SI Restoration Highlights Crucial Differences Between Mold and Mildew in Latest Publication

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According to a recent article by USA Today, super storms like Sandy are crippling New Jersey Shore towns like Toms River almost one whole calendar year after flood waters ravaged the area. SI Restoration, an expert in ethical mold remediation, has published a guide which will allow property owners combating the toxic fungus to understand the difference between mildew and mold.

When the September 11th attacks shocked the nation in 2001, state and federal government officials were quick to deliver aid to residents of New York and New Jersey in the wake of massive clouds of toxic dust and debris. Though immediate attention was justly paid to the victims of the terror attacks, residents nearby would be indirectly impacted by the hazardous debris that was expelled into the air.

A little more than eleven years later, New York and New Jersey were once again overtaken by a dangerous threat. This time, in the form of a natural disaster called Superstorm Sandy. Almost one year removed from the raging floods and heavy winds that took the east coast of the United States by storm – no pun intended - Jersey Shore and New York residents are once again dealing with an indirect threat caused by catastrophe. This particular threat comes in the form of a toxic fungus known simply as mold.

According to a recent article entitled, Sandy left N.J. shore with massive mold problem by T. Bates and J. Mikle, “people simply (don’t) have the tools to implement good guidance (on mold). There are precedents for... the federal government to provide the tools to help remediate.”

While the quality of government assistance can be debated, the fact of the matter is
that property owners are simply not equipped with the right tools to combat toxic mold growth. Perhaps the most important tool is the simplest: knowledge.

Mold is a toxic substance linked to respiratory illnesses and deficiencies, skin and eye irritation, high fevers, and can exacerbate illnesses like asthma and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). Those with immune deficiencies are susceptible to worse symptoms which can prove to be fatal if not handled in a timely manner.

SI Restoration, a respected expert with over twenty years of experience in the mold remediation industry, has developed a series of publications designed to assist property owners with understanding the dangers of mold growth in homes and businesses as well as providing guidance on how to search for the right mold remediation provider. Their latest publication, Mold and Mildew Differences, will help property owners to determine which types of fungal growth can be handled manually and which should be addressed by a mold remediation contractor.

Because most victims of Sandy were not able to obtain the timely services of a water damage restoration specialist due to government restrictions, fungal growth occurred in a majority of the properties that experienced water damage. It has been reported by property owners across the region that contractors “pounced” on the opportunity to remediate the mold growth in these homes and businesses. Empty promises and unregulated practices have left home and business owners with large bills for the services rendered and properties still overcome with toxic mold growth.

SI Restoration’s Mold and Mildew Differences will help victims of Sandy, as well as other property owners dealing with fungal growth, learn how to save money by properly identifying the growth in their home or business. By learning the answers to mildew and mold questions, property owners will not only be able to determine the correct course of action, but are less likely to be fooled by contractors attempting to overcharge for their services.

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