FACTS ABOUT MOLD:
- Mold lives naturally in the environment and has existed from the beginning of time.
- Mold can be found indoors and outdoors.
- Mold needs a moist, damp environment in order to grow.
- Mold needs a food source to grow; organic materials such as leaves and plants in the outdoors and drywall, wood, wallpaper, leather, etc. in the indoors.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SUSPECT MOLD?:
- Investigate possible suspect areas where water sources might exist such as around sink base cabinets, dishwasher, ice maker supply line, tub drain, toilets, etc.
- You can smell it, but you can’t see it. The source needs to be identified and stopped. Continued water or moisture exposure can lead to more microbial growth.
- Water and moisture sources should be stopped prior to beginning any mold mitigation projects; otherwise, mold growth can re-occur.
I SEE BLACK MOLD! IS IT DANGEROUS?
- The phrase “Toxic Black Mold” typically refers to Stachybotrys chartarium which has been reported to have adverse health effects on some individuals.
- Just note, not ALL black molds are toxic; and just because mold is not black doesn’t mean it’s not toxic.
- Every individual has different susceptibilities to different kinds of molds. It’s a dose vs. response situation, and every individual and situation is different.
- There are no guidelines or regulations governing mold exposure levels.
WHEN SHOULD I SEEK PROFESSIONAL ADVICE?
- As soon as you see or smell possible mold!
- Call Richey Restoration for a full assessment at (615) 758-8760