What to Do After a Flood

It doesn't matter how water or flooding enters any building, the real question is what to do after a flood.  Homeowners in Joliet have flooding from rain storms, plugged drains, failed footer drains, broken pipes, and failed sump pump.  The first task is always to stop the water and get rid of the water as fast as possible.  Rent equipment if necessary, but don't let the water stay for more than a day.

Asthma and Mold Problems

All mold produces mold spores.  Many of the most common mold types produce harmful mold spores and something called mycotoxins.  While some people are able to tolerate the presence of mold, others are not. Mold is always a health concern.  If it isn't a problem yet, given enough time it can impact nearly everyone.  Mold does aggravate asthma, allergies, and respiratory problems; but it is gradually affecting the health family members as well.

Attic Mold Joliet

Attic Mold JolietAttic mold in the Joliet are is pretty common.  Depending on the time of the year, this area has a heavy mold spore count, and the attic needs the outside air for normal ventilation.  While ventilation of the attic is critical, attic mold can happen in nearly any attic.  

I Tested the Air in my own Home

Air Quality Testing

We use a variety of test meters to test the indoor air quality, so I decided to test the air in my own house.  To preface this information, we are not the first owners, and we are diligent about the products we use and the care of the home.  Nonetheless, after getting some of the more advanced test equipment, I tested my house.  The results were not good.

Mold Sickness or Building Toxicity

We test nundreds of home and offices throughout the year for potential mold problems.  As an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) specialist, there are a few basics that we test to find out why there is a health concern in a building.  First is humidity.  The normal range is humidity is 40% to 60%.  If the humidity is above 70%, the opportunity for mold, mildew, bacteria, and odors will increase.

Mold Testing by Professionals

Joliet Mold Test KitHave you tried one of the mold test kits from Home Depot?  It is a plastic petri dish with a nutrient-rich gel that will allow any floating mold spores to land and take root.  Well, EVERY HOME will always test positive with that test.  And that is because mold spores are everywhere.  So, that homes mold test kit is pretty much worthless.