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.