Mold, also known as mildew, is an airborne fungal organism that grows on damp, wet objects. Mold is an important component of nature and is found in most places by breaking down dead plant material including fallen trees and leaves; it’s even present in water pipes made from copper. This article will tell you what you need to know about mold remediation.
The first step in mold remediation is to remove the source of moisture or dampness. If you have a leak in your basement, crawlspace, bathroom or kitchen, your best bet for cleaning up a mold problem is to use a good, old-fashioned bleach solution (our number one recommendation! ), and work it into the cracks and crevices to kill the spores and the organisms that live in them. Be sure to wear rubber gloves and protective eyewear when applying bleach products, and be sure not to let the solution dry on any soft surface (carpet, towels, curtains etc. ).
Mold removal is just the first step; mold remediation involves a thorough cleaning and disinfection of your home to prevent future occurrences. Mold removal is often followed by disinfection, because the fungi that cause the problem often reproduce in moist environments that are not properly sealed. Mold remediation professionals can help with indoor air quality improvement by removing the contaminated items and then sealing and repairing the sources of moisture that remain. They may recommend that you install an ozone air filter to protect your family from future exposure to spores. Ozone air filters can be quite expensive but are usually effective at reducing the number of airborne contaminants (such as mold spores) in your home and improving indoor air quality.
Once you have begun the process of removing mold, make sure you are keeping as much mold-free air inside your home as possible. Make sure your heating and cooling systems are working efficiently, and that your windows and doors are sealed tightly to keep any spores from getting through your air vents or escape to the outside. If at all possible, don’t open any windows during the remediation process, as this will increase the spread of mold. Also, keep any pets inside the house to minimize the spreading of spores, and make sure everyone in the household is wearing a mask (there are anti-microbial masks available that you can buy, and they are quite affordable).
When you start seeing signs of mold, it’s time to check the humidity in the area. You can either use a moisture meter to find moisture levels in different parts of your house or simply look in your basement or on the roof. If you find high levels of humidity (greater than 60%), you may need to install an air conditioning or dehumidifier in order to control the humidity in the area. If your high level of humidity is not caused by any flooding or leaking, your condensation problem can be dealt with by installing a fan in the area, which will draw out and regulate the amount of moisture in the air, keeping it at an acceptable level.
Mold removal and cleanup are not something you should try to tackle yourself if you don’t know what you’re doing or if you have no training in mold remediation or cleanup. It’s important to work with a company who has the experience and expertise required to thoroughly remove molds in indoor environments and cleanup the contaminated areas. This is especially true if you find the molds in your basement or on your roof, since these are places you likely don’t want to be handling with your bare hands. For best results, hire a professional mold remediation and cleanup service to do the job properly, safely, and effectively.