What Are The Dangers of Mold?
With the frequency of natural disasters happening all over the United States, a lot of people are becoming worrisome that the water and moisture coming into their homes will somehow result to mold growing and them getting exposed to the dangers of it.
How Does Mold Inspection and Remediation Work?
Mold is a fungus that comes in various colors (black, white, green, or gray) and shapes, and does best in water-soaked materials (paneling, wallboard, carpet, paint, ceiling tiles), and can survive in almost any damp location.
Mold inspection and remediation consists of identifying the location and the extent of mold in a household or placement of business – and then, beginning the process of removing or cleaning up mold from the indoor environment, which is extremely important.
Mold inspection should be a thorough process as mold growth may also be caused by incomplete drying of flooring materials such as concrete. Flooding, leaky roofs, building maintenance problems, or indoor plumbing problems can lead to mold growth inside, and should be main points of inspection when identifying mold. Mold remediation prevents the spread of mold by isolating damaged areas, removing affected material and eliminating moisture sources – the cause of the mold – in order to reestablish a healthy environment.
“When it comes to being indoors, mold should be avoided AT ALL COSTS.”
Since mold can’t initially be seen, it is important for one to inspect and investigate any areas where it may exist. This includes any place in the room that has water or moisture present.
Mold remediation is no easy feat. Its virtually impossible to get rid of mold and mold spores because not only is it on surfaces, but it also floats through the air, and can be found in dust circulating around the house. When mold is present, the MOLD NEEDS TO BE CLEANED COMPLETELY and ANY WATER/MOISURE problems or leakage must be solved right away. If the leakage or problem isn’t resolved in its entirety, more than likely the mold will come back and will cause more health damage to anyone exposed.
Since mold inspection and remediation is such a tedious task, we would suggest hiring a contractor/company (or other professional service provider) for extra insight and assistance. To make sure this issue is tackled seriously and professionally, a company such as United Water Restoration Group, which is a full service restoration company available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all water, flood, and mold emergencies, should be contacted as soon as possible. When informing any contractor about your problem, please make sure to let them know that that you want your property back to the pre-loss condition (FULL MOLD REMEDIATION!).
If you attempt to remediate mold yourself, you should definitely look into scrubbing mold off of hard surfaces with soap and water – and make sure that the surface is dried off completely. Make sure all plumbing, sink, or roof leaks are fixed COMPLETELY. Make sure to check all cracks, crevices and spots as well. Mold can grow in the tiniest of places, so it is important to check all possible locations for it.
Other Ways on How to Control Mold.
You need to make sure that you regularly clean and repair your roof gutters, make sure the foundation of your home is structured for water to slide away (keeping still water around the foundation of a home or business increases mold immensely), keep air conditional drip pans clean, keep the humidity low in your home, cover cold water pipes with insulation, and much more.