Signs of Mold Allergy Symptoms
Do you believe you have mold in your home? Are you seeing signs of allergies and believe it’s because of mold growth in your home? Being exposed to mold (at work, home, or outdoors) causes the immune system to overreact and can be more harmful to elderly adults, young children and anyone with a compromised immune system.
Here are common mold allergy symptoms people may experience:
- Nasal: runny nose, post-nasal drip, or sneezing
- Eyes: itchiness, puffy eyes, or watery eyes
- Also common: coughing, shortness of breath, or throat irritation
If you begin to notice one or more of these symptoms, even without visual signs of mold, you should get your home or business tested for mold. You can do this by hiring an air quality professional to complete an indoor air quality test. Here is a general list of treatment steps to follow:
- Perform indoor air quality test
- Hire a professional restoration company to perform the mold removal remediation
- Properly contain affected space
- Remove damage building material
- Wipe and clean all mold affected areas with an anti microbial solution with proper PPE
- HEPA vacuum the mold damage affected space
- Perform final test after cleaning for clearance back into affected space
Reduce Your Exposure to Mold Spores Inside
- Use central air conditioning with a HEPA filter attachment. This can help trap mold spores from spreading in your home. Freestanding air cleaners are helpful but they also only filter air in a limited area. Filtering air in one area will not prevent the mold spores from spreading in your home throughout your HVAC.
- Lower your indoor humidity. One of the key ingredients for mold growth is water, if you eliminate the moisture needed for mold as a result you reduce the possibility of mold growth. If indoor humidity is above 50 percent, fungi can grow. A hygrometer is a tool used to measure humidity. The goal is to keep humidity below 45 percent, but below 35 percent is better.
- If you have to use a humidifier, clean the fluid reservoir at least twice a week to prevent mold growth. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers can also be a source of mold growth.
- Prevent mold and mildew build up inside the home. Pay close attention to mold in bathrooms, basements and laundry areas. Be aggressive about reducing dampness.
What Is Mold Allergy
If you have an allergy that occurs over several seasons, you may be allergic to the spores of molds or other fungi. Molds live everywhere and upsetting a mold source can send the spores into the air. Once airborne the mold spores can get into your nose hairs, lungs and cause mold allergy symptoms as listed above. Inhaling the spores causes allergic reactions in some people. Allergic symptoms from fungus spores are most common from July to early fall. But fungi grow in many places, both indoors and outside, so allergic reactions can occur year round.
Steps To Take While Waiting For The Restoration Professionals To Arrive
Water damage can be caused by nature or by indoor plumbing, but no matter its source, the damage to your home can be severe. You should always contact a professional restoration service provider to make sure that the damage is handled properly, and your home is made safe for your family to live in. But in the mean time, there are several things that you can do while you wait for the pros to arrive.
The first and most important step is to stay safe. In some severe situations, contaminated floodwater or electrical hazards may make the home unsafe to occupy. If it’s not safe, wait outside until help arrives. Even slippery floors can pose a safety risk, so always err on the side of caution.
If possible, attempt to remove any excess water. Buckets, mops, and towels can help eliminate some of the water that standing on the surface. It may not seem like much, but by removing the big puddles, you’re preventing it from seeping further into your home, where it can become a more difficult problem to deal with.
Move any valuable items to safety, such as books, or family heirlooms. Furniture and appliances may be expensive, but they are also easily replaced, and will likely be covered by your insurance. Focus on the items that are irreplaceable and priceless to you.
Avoid turning on any electrical appliances, including fans, heaters, and vacuum cleaners. While they may appear to be helpful in the cleanup process, the electrical hazard that they pose could potentially make the situation much worse by either injuring someone or shorting out and causing a fire.
Additionally, attempting to use a vacuum cleaner to soak up or dry out the water is also going to spread bacteria and other microbes into the air, where they can potentially cause serious health issues, while also contaminating and ruining the machine.
Remove wet rugs from hard floorings, such as hardwood, vinyl, or laminate. The water they trap under them will slowly seep into the floor, and cause damage to the sub-flooring. Also, some rugs may have dyes and colorants that could bleed and stain the flooring below.
Any kitchenware, such as dishes and utensils, should be collected and sterilized with a strong bleach mixture. Both biological and chemical contaminants can stick to them even after they are dry, and may cause health problems in the future.
If there’s ever any kind of water damage to your home or business, it’s recommended that you contact PRS today. We’re available 24/7 through our emergency hot-line at 919-467-1991. Our trained and certified professionals will be able to determine the severity of the damage and work with your insurance company to keep your out of pocket costs to a minimum.
Will I lose Coverage After Making A Claim On My Home Owner’s Insurance?
We get asked all the time if making a claim on your homeowner’s insurance raises the chances of getting dropped from coverage. Unfortunately, no matter who you ask, there’s no clear answer to that question. Even insurance adjusters and agents can’t say one way or the other. The good news is that we’ve seen a lot of different situations over the many years we’ve been in business, and we can share the facts that we do have with you.
If your Cary, Apex, Raleigh, Durham or Chapel Hill home has serious damage due to fire, wind, or water, call us immediately at 919-467-1991. We will show up soon and work fast to stop any further damage and begin the restoration process. We can work with your insurance company to make sure you pay as little as possible. We’re available around the clock, 7 days a week.
What makes answering this question so difficult is how many situations we’ve seen that seem to be in direct opposition from one another. Some of our customers have made multiple claims for water damage in just a few short years, and still haven’t been dropped from coverage. Other customers, who had been with their insurance companies for over twenty years, have been dropped after a single, reasonable claim. Why these two scenarios played out the way they did is based on a mathematical formula, which is a total mystery known only to the insurance companies.
A well reasoned but unverified hypothesis on why this happens is that insurance companies break their clients into geographical sections, like neighborhoods, or towns. If one particular section happens to be over insured and could cost the business money in the event of a claim, they may start cutting costs any way they can, even if that means cutting off long-term, loyal customers. If that’s the case, then you get dropped from coverage has almost nothing to do with you or your home.
What we can say for certain is that multiple claims within 2-3 year period will raise your chances of getting dropped, but there’s no guarantee that it will happen. In the event that it does, though, it may be a blessing in disguise. Occasionally we hear from our customers that after getting dropped, they found better rates from a competing insurance company. Since they weren’t actively shopping around, they would never have found out about the opportunity for saving money had they not been dropped in the first place.
If there’s ever any kind of damage to your home that you think warrants an insurance claim, it’s recommended that you contact a professional. We’re available 24/7 through our emergency hot-line at 919-467-1991. Our trained and certified professionals will be able to determine the severity of the damage and work with your insurance company to keep your out of pocket costs to a minimum. As licensed contractors, we’ll not only be able to rip out all of the damaged drywall, and any other affected structure, we can rebuild your home as good as new.
Should You Call Insurance or Restoration Company First?
When dealing with fire, smoke, or water damage to your home, the first thing you should do is contact Professional Restoration Services on our 24/7 emergency hotline at 919-467-1991. Our goal is to stop any ongoing damage, repair any existing damage, and return your home to top condition.
Our trained professionals will be able to assess the situation and determine whether or not an insurance claim is necessary. For some minor problems, it may only require a plumber or painter to fix something, costing you less than the deductible for your insurance policy. This may save you from filing a claim that can potentially be used against you in the future. Your rates may go up, or you may get dropped from coverage completely.
While a small leak from a household appliance may not be a big deal, it’s hard to know how far the damage extends without proper testing with specialty tools, like moisture meters and infrared cameras.
Calling your insurance company first may have some negative consequences that you may not be aware of. Most insurance companies have a list of 3rd party contractors that they work with on a regular basis. The relationship between these companies often leads to the contractors having the insurance companies best interests in mind, and not yours. This means that you’ll get the cheapest repairs possible, and not the most appropriate.
Fortunately, you have the right to choose which company you like handle these situations. That means that you can choose a company like PRS that will have your best interests in mind, and the insurance company can’t fight you on it, even if doing the job the right way costs them more money.
If your home has water, fire, or smoke damage, call us today on our 24/7 emergency hotline at 919-467-1991. We’ll work with you and your insurance company to put your home back in order and keep your out of pocket costs to a minimum.
Dangers of Mold After Water Damage
After a leak or flood within your home, a common and serious risk that you may face is the presence of mold. In your carpet, your drywall, even in the wooden beams, mold can grow almost anywhere that has adequate moisture. It’s going to look terrible, and smell twice as bad, but the worst aspect is the effect it can have on your health if left untreated.
If your home has serious damage due to fire, wind, or water, call us immediately at 919-467-1991. We will show up soon and work fast to stop any further damage and begin the restoration process. We can work with your insurance company to make sure you pay as little as possible. We’re available around the clock, 7 days a week.
It’s important to understand that the mold that grows on water damaged surfaces within your home is very different from the kind that grows on the leftovers in your refrigerator. In fact, there are several different types of black mold that could grow on water-damaged surfaces, and while they may present themselves differently, none of them are safe.
The first symptom is going to be a minor irritation, such as small rashes, coughing, sinus congestion, red watery eyes, and sneezing. These symptoms are likely to stay low and steady while the mold is contained within the walls. If it becomes exposed, either through demolition, or through growth to water damaged carpeting, or even under cabinets that are opened occasionally, the symptoms will likely worsen.
Adequate exposure to advanced mold growth can turn a minor cough into a severe one, and minor congestion into a serious sinus infection, as well as severe skin rashes and difficulty breathing. In fact, fungal infections all throughout your body are possible and may result in emergency hospitalization.
If any kinds of leaks are discovered within your home, you shouldn’t take any risks with repairing the damage. Our certified professionals are trained to detect the signs of mold that can cause these kinds of health problems for you and your family. We’ll assess the damage, and work with your insurance company to make sure that you’re protected, both environmentally and financially. If there are signs of leaks or mold in your house, call our 24/7 emergency hotline immediately at 919-467-1991.