Mold

Mold Remediation, Abatement and Removal

Mold is a serious problem that can lead to an array of health issues. The conundrum with mold exposure and health risks associated with such exposure, is that mold itself is not recognized as being harmful to humans. However, the by-products of mold; mycotoxins, endotoxins and other such biotoxins have been well evidenced to cause significant health problems. In instances where water has invaded a business or residence, mold begins colonizing within 24 hours. It feeds off moisture and organic matter found inside most building and content materials such as insulation, drywall, wall-paper and porous wood.

The professionals at MacFawn Fire and Flood Restoration act promptly to prevent new mold growth. With technicians that hold Gold Standard certifications from industry organizations such as OSHA, NYS Department of Labor, IICRC and the like, we follow strict health and safety guidelines and are fully licensed to perform Mold Remediation in NY State. Our team uses a three step procedure for mold treatment which includes: identifying the source, containment and prevention of spreading and treatment of the affected areas with non-toxic antimicrobials to deter mold from returning.

MacFawn Fire and Flood Restoration’s key principle for mold remediation projects is to correct the root cause of the growth. Even the best cleanup will be ineffective if the moisture problems are not addressed. We work to provide a clean and dry environment that obstructs new spore colonization. If your building tests positive for elevated levels of mold spores, smells like mold or if colonies are visible, then the occupants should be relocated to a mold-safe location. Toxic mold health symptoms may occur with exposure. MacFawn Restoration can help identify and remove even severe mold problems, while helping with your basic needs and accommodations.

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The Association of Mold, Mycotoxins and Human Health

There are many types of mold, each having it’s own biological specificity and each with toxins that also carry specificity in terms of what types of problems they can cause for the human. What we’ve discussed so far are the Aflatoxins produced by the [quite common] household mold Aspergillis, which can lead to all sorts of problems including: liver cancer, kidney cancer, lung cancer, asthma, bronchitis, dermatitis and more; Cladosporidium is noted by the CDC as being one of the most deadly fungi known to man causing sinus, skin and brain infections. Cladiosporidium was traced back to an out break of fungal meningitis recently in many states too! Another common type of household mold is Stachybotrys, which produces a very deadly mycotoxin called trichothecenes. Trichothecenes induced mycotoxicity has been associated with pulmonary hemorrhage, general lethargy and [also] liver cancer. Believe it or not, Trichothecenes has been used as a biological weapon [a.k.a. Yellow Rain] whereas those effected almost immediately experienced blistering of the skin, headache, fatigue, general confusion and loss of heightened senses due to the neurological damage that particular mycotoxin causes.

Aspergillis (associated with aflatoxins) Cladosporidium and Alternaria sp. (including Stachybotrys) are all very commonly found indoors and especially in Mold Remediation jobs. All too often homeowners don’t understand the extraordinary danger in approaching a job where these species are present. It is critical that proper personal protective equipment, respiratory ventilation, air filtration and containment be used when in the presence of these types of mold. Simply utilizing an air cleaner will only make matters worse by creating airflow that could spread the mold throughout the structure (thereby affecting more occupants and square footage).

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See What Our Clients Say

Mark S.

"We were very happy with the work performed by MacFawn. The project manager was a huge help in the beginning, giving us information and assessing the issue. Then, the technician who performed the actual work was really friendly, courteous, and knowledgeable. I could tell he actually cared about making sure this was all done the right way."

Weston Alexandar

"I called MacFawn last week when my basement flooded and they responded promptly; materials in hand and ready to work. They gave me a more than fair estimate of what the work would cost before they started and were in and out. They completely dried out my basement in a matter of a day or so and gave me sound advice on preventing mold growth and what to look for in the future to bypass anymore damage. I would highly recommend these folks. "

Allison Murphy

"These guys are by far the BEST in the area. I called them when I discovered my basement was full of water and they were at my house in Slingerlands in 35 minutes FLAT. Professional, courteous, knew what to do and did it quickly. After my basement was dried there were no visible signs of mold growth. They did an excellent job. I don't think I've ever had a service call show up that quickly. I would highly recommend."

Mary Becker

"My house had a great deal of damage from a storm in the capital region last year and I had NO CLUE who to call. MacFawn Fire and Flood also works with emergency storm damage apparently. A friend recommended them and once they were on the scene, everything fell into place. The owner has liaised communication with my insurance company on more than one occasion and gave me the tools I needed to stay afloat while we are out of the house during the restoration process. They were done in about 2 weeks for a job that I was initially told would take up to three months. Staff on the field are wonderful and the administrative support was second to none. I don't know what we would have done if we hadn't called these guys. There was a lot of damage that led my family into a state of panic and chaos. They helped get us out of a roach motel our insurance company placed us in and into an apartment that our insurance company paid for in full. Our lives went from being in panic to being on a stay cation while they worked on our home. I can't thank them enough for all of their support and assistance. Great crew!"

Mel Paroff

"This firm was fantastic. Their response and the quality of their work was phenomenal. I highly recommend them for any emergency service work. "

Eric Bamberg

"Literally life saving. After our home was infiltrated with toxic silica dust from a nearby construction project, MacFawn saved us. We discovered the mess after 7pm on a Friday. That night they reached out to cleaners, we had an on site quote Saturday and by sundown Sunday, our home was both clean and safe. Within a week the entire inside and outside were spotless after a window cleaning specialist came a few days after the interior clean up. The crews inside our home were kind, professional and did an excellent job!"