Tips About Mold Damage
“To Be or Not To Be” – That’s Almost the Question
“To Be or Not To Be – That is the Question” is probably the most famous of all Shakespeare quotes. But when it comes to water, fire or mold damage, the best thing you want to know is “What NOT to Do“.
First a Mold Damage FACTOID:
Did you know that one square inch can contain more than 65,000,000 (Yes, that’s millions) mold spores? About the size of standard postage stamp…
What Is Mold?
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), “Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.”
What Not To Do
- Don’t Ignore It – Mold damage can quickly pose a serious health threat, especially if you already have respiratory problems or issues. Contact a professional restoration contractor immediately to verify if you suspect you have a mold problem or visually detect mold in your home or business.
- Don’t Use Bleach – While bleach will kill live, surface mold that you may see on walls, it does not eliminate or kill mold spores. In addition, treating mold with bleach and water mixtures actually may provide food for further growth.
- Don’t Dry Until Properly Cleaned – Attempting to dry an area that has mold can be done, but the air movement from the drying process will actually further spread the mold spores into the surrounding air. Bad move.
What To Do
- Contact a Professional – Call an experienced restoration expert to treat areas affected with mold because of the inherent health risks, it is critical to rely on trained experts to properly treat the mold damage and minimize the risks for you and your family as well as safely protect themselves.
- Find and Fix – Find and fix the water problems. Mold requires moisture to develop. If you see mold, it is important to identify and stop the source of the problem before you can fully address the problem with the mold. Remember that even if you can’t find a leak or problem yourself, if you even smell or see evidence of a mold issue, there is a water problem somewhere. That MUST be fixed to effectively dry out and remediate the mold damage.
- Cleaning Small Areas – Once the moisture problem is repaired, small amounts of mold (less than 10 square feet) can be cleaned on hard surfaces by thoroughly scrubbing all surfaces with detergent and water.
- Drying – After cleaning the mold, it is extremely important to dry the area as quickly as possible to prevent reoccurrence. However, only after it is properly cleaned should you use fans in a controlled environment (isolated area) to speed up the drying process.
- Limit Your Exposure – ALWAYS wear eye protection, a dust mask and rubber gloves as a minimum when cleaning mold damage.
Professional Restoration Contractors
Puroclean Restoration Services in Frisco TX is the experienced professional restoration contractor that a stressed-out homeowner should call first when disaster strikes their home. Puroclean has all the equipment and trained personnel needed from mitigation and emergency clean up of fire or water damage or mold damage to getting your home completely dried out…restored and back like it was.
Make an appointment before you need help. Be informed and get to know your restoration contractors like Puroclean Restoration before you have storm damage that can endanger you or your family.