Mold Removal

 

Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. They grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions and spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can also survive harsh environmental conditions that do not normally support normal mold growth.

 

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Common indoor molds

  • Cladosporium

  • Penicillium

  • Alternaria

  • Aspergillus

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How does mold affect people?

Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, exposure to molds 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. Severe reactions may occur among workers exposed to large amounts of molds in occupational settings, such as farmers working around moldy hay. Severe reactions may include fever and shortness of breath. Some people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may develop mold infections in their lungs.

 

Where is mold commonly found?

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

How can people decrease mold exposure?

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 keeping humidity levels between 40% and 60%, and ventilating showers and cooking areas. If there is mold growth in your home, you should clean up the mold and fix the water problem. Mold growth can be removed from hard surfaces with commercial products, soap and water, or a bleach solution of no more than 1 cup of bleach in 1 gallon of water.

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If you choose to use bleach to clean up mold:

  • Never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners. Mixing bleach with ammonia or other cleaning products will produce dangerous, toxic fumes.

  • Open windows and doors to provide fresh air.

  • Wear non-porous gloves and protective eye wear.

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using bleach or any other cleaning product.

Specific Recommendations:

  • Keep the humidity level in the house between 40% and 60%.

  • Use an air conditioner or a dehumidifier during humid months.

  • Be sure the home has adequate ventilation, including exhaust fans.

  • Add mold inhibitors to paints before application.

  • Clean bathrooms with mold killing products.

  • Do not carpet bathrooms and basements.

  • Remove or replace previously soaked carpets and upholstery.

 

What areas have high mold exposures?

  • Antique shops

  • Greenhouses

  • Saunas

  • Farms

  • Mills

  • Construction areas

  • Flower shops

  • Summer cottages

 


I found mold growing in my home, how do I test for it?

Generally, it is not necessary to identify the species of mold growing in a residence, and Lavitech does not recommend routine sampling for molds. Current evidence indicates that allergies are the type of diseases most often associated with molds. Since the susceptibility of individuals can vary greatly either because of the amount or type of mold, sampling and culturing are not reliable in determining your health risk. If you are susceptible to mold and mold is seen or smelled, there is a potential health risk; therefore, no matter what type of mold is present, you should arrange for its removal. Furthermore Lavitech can take a reliable sampling of the mold found at your location and we have standards for judging what measures need to be taken to deal with the problem.

 

If you do decide to hire us for environmental sampling of molds, our consultants will establish the criteria for interpreting the test results. Lavitech will tell you in advance what we will do or what recommendations we will make based on the sampling results. The results of samples taken in your unique situation cannot be interpreted without physical inspection of the contaminated area or without considering the building’s characteristics and the factors that led to the present condition.

 

What type of doctor should I see concerning mold exposure?

You should first consult a family or general health care provider who will decide whether you need referral to a specialist. Such specialists might include an allergist who treats patients with mold allergies or an infectious disease physician who treats mold infections. If an infection is in the lungs, a pulmonary physician might be recommended. Patients who have been exposed to molds in their workplace may be referred to an occupational physician. Lavitech is not a clinical facility. Lavitech does not see patients, diagnose illness, provide treatment, prescribe medication, or provide referrals to health care providers.

 

My landlord or builder will not take any responsibility for cleaning up the mold in my home. Where can I go for help?

If you feel your property owner, landlord or builder has not been responsive to concerns you’ve expressed regarding mold exposure, you can contact your local board of health or housing authority. Applicable codes, insurance, inspection, legal, and similar issues about mold generally fall under state and local (not federal) jurisdiction. You could also review your lease or building contract and contact local or state government authorities, your insurance company, or an attorney to learn more about local codes and regulations and your legal rights. Lavitech does not have enforcement power in such matters, nor can we provide you with advice. You can contact your county or state health department about mold issues in your area to learn about what mold assessment and remediation services they may offer.

 

I’m sure that mold in my workplace is making me sick.

If you believe you are ill because of exposure to mold in the building where you work, you should first consult your health care provider to determine the appropriate action to take to protect your health. Notify your employer and, if applicable, your union representative about your concern so that your employer can take action to clean up and prevent mold growth. To find out more about mold, remediation of mold, or workplace safety and health guidelines and regulations, you may also want to contact your local health department.

If you think that you may have a mold problem, contact Lavitech today!


Call Lavitech Los Angeles at 818-232-7835 Today For Your Free Mold Removal Estimate!

 

Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. They grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions and spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can also survive harsh environmental conditions that do not normally support normal mold growth.


Lavitech Los Angeles Mold Removal Services


Common indoor molds

  • Cladosporium

  • Penicillium

  • Alternaria

  • Aspergillus

 

Lavitech Los Angeles Mold Removal Services


How does mold affect people?

Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, exposure to molds 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. Severe reactions may occur among workers exposed to large amounts of molds in occupational settings, such as farmers working around moldy hay. Severe reactions may include fever and shortness of breath. Some people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may develop mold infections in their lungs.


Where is mold commonly found?

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

 

How can people decrease mold exposure?

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 keeping humidity levels between 40% and 60%, and ventilating showers and cooking areas. If there is mold growth in your home, you should clean up the mold and fix the water problem. Mold growth can be removed from hard surfaces with commercial products, soap and water, or a bleach solution of no more than 1 cup of bleach in 1 gallon of water.

 

Lavitech Los Angeles Mold Removal Services - Decreasing Mold Exposure


If you choose to use bleach to clean up mold:

  • Never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners. Mixing bleach with ammonia or other cleaning products will produce dangerous, toxic fumes.

  • Open windows and doors to provide fresh air.

  • Wear non-porous gloves and protective eye wear.

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using bleach or any other cleaning product.

 

Specific Recommendations:

  • Keep the humidity level in the house between 40% and 60%.

  • Use an air conditioner or a dehumidifier during humid months.

  • Be sure the home has adequate ventilation, including exhaust fans.

  • Add mold inhibitors to paints before application.

  • Clean bathrooms with mold killing products.

  • Do not carpet bathrooms and basements.

  • Remove or replace previously soaked carpets and upholstery.


What areas have high mold exposures?

  • Antique shops

  • Greenhouses

  • Saunas

  • Farms

  • Mills

  • Construction areas

  • Flower shops

  • Summer cottages



I found mold growing in my home, how do I test for it?

Generally, it is not necessary to identify the species of mold growing in a residence, and Lavitech does not recommend routine sampling for molds. Current evidence indicates that allergies are the type of diseases most often associated with molds. Since the susceptibility of individuals can vary greatly either because of the amount or type of mold, sampling and culturing are not reliable in determining your health risk. If you are susceptible to mold and mold is seen or smelled, there is a potential health risk; therefore, no matter what type of mold is present, you should arrange for its removal. Furthermore Lavitech can take a reliable sampling of the mold found at your location and we have standards for judging what measures need to be taken to deal with the problem.


If you do decide to hire us for environmental sampling of molds, our consultants will establish the criteria for interpreting the test results. Lavitech will tell you in advance what we will do or what recommendations we will make based on the sampling results. The results of samples taken in your unique situation cannot be interpreted without physical inspection of the contaminated area or without considering the building’s characteristics and the factors that led to the present condition.


What type of doctor should I see concerning mold exposure?

You should first consult a family or general health care provider who will decide whether you need referral to a specialist. Such specialists might include an allergist who treats patients with mold allergies or an infectious disease physician who treats mold infections. If an infection is in the lungs, a pulmonary physician might be recommended. Patients who have been exposed to molds in their workplace may be referred to an occupational physician. Lavitech is not a clinical facility. Lavitech does not see patients, diagnose illness, provide treatment, prescribe medication, or provide referrals to health care providers.


My landlord or builder will not take any responsibility for cleaning up the mold in my home. Where can I go for help?

If you feel your property owner, landlord or builder has not been responsive to concerns you’ve expressed regarding mold exposure, you can contact your local board of health or housing authority. Applicable codes, insurance, inspection, legal, and similar issues about mold generally fall under state and local (not federal) jurisdiction. You could also review your lease or building contract and contact local or state government authorities, your insurance company, or an attorney to learn more about local codes and regulations and your legal rights. Lavitech does not have enforcement power in such matters, nor can we provide you with advice. You can contact your county or state health department about mold issues in your area to learn about what mold assessment and remediation services they may offer.


I’m sure that mold in my workplace is making me sick.

If you believe you are ill because of exposure to mold in the building where you work, you should first consult your health care provider to determine the appropriate action to take to protect your health. Notify your employer and, if applicable, your union representative about your concern so that your employer can take action to clean up and prevent mold growth. To find out more about mold, remediation of mold, or workplace safety and health guidelines and regulations, you may also want to contact your local health department.

 

If you think that you may have a mold problem, contact Lavitech today!

 


 

Call Lavitech Los Angeles at 818-232-7835 Today For Your Free Mold Removal Estimate!

   
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