Northbrook Mold Remediation

From the North Shore to the city of Chicago, let us be your mold removal experts.

If you feel your home or work place has a moisture problem, mold contamination or other indoor air quality problems be confident that Optima Construction & Abatement is the best choice to diagnosing and repairing these concerns that could impact your health.

Mold is everywhere and part of everyday life.

Individuals are exposed to some type of mold as a part of everyday life. Molds need moisture, a food source, and to be left alone to flourish. They are also a necessary part of life that work as decomposers of organic substances. People are exposed to mold through the air they breathe, ingestion, or dermal contact. Many variations given the right conditions have the potential to cause ill health effects in susceptible individuals.

Mold needs moisture to thrive. For healthy indoor air quality, indoor environments should always be kept clean, dry, and as mold free as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions about Mold Remediation

Can mold cause health problems?

Molds are usually not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis). Allergic reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed.

Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people.

How do I get rid of mold?
Who should do the cleanup?
Mold in your home
Mold Myths
Myth #1 - All Molds are toxic.
Mold is actually a naturally occurring biological contaminant - with some positive characteristics, including the ability to break down leaves, wood and other plant debris. Mycotoxins, which can damage the brain, lungs, nervous system, kidneys, liver and reproductive organs, are primarily produced by molds such as stachybotrys chartarum ("black mold") and penicillium.
Myth #2 - Only people who live in humid, wet climates have to worry about mold.
Water incursion and damp buildings are the primary sources of mold, and climate is far from the only consideration. Though the air outside might not feel warm and humid, the atmosphere between walls, in basements, under sinks, around pipes and in crawl spaces may be a perfect home for mold. Mold can survive almost anywhere with water and humidity are present. Standing water, water-damaged materials or wet surfaces also serve as a breeding ground for mold.
Myth #3 - Some surfaces can be immune to mold.
Mold can grow on any surface that has water and humidity present. If a material sustains water damage, mold will likely grow. In fact, in areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting because it is more difficult to remove moisture and mold from carpet than from hard surfaces.
Myth #4 - If you don't see mold, you don't have mold.
Mold is an insidious pest that at its very early stages is quite natural and unassuming. Often, mold can be found hiding in spaces around pipes, behind cabinets and under sinks. By the time you know it's there, it can be a significant problem. It may be visible or invisible, even in amplified situations, and therefore only detectable to trained professionals. Control and remediation should be left to experts who understand the potential hazards and practice the best and most current practices.
Myth #5 - Effective regulations and laws are in place to deal with this issue.
While some states, including California, New York and Texas, are attempting to create and place standards for mold identification and remediation, those rules are not uniformly applied. There are no nationwide standards or guidelines in place for environmental testing, remediation techniques, contractor qualifications, and worker training and protective equipment. As a result, this area is susceptible to unscrupulous or uninformed service providers. Congress and no less than 20 states are currently working on mold-related legislation.
Myth #6 - If a building is contaminated by mold, insurance will cover it.
The insurance industry is concerned about the escalating and often unpredictable costs associated with mold testing and remediation. In fact, almost every residential insurance providers and most commercial property insurance policies now contain exclusionary language that precludes coverage for loss or damage caused by, or resulting from, a "fungus", which can be defined to include mold. For some companies, the solution is to purchase specialty environmental insurance to cover potential hazards such as mold at prohibitively high premium cost.
Myth #7 - Cleaning off the area where mold was growing will eliminate the mold.
Mold can become latent and reactivate. Tiny mold spores replicate every 24 hours and often grow back. They grow due to a source of water, so the source, all sources, must be located and repaired for the long-term. It is also much easier to clean off hard surfaces - with water and detergent and then drying the surface. For absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles and carpeting, surface cleaning is often not enough; in the past, but not with the GPS system. Moving mold around often spreads spores, increasing the risks to the property and it's occupants.
Myth #8 - The worst mold can do is cause cold-like symptoms.
Researchers and health experts continue to debate the exact symptoms associated with mold exposure, and the type and severity of symptoms vary widely among people. Furthermore, many of the ailments associated with mold exposure are symptomatic of other common illnesses. The most common health effects and symptoms include allergic reactions, asthma, other respiratory complaints, headaches and fatigue, but prolonged exposure to high levels of mold may even cause memory loss, serious respiratory damage, impact on other human physiology, or death. Some molds produce aflotoxins, some of which have been proven to be carcinogenic.
Myth #9 - Mold can only grow around pipes, leaks or because of floods.
Mold is not limited to areas directly affected by water damage. In fact, mold spores often invade the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems of buildings and homes. Because mold spores are carried through the air, having one of the more toxic species of mold in an HVAC system can be a serious problem. Remediation processes may include dehumidification, negative-pressure containment and HEPA vacuuming - which is why it is essential that trained mold remediation professionals lead the cleanup effort. The GPS system is a complete approach.
Myth #10 - If a plumber or contractor checked a building and did not mention mold, that building must be free of mold.
Many plumbers and contractors are not specifically trained to recognize and remediate mold, remember, the microscopic size of mold spores are not always visible to human sight. Plumbers fix leaks, while demolition contractors specialize in removing affected building materials. However, neither group is in a position to lead the effort to analyze mold hazards, correct serious problems and prevent future mold buildup. If you encounter a mold amplification, you want to solve the entire problem completely and quickly, with assurance that your situation will not repeat or expand.

More Information on Mold

For more information on mold related issues including mold cleanup and moisture control/condensation/humidity issues, you can call the EPA Indoor Air Quality Information Clearinghouse at (800) 438-4318. Or visit:

If mold is a problem in your home, you should clean up the mold promptly and fix the water problem.

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