FAQ's about Mold Removal

Top 5 Most Commonly Asked Questions About Mold Removal

Though mold is considered a natural fungus that plays an important role in outdoor conditions, mold in homes should be removed and avoided. Mold is an airborne threat that can cause damage to your property and can pose hazards to your health conditions.

However, mold removal can be a tricky and complicated process. It might need advanced tools and proper procedures. The old folktale that you think is the best solution, might do more harm than good. That is why mold remediation professional is necessary. These professionals are trained and experienced in dealing with any type of mold issues. They make sure that any sort of problems associated with mold growth will be dealt with accordingly.

But before taking any steps into mold removal, here are some questions that can guide you.

1. What causes mold growth?

Mold can grow in different ways and through several factors. Because there are up to 300,000 types of mold in the world, it is difficult to identify what causes each one of them grows. 

However, when an area is damp and not properly ventilated, mold will definitely grow. Mold also grows where they can absorb nutrients such as in wood, cardboard, and others.  

2. What does mold look like?

Mold appears in different textures, colors, and sizes. They can be in blue, green, or black. At times, they will be confused with mildew or dust. Their appearance varies depending on the nutrient source and their age. Black mold is considered the most dangerous type of mold as it can pose danger to the health of living beings.

Mold is sometimes visible to our naked eyes especially if it has made its own colonization, however, at times, they are hard to recognize. And because they appear in different forms, getting an expert to visit your home and identify the type of mold you are dealing with is recommended. Testing it first can help in deciding the process to take in removing mold. Once the type of mold is identified, the mold remediation process can begin.

3. How to detect mold?

While in some cases mold cannot be seen by our naked eyes, an odd musty smell is the easiest and the most common way of detecting mold in your home. However, it is important to know that even with the presence of mold, a musty smell may not appear. You can also recognize that there is mold in your home through unexplainable health problems such as allergies, headache, trouble breathing and other respiratory issues.

To know if there is mold in your home, it can be a good idea to inspect it and check the areas most vulnerable to mold growth such as kitchen, bathroom, and others.

4. Can I remove mold myself?

EPA recommends that mold should be removed using the IICRC mold removal procedures. Mold removal can be difficult and at times, tricky. In some cases, removing mold on our own can make it worse, for instance, using bleach (which is the most well-known way of removing mold) in porous materials. Bleach consists of water and when applied to porous materials can contribute to mold growth.

It can be fine to remove mold by yourself when the patches are small and they are on non-porous materials such as glass, tiled tubs, and metal. In some cases, it is best to simply discard the contaminated materials, such as dishes. Moreover, before dealing with mold on your own, make sure that you are wearing protective gears.  

It is best to hire mold removal professionals if your home or business has;

  • Mold than is more than a few feet in diameter
  • The mold that occurred after water damage or flooding
  • Mold inside ventilation and heating system
  • Mold inside walls.  

5. What to expect from a mold remediation company?

IICRC provides a guideline in conducting the mold remediation process. There are five steps to follow.

  • Identifying the degree of contamination. This step is done to help in developing a remediation plan. Once it is presented to the owner, a mold removal specialist will begin the remediation process.
  • Setting up and verifying containment. This is as important as the first step as it is about containing mold and making sure that it is spreading to unaffected areas of the home.
  • Removing unsalvageable items. Porous materials are normally unsalvageable even after applying disinfectants. Removing them is necessary to prevent mold from spreading again.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting. This stage of the process performs the actual mold remediation. The tools that can be used are HEPA vacuum and HEPA filter sander. The last step could be wiping the surfaces of the affected area with some effective cleaning solutions.
  • Verifying remediation. This is to make sure that the remediation is successful and the home is completely free from any mold. Air sampling is also needed to verify that the area is back to its normal pre-state condition.

  If you have any further questions related to mold removal and even water damage restoration, you may contact our local office in Costa Mesa.

water damage under your kitchen sink

Understanding Water Damage Under Your Kitchen Sink

Water damage under your kitchen sink is a common issue. Almost all homeowners have a good chance of experiencing this type of water damage. With a lack of maintenance, broken pipelines, and clogged drains, water damage can happen under your kitchen sink.

The Effects of Water Damage under Your Kitchen Sink

In most cases, water damage under your kitchen sink can go unnoticed for a long period because it happens due to a slow leak. But slow leak can become a major problem if not treated immediately. Below are the effects of water damage under your kitchen sink.

  • Discoloration and spotting on the base of the cabinet – water can travel through your kitchen cabinet and into the sub-flooring below the cabinet. Water, when sits there for a longer time, can cause discoloration and spotting.
  • Warping and cupping to the wood floors around your cabinet – If a larger amount of water has pooled down under your kitchen sink, it can cause your wood floors to warp and cup. Depending on the damage, you may need to replace your wood floor or sand it down and re-stained.
  • Mold Growth – As you all know, mold growth is the usual aftermath of water damage. A damp and humid area is a perfect place for mold to grow. 

How To Dry Water Damage Under Kitchen Sink

Though water damage is a common problem a homeowner can face, fixing it will just take you some simple steps. Minor damage, with the right tools, can be repaired on a weekend afternoon.

Clear Out the Area

Remove all items located under your kitchen sink and those that are near the affected area, before you start drying out the area. Wipe them with a towel if they are damped.

Dry Visible Water Spots

After removing all items under your kitchen sink, take a dry cloth and soak up any visible water under your sink.

 Once you have soaked up all visible water, you can use a hairdryer to remove more water. Set your hairdryer to its lowest setting and hold it about 9-inches above the affected area. Keep it steady for 3 minutes, then move to the next spot. Follow the same steps for the remaining spots. If the damage is severe, move your hairdryer back and forth to completely dry out the entire area.

Remove Dry Mold

Mold is the immediate consequence of any type of water damage. Since mold can pose hazards to you and your family, getting rid of it is necessary. Removing dry mold can be done with some scrubbing and bleach. Dampen the sponge with some bleach and water, then scrub it to the area where you can see mold. Bleach doesn’t only help in removing dry mold, it is also good for disinfecting water damaged area.

However, remember that mold can pose harm to those who get exposed to it. It is best to wear a mask and a pair of gloves when removing dry mold.

Apply Cleaner To Water Stains

To make sure that the affected area is thoroughly clean, apply some solutions. Fortunately, there are a lot of solutions you can use to clean areas affected by water damage. The most common one is ammonia. Apply ammonia to a cloth and rub it to the entire area.

You can also use some home remedies such as a mixture of baking soda and toothpaste, and another mixture of cigarette ashes and mayonnaise. The same goes for these pastes, apply them to the affected area. Let the paste sit for about 20 minutes in the affected area.

But if stains are still visible, you might need some mineral oil and steel wool. Scrub the affected area a little harder with mineral oil and steel wool.

Dry Water Damaged Area

Take off the cleaner, and dry the affected area. You won’t need water in removing the cleaner. Simply take another dry cloth and wipe it in a circular motion to remove the paste or the cleaner. Doing this should also lift the water stains.

Rinse and Polish Your Water Damaged Cabinet

Use cool and clean water to wash and remove residues from your now fixed cabinet. After washing it, let it dry completely. Open the cabinet doors or use fans to dry it. When it is thoroughly dry, apply a good polish to make it look new again.

If water leak has caused extensive damage, it is best done by a certified water damage restoration company.

Why Is A Slow Leak Not Covered By My Insurance Company

Any type of water damage caused by a slow leak is not covered by standard homeowner’s insurance policy. In most cases, we wouldn’t think that we need our insurance company until we find such water damage. However, if you review your insurance policy, you will find a clause that says a gradual leak is not covered by your insurance company. This is because water damage happens due to negligence or lack of maintenance.  

Water damage is always a serious problem any homeowner can deal with, but a regular check and proper maintenance can do well in keeping them from happening. Make sure to perform proper maintenance with the pipes, supply lines, and faucet to prevent water damage under your kitchen sink.

If in any case, you need to deal with water damage, call in water damage professionals. They can work do the work faster and more effectively. Just like our team from our local office in Costa Mesa.