Hire a Professional to Test for Mold

Mold can create various health hazards such as allergies, asthma, infections in the respiratory tract, fungal and skin infections if the living and working environment is not free from it. If any of these infections persist for a long time, then there may be a problem with the insides of the building. A trained expert should be called in to test for mold in this case. Mold requires the nutrients found in a dead organic matter such as paper, fabrics, and wood to grow rapidly.

Humidity and moisture in poor atmospheric conditions can help it to spread quickly. Some of the common areas in a building that can have a growth of mold are crawl spaces, basements, humidifiers, vaporizers, inadequate ventilation systems for the house and clothes dryers and dilapidated spaces. A commercial building can be said to have a ‘Sick Building Syndrome’ if the people working daily in it complain of problems about the quality of air and face difficulties in breathing.

A home or business owner should take the help of a professional expert when doing a test for mold. These professional people have the requisite training for the detection and the removal of mold. They should be the holders of ‘Certified Mold Inspector’, ‘Certified Mold Remediator’ or ‘Certified Environmental Hygienist’ licenses. The testing process consists of looking for toxic materials, infestations of bacterial or household mold, checking surfaces having paint, checking the quality of drinking water, and looking for allergens like dust mites, cockroaches, radon gas or animal dander. The black-colored ‘Stachybotrys’ mold is the most dangerous type and needs to be treated instantly.

The professional expert should remove all infected areas including wallpapers, carpets, tiles, and sheetrock immediately after detecting any infection while carrying out the test for mold. This test will quickly identify if there is any contamination in any area of the building.

The professional should ensure that there is no future accumulation of moisture by drying out the moist areas. He or she should provide the building or house owner with knowledge on the prevention of the build-up of mildew and ways to provide the best air circulation inside the building.

The services that the home or building owner receives for the payment to the professionals include eradicating the existing molds, removing the dead spores, cleaning the infected areas to prevent future relapses of infection and containing the spreading of the mold into uncontaminated areas.

You should immediately arrange for a test for mold to ensure that your workplace and your living quarters are free from the mold which can cause significant harm to your health.

If Your Home Has Water Damage, How Can You Claim Damages?

Picture of an old historical home with the floors flooded with water. There are many circumstances that can make a house become flooded or damaged by water, such as if a pipe breaks or you simply live in an area that floods easily and you have to look at the sky every time the clouds are grayer than usual.

If you see yourself in any of these circumstances, here are a few tips and steps to take to declare the incident.

First, you have to know who to complain to and where to go in these cases? The first thing to do is talk to your insurance broker or your insurance company because it is they who will indicate you if your policy covers the claim, and if so, will face repair costs.

However, you have to keep in mind that there are situations where the damages are covered by your insurance, but in others, it is the Insurance Compensation respondent team and others can not even claim damages because its origin is the lack of maintenance of housing.

Here are some examples:

Picture of a house that has water flooding the first floor. The furniture is under water with items stacked to prevent further damageGenerally, if the water leak that caused the damage comes from the pipes in your home, or for leaving you open a tap, or leaks from the faucet or the roof of your home, almost certainly is your insurance company who it will take to cover the damage.

In the case of damage caused by lack of maintenance or care of your home, they will not be covered: if you flooded the house with rainwater because you have left open sale or by continuous drip heating, not if you have condensation damage because of lack of ventilation, etc.

When water enters your home because of a flood from the overflow of a river or by the formation of gullies and landslides generated by torrential rains, you have to contact the Insurance Company, who will take care of compensation in these extraordinary situations will be. You’ll have to report the incident within 7 days by phone, online, or at any office present in all regions.

In any case, the right to receive compensation, it is necessary to prove damages. To do this we must keep all damaged goods and take pictures and videos to document the state of the rooms. It is also advisable to try to recover, if possible, documents or receipts of items that have been damaged so that the expert can determine the correct price of the damage.