Fires, storms, and water are all things that can wreak havoc on a person’s home. But there’s one thing that no homeowner ever wants to deal with, and that is mold. On top of being unappealing, mold is a severe health hazard. It can cause certain illnesses if a person has enough exposure to it. On top of that, mold can cause structural damage to the house.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to get rid of mold if you ever find it in your home. Take a look at these five steps for effective mold removal.
This is the first step you should take. If your home has recently been affected by water damage but you don’t see any mold, you can call a professional to apply an antimicrobial agent. This halts mold growth, allowing you to get the place dry without worrying about mold popping up in the meantime. Antimicrobials can kill living mold spores as well, making them an effective mold removal tool.
Proper mold removal means knowing where to find the source of the mold. You’ll often find mold in damp areas of your house, such as the basement, sinks, and bathrooms. Many of these areas can be found on your own, but if you want to be on the safe side, some professionals have high-tech gear designed to find areas with above-average moisture levels. They might discover areas at risk for mold that you would never have expected.
Under the right circumstances, mold can spread rapidly throughout the house. After the mold source has been addressed, any infected areas have to be isolated to stop the mold from spreading further. Containment is crucial to mold removal because if mold is not contained, it can spread to all areas of your home, infecting everything you have in the process.
Mold does more than contaminate walls and objects in your home. It can also be airborne. That’s why the next step of mold removal goes hand-in-hand with containment. The air has to be cleaned so that you don’t breathe it in and develop respiratory problems.
You’ll want to call for professional help to get your air cleaned. They have the proper tools for the job and know how to use these tools to get rid of every mold spore you have.
Removal and Cleanup
In most cases, the only effective mold removal strategy is to get rid of everything you have that’s been contaminated by the mold. This usually includes your insulation, drywall, furniture, and carpet. If you don’t get rid of all contaminated materials, you run the risk of mold repopulating your home and starting this vicious cycle all over again.
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