When first spotting mold in your place of residence or business, removing this should be at the very top of your list. Mold can be a danger to the health of you, your family, or employees. When your health is at risk, you need to make sure that you get this handled as soon as possible.
To make sure that you fully remove mold, you should call a restoration company such as United Water Restoration Group, Inc. With mold removal, you need to make sure that you identify mold, and make sure that you get rid of both small and big infestations as they both can be extremely dangerous.
The Overview of Mold and Mold Removal
Mold is a big deal. And its removal is key. It can be spotted in a variety of ways. Sometimes it discolors your ceiling or walls, sometimes it shows up as black spots on areas throughout the home, sometimes it rots on damp wood.
When mold is present, health effects include allergic reactions, sneezing, watery eyes, runny noses, and much more. On top of the health issues, it can leave an odor in your home – primarily a musty, unpleasant smell throughout your home.
When you spot mold in your home, it isn’t the end of the world, as the problem can be handled, and you can continue enjoying your home —- like you should be doing.
At times, it can simply be removed by using household cleaning products especially when you catch them early – before they spread. But you must be extremely careful when engaging in the process of mold removal.
Identifying Mold Before Removal
Mold is extremely dangerous – it’s a fungus that grows from tiny spores, and they float all through the air. It can grow anywhere that spores land, has moisture present, and a temperature between 40 and 100 degrees. This is almost every place inside of your home or business, especially when you have some sort of water damage.
This is why identifying and correcting water damage problems should be at the very top of your list, as soon as they happen. Visible types of mold are called mildew. To make sure spots are “mildew” and not “dirt,” you can simply sprinkle a few drops of bleach on the area. If the spot lightens a few shades after a couple of minutes, this is indeed: mildew (a form of mold). If it remains the exact dark shade, more than likely, it is dirt.
High concentrations of mold definitely cause an unpleasant smell. If you smell mold, you should immediately check for mold in damp carpets, damp walls, or wet wood underneath you floors.
Mold Removal: Home or Business
The first thing you must do is remove your moldy carpet. You can simply start by cutting and removing the carpet with a knife. Once you are done with this, you should use a pump sprayer, mist the surfaces with water to control the spread of spores, and roll up the sections. Throughout the mold removal process, please make sure you wear protective clothing and run an exhaust fan from the window.
On tile and hard surfaces, you can simply scrub the area by using a water and bleach combination (1 part bleach, 8 part water solution).
When you spot a wall that is wet or extremely soft, you have to open up the wall to get the mold that is growing inside. Since the wall is going to need repair, it is recommended that you cut the drywall back to spot the mold and let it dry out.