Mike Adams, President of AMERESTORE, established one of the first restoration companies in the country to remove mold-contaminated building materials the proper way.
As mold awareness grew over the years, Mike’s role as an educator in the field of mold remediation also increased. For 8 years Mike traveled throughout the United States, Canada and Australia teaching other restoration companies, insurance professionals, service workers and attorneys proper techniques for mold removal. He was also a contributor to the first mold remediation standard published by the IICRC (www.iicrc.com)
Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoor they 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. They reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. They may begin growing indoors when the spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and most of them will not grow without water or moisture.
Molds have the potential to cause health problems in some individuals. They produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). 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 (dermatitis).
With long-term exposure to mold, allergic reactions are common. They can be immediate or delayed. Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma. In addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people.
When you have a mold issue it is extremely important you call an experienced company so the problem does not get worse. Calling an un-certified contractor could result in contaminating your entire home. Call AMERESTORE, we know mold remediation!
Places that are often or always damp can be hard to maintain completely free of mold. If there is mold in the shower or elsewhere in the bathroom that seems to reappear, increasing the ventilation (running a fan or opening a window) and cleaning more frequently will usually prevent it from recurring, or at least keep it to a minimum.