If you have mold in your home, you need to take quick action. This fungus loves to grow in warm, moist environments, and you must take action to make it go away. In most cases, mold won’t go away on its own — and the longer it remains in your home, the more likely you and your family are to experience health problems.
Mold also destroys materials on which it grows, so leaving mold unchecked is nearly as bad as allowing termites or other pest infestations to go without treatment.
In most cases, it makes the most sense to choose a professional mold remediation company to deal with mold because it can grow back quickly if it isn’t properly eliminated.
Here are six tips and techniques than can help you deal with mold infestation in your home:
1. Stop the source of moisture. Whether it’s a leaky roof, a plumbing leak or water damage from a flood, you must stop the source of moisture or you’ll never be free of mold. Then make sure you dry everything that has been impacted. Drying doesn’t eliminate all mold and can’t save all kinds of items, but it’s always the next step after stopping the moisture.
2. Take care of hard surfaces. Mold on hard surfaces can best be eliminated by physically scrubbing it away with water and a special fungicidal detergent. Remember, all attempts at mold remediation release mold into the air unless special precautions are taken. If you are especially sensitive to mold, you don’t want to be around while this is being done.
3. Throw away things that can’t be cleaned. Porous and absorbent materials can’t always be properly cleaned and may need to be thrown away. This includes carpet, ceiling tiles and drywall. Mold can grow in voids and crevices in porous materials, so throwing the stuff away is the best way to ensure it doesn’t give you any problems in the future.
4. Use protective clothing. If you’re doing mold remediation yourself, use protective coverings over your clothes, wear gloves and use something to keep you from breathing in the airborne mold. A respirator is the best choice, but a mold-proof facemask may be good enough for smaller jobs.
5. Don’t paint over mold. And don’t caulk over it either. Clean and thoroughly dry moldy surfaces before you consider repainting. Paint doesn’t necessarily block all the harmful health effects of mold and it tends to peel off anyway. Painting over mold is a waste of time because it will need to be redone soon.
6. Get pro help. For cleaning sentimental or expensive items, turn to professionals. And get professional help with large mold remediation jobs too. It just makes sense since pros can do the job quicker and with fewer health risks for you and those around you.
In damp climates, it’s impossible to remove all mold from a home permanently. But at Orange Restoration, we can perform mold removal to make your home safe and completely livable again. See what can we do for you – (619) 376-6838.