When To Call a Mold Remediation Specialist

5 Ways to Know You Need Mold Remediation

Many homes develop small, localized areas of mold that homeowners are not even aware of. That is why it is important to check your house periodically for signs of toxic mold growth like fungus or mildew. Some types of mold in small amounts are relatively harmless. But other types, especially black mold, as well as sizable or widespread fungal growth may reveal a significant problem that requires professional mold removal remediation. Here are 5 signs to look for that may indicate a serious mold damage problem in your dwelling or commercial mold damage at your job office.

Distinctive odor.

If you notice a damp smell at home, look for signs of mold in home areas that are dark, generally unused, and warm. To track a smelly odor heralding mold damage, contact a restoration company for tips on finding them, and deodorization. Mildew has a recognizable musky, smelly odor. Fortunately, deodorization can treat mold in home areas to remove any scent of the offending fungus. While mold damage does not always produce a smelly odor, it often does in moist or damp areas. A sharp, smelly odor is often one of the early signs of mold growth behind wall areas before you see visible evidence.

Wall damage.

Sometimes mold and mildew grow externally on wall surfaces where they can be plainly seen and addressed. Other types of mold growth occurs behind wall boards and paneling where it cannot be seen. Check for mold growth behind wall fixtures to catch all traces of it in the early stages. In suspected areas of fungus growth, cut off the water supply or repair any leaks to prevent dry rot, where mold loves to grow. Black mold is a serious concern, as mold growth is a health hazard that can lead to severe problems in certain people, especially those with mold allergies. A professional restoration company can examine the premises for signs of dry rot or black mold before the problem becomes extensive. Early mitigation can prevent long-term problems that may become more difficult to treat.

Visible mildew.

Discolored stains anywhere in your home, especially in damp, dark areas, may signify mold damage. Fungus can be almost any color and possibly speckled. Look for mold in home areas or office areas where unusual splashes of color appear unexpectedly. A restoration company can provide a free estimate on the cost and time to remove mold growth that is seen, as well as look for mold growth behind wall areas. Mold removal should be planned as soon as mildew is spotted, whether in the home or commercial mold damage in the workplace. Early remediation can quickly bring the mold growth behind wall problem under control.

Fungal growth.

In addition to or instead of mildew, fungus may appear, sprouting through flooring or walls. This signals a more extensive mold removal problem that may include dry rot or black mold. Contact a remediation company for tips on how to avoid spreading fungal growth, which may include limiting air circulation and reducing room temperature. Deodorization may also be needed for mitigation. An experienced restoration company can evaluate the extent of the problem and effective mold in home treatment strategies.

Previous mold problem.

Homes that have experienced previous mold or dry rot might have a recurring problem if underlying issues are not addressed. The same is true for commercial mold damage treatment of a professional building. Mitigation should be handled promptly and effectively to prevent the need for repeated mitigation. Tell-tale lingering odors may require investigation and deodorization.

What A Mold Remediation Professional Will Do

Mold remediation companies will clean up your mold in a few days if just some washing and removing carpet is involved, or in a few weeks if demolition and rebuilding is required.

Generally, the cleanup process entails:

  • Removing water-damaged, mold-infested materials.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting walls, carpet, and personal items.
  • Removing drywall and studs if mold damage is extensive.
  • Vacuuming with HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filtration.

If mold infestation is severe and you are mold-sensitive, you may have to live elsewhere during cleanup.

Other Things You Should Take Into Consideration When Hiring Professional Help

  • Experience is so important.  A company that has been in the business for 10+ years will be prepared for any situation and will know how to best handle your job.
  • Sometimes it is necessary to have your HVAC air ducts professionally cleaned since air ducts can collect dust and mold spores.  
  •  Some mold remediation companies also do restoration work, just like a general contractor. Restoration can often cost far more than the remediation depending on the style of home, building materials used, etc.

The Process of Mold Remediation

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that any moldy areas less than 10 square feet (about 3 feet by 3 feet) can be remediated by the homeowner. Beyond that, you may want to talk to a mold remediation contractor. In most cases, it is better to have a mold remediation contractor do the work than a general contractor.

Even though chlorine bleach is often used to kill mold, bleach is not an EPA-approved biocide. For that, you will need to use a product such as Mold Stat. If a space 3-foot by 3-foot of mold growth is heavily concentrated or near the HVAC system, it should be contained to prevent dispersal.

Containment and Ventilation

The first step, and arguably the most important, is setting up containment and ventilation. The use of proper ventilation and air filtration devices (AFDs) such as air scrubbers is required to ensure that mold spores that are disturbed and become airborne are not spreading to an uninfected area.

Cleaning and Disinfection

Cleaning and disinfecting is the next step and this is the stage that includes the actual remediation and disposal of infected materials. After the cleaning and disinfecting, then the technicians apply biocide/fungicide/moldicide solutions.

Fix the Mold Source

The next step is where the technicians address any moisture or humidity concerns. For example, if a loose bathroom fan duct is running into an attic, the fan duct may be fixed. If the fix is easy, the mold remediation company may take on the repair by itself. For more involved repairs, the company may hire a sub-contractor or recommend one for the homeowner.

Encapsulate the Mold

Mold that has not been removed is encapsulated by paint or a similar material. Encapsulation is an approved method of dealing with mold in a home.

HOW TO PREVENT MOLD IN COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS?

So how does one prevent it? Here are some tips:

  • Deal with leaks. Whether that be coming from the roof or loose plumbing, it is important to deal with them immediately. It’s going to prevent water damage too.
  • Use a dehumidifier. Your establishment’s humidity must always be maintained and kept at no higher than 50%. We understand how it can be challenging to keep track, so your best bet is to install commercial dehumidifiers
  • Ensure proper ventilation. Keep your air vents and air filters clean, and that the enclosed areas of your establishment are free of moisture.
  • Deal with flooding immediately. Don’t let stagnant water sit too long and seep into your wooden walls, flooring, and furniture.

That’s it, by keeping the tips we have shared with you in mind, we are sure that your commercial establishment will be free of both mildew and mold. We understand, however, that even with the best mold control practices, these pesky fungi can still strike, as if out of nowhere. If this happens, then please read on to learn how to remove them.