At certain times of the year, heavy rainstorms are, unfortunately all too common and so is the water damage that comes with them.
It’s because of this that mold removal is something that many homeowners find themselves resorting to so that they don’t have to worry about suffering the deadly effects that mold spores can have on a person’s health if their breathed in.
Beyond be detrimental to the health of a home’s occupants, mold can also compromise the structural integrity of the building to the point where simply being inside can be a danger to anyone.
There are a number of things you can do in the name of mold remediation to make sure that your home is safe but, in order to understand what cleaning up mold is about, you should first understand how it starts and what can be done to prevent it from occurring in the first place.
As stated earlier, every case of mold removal starts because of water damage that often occurs after a period of heavy rain. Water damage in places like basements, crawlspaces and attics is especially prevalent and the majority of mold growth occurs in such places.
Mold growth occurs here because mold spores, which travel on the air, come into contact with damp surfaces in dark, cool places, which is an ideal growing environment for mold.
Some types of mold cause complications like increased risk of asthma and allergy attacks, but other types of mold, like black mold, are toxic and can be fatal if a large enough amount is breathed in. If any type of mold is found then it’s in your best interest to remove from the house immediately.
Some mold removal can be done by the homeowner.
When you spot mold in places like bathrooms and decks, the best way to go about removing it is to make a bleach-water solution and scrub gently until all of it is scrubbed away.
You want to make sure that you take the necessary precautionary measures when doing this, of course. This includes wearing old clothes that you can either clean or throw away after the cleanup is done and putting on a respirator so that you don’t breath in any of the damaging spores while you work.
You also want to take care to cover up and duct openings and doorway cracks in order to contain mold spores in the room where you’re working. This will prevent them from escaping into other parts of the house where they have the chance to spread.
In thinking about how to make it so that you won’t need mold removal at all, the best thing you can do is get waterproofing.
Get the aforementioned places; basements, attics and crawlspaces waterproofed, but also consider doing the same for the house’s foundation and masonry surfaces as well, as these types of places can often become breeding grounds for mold spores just as easily the places inside the home.
If you’re ever unsure about whether or not you have a mold problem, you shouldn’t hesitate to have mold testing done.
Mold testing works not only because it finds mold in the places where it can most commonly grow, but because it can also find mold in places where you wouldn’t think to look.
Mold growing in places where it goes unnoticed is especially problematic for many homeowners simply because one wayward bump into that surface could send thousands of new mold spores into the air, where they’ll eventually settle on new surfaces and have the chance to grow on their own if they come across a cool, damp, dark place.
In the case of mold testing, waterproofing and mold removal, it’s always best to go with a professional mold removal contractor.
A contractor who is trained and certified in mold remediation can find and eliminate the fungus wherever it grows. Not only that, but they can waterproof those same surfaces so that the problem doesn’t happen again and you and your family can finally be safe.