When Mold Invades Your Home: What to Do and Not Do

One square inch of mold can contain more than 65 million mold spores which have the potential to cause health problems including allergic reactions, irritations, and release potentially toxic substances. It is important to rely on the expertise of a mold remediation expert to prevent damage to your property and furnishings, save money, and avoid potential health problems. Some companies like PuroClean Property Rescue specialize in mold remediation.

Mold grows naturally all around us when the environment is right. All it takes is moisture, organic material, the right temperature and a little time. The main ingredient we can control is moisture – if things are dry, mold won’t grow. This is why it is so important to control humidity in our houses and quickly and completely dry out all areas that have been affected in a water escape.

Here are some tips about how to stay safe and limit mold damage:

What To Do:

·         Contact PuroClean or similar mold remediation professionals. This will help ensure that you and your property don’t sustain further damage. Due to inherent health risks, it is important to rely on experts to threat the problem.

·         Fix Water Problems. Mold needs moisture to develop. If you see mold, it is important to identify and stop the source of the moisture. Fix plumbing leaks and dry all items completely.

·         Limit Your Exposure. Be sure to wear gloves, dust mask and eye protection when cleaning mold.

·         Cleaning Small Areas: Once the moisture problem has been fixed, small amounts of mold (less than 10 square feet) can be cleaned by scrubbing hard surfaces with household detergent and water according to the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene, Nov. 2008. Porous surfaces may need to be removed.

·         Drying. After cleaning the mold, it is very important to dry the area as quickly as possible to prevent reoccurrence. Fans in a controlled environment can speed up the drying process.

What Not To Do:

·         Don’t Ignore It. Mold poses a serious health issue, especially if you already have respiratory issues. Contact a professional immediately if you detect mold or suspect it exists in hidden places.

·         Don’t Use Bleach. Bleach is not the solution for mold treatment. While bleach may kill live mold, it does not kill mold spores. Also, treating mold with bleach and water actually feeds further growth.

·         Don’t Dry Until Cleaned. Drying an area with mold before cleaning it can actually spread it.

Tips For Mold Prevention:

Perform inspections of your home and property regularly. Following is a helpful guideline of several items requiring regular inspection:

·         Daily: Inspect ceilings and walls for water staining.

·         Monthly: Check for drips or signs of water leaking at all supply lines, sinks, toilets, icemaker, etc. Replace or clean A/C filters.

·         Annually: Service HVAC system.

·         As Needed: Determine source of water-discolored wall or ceiling surfaces.

o   Check for water pooling around foundation

o   Clean gutters. Assure water flow from downspouts is directed away from foundation.

o   If going out of town for an extended period of time, ask neighbors or friends to keep an eye on the home, checking it daily.

Look for other helpful tip sheets in this series: “When Water Floods Your Home” and “When Fire or Smoke Damages Your Home” provided by Doug Williams, Owner and President of PuroClean Property Rescue / 500 E Arapaho Rd Suite 206 / Richardson, Texas. PuroClean professionals are “The Paramedics of Property Damage.” For Water/Fire/Mold/Biohazard emergency services 24/7 call 972-232-1200. For more information, see www.PuroCPR.com.

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