Mold or Mildew a Problem at Your House?
Mold or Mildew – Can My Air Conditioner Keep It Under Control?
Professional restoration technicians should be licensed and trained in mold remediation. They must know how to protect themselves, how to protect the occupants of the home, and to protect the property. Almost every damage scenario that we encounter is unique. Several factors in damage situations create these unique conditions.
Some of The Factors that Affect a Home Can Include:
- Source of the water damage, such as a water heater, burst pipes, washing machine line, clogged drain, slab leak(s), etc.,
- The amount of water that leaked from the source(s),
- How long the leak continued before it was stopped,
- How long before the water is properly removed from your home,
- Even the layout or plan of the home. For instance, if your home is two story and the leak occurred on the 2nd Floor and it leaked for very long, then it is likely that you will have damage on more than one floor, and
- Did ALL the water and moisture get removed from the home the first time?
Is it Too Late?
Many times we are brought into homes after-the-fact; that were thought to have been completed by contractors that used equipment to vacuum the water out of the carpet, but left moisture under it in the pad and the floor or slab foundation. Fortunately most homeowners have now learned or have heard horror stories from their friends or neighbors about this scenario.
When all the moisture is not completely removed from floors, floor coverings, wall cavities, under cabinetry, etc., the problem and danger can silently grow in an almost undetectable way.
Initially, we’re visually assessing the physical materials, and if possible, we’re using meters as well so we don’t use a visual test by itself. We don’t normally use a touch test as that only serves to spread the problem. Normally the progression from water damage to mold is subtle, and a homeowner may have already taken what they felt was appropriate action. They may have opened doors, windows, provided a fan, even pulled the carpet back.
They may have done some things initially that were helpful, but unfortunately didn’t get to the hard to get to all the right spots. Inside walls, underneath the baseboard, under stairs, under cabinets, behind fireplaces… all those are the areas where water goes to hide. Often the first indication of a greater problem is a few days or even weeks after the water damage. When people will begin to smell something, they may call and describe an unfamiliar odor. That’s when we know that the damage is likely more serious than originally thought, and it’s our call to quick action.
We’re able to approach a mold remediation project and do some things that normal consumers can’t.
We’re have the right equipment.
We have the products and been trained to use the right techniques.
We caution our clients that they should be mindful of the possibility that in their efforts to help themselves that they can be doing more damage than they realize. An indication of that is if visual mold has begun to form.
An area the size of a postage stamp can e counts on that surface could be from 40-60 million spores,
If they see an area, perhaps it’s fuzzy, or it’s discolored, and there’s an indication of contamination, when we look in and in the process of trying to work on that area, if the homeowner doesn’t take preventive action or have the right air scrubbing equipment, or the right products, the right approach to it, they could easily disturb the area and the spores will become airborne and could be broadcast and spread throughout the room.
Is Your Air Conditioning System Your Enemy? Maybe in this case it is…
If the air conditioning system is doing its job cooling and heating the home, it also serves as the perfect method to move spores very effectively and efficiently. Our fear is that cross-contamination throughout a home will occur. Even if the damage occurred in only one area, those spores can quickly be spread around by your HVAC system throughout the home.
We may be required to erect temporary plastic walls. We might cover over air conditioning registers, supply, and return vents to prevent the air conditioning from doing any damage. Typically we will set up HEPA-filtered air scrubbers with special air filtration devices. These pieces of equipment are incredibly efficient at removing particulate and tiny mold spores from the air with the series of different filters. These filters must be properly maintained and/or exchanged to capture and hold those spores and prevent them from spreading.
Professional Restoration Services
If you have experienced water damage and now need water extraction, mold or mildew remediation, we recommend that you contact professionals such as PuroClean Restoration Specialists. When it’s an interior leak, with timely contact, quick response and professional structural drying, we can save almost everything: drywall, wood, carpets and most contents! We will measure the moisture content of materials, monitor and log progress so we know the actual drying time and ensure restoration to the appropriate dry standard. We offer a comprehensive mold or mildew removal, including carpet cleaning and restoration as well as water removal services.