Like most areas in Azusa, California, mold growth in home and businesses can become a problem for both the structure and health of occupants prompting the need for mold removal and mold remediation services.
Mold is a naturally occurring fungus, but its presence in a closed environment can be damaging and deadly. All mold can potentially cause property damage that is often irreversible if left unchecked. Toxic mold produces mycotoxins, which may cause serious physical reactions or ailments in animals, including humans. Exposure to mycotoxins may lead to neurological symptoms and/or death.
Founded in 1887 and incorporated in 1898, Azusa’s rich recorded history began with diary entries by Father Juan Crespi. An engineer with the Portola Expedition in 1769, Father Crespi referred to the area as “The Azusa.” At the time, the area was called the Gabrieleno by the locals. Once inhabited by the Native American tribes of Shoshonean, the community called Asuksa-nga was initially settled by white immigrants and homesteaders. The community later became known as Azusa, which would later become the city of Azusa.
Today, Azusa consists of about nine square miles and 45,000 inhabitants. Situated along the foothills of the majestic San Gabriel Mountains, the city educates its populace with nine public elementary and/or middle schools, two public high schools, one private school, and one private university.
Studies indicate that infants exposed to one type of mold, Penicillium, may increase a child’s risk of developing asthma. Specifically, the longer an infant in their first year of life is exposed to Penicillium, the higher their risk of becoming asthmatic. In general, any person who suffers from chronic respiratory problems or immune deficiency disorder is more likely to have a severe reaction when exposed to mold.
When mold growth is suspected in a building or residence, it is important to address it appropriately with mold removal and certified mold remediation services. Over the last few years, mold in buildings has been identified by the EPA – Environmental Protection Agency – as a significant health risk to people, and suggests that water or moisture be cleaned up and thoroughly dried within 48 hours to prevent mold growth.
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The EPA offers the following guidelines when mold is known or suspected in a building:
Identify the area where mold is growing
Figure out the likelihood of unseen mold
Remove small mold problems, and identify and fix moisture issues before they grow into large remediation projects.
Choose an administrator for larger mold remediation projects.
Thoroughly investigate locations associated with mold- symptom type complaints.
Figure out why there are water or moisture problems.
Make a note of materials affected by water or moisture.
Investigate HVAC ducting and unit.
The mold removal and mold remediation plan needs to address how the mold will be cleaned up, how the workers will be protected, how the work area will be contained, and what type of containment equipment will be used. Materials that cannot be cleaned – porous items such as carpeting – typically require removal and disposal.
Other issues to take into account are worker safety, occupant safety, and air quality regulations and liabilities. With so many important factors to be considered, it is often best to leave the mold removal and mold remediation work to professionals like Indoor-Restore.
As often is the case when a building owner or homeowner suspects mold problems within their structure, the cleanup involves mold remediation. The Environmental Protection Agency encourages mold remediation projects be accomplished by fully trained personnel who understand the dangers of mold, and how to protect themselves and the environment outside of the work area. The type of mold remediation – size and location – need to be taken into consideration when developing a mold removal plan.
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