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    Toilet Malfunctions Can Cause Flooding and Water Damage in Lakewood, CO

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    You probably don’t give your toilet much thought until it causes you trouble. One of the common causes of water damage and flooding we see in Lakewood, CO is because of a toilet that wasn’t working properly. There are some fixes you can do if you’re a little bit handy, but others may require the attention of a plumber. In any case, letting the water run in a toilet is asking for a disaster because it’s a precursor to water damage and mold damage in the future.

    If your toilet is constantly running, it’s doing more than just making an annoying sound. That water could be leaking out of the tank and down into your subfloor where it can weaken the floor and provide a breeding ground for mold damage. If you have a septic system, that constant flow can overflow your system and cause your drain field to saturate and fail. Here are a few simple fixes you can try on your own:

    1. Check the Fill Valve
      The fill valve is also called the ballcock, and it’s designed to shut off the toilet once the water has reached a certain level in the tank. If the fill valve is not moving correctly, the water may spill over into the overflow tube. You may be able to fix this by readjusting the amount of water that goes into the tank.
    2. Check the Flapper
      As toilets age, the seal around the flapper can fail. The flapper creates a seal around the flush valve and sometimes it gets off center. You may be able to adjust it and correct the problem or it may need to be replaced completely.
    1. Replace the Flush Valve and Lever
      The flush valve and lever can corrode over time, or the handle can break. There are many easy tutorials on YouTube that will show you the easy fix. If you feel uncertain, a call to your local plumber will have it fixed very quickly.

    ServiceMaster DSI helps Lakewood, CO area residents and businesses recover from water damage, flood damage, mold remediation, and any other man-made or natural disaster. We’re available 24/7/365 to help, so don’t hesitate to call us at (720) 452-2842.

    Why Mold Has Become a Serious Issue in Many Aurora, CO, Homes and Businesses

    You probably don’t think too much about mold until you see a news story or are directly affected by it. The school that was condemned, the reason your neighbor wasn’t able to sell his home, and the mysterious sickness that your kid just can’t seem to shake could all have been caused by a seemingly innocent fungus.

    Mold is a serious health hazard that should be taken seriously. It can grow almost anywhere that has seen moisture in your Aurora, CO, home or business. Drywall, ceiling tiles, roofing, ductwork, carpets, and under flooring or sinks; when the conditions are right, mold takes hold and grows very quickly. Mold is tough to remove, and it is invasive. Don’t waste time or money on home remedies; they don’t work well and the mold will come back, creating an even bigger liability for you.

    Why has mold awareness become so pervasive? Why has mold been viewed as a certified public health issue over the past twenty years? There are several reasons:

    • Modern homes and new construction structures were built to be energy efficient, so less air gets into the building.
    • Asthma and allergic reactions are much better understood these days, and some of these are worsened by mold.
    • New construction utilizes many more organic materials than in previous years and organic material is more likely to house and harbor mold.

    The experts at ServiceMaster DSI are mold removal specialists. If you have mold in your Aurora, CO, home or business, the EPA suggests that you hire a professional mold remediation contractor. Without proper mold removal, the mold can go dormant until the next bit of moisture revives it. If you believe you have mold in your home or business, swift action is required. Call us at (303) 288-2900. We are available 24/7/365 to assess the situation and help prevent the further spread of mold.

    Mycotoxins and Why Mold Removal in Boulder, CO is Important

    Everyone hears about the horrors of black mold as one of the most toxic forms of mold, and while there is truth to this, there is also a certain amount of glancing over the details of why black mold is so toxic. Generalizing the anatomy of black mold also leaves out the wide variety of other types of mold that are just as dangerous. In any case of mold infestation, contacting a professional like ServiceMaster DSI for mold removal in Boulder, CO is the best way to eliminate mold in your home or business for the long term.

    The gravity of a mold infestation can only truly be realized with an understanding of why mold is so toxic and how prevalent “black mold levels” of toxicity actually are within the world of mold.

    Why is mold toxic?

    Because most types of mold and fungi are aerobic, they take in oxygen to function, which, along with organic matter and moisture, is consumed metabolically. In return, mold produces toxic substances called mycotoxins. The larger the mold colony and the better the conditions for the consumption of oxygen, organic matter, and water, the greater the quantities of mycotoxins produced.

    Black mold produces a highly toxic group of mycotoxins called Trichothecene Mycotoxins. However, these mycotoxins make up a very large group of toxins that can be produced by many different species of mold, including Fusarium, Myrothecium, Stachybotrys, Trichoderma, Trichothecium, Verticimonosporium, and Cephalosporium.

    To put this in perspective, “black mold” is a general term for the 50 species of Stachybotrys. The six other genuses of Trichothecene Mycotoxin-producing molds have an even greater number of different species.

    What do mycotoxins do?

    Ok, so there are a lot of different molds that produce Trichothecene Mycotoxins, but why should business owners and homeowners take immediate action when a mold infestation begins to colonize?

    The bottom line is that this particular brand of mycotoxin is extremely harmful to human health. When these mycotoxins come into contact with animal cells, they react with the ribosomes, inhibiting the synthesis of proteins at the cellular level. Because protein synthesis is vital for all cellular function, exposure to these mycotoxins can lead to a wide range of health problems, from allergic symptoms to lung cancer.

    If you see signs of mold growth in your home or business, don’t hesitate to call ServiceMaster DSI at 303.288.2900 for immediate mold removal in Boulder, CO.