Mold is a common occurrence in most Houston households. All you need is humidity combined with a lack of airflow and you could have a mold problem even if there has not been access of water present. Checking your house for mold is not as easy as it seems as molds can grow in cracks and crevices which are not immediately visible. Given the health effects of mold (the tiny microorganisms are airborne), it is a good idea to have your home tested for mold from time to time.
A few simple steps can go a long way towards preventing mold in your Houston home. Fix leaks as soon as possible, keep an eye on damp spots in walls or ceilings as this is the first sign leading to mold growth, and make sure your house is well-ventilated with regular air flow. If you detect mold in your house, it’s best to take remedial action immediately. Cleaning stone, bricks or ceramic is easier because they are non-porous materials (meaning moisture is on the surface only, unless there are visible cracks). The simplest solution is using bleach or vinegar to clean the affected area and use a fan for a few days to ensure complete drying. Make sure you wear some old clothes which can be discarded later and cover exposed body surfaces. A face mask is also important because while cleaning, you risk exposing your lungs to the mold in the air and the chemicals you are using to clean it. This can result in sneezing, allergies and even long term upper respiratory tract problems.
For persistent problems and large surface areas, you may want to call in a professional. Choose a mold removal service close to your area so that repeat visits, if necessary, are not too costly. Ask others in the community for referrals – mold removal can be an expensive undertaking and you want to be sure the money spent is worthwhile. A mold removal professional will first assess the damage caused by the mold and try to identify and block the source. This may involve calling in a water damage expert, like United Water Restoration Group of Houston, to check if the leak causing the mold involves toxic substances.
The cleaning process will differ according to the type of surface on which the mold is growing. Porous substances (like drop ceilings and carpets) might have to be discarded to keep the mold from spreading. When you work with United Water Restoration Group of Houston, a damage assessment will go hand in hand with the drying process which can take several days. Experts will monitor the moisture level from day to day to see which structural areas can be salvaged. Non-salvageable material should be disposed of as soon as possible to avoid spreading the mold to non-affected areas. Do not attempt any restoration or reconstruction before the drying process is complete!
Restoration efforts are where the heavy costs lie. In some cases, reconstruction might be preferable to repair and you may want to take advantage of the opportunity to do some long delayed re-modeling! Call United Water Restoration today if you are experiencing problems with mold or water damage in your Houston home.