Five Steps To Mold Free
Mold is the single most common side effect of water damage or flooding and is made all the more nefarious by the fact that it shows up so quickly following any sort of water damage event. 48 to 72 hours is all it takes for mold to appear, and that window of time may be shortened even further if the water in question is sewage based. Once mold has established, it grows rapidly, can prove nearly impossible to get rid of, and can present and all manner of health hazards. They can range from mild allergic reactions to serious neurological and respiratory disorders.
So how do you get rid of your mold problem? Well, there are five steps that you can take to rid your home of mold; the secret is to follow them to the letter and not try to cut corners by skipping a step.
1) Scout the house. In many cases, mold will be very obvious, presenting itself as a fuzzy, greenish black growth accompanied by a noxious smell. In other cases, mold growth may not be so obvious and will require a little judicious searching. Check pipes, behind walls, and in darkened places such as the attic. It is of utmost importance to completely cover your home and make sure that all mold is accounted for.
2) Pump Out The Air. Mold reproduces by way of spores, microscopic organisms that float through the air until they find a good place to take root and grow, preferably somewhere with adequate moisture. Filters will need to be set up in the home to catch the mold spores that are in the air. Be advised that even touching mold is often enough to release hundreds of thousands of mold spores into the indoor environment.
3) Vacuuming. The area will need to be thoroughly vacuumed in order to remove any mold spores that have already taken root. Catching them before they can become fruitful and multiply is imperative.
4) Spraying and Scrubbing. Mold is treated with a nontoxic solution, scrubbed with a brush, and wiped down. In many cases, the mold growth will need to be sealed off in order to prevent the spreading of mold spores when the growth is disrupted. This is a professional grade operation and should not be attempted by homeowners.
5) Drying Period. The infected area must be completely dried out once the mold is gone. Further, the area must be treated in order to prevent the mold from returning. This includes improving the ventilation and bringing down the relative humidity levels within the area. A humidity grade of 40-45% is as high as you want to go. Anything more invites the mold to return.
Don’t allow mold to get the better of your home. Call in a professional mold removal and remediation professional today to give your home the proper care and treatment that you and your family deserve.