly if water is present (leaks or spills) or if there is high humidity.

Water problems should be fixed within 24-48 hours because mold can begin to grow in 48 hours.  The longer you wait the more mold you will have, and more mold = more money!  Though hard surface items can be cleaned, porous items must be removed.  Certified, experienced professionals like Swartz Contracting can properly assess such situations and clean, remove, and replace all affected areas as necessary.

What are the health effects of mold?

Some people have symptoms when exposed to mold.  These may include allergic reactions, irritation, asthma episodes, and respiratory problems that can lead to infection.  Exposure to airborne or high levels of mold can lead to reactions and health problems.  People with existing respiratory conditions, infants and children, the elderly, pregnant women, and immune compromised individuals are at an even higher risk of health effects from mold.  It is important to note though that if a mold problem exists, it should be taken care of immediately even if those exposed are considered healthy.

What kind of mold do I have?

There are hundreds of thousands of different kinds of molds.  No matter the color, it needs to be removed as soon as possible.  “Toxic” mold produces toxins for cells to break down.  One must touch, breathe, or swallow the mold to be affected.  Not all molds contain toxins.

 

If you have water damage or mold due to water problems, trust the professionals.  Trust Swartz Contracting.  Our #1 goal is to rebuild your dreams and restore your confidence.  We treat every situation with the utmost care and restore your property to its pre-loss condition as quickly as possible.  Call us today for a free quote!  800-462-1024

 

Source:  Ohio Indoor Air Quality Coalition. (2004). Mold and Health Effects. Retrieved from http://publichealth.columbus.gov/Asset/iu_files/MOLD_and_Health_Effects.pdf