Mold can be harmful to human health. This is especially the case when dealing with black mold. Inhaling or ingesting the spores produced by these molds can cause serious health problems including allergic reactions. It is therefore important to have infestations removed from your home as soon as they are confirmed.
Mold removal is more complex than many people would like to believe. The following are some things you should know about the process:
Have you noticed some mold in your home? Is there a musty odor in your home? It can be tempting to try and get rid of it on your own. Many people are motivated by the thought to saving money. However, mold removal requires expertise and the right equipment. Mold infestations often run deeper than what is visible to the eye. Mold colonies are often established in dark and hard to reach places. Cleaning the parts that you can see will do nothing to solve the problem.
Do you really have a mold infestation? How deep is the infestation? What parts of the home are affected? What type of mold are you dealing with? What caused the infestation? What is the best approach to the removal of the mold? How can you prevent a future infestation? These questions can only be answered following an inspection and testing of your home.
Mold colonies are often found in places that are difficult to reach. This includes the spaces in porous materials. Remediation may, therefore, include the removal of porous materials such as wood and drywall from the home. Non-porous items can be easily cleaned and their surfaces treated to remove colonies and prevent reestablishment of the mold.
One of the challenges of mold removal is preventing mold spores from spreading to other parts of the home. In many cases, the remediation contractor will ask you to move out for some time as the remediation is done. This will help to reduce the level of exposure to mold spores.
It is important to note that experts will have installed equipment such as air filters and vacuum machines to prevent the spread of mold spores to other parts of the home during the removal. This however does not guarantee your safety. It is, therefore, best to arrange for temporary accommodation for the period of the remediation.