Mold Removal

M old and mildew are naturally occurring and are everywhere in our environment. When the amount of mold in our homes exceeds what is normal, we tend to take notice. Regardless of its health effects, none of us want excessive mold in our homes. Mold needs moisture to grow, and if you’ve discovered a mold problem, the first step is to find the moisture source. Routine homeowner maintenance is crucial to avoiding the buildup of moisture in your home. Proper ventilation and insulation are key components of preventing moisture buildup and mold growth.

T he mold remediation specialists at 1st Atlanta Remodeling & Restoration are highly-trained, conscientious professionals who care about your family’s safety and health. Mildew and mold occur naturally and especially love warm, humid environments. In fact, mold and mildew require moisture to thrive. So, that’s the first step that our mold remediation team will take when they get to your home: to locate the source of moisture that is causing the mold-based challenges. And then of course, we provide permanent cost-effective solutions.

Call the mold remediation specialists at 1st Atlanta Remodeling & Restoration today to schedule your free consultation.


What are the Health Concerns?

Some molds can produce mycotoxins which can cause health problems in humans and pets. Particularly vulnerable to illnesses are infants/children, elderly, people with immune-compromised systems, people with respiratory problems, and pregnant women. Adverse health effects reported have included reoccurring nosebleeds, headaches, rashes, extreme fatigue, dizziness, memory loss, asthma, intestinal distress. As an information hungry society, we are learning more and more about high exposures to mold and its negative effects on our health. The old cliché “It’s Better to Be Safe than Sorry” appears to be a smart motto for today’s world.

What can you do?

What do you do if you suspect that you have a mold problem? Here are some important things for you to know and steps you can take to find out more.
  • Mold growth requires a wet environment, and it usually grows in the home as a consequence of improperly controlled water damage.
  • Many molds may require a high level of moisture during initial growth, but when mature, survive and reproduce indefinitely at much lower moisture levels, sometimes as low as standard indoor humidity levels.
  • Mold growth can be effectively prevented only by quick and efficient drying, which removes the moisture necessary for initial mold growth before it can get a foothold.
  • If you suspect mold, contact an experienced contractor in mold remediation.

The best way to thwart mold is through prevention. Here are some tips to consider:
  • Locate and correct the source of the moisture.
  • Inspect your roof annually for leaks.
  • Replace missing shingles or tiles. Check flashing installed between surfaces, including chimneys, vent stacks or dormers; they are often the most common sites for leaks.
  • In colder climates, make sure you have plenty of attic insulation and ventilation. This can prevent the formation of ice dams which can cause water to back up under roof shingles.
  • In any climate, attic ventilation is a must. This allows for warmer air to escape and better circulation.
  • Inspect plumbed rooms, such as the kitchen, laundry room and bath for leaks or signs of leakage in water supply and waste lines.
  • Make sure that shower walls and floor are structurally sound, and grout and joints are well sealed and in good condition.
  • Inspect commode water supply lines for leakage. Check to make sure the fixture is properly secured to the floor and does not shift or rock when weight is applied.
  • Inspect central air-conditioning systems annually for proper operation, drainage and to ensure there is no microbial growth in the air-handler, pan or ductwork.
  • Inspect crawl spaces to ensure adequate insulation, ventilation and drainage.

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