Every home deals with mold. Mild cases can typically be taken care of easily, while more severe cases may indicate a bigger problem. Cleaning up mold can certainly leave you with questions, so today we’re outlining the basics to help you tackle your mold issues.

What is Mold?

  • Molds are a form of fungus. There are many species found indoors and outdoors. Molds produce spores that are very tiny and light, allowing them to become airborne or to be inhaled easily. Mold only begins forming when mold spores encounter moisture.
  • Places that are humid, wet, or warm create perfect breeding grounds for mold. Common culprits include leaky roofs, windows, or pipes and any type of flooding. Mold can be seen in plain sight or caught hiding behind walls or under carpets. It can grow on lots of different surfaces including paper, carpet, insulation, drywall, fabric, upholstery, and wood.
  • Once mold starts growing, it does not take long to notice. It can appear as white, black, yellow, green or blue. It is often fuzzy in texture and produces a musty odor.

How Can I Clean it Up Safely?

  • When taking on the task of cleaning mold there are several factors to consider. Most jobs that cover only a small surface such as in a bathroom or kitchen can be handled using soapy water or a bleach and water solution. Precautions should be taken, especially if you are someone with asthma or severe allergies.
  • If there is a water damaged area is larger than 10 feet, then you may need to consult a professional. You can also use recommendations from the EPA guide.

When Do I Know I Have a Problem?

  • Small spots of mold can typically be cleaned up easily with home cleaning solutions. Spots larger than 3 feet will likely require a professional cleaning service.
  • If you have cleaned up an area of mold but musty odors remain, then you may have growth beneath the surface of your wall, floor, or ceiling. Materials may need to be ripped out to properly locate the source.
  • Mold can trigger allergic reactions and bring on flu-like symptoms. Those with weakened immune systems are especially at risk. If you are suspicious that someone is experiencing these effects then you may have a bigger mold problem.
  • Never deal with contaminated water on your own. If water or mold damage was caused by water left by sewage or washing, then professionals should be called.

Who Should I Call for Help?

  • If water damaged areas are dried off within 48-72 hours mold has very little chance of developing. Proper drying is imperative. Water can seep into places you can’t see and linger even after places feel dry. These damp areas can lead to mold in as little as 24 hours. Water damage restoration experts know exactly what to look for and have the proper tools for identifying the extent of the damage. They will be able to address areas of concern safely and quickly, avoiding possible hazards and further damage in the future.
  • Mold does not grow without moisture. When mold is found, the source of the moisture must also be addressed, or the mold will return. If you have found mold near a window, on a ceiling, or under flooring due to a leak, then you will want to consider calling in the professionals to do the cleanup. Professionals will know how to handle the water damage properly and ensure that there is no further mold exposure.

While we can do things to prevent mold, the chances are high that we will still have to deal with it in some degree. Having some basic knowledge can help you tackle your mold problems and help you make informed decisions on the right time to call in a professional to avoid further damage.

 

 

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