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Frequently Asked Questions About Mold


WHAT IS MOLD?

Mold is a fungus that thrives on moisture and creates lightweight spores that travel through the air. Mold can grow on hard surfaces, carpet, on and in walls, and is most commonly found in damp problem areas, including basements, attics, and crawl spaces. Dirt caused by outside elements, animals, insulation, and construction materials adds to the risk of mold growth. Some mold can cause adverse breathing symptoms and illnesses. If mold is a problem in your building or home, mold removal and remediation services is crucial to prevent future growth and create healthier indoor environments.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MOLD AND MILDEW?

The best way to distinguish between mold and mildew is to look at the color of the fungi. Mold is typically found in moist areas of your home. Mold is usually a fuzzy texture and can be yellow, green, or black Mold can cause damage to your home and your family's health. Mildew is usually a grey or white fungus. Mildew tends to grow in a flat pattern and it can be easily removed with a scrub brush and a household cleaner.

SHOULD I DO A MOLD TEST WHEN BUYING A NEW HOME?

While every home-buying situation is different, we strongly recommend getting a mold and moisture assessment and if necessary mold testing by a certified mold inspector before buying a home. The reason for this is because mold is a sign of water and moisture, this typically means that there is structural damage to the home as well as mold damage. This is not information that a new homeowner wants to find out after they own the home. Alliance Restoration specializes in attic mold remediation and basement and crawl space mold removal and clean up services.


General Mold FAQs | DIY Mold Removal | Mold Sensitivity | Floods & Mold Growth

FAQs About DIY Mold Removal


CAN I PAINT OVER MOLD TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM?

When you paint over mold, you're not getting rid of a problem, you're hiding it. Mold will typically grow through most household paints and primers. If mold is painted over, it will continue to grow. To avoid a worsening mold problem you should identify the source of poor ventilation, stagnant or humid air, or cracks and leaks that are causing standing or running water problems. Alliance Restoration professionals can evaluate and inspect your property and provide with mold prevention solutions, including:

WILL BLEACH KILL MOLD?

While bleach may kill mold on hard surfaces, it's ineffective when used on softer surfaces. Bleach may cause adverse health symptoms and may damage treated surfaces. The EPA does not recommend using bleach as a routine practice to kill mold. If you are experiencing a mold and it is causing damage to the structure of your home and/or health, professional mold removal and remediation services can help you to eliminate existing mold spore and fix moisture and ventilation problems.


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FAQs About Mold Sensitivity


WHAT ARE COMMON SYMPTOMS OF MOLD EXPOSURE?

Individuals that experience adverse health effects related to mold typically experience a variety of symptoms, including:

  • a runny or blocked nose.
  • watery, red eyes.
  • a dry cough.
  • skin rashes.
  • a sore throat.
  • sinusitis.
  • wheezing
  • memory loss

People who are highly sensitive to mold and mold spores may have allergic reactions or asthma attacks and experience shortness of breath. If you believe that a mold problem or airborne mold contaminants are negatively affecting your health, and you’ve spoken with a medical professional, contact Alliance Restoration about our medically-sound mold remediation services that focus on scrubbing the air and filtering ultra fine particles of mold from your home.


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FAQs About Floods & Mold Growth


WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT MOLD AFTER A BASEMENT FLOOD?

If you experience a flood in your basement or have a history of standing water accumulating in your crawl spaces, it is important to respond quickly, eliminate the excess moisture, and circulate air in the area to slow the growth of mold spores. There are a number of steps you can take before you contact a professional mold remediation company for further consultation.

  1. Turn off the electricity.
  2. Pump the water out of your basement. Once most of the water has been removed and you are able to get back into your basement, you can then try utilizing your sump pump and have it pump the remainder of the water out. Wet/dry vacs are also effective in removing standing water. Remember to remove your vac’s filter if it has one.
  3. Remove all your wet items. Ideally, within 48 hours, move everything out of your basement to a dry location.
  4. Clean the walls and floor. Use warm soapy water and clean the walls and floors, be sure to give them a good scrub down to remove any dirt and grime.
  5. Remove wet carpet and padding. The underside of your carpets can act like a sponge and hold water.
  6. Get the air moving using fans or rent high powered air movers to remove excess moisture.
  7. Dehumidifiers can also help remove the excess moisture from the air. Be sure to change your dehumidifier pan regularly. A dehumidifier will help you to manage moisture levels and create a dry environment that naturally prevents mold.
  8. Look for mold. After a few days you know if you have mold either by seeing or smelling it. If you do find mold then you will want to contact a mold remediation company right away.

If you have a mold problem in your basement or crawl space after a flood, contact Alliance Restoration. We are Clean Trust Certified in water damage restoration and mold remediation. Our professional remediation contractors will inspect and provide a solution to help your basement stay dry and mold-free.

HOW LONG SHOULD I RUN FANS AFTER A FLOOD?

It is best to run fans for several days or until you can determine that the moisture and humidity levels are acceptable for the climate that you live in.


 

Reviews

Responsive to questions

The experience was great.  Greg and his team were very responsive to questions and their expertise was excellent.  The mold remediation job very good.

Rob U. Arlington Heights, IL 60004 Mold Remediation

Attic mold remediation

Attic mold remediation went very well and smoothly. Every step of the process was explained in detail. People were very professional and respectful.

Robert L Wildwood, IL 60030 Mold Remediation

Mold remediation

I had mold remediation in my sump pump closet. They came when they said they would and were very professional. This is the second time we have used them. We used them for mold remediation in our attic at our previous house.

Donna D. Huntley, IL 60142 Mold Remediation, Sump Pump

Prompt, respectful, & thorough

The technicians were prompt, respectful and thorough. They completed the attic mold remediation without disruption of the rest of my home. They even cleaned up afterwards. We are very happy with the services provided and would highly recommend them.

Dan W. Huntley, IL 60142 Mold Remediation

Happy with final results

Alliance Restoration was professional and timely in both scheduling and on-site work. Both my attic and basement areas were completed in a couple of days. We were very happy with their commitment to this job, and the final results.

Laura C. Palatine, IL 60038 Mold Remediation

Mold problem in attic

Things went great! When I discovered a mold problem in my attic I gave them a call and they promptly came over and evaluated our situation. Alliance did the job while we were at work and left an air scrubber for a few days to make sure that everything was cleaned up. The level of inconvenience for us was very minimal. We were very impressed at how hard they worked with other contractors to help correct our venting issues. They seemed intent on making sure that everything was done right so that we wouldn’t have problems in the future.

Matt S. Hoffman Estates, IL 60010 Mold Remediation

Damaged drywall from leaking roof

I hired Alliance Restoration to remove the damaged drywall in my bedroom, bathroom, and laundry room due to roof leaks. The office staff was professional, prompt, and fair. The day of service the men arrived promptly. They contained the three areas very nicely and collected and cleaned all the drywall before they left. The job was done clean and there was not dust in the rest of the house. I would recommend them to anyone.

Farahnaz M. Naperville, IL 60440 Mold Remediation

Basement mold remediation

We hired Alliance Restoration to perform mold remediation on our basement. Once they removed the drywall the crew discovered cracks in the foundation walls that we were not aware of. Alliance was able to fix them too. We are happy to recommend Alliance Restoration.

Dorothy W. Lisle, IL 60532 Mold Remediation, Foundation Repair

Mold removal

The sheathing on our attic was badly discolored with mold so we contacted Alliance Restoration for an estimate and removal. The estimate was reasonable and listed in detail all the work to be done. We were selling the house and was able to get onto the schedule quickly. The technicians were prompt, neat, and professional. The buyers inspected the attic and were pleased with the results.

Lynn B. Vernon Hills, IL 60061 Mold Remediation

Mold remediation

I used Alliance Restoration for mold remediation services. They did a very good job and took care of the problem. They came when they said they were going to and finished when they said they would. The price was competitive.

Thomas F. Lake Zurich, IL 60047 Mold Remediation

Mold in attic

They were on time. I felt confident in their ability to correct the problem. We had mold in our attic, they looked at it and explained what would need to be done to remediate the problem. We were very pleased with their service.

Georgia M. Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Mold remediation work on home

Alliance Restoration, Inc. did some mold remediation work in our home. Overall the work experience was excellent. It was done in a timely manner, workers were efficient, courteous, professional and did an excellent job of cleanup upon completion.

Carol O. Algonquin, IL 60013

Trustworthy mold remediation

The mold remediation work went well. I thought their crew was very trustworthy and thorough. I was happy with the work and crew.

Amy S. Chicago, IL 60018

Mold remediation

Alliance performed mold remediation work for me. They did a good job. Everything went smoothly and was resolved in a timely manner.

Alex D. Crystal Lake, IL 60012

These guys are better than A++

These guys are better than A++. We had a small water leak in out finished basement and before we knew it we had mold growth. Alliance performed the remediation work and found and fixed two foundation cracks as well. I would definitely use Alliance again and recommend them to others.

Vincent P. Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Great attic mold restoration

They were great! Alliance Restoration Inc. did mold remediation work in my attic. They let me know all of the steps that were going on. I liked their demeanor. They were really professional and called me on the way. I would use them again in the future.

Rachel D. Deerfield, IL 60015

By far best company we have worked with

Alliance Restoration Inc. is by far the best company we have worked with from start to finish. They cleaned and treated our basement floor.  They were very responsive over the phone and provided accurate detail and were patient with each question I had.  The crew was extremely hard working and meticulous with his work.

Arthur C. Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

Cleaned up attic mold

Alliance Restoration cleaned up the mold in our attic on the sheathing and rafters.  We found them to be very responsive and willing to take the time to explain what they were planning to do.  They cleaned up after they were complete and you would never have known they were there.  We appreciate the good work they did.

Kevin R. Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Removed mold in our attic

Alliance removed the mold in our attic and ran an air scrubber to continue to clean the air throughout the weekend.  They returned to remove the equipment and cleaned up afterwards.  They also recommended work that should be done to prevent the mold from returning and gave us a referral.

Donna D. Cary, IL 60013

Great company to work with.

Great company to work with. They did a great job! They were very quick to respond and were able to schedule an appointment in a relatively short period of time. Great customer service and the workers did a spectacular job throughout the whole process and were very nice to work with. Thanks!!

Christopher & Kirsten C. Elk Grove Village, IL 60007, 60009, 60143

Great Company

I had mold in my attic and a crack in my foundation wall. Alliance re-mediated the mold and repaired the crack. Great company to work with. Their people are professional and courteous. I would definitely use them again.

Gary R. Algonquin, IL 60102 Mold Remediation & Foundation

We Couldn’t Be Happier!

We couldn't be happier! Alliance performed work (crack repair and mold remediation) on our new home in early March, the week before we moved in - there were known foundation cracks, and the inspection also revealed a small amount of mold. From the first phone call, to the initial eval and quote, to the completion of work - everything was timely and professional. We elected to have them gut the small lower level (of our tri-level home), and are thankful we did - rotten floorboards and an additional crack were discovered. We were called and consulted prior to them doing some additional work that was required. The cracks were repaired, the containment process was excellent, and the work area was completely cleared of debris and was left tidy when they were finished. Then, all we had to do was wait for some torrential rain to see if the repairs worked! It is now June, and we've had 2 days of heavy rain - the type of rain that previously caused there to be water all over the lower level (this home was known to us for several years prior to purchase from a family member). I'm so thrilled to report that although our side yard is a lake (which normally meant that so was the basement), our basement is completely dry! Not a drop. We are so happy that we feel safe finishing the lower level now, and have some wonderful additional living and storage space. The cost for repair was 100% worth it. Thank you so much for everything!

Kristin H. Brookfield, IL 60513 Crack Repair & Mold Remediation

Truly professional, compassionate and detailed.

Greg Bowen's team is great. we have used them on 2 separate jobs. Truly professional, compassionate and detailed. And mold removal is all about the details. The cost kind of blew me away, but I do believe it was worth it. Hoping my daughter can get well now!

Jane R. Evanston, IL 60201 Mold Remediation