How To Handle Mold Damage
A frequent problem that arises from water damage is mold growth. Mold can grow faster than you think, in as little as 48 hours. This time span can be slashed if the water involved has anything to do with the sewer. Under the right circumstances, mold can take over an entire area of your home if not taken care of in a timely manner. Not to mention all the health risks involved. To get rid of mold for good follow these steps. And please, don’t try to skimp out on things, it’s important you don’t miss a step.
First, inspect the home. Mold is pretty easy spot when it’s in plain sight. Green, earthy, fuzzy stuff on the wall is not normal. Scent is another great way to tell if mold is in the home. In some cases, you may smell it before you even know about the problem. This calls for inspecting all the areas in your home that have these characteristics: moisture, dark, humid, etc. Places to go over include bathrooms, under sinks, attic, basement, crawlspace, laundry rooms, etc.
Next, remove the mold spores from the air. Depending on how bad the problem is, there could be mold spores all over your home. This is dangerous because the spores could land, latch on to something, and now you’ve got mold growing half way across the house. To avoid this, set up air filters throughout the home and vacuum. Vacuuming will help take out spores that are just floating around and the ones that have latched.
Afterwards, it’s time to scrub. Cleaning up mold consists of a non-toxic spray, scrubbing, and wiping down the area. Most of the time, the area is secured and sealed to avoid mold spores floating around the rest of the home while you’re cleaning this area. This is definitely a job for the professionals.
Once the area is dry and the mold is removed, it’s time to begin the prevention the mold from coming back. Finding a stable humidity is key, nothing more than 40-50% or you’ll be asking for trouble. Make sure the area of concern is properly ventilated as well. Mold damage professionals will do you one better and come back two weeks later to see if the mold has come back.
Most of the time, mold remediation should be taken care of by professionals. Your us, your local remediation company, and we will ensure the mold is gone for good the first time. Call today for your free estimate!Tweet