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CATCO is a full-service catastrophe (fire, water, storm, flood, mold) restoration company. The articles appearing here give you a glimpse of our work, our industry and tips to help you with anything related to our services or those that may help owners facing these challenges.

Got Mold? Who do You Call? Part 2

Last blog, we talked about why you should be concerned about mold, including some of the health effects some people suffer as a result of mold contamination in their homes or businesses. 

When you spot or smell mold growth inside your property, you might investigate it yourself and try to determine the extent of the problem. For most owners, that makes sense as a first response, especially if a very small area is affected. But you may also want someone with experience to inspect the area and help you determine the cause. It will do no good whatsoever to remove mold growth if the problem isn’t rectified. It’ll grow back. And that problem usually points to some sort of moisture problem, whether it’s caused from an overhead leak, from a plumbing issue, from condensation or from groundwater seepage.

restoration contractors
Restoration contractors can investigate mold.

Who is qualified to assist you in an initial inspection? Realize first that the cause will determine if any insurance coverage will help cover the cost. Most mold damage will not be covered by standard property coverage, as it’s more likely determined to be caused by a lack of maintenance. You should contact a contractor who has experience with mold remediation as well as one who has microbial remediation certification from an independent organization. Search for a contractor who is certified by the American Council for Accredited Certification, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) or the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

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Why Worry about Mold? Isn’t it Everywhere? Part 1 of our Mold Series

Yes, mold spores are everywhere. So why do people get so worried when they find it in their homes or businesses? Consider mold like a weed. Weeds are just plants, but they become “weeds” when they grow where they aren’t desired. Even Queen Anne’s Lace is a weed when it takes root in your vegetable garden instead of along the roadside in the country. Mold is much the same.

Mold growth on a wall
Mold growth on a wall

There are many types of mold that inhabit our environment, and they provide very beneficial functions, assisting Mother Nature as she decomposes materials to bring them back to the Earth. But if it appears on the structural wood inside your home, mold becomes more than a nuisance. It can cause problems.

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