Common Questions About Mold
What are symptoms and signs of mold allergy?

Sneezing, runny nose, coughing, wheezing, watery eyes, redness of the eyes, itchy eyes, skin irritation, or rash.

What kind of mold is dangerous?

The mycotoxins produced by Stachybotrys chartarum are potent, but there is some evidence that only a few strains of Stachybotrys chartarum are toxigenic, indicating that this particular type of “toxic mold” may be quite rare. Aspergillis is a family of molds, and only some aspergillis molds are toxigenic.

Can mold kill?

Black mold can kill. If you’re exposed for long enough, black mold spores can shut down your organs, incapacitate your immune system, and damage your brain—resulting in death.

What does mold smell like?

In general, the smell of mold is unpleasant, and smells like something is moist in the room. Some people compare it to the smell of wet socks, or rotten wood or paper. When mold eats, grows and multiplies, it releases Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds (MVOCs).

How does mold or mildew affect people?

Some people are sensitive to mold or mildew. For these people, exposure to mold or mildew can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation. Some people, such as those with serious allergies to molds, may have more severe reactions like fever and shortness of breath.

Where is mold found?

Mold is found in virtually every environment and can be detected indoors and outdoors, year round. Mold growth is encouraged by warm and humid conditions. Outdoors it can be found in shady, damp areas or places where leaves or other vegetation is decomposing. Indoors, mold can be found where humidity levels are high, such as basements or showers.

How can people decrease mold?

Sensitive individuals should avoid areas that are likely to have mold, such as compost piles, cut grass, and wooded areas. Inside homes, mold growth can be slowed by controlling humidity levels and ventilating showers and cooking areas.

How long does an estimate take?

Typically an hour.

When can you get here after I call you?

Usually within 24 to 48 hours. We want to remove your mold problem as quickly as possible to ensure the safety of your health and home.

How long does mold remediation take?

The average project takes 3 days.

How much do you charge?

It depends on your situation. Prices may vary based on the size and scope of the work required.

Will insurance cover my mold?

Most insurance companies claim that mold is the result of a homeowner maintenance problem – which they don’t cover. You may stand a chance if the mold was caused by a covered peril such as a burst pipe or sump pump failure but there is a very special way you have to approach it with them. We are experts in determining whether or not your insurance will cover your complete loss and we will make every effort to give you a straightforward answer based on our expertise.

When can you start?

Usually within 5 to 10 days.

Will I lose access to parts of my home while you remediate?

Depends on where the mold is. We have to contain the mold so we have to seal off the area around it. We do, however, work around your furniture and living space as best as possible.

Can’t I just spray bleach on the mold and fix the problem over a weekend?

Bleaching mold is like bleaching your hair – it’s still there, it’s just a different color now. Killing mold is not the goal. A dead mold spore will give you an allergic reaction just as bad as a living spore. A dead mold spore is coated with just as many mycotoxins as a living spore. Mold is not like germs where you can spray it with something and not worry about it anymore. You need a professional mold remediator to seal off the mold, filter the mold spores out of the air, remove the mold and thoroughly clean every square inch with special techniques.

Can I take the mold out myself and have you treat it later?

We do not recommend this. If you don’t remove mold right, then you’re going to expose yourself and your home to a lot of mold which could actually make the situation worse and more costly.

I read online that I can remove less than 10 square feet of mold myself. Is that true?

Obsolete protocols made in the 90’s said that was ok but research in the last 10 years has proven that removing any amount of mold yourself is a bad idea because no one knows how much mold is hidden. That’s why professionals set up containment and negative air pressure because this enables us to contain and control the situation if more mold is found. Consider this fact: 250,000 mold spores fit on the head of a pin. How many spores do you think are in 1 square foot of mold?

Can my handyman remove mold?

Only if they have specialized mold training. Only a qualified mold remediator should remove mold from your home. Poorly done mold remediation can make the situation worse.

I am almost certain my home has a mold problem. Am I in danger? Do I need to leave my home?

Rarely. The first thing to do is remain calm. Don’t panic. Don’t just go with the cheapest or first company you call either. Get references, written estimates, and make sure you do your due diligence before committing to any company. Call us for an honest assessment and keep in mind, we encourage you to compare our estimate with other companies in the area.

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    Jackson, Michigan
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    Northville, Michigan
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    Pontiac, Michigan
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