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White Mold

White mold is a term that applies to many species of mold which can grow in homes. Like any other mold, it may compromise your property and health if you don’t deal with it. Although color may be common with certain species of mold, one type of mold may have multiple colors during its many stages. Generally, it’s not necessary to determine the type of mold you have in your home – all molds have similar negative effects. Read on to learn what white mold is and how it can affect your health.

What is White Mold?

White mold is not a specific type of mold – many species of mold may appear white. The species of white mold commonly found in homes are aspergillus, cladosporium, and penicillum. All these molds may also appear gray, green, black or other tints. Moreover, all molds thrive in moist areas where a food source like wood is present.

Some molds may appear white in their early stages of development. Later, these molds may change color after producing spores. Yet, many molds appear white regardless of age because their spores are not pigmented. The lack of spore pigmentation is caused by the type of material it’s growing on.

Also, white mold appears as powdery and may blend in with the materials it’s growing on, which makes it hard to tell that it’s actually mold.

White Mold vs Mildew and Efflorescence

Sometimes, people confuse white mold with mildew, which may also have a white appearance. However, mildew rarely grows on surfaces other than plants and doesn’t destroy materials. White mold, on the other hand, penetrates the surface of porous materials like wood or drywall and can ruin them.

It’s also common for people to confuse white mold with a substance called efflorescence. It’s a type of salt deposit caused by salty water which seeps through concrete, brick or stone. When the water evaporates, it leaves behind a white crystalline substance that looks like white mold.

Unlike white mold though, efflorescence does not pose any health risks and won’t grow or spread.

To tell whether a substance is white mold or efflorescence, just look at the affected surface. If it’s masonry, it’s most likely efflorescence. Also, put some of it into a drop of water and if it dissolves, it’s not mold. Lastly, squeeze some of the substance between your fingers and if it breaks into fine powder, it’s efflorescence.

Is White Mold Dangerous?

All types of mold, including white mold can cause health problems. White mold should be removed as soon as possible to avoid any health risks and/or structural damage. Even milder forms of white mold can endanger your health.

Since some people don’t realize that white mold is actually mold, it may put them at risk for extended periods of exposure.

The symptoms induced by white mold can include allergic reactions, respiratory infections, eye irritations, dizziness, nausea, headaches, and even depression but are not only limited to these symptoms.

Exposure to any mold spores, both live and dead, and their byproducts like microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOCs), mycotoxins, connecting filaments, etc. can cause illnesses ranging from minor allergic reactions, respiratory problems like asthma and sinusitis, to more serious, life threatening illnesses.

If you suspect you or a family member have been affected by mold exposure, consult a doctor and have the mold removed immediately.

White mold is just one type of mold that can invade your home. There are thousands of species of mold. Black Mold is another common and often misinterpreted type of mold. Check out this article on Black Mold for more information.   For mold removal and water damage repair services, contact Pursuit Restoration at 208-515-6503

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Weekend Get Away!

We know the restoration process can seem very chaotic and never-ending, making each customer ready for their home to be back to normal. Pursuit Restoration stands behind making sure this process is thoroughly communicated, and done in a timely manner. The typical water damage loss takes anywhere from 3 to 5 weeks depending on the size of the job, some fire jobs can take upwards of 6 to 9 months!

Pursuit Restoration would like to offer EACH and EVERY one of our customers a weekend getaway at the Shore Lodge! This would include a 2 night stay, with an additional $150 for dinner. (That’s an $800 value)

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Trust the professionals to handle your property damage. This way your home and mind can be put at peace as quickly as possible. Call Pursuit Restoration at 208-515-6503. 

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What is the Difference Between Mold and Mildew?

Mold or Mildew?

Mold and Mildew are types of fungi that share common features but differ in many ways. Both fungi grow in damp and humid areas, however they can affect your health and home differently. Knowing the differences between mold and mildew can help you know how to approach the problem at hand. The following will explain the differences between mold and mildew. 

Where They Grow

Both mold and mildew can grow in damp areas in homes and outdoors. They need an organic food source, such as drywall, wood, plants or soil, ( something that once was a living organism).

  • Mold can grow on any organic surface in a home. Given enough time, mold can cause materials to rot and destroy the structural components of a home.
  • Mildew grows mostly on plants and can kill them if not removed in time. Mildew is also the name of the plant diseases caused by parasitic fungi.

Mold and Mildew Appearance

Mold is usually fuzzy or slimy, where as mildew appears either powdery or downy. Downy mildew is yellow at first and turns to brownish yellow later. Powdery mildew is white, and then turns yellow and black when it matures.

  • Mold appears as irregularly shaped spots that can have different colors – blue, green, yellow, brown, gray, black or white.
  • Mildew usually grows in a flat pattern and appears as white, gray, or yellowish patches that turn black or brown over time.

Exposure Symptoms

Mold exposure can cause several health problems such as allergic reactions (sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, coughing, wheezing, irritation of the throat, rashes, etc.), respiratory problems (difficulty breathing, coughing, asthma attacks), heart problems, migraines, depression, and more.

Mildew exposure poses fewer health risks – coughing, headaches, sore throat, and respiratory problems.

Symptoms from both can vary from person to person and the strength of each person’s respiratory and immune system. Typically children and elderly are most at risk for health related issues due to exposure. These issues can be prevented by trusting in Pursuit Restoration to properly contain your property before disturbing any growth. If you feel you have any respiratory or immune issue please see your doctor for health related questions and concerns. 

Benefits

Some molds are beneficial, for example, Penicillium is used to make antibiotics and can also be used in the production of cheese and tofu. There are a variety of molds in controlled doses and circumstances that can benefit the human body.

Mildew does not have any known benefits.

Prevention and Removal

As mold and mildew thrive in humid environments, it is important to keep your property dry to prevent any growth. Repair leaks as soon as possible, if needed install a dehumidifier to keep humidity at 30-50% and ventilate appliances (dryer, bathroom exhaust fans, stove). Learn more mold prevention tips.

Removing mold and mildew yourself can be difficult and damaging to your health. For small infected areas – less than 10 square feet – on surfaces like walls, scrub the mold with a mixture of household detergent and water. If the affected area is larger than 10 square feet, the safest and most efficient way to remove the mold is to call Pursuit Restoration to professionally handle the job. Learn why DIY mold removal is not a good idea.

Mildew on plants can be removed by wiping the leaves gently with a dampened paper towel. After each wipe, freshen the paper towel. Replace the paper towel when all parts have touched the moldy surfaces and cut off any leaves that still have mold visible on them.

Among the many kinds of molds that can grow indoors, black mold is one of the most infamous. Learn about black mold removal. Contact Pursuit Restoration for mold remediation services and water damage repair.

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Restoration Process

How Does the Water Damage Restoration Process Work?

The first step is to remove standing water from flooring, wet carpet and other affected materials. Once all the water is removed, dehumidifiers, air movers and other specialized equipment are used to dry the affected area. This typically takes 2 to 5 days, depending on but not limited to saturation time, type of materials and atmospheric conditions. We use moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras to determine when your home is thoroughly dry.

How Long Should the Water Cleanup Take?

Full restoration consists of two major phases. The first, mitigation, consists of demolition, cleaning and drying the structure. This phases typically takes 2 to 5 days. The second phase, repairs can take anywhere from a couple days to 4 weeks depending on the degree of damage and lead time for materials. Certain materials like Cabinets, Custom Wood, High End Floorings can take extended time to ship. We will work with and your insurance provider to get your property back to normal as quickly as possible.

How Much Does it Cost to Fix Water Damage?

The cost of water damage cleanup depends on the size of the flooded area and amount of time needed to handle the water repair. If your insurance policy covers the water damage you are only responsible for your deductible. The average water loss is just over $7,000. When properly dried in a timely manner you can prevent secondary damages or more costly issues, like mold.

What are the Different Categories of Water?

  1. Clean water – Category 1 – Poses no harm to people. This includes water damage caused from any fresh water supply, water heater, sink overflow, appliance malfunction.
  2. Gray water – Category 2 – Can cause harm and illness to people. This includes water damage which has significant amounts of contamination, biological, chemical, or physical.
  3. Black water – Category 3 – Can cause severe harm or illness to people. Black water is highly unsanitary and contains pathogenic agents. Black water typically comes from beyond the trap, sewage backups, ground water, etc.

Can Water Damage Cause Mold?

Water damage certainly has the potential to cause mold growth. Mold thrives in moist environments with any moisture, especially high humidity areas. In order to keep energy efficiency, modern homes are insulated to reduce loss of energy. This also allows for moisture to stay hidden and not dry if not inspected properly.

Can Water Damage be Hidden? If so, What are the Signs?

Water damage is most often hidden. Some common signs of water intrusion are paint peeling, MDF base swelling, particle boards swelling, condensation, musky odors, damp or wet carpet, etc.

What Certifications does Pursuit Restoration Have?

  1. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IRCIC) provide a very specific standard of rules for fixing water damage, mold remediation, and fire and smoke restoration. We carry WRT (Water Restoration Technician), ASD (Applied Structural Drying), AMRT (Applied Microbial Remediation Technician), FRST (Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician)
  2. We hold an IICRC Firm certification, Contractors License, and Fully licensed and insured.

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How Long Does It Take Mold to Grow in a Flooded Home?

Water damage from flooding, leaks or high humidity can not only compromise the integrity of your home and its contents, but also cause microbial (Mold) growth. Mold can grow rapidly after water damage, making the restoration process more difficult. Even a small amount of moisture, if not handled quickly and properly, can turn into a large mold infestation.

Mold spores – tiny airborne particles that are not visible to the naked eye – exist everywhere in nature, and they can grow into visible mold  after a water damage incident. When it starts invading your home, mold can threaten the health of its occupants. Mold exposure is especially dangerous for people with breathing problems caused by allergies or asthma.

However, you can avoid mold growth in your home if you act fast. All it takes is eliminating the moisture before mold has the chance to start growing. But how quickly does mold grow after a flood or moisture problem?

How Long Does it Take for Mold to Grow After a Flood?

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states, mold typically takes 24 to 48 hours to grow after a flood if the right conditions are met. However, it depends on the type of surfaces and materials, amount of moisture, and temperature. Indoors, mold generally grows faster on softer surfaces in darker, warmer (70 degrees or more), and more humid environments.

The chance for mold spores to spread from one area to another also increases with time. These microorganisms can quickly fill the air and spread throughout your home, affecting more and more areas and endangering your health with every passing hour.

Mold spores that start to colonize on surfaces within 24 hours become visible in about 14 to 21 days after the flooding. But that happens if nothing has been done to dry the water and restore the affected surfaces.

For these reasons, it’s essential to deal with water and moisture issues as soon as you have a flooding incident. The faster the cleanup and drying takes place, the smaller the chances of major mold growth.

Call a Professional or DIY?

If you have a lot of water in the house, hiring a water damage restoration company may be your best bet to get your home back in order as fast and as cost-efficiently as possible. Restoration companies have the right equipment that’s needed to dry out your place quickly.

A restoration professional is even more critical for saving your home if it was flooded with more contaminated water like sewage. This type of water is extremely hazardous and best handled by trained and certified water damage cleanup professionals.

Furthermore, if mold has started growing in your home following a flood, it’s likely that there’s even more mold hiding in unseen areas, such as inside walls. Mold removal experts have the necessary tools to detect hidden mold in areas where the eyes can’t see.

For professional mold removal services and water damage restoration, contact Pursuit Restoration at 208-515-6503

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Advanced Drying Techniques

The Benefits of Advance Drying

After a flood, it is crucial to dry water-damaged properties and contents as quickly as possible. In the past, water damage restoration contractors had limited options available to them when performing water damage restoration. Equipment was restricted in its availability, variety, efficiency, and effectiveness. It was not only slow but would also result in removing and discarding damaged contents.

Then, of course, it was necessary to install new materials, paint, etc. The result was a long period of disruption to the occupants and extra expenses for insurance companies. Today, however, the “science of drying” has improved significantly. Thanks to modern equipment, we can completely restore water damaged properties and contents with minimal intrusion.

Some of the Latest Drying Technolgies Include

  • LGR Dehumidifiers — Using LGR Dehumidifiers, technicians can reduce the relative humidity to as low as 10%. These tools can remove up to 16 gallons of water from the air per day. Older dehumidifiers were able to reduce the humidity to only 40%, removing about five gallons of water per day. This disparity represents a vast improvement in efficiency, resulting in faster drying times – 24 to 48 hours as opposed to four or more days with older equipment.

 

  • Desiccants — In the right setting, restoration professionals will turn to a desiccant dehumidifier. Desiccants release very dry and warm air (5% relative humidity and 110 degrees F) into humid areas, eliminating moisture. They use silica gel to absorb humidity from the air. Desiccants operate very effectively, even if the environment is below freezing.

 

  • Intra-wall Drying — This technique helps the drying process inside of walls without removing drywall. In this process, baseboards are removed, and small holes are drilled through walls near the base. Technicians then push air into the cavity behind the wall. This dramatically reduces drying time for the wall, often to less than half of what it would take to dry it by other methods. The forced air approach also works for certain types of insulation, again eliminating the need to remove drywall to gain access. This method is especially appropriate when water damage originates from above the affected room. In many cases, it’s the only way to effectively save the walls.

 

  • Rescue Mat Systems — Today’s powerful water extraction equipment is far more effective at removing moisture than simple vacuum units, a common practice in times past. Rescue mat systems can extract water from hardwood floors efficiently, leaving the underlying pad slightly moist but not wet.

Other Benefits of Using Advanced Drying Tools

  • Lower expenses — Wet carpet, pad, and drywall can often be completely restored and do not need replacement. This results in lower costs for the loss, and it allows the occupants to return to their normal lives much sooner with far less disruption. Also, modern technology can prevent the costs related to older methods, such as turning back and/or removing carpet; removing, discarding, and replacing the pad; replacing the new carpet or relaying the old.

 

  • Preventing mold — Thanks to faster drying, mold and other fungi have less time to develop. This helps alleviate possible health problems, such as respiratory discomfort and allergic reactions, which fungal contamination can cause. In addition, mold can weaken structural materials, such as drywall and wood framing, to the point that they must be replaced. Using advanced dehumidification systems removes moisture and thus helps prevent mold growth. With little or no moisture present, mold and mildew either do not start or die very quickly.

 

  • Other benefits of rapidly removing moisture include the prevention of irreversible swelling in porous materials, such as paper and wood; shrinkage in some fabrics, such as upholstery and drapes; rust occurring on metals like doorknobs and hinges; and damage to electronic equipment that could occur with high levels of humidity.

Professional Disaster Restorers Have Also Improved

Most importantly in a situation dealing with water damage is how effective professionals are now. Pursuit Restoration invests in the latest equipment and We have the training and expertise to properly remove moisture. That means your home will return to its original state more quickly, minimizing all related costs and inconvenience.

For water damage caused by storms and floods, as well as fire, smoke, and mold remediation services, call Pursuit Restoration at 208-515-6503

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Avoid Water and Fire Disasters with These Smart Home Devices

Avoid Water and Fire Disasters with These Smart Home Devices

Unfortunately, even the most cautious homeowners can experience fire or flooding in their homes. In recent years, due to great technology, it has been possible to limit that risk with smart home devices that can detect danger before it has time to wreak havoc on your home.

These devices are connected to your Wi-Fi network and send you alerts via your smartphone if it detects something dangerous. Here are some smart devices you can have in your home to help prevent water damage and fire disasters.

Smart Water Leak Detectors

  • These compact battery-operated devices are placed near plumbing fixtures and appliances, such as sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and water heaters.
  • You can set them up to immediately sound an alarm or alert your smartphone (or both), if a leak occurs. This allows you to act fast, whether you’re at home or away.
  • Some smart leak detectors come with automatic shut-off valves that you can control remotely.
  • For more protection and control, install a complete flood monitoring system, which you can connect to your smart home security system.

Smart Smoke and CO Alarms

  • These devices send an alert to your smartphone if they detect smoke or carbon monoxide (CO), or if the device has a low battery.
  • If you connect them to your smart home security system, it can send alerts to your smartphone and the fire department in an emergency.
  • Some smart smoke detectors can shut down your HVAC system if it detects smoke. This prevents smoke from spreading to other areas of the home.
  • Use them in conjunction with fire/heat detectors for the best protection against fire.

Smart Fire Detectors

  • Smart fire detectors send an alert to your smartphone when:
    • there’s a rapid rise in temperature (rate-of-rise detection) or
    • the temperature reaches a fixed point
  • You can opt for combination heat detectors that provide both fixed and rate-of-rise detection
  • They can also be connected to your central security system for better control and protection.

Smart Batteries

  • If you don’t want to replace regular smoke alarms with smart ones, equip them with smart batteries.
  • Smart batteries send instant smartphone updates if one of the smoke detectors goes off or when the battery is low.
  • These batteries are compatible with smoke and CO detectors, as well as fire detectors.

Smart Oven Shut-off Devices

  • As unattended cooking is the main cause of house fires, an automatic oven shut-off device can greatly help to avoid kitchen fires.
  • They come as oven knobs or as devices installed to a kitchen cabinet.
  • A Smart oven shut-off device automatically turns off the stovetop or oven when cooking is left unattended. It does so by using a motion sensor that can tell if you are in the kitchen. If you leave the kitchen, the device starts a timer and, if you’re not back in the kitchen by the end of the countdown, it will shut off the oven.

Smart Outlets

  • These are electrical outlets that you can turn off remotely via an app on your smartphone. That helps if you’ve left home and are worried you forgot to shut off an appliance or even your lights.
  • Smart outlets can be voice controlled if you’ve connected them to smart devices like Google Home and Amazon Echo.

Even with all the proper safety measures in place, disasters can still occur. If that happens, call the professionals to help you get your home and life back on track. For professional fire damage restoration and water damage restoration, contact Pursuit Restoration at 208-515-6503

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What Is Black Mold?

Microbial growth

Stachybotrys chart-arum, commonly known as black mold or toxic black mold, is a type of fungi that can grow in homes and feeds on organic matter. Toxic black mold can be easily spotted because of its greenish-black color. It looks slimy when there is still a water source present but can also look dry if the water source is eliminated. Toxic black mold produces mycotoxins – substances that can be a health hazard in buildings and homes.

Black Mold Exposure Symptoms

Long-term exposure to toxic black mold mycotoxins may cause various symptoms to individuals. Symptoms include respiratory problems, sneezing, itchy eyes, nose and throat irritation, headaches, skin and eye irritation, coughs, and more. Toxic black mold exposure can cause over 30 health problems, such as skin infections, flu-like diseases and pneumonia. This is why it can be very dangerous to ignore toxic black mold in your home.

Where Does Black Mold Grow in Homes?

Toxic black mold typically grows in warm and damp areas, after a flooding event or due to leaks in the roof, cracked pipes, or other moisture sources. The most common areas in a home where toxic black mold grows are the basement, bathroom, and the kitchen. Toxic black mold can grow on many building materials in a home, as it needs materials high in cellulose and low in nitrogen, such as walls, drywall’s, wood, etc.

Black Mold Removal

In general, surfaces larger than 10 square feet require professional mold removal services. However, if the affected area is less than 10 square feet and you feel comfortable with mold cleaning, you can choose to remove the mold yourself. Fix the water leak and dry the area first. Use a scrubbing brush and a commercial mold removal product. Wear protective gear such as goggles, dust mask, protective clothing and gloves. However, This is best left to professionals in order to not cross contaminant the area.

Black Mold Prevention

Preventing toxic black mold in your home is a matter of controlling the moisture levels and keeping your home dry. Fix leaks in the walls, roof, gutters and plumbing pipes, keep indoor humidity at 30-50%, prevent condensation by reducing humidity and ventilate appliances that generate moisture. For repairs, use mold-resistant paint, drywall and sheet rock.

Pursuit Restoration brings you valuable advice for mold prevention and remediation in your home. For professional fire, water, and mold restoration services, contact Pursuit Restoration at 208-515-6503

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Who WE are…

My name is Tony Pearce, the Owner of Pursuit Restoration. I formerly managed all day to day activities from scheduling and operating multiple crews, to sales and customer service for a restoration company formerly owned by Brandon Wright. We both helped gain over 75 Google reviews during the growth we helped develop. Victoria Pearce and Myself have ventured into Our own “Pursuit” to bring customers satisfaction, while making sure every question is answered, in order to bring the peace and happiness back to your life after such a traumatic experience. All employees will be wearing matching white and or purple logo’d uniforms and driving the same matching vehicles. This is to maintain the trust and security that you know professionals have arrived. We work with all insurance companies and use Xactimate. This is the program insurance companies accept for payment. This creates a smooth process, typically with no disagreements about price. We are full service restoration from start to finish. We can extract, dry, reconstruct and make sure your home is EXACTLY the way you want it to look! With the years of experience dealing with adjusters and insurance agents, We can assist with the claims process in order to make sure you file an accurate and needed claim. Pursuit Restoration stands by informing you FIRST if it is worth calling your insurance company or if the job may be to small. Pursuit stands behind a 2 year warranty on all work! This is to provide an extra layer of trust and protection for your most valuable asset! We will provide FREE inspections, and FREE estimates to better help you decide what your best options are. We look forwarding to meeting you and the opportunity to “Pursue your Happiness!”

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