Mold & Air Quality

You are seeking help for a mold issue because of health concerns or from an investment perspective.

Health
moldYou or someone you care about is suffering from cold-like symptoms or respiratory issues and you suspect that there must be something in the air and you feel it is likely MOLD. And beyond the physical symptoms is the emotional turmoil because you know that your home or place of work should be safe, not a source of sickness. With over 20 years of experience, we completely understand where your coming from and we can absolutely help you! When we come out to your property, we never simply do a “mold inspection” because that would be a disservice. We know that it’s not just the mold that you’re concerned about, but your health. So we inspect the entire structure for anything that could cause the symptoms that are being experienced. If there is an indoor air pollution issue, you can rest knowing that not only will we find it, we will also be able to get rid of it so that you can feel better and get back to normal!

Investment
Maybe no one is complaining about symptoms from mold or other indoor allergens. It may be that you’re buying or selling a property and someone discovered some mold growth, maybe in the crawlspace or basement, or maybe you discovered some mold while changing your HVAC air filter. Either way, you need to get it removed quickly! But before you simply get it removed, you should determine the source and a plan to keep it from coming back. At Branch Environmental we are expert problem solvers, especially when it comes to diagnosing problems in a building system.

Call us today to schedule an inspection or a removal and avoid the necessary expense of cheap mold cleaning!

You should consider professional mold cleanup if:

  • The impacted area is larger than 10 sf.
  • There is water damage.
  • You suspect the heating and air systems are impacted.
  • The water damage was caused by sewage.
  • You are in a commercial environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does mold grow in my home?

Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.

Can mold cause health problems?

Molds are usually not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens , irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash.

Allergic reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed. Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people. Symptoms other than the allergic and irritant types are not commonly reported as a result of inhaling mold. Research on mold and health effects is ongoing.

How do I get rid of mold?

It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors; some mold spores will be found floating through the air and in house dust. The mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present. Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors. If there is mold growth in your home, you must clean up the mold and fix the water problem. If you clean up the mold, but don’t fix the water problem, then, most likely, the mold problem will come back.

Could I have hidden mold?

You may suspect hidden mold if a building smells moldy, but you cannot see the source, or if you know there has been water damage and residents are reporting health problems. Mold may be hidden in places such as the back side of dry wall, wallpaper, or paneling, the top side of ceiling tiles, the underside of carpets and pads, etc. Other possible locations of hidden mold include areas inside walls around pipes (with leaking or condensing pipes), the surface of walls behind furniture (where condensation forms), inside ductwork, and in roof materials above ceiling tiles (due to roof leaks or insufficient insulation).

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