Everything You Need To Know About Mold Remediation
Most households deal with a mold infestation at some point. But they do occur more often for homeowners who overlook regular maintenance and ignore minor plumbing problems such as pipe leaks.
Mold infestations aren’t just a nuisance or hideous to look at; they pose serious health hazards. Individuals with respiratory problems, allergies, asthma, and other lung conditions are at serious risk when they breathe in a mold-infested environment.
Even healthy individuals can experience irritated skin and eyes when living in a mold-infested environment.
This is why it’s crucial to be on the lookout for any warning signs and deal with the problem immediately. In this blog, we’ll help you understand the reasons behind mold problems and what you should do for immediate remediation.
Why Does the Mold Grow?
Microscopic mold spores are present everywhere in the environment. Given the right conditions (temperature and humidity), these otherwise harmless spores can grow anywhere—and if not dealt with immediately, can lead to an infestation.
The growth can happen on any moist surface—from your shower curtain to the corners of a drywall and even damp wood on your bathroom door.
While it’s impossible to keep every area in your house dry at all times (especially bathrooms and areas near plumbing), the trick with preventing mold infestation is to limit the growth before it gets bigger.
But How Can You identify it?
Identifying mold isn’t difficult at all, given that it’s easy to spot and smell. It can grow in different colors such as green, purple, black, blue, or white. Some colors are more common than others. Moreover, they might have different properties, and be more difficult to remove without professional intervention.
To identify mold growth, you have to inspect damp spots around the house every several weeks. Check in corners or around cracks behind the sink, where there’s moisture at all times. Even though not all types of mold are toxic, they must be identified and remedied without delay, because the growth can be detrimental to air quality, painted walls, and the structural integrity of your house.
Book an inspection with a professional mold mitigation and removal service if you’re unsure about the growth or are unable to identify it.
What Does Mold Remediation Involve?
Once you’ve identified the growth, it’s time to reverse the damage. Since the internet is full of information that’s often unverified and misleading, talk to the experts about the concentration and extent of the problem.
Remember, mold remediation involves the usage of particular equipment, such as high-quality filtration masks and vacuums, as well as plastic sheeting to contain the infestation. If you try a DIY method, you may end up transferring spores to another spot and make yourself sick by inhaling them.
Talk to an expert about the remediation process, which will typically include these steps:
- The initial identification of growth areas around the house/facility
- The use of plastic sheets to cover the unaffected areas so spores don’t disperse
- The expert will then use safety gear, which includes a face mask, protective suit, and gloves
- Depending on the severity of the infestation, mold remediation will involve dehumidifiers, HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) vacuums, and HEPA scrubbers.
- The process also involves clearing the air of any spores and once the mold has been removed from the wall.
- The last step is clearing the infested walls of any spots and stains with antifungal and antimicrobial treatments.
When hiring a mold remediation service, make sure to check for experience and equipment quality. If you’re in Steamboat Springs¸ Routt, Moffat or Grand Lake area and its vicinity, talk to us about the mold removal for your home or office.
We use a systematic approach that keeps collateral damage to a minimum while offering affordable and efficient services.
Just give us a call at 970-871-4974 or know more about our mold removal and mitigation services here! We also offer fire and water damage cleanup, crawl space encapsulation, floor and upholstery cleaning and janitorial services to both commercial and residential clients based in Colorado.