Mold growth can be a significant problem for homes and businesses in the New Orleans, LA area. Warm, moist air in our humid Gulf Coast climate creates the perfect environment for excessive mold growth, especially after catastrophic events like hurricanes or flooding rains.
Mold growth is commonly found in areas prone to excess moisture. It is in these areas that mold is easily found and removed. However, after water damage from flooding rains, burst pipes, a leaky water heater, or a malfunctioning HVAC unit, mold may grow unnoticed behind walls or in carpeting, HVAC ducts, furniture, or other hidden areas.
Mold is resilient and can grow on nearly every type of surface. If your home or business in New Orleans, LA, has recently experienced water damage and you suspect you may have a mold problem, contact Action Restoration today for a mold assessment!
Mold Removal Services in New Orleans, LA
Action Restoration offers a variety of mold removal services in New Orleans, LA, including:
- Air duct cleaning – An HVAC system that does not properly drain can be a source of mold growth within your air ducts. With the hot, humid summers in the New Orleans, LA area, this problem is only made worse through prolonged periods of air conditioning usage. Mold spores in your HVAC ducts are easily spread throughout your home or business, causing potential health problems for building occupants. Our air duct cleaning services will remove mold from your air ducts, leaving you with a safe and healthy air system.
- Surface cleaning – We will clean and decontaminate all affected areas with our environmentally friendly ASA-1000 decontaminant solution.
- Removal of unsalvageable materials – If any contaminated areas cannot be cleaned, we will remove and dispose of any items in these areas.
- Mold inspection – After mold remediation is complete, Action Restoration will perform a comprehensive final mold inspection to ensure that the mold is gone.
- And more!
How Do You Know If You Have Mold?
Harmful mold growth is likely to occur after water damage, especially if you experienced water leakage or infiltration behind walls or under carpeting. If you’ve recently had flooding conditions or a burst pipe in your New Orleans, LA area home or business, there is a good chance that mold growth has occurred in areas you cannot see. If this has occurred at your property, you should have a mold inspection to ensure you do not have mold growing behind walls or in your air ducts. Regular mold inspections are a great way to make sure your property remains safe and healthy.
Schedule New Orleans, LA Mold Removal Today
If you need mold removal at your home or business in the New Orleans, LA area, contact Action Restoration today! We will provide a comprehensive assessment of the mold damage on your property and an estimate of the cost and amount of time it will take to repair. We will also assist you with your insurance claims to ensure that everything is filed correctly so your repairs can begin as quickly as possible.
We provide restoration services in the following New Orleans, LA zip codes:
70112, 70113, 70114, 70115, 70116, 70117, 70118, 70119, 70122, 70124, 70125, 70126, 70127, 70128, 70129, 70130, 70131, 70139, 70163
Frequently Asked Questions About Mold Removal
What causes mold?
Mold is a type of fungus that grows from microscopic, airborne spores. When mold spores land and grow on surfaces, they reproduce and eventually become visible to the naked eye. Every home and business has the ingredients necessary for mold growth: warmth, oxygen, darkness, and the presence of mold spores, which are naturally everywhere. Add in moisture from a flood, leaky pipe, or high indoor humidity levels, and mold problems can occur.
Does mold cause health problems?
Mold spores can cause health problems, particularly in people who have asthma, allergies, or other respiratory conditions. Symptoms include eye irritation, congestion, a runny nose, sneezing, coughing, a sore throat, skin rashes, and headaches. Toxic mold exposure has also been linked to more serious, long-term conditions such as insomnia, anxiety, memory loss, depression, confusion, and trouble concentrating.
How can I prevent mold in my home or business?
You can control mold by taking some fairly easy steps. First, keep humidity levels as low as possible; somewhere between 30% to 50% is recommended. Air conditioners and humidifiers can help maintain a consistent humidity level. Be sure to promptly fix window, roof, and pipe leaks.
If you experience any flooding, make sure your property is thoroughly cleaned and dried. Finally, be sure to have adequate ventilation. In the home, that means exhaust fans in the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry areas. Business facilities should keep all air vents and filters clean and ensure all interior spaces are moisture-free.
How do I clean up mold in my home or business?
Proper cleaning and drying of the affected area are top priorities. Moldy items like carpeting, insulation, and ceiling tiles should be removed and disposed of.
As mold naturally occurs everywhere, it’s impossible to get rid of all of it indoors. And since mold spores do not grow if they don’t have access to moisture, it’s essential to clean up existing mold and prevent future growth by controlling indoor moisture. If you clean up the mold but don’t address the underlying water problem, it’s likely the mold will return.
You may have read or heard that bleach is good for cleaning mold. However, because mold is a living organism, it reacts to bleach by sending more spores into the air. Your best option for cleaning up extensive mold damage is to contact a mold remediation company that can handle the process of inspecting for mold, cleaning infected surfaces, and purifying the air.