Healthy Homes has been providing safe and proper mold remediation for over 26 years. With Dr. Riegel’s experience and expertise, there is no job that can’t be fixed!

Molds are one of the most common occurring organisms in the world, and it is estimated that there are over 100,000 different species. These thinly spun threaded organisms produce spores that then allow them to spread themselves through the air, water, open windows, and even among insects. With this said, toxic molds produce toxic spores that can be dangerous and even fatal for susceptible individuals.  Many people are allergic and develop severe respiratory illnesses related to mold exposure including:

  • Nasal stuffiness and eye irritation
  • Fever and shortness of breath
  • Headaches
  • Wheezing
  • Allergic reactions such as asthma attacks, chronic sinusitis
  • Infections in lungs, respiratory tract, maybe even leading to lung cancer
  • Possibly even death

Children, the elderly and people with immune system problems are particularly at risk. However, not all family members may be affected by mold exposure. Contact Healthy Homes if you or any one of your family members have been experiencing any of these symptoms that could be due to mold in your home.

Common types of toxic mold include: Stachybotrys (aka “black mold”), Aspergillus, Penecillium, and many more. The first step in removing toxic mold is identifying where it is. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there. Toxic mold is often found in damp, dark, moist, or wet places, in or around a house or building. Common areas of contamination include basements, closets, bathrooms, showers, and attics. These areas are rich in moisture and darkness and particularly prone to toxic mold growth. Musty smells, moist air, and black spots looking like dirt or soot are characteristic of household molds. If you have had ANY water intrusion into your home or if you think you have mold contamination, give us a call and set up an inspection. Below are some pictures of mold that may help you identify if you have a problem.

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    Arrows pointing to severe mold growth on bathroom drywall due to a slow water pipe leak. High and risky exposure due to location of mold!

  • Severe case of Stachybotrys (black mold) identified under the linoleum flooring in a basement

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    Severe mold identified on the underside of sub-floor from a bathroom toilet leak

  • Severe Stachybotrys (black mold) identified on a lower basement drywall

Mold remediation projects can vary from a few days to several weeks depending on the project size. A large part of all our mold remediation projects includes setup and containment of the work area. These safety precautions must be set up and in place before the actual removal begins to ensure your family and our workers are safe. Our clients really appreciate our meticulous attention to detail and keeping their home safe in the process of mold remediation.

Dr. Riegel prefers to utilize the State of Michigan regulated asbestos protocols for safe removal of toxic mold (currently there are no state regulations for mold abatement). These protocols ensure that the area of mold abatement is contained to the work area and cross-contamination of mold spores is highly controlled. Taking these extra precautions is extremely crucial and ensures that mold will NOT be spread to other areas of your home while we are working. Companies that do not take these precautions, risk spreading the mold to other parts of your home. Even the smallest of mold remediation projects are carried out with our safety precautions. Dr. Riegel knows and truly cares that even small mold contaminations can cause significant health affects to your family.

Every mold remediation job is different, and there’s no standard protocols to get the job done. To counter this, Dr. Riegel has developed safe and efficient evaluation, testing, and mold remediation techniques tailored for each specific mold project in order to ensure the mold will be removed completely and thoroughly.