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What Should I Do If I Think I May Have Mold?


Think You Have Mold? Call The Mold Experts, (845) 442-6714!

If you think you have mold, the first step is to contact First Call Restoration, (845) 442-6714 so that we can schedule an appointment to:

  1. Assess the indoor air quality of your home,
  2. Determine why you could have mold,
  3. Find out what type of mold is growing, and
  4. Most importantly, provide you with a plan of action to have the mold removed.


The goal of mold remediation is to restore the fungal ecology of your home or business to healthy levels.


Experts at mold remediation in your home or office
Contact us today
(845) 442-6714


Why Does Mold Grow?

Why Does Mold Grow?
Mold is a fungus, as are mushrooms and yeast, and has a biological purpose in our ecosystem: to consume dead organic material. Understanding it’s biological importance is essential to understanding why it poses health hazards. Problems occur with mold when it begins growing in an enclosed environment such as a home. Mold found inside homes and buildings originates from the outside. Mold spores enter buildings and homes through open doorways, windows, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Spores in the air outside also attach themselves to clothing, animals, shoes, bags and more!

When mold is disturbed, spores become airborne increasing the likelihood of breathing spores in. While some people are not affected by mold spores, others sharing the same environment infested with mold can have severe reactions. Mold spore exposure can also cause adverse health effects in immune compromised individuals. Individuals sensitive to mold exposure can suffer from nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing and more. In addition, people with chronic illnesses, such as asthma or obstructive lung disease, may develop mold infections in their lungs. Allergic reactions, similar to common pollen or animal allergies, are the most common health effects in individuals sensitive to mold. Flu-like symptoms and skin rashes can also occur.

In addition to the health concerns, it is also important to realize that like a parasite mold will continue to feed on its host, causing significant structural concerns.

Mold grows if their is excessive moisture or water accumulation indoors. While it is impossible to eliminate all molds and mold spores, controlling moisture can control indoor mold growth.

All molds share the characteristic of being able to grow without sunlight.

Mold only needs a viable seed (spore), a nutrient source, moisture, and the right temperature to proliferate.

This explains why mold infestation is often found in damp, dark, hidden spaces.

If left unchecked, molds gradually damage building materials and furnishings.

Eventually mold can cause structural damage to a wood framed building, weakening floors and walls as it feeds on moist wooden structural members.

The purpose of mold remediation is to correct the moisture problem and to remove moldy and contaminated materials to prevent human exposure that can impact health and further damage to building materials and furnishings.

What Is Mold Testing?

What Is Mold Testing?
Mold can be detected through smell, visual clues, and knowledge of the building history, ie. was there a flood or indoor leak. We recommend that the advice of First Call Restoration be sought because they have specialized tools and knowledge to identify the cause of the mold growth, ie. the source of moisture, and then make recommendations on how to remove the mold after the moisture problem has been fixed.

When a mold inspector arrives at your home, they will do a formal mold inspection and will ask you 15 questions.

Reports on the area and the extent of contamination will be used to determine the scope of the mold remediation.

Testing before the beginning of a remediation process is a very important aid to understanding the mold types in the home and the remediation process.

Testing for mold after the remediation is completed is a vital step to ensure that your home or business has been thoroughly remediated and safe for you and your family.

What Is The Mold Remediation Process?

What Is The Mold Remediation Process?
Our goal is to do the job right the first time, meaning we follow an eight step mold removal process:

  1. Assess The Cause of The Contamination.
  2. Identify the Species of the Mold.
  3. Scope of Work.
  4. Containment, Decontamination Chambers and Negative Air.
  5. Removal of the Mold.
  6. Odor Removal.
  7. Cleaning, HEPA Vacuuming and Air Scrubbing.
  8. Post Remediation Verification.

For a detailed explanation of our eight step process, please click here!

I Am Mold Sensitized! Can You Help?

I Am Mold Sensitized! Can You Help?
We specialize in helping mold sensitized individuals!

Guiding you every step of the way, First Call Restoration explains the process for inspecting your home, taking necessary procedures to eliminate any mold found within your household and returning your home back to a safe and comfortable environment.

First Call Restoration has removed mold from thousands of homes and business’s over the years. We are very proud of our record and encourage anyone to speak with the company that test behind us about our reputation.

Got Mold Questions?

Got Mold Questions?

First Call Restoration is here to help! If you suspect that you have mold, call (845) 442-6714 or contact us via e-mail. Peace of mind, just a phone call away. We look forward to serving you! 🙂


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(845) 442-6714

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