Warm and damp places can offer the perfect conditions for mold growth. If mold is found or suspected in your home, it is important to call a professional restoration person right away. Surface mold almost always indicates a larger mold problem underneath the surface. Mold spreads quickly and can cause major structural damage to your home and to your health. Without proper mold removal, the mold will continue to spread and result in a very expensive mold cleanup.
Places to Find Mold
Mold behind the walls or under floors. Mold can also grow in places you may not notice at first, like behind your walls, under your floors, in your ceiling, and behind tiling. Look in the Basement, Basements usually have a small amount of foot traffic and it is common to find mold in the basements. Just like basements, attics do not see a lot of visitors and since they are so close to the roof they are exposed to roof leaks and moisture. Bathrooms are full of moisture so look under the sink, around the toilet pipes, and on the window sills and bathtub. If you suspect mold, do not try and remove it yourself and know that the longer you wait to call a professional the worse your damage will be. To have the minimal amount of damage call a professional immediately.
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Fast facts about the mold removal process…
- Mold grows quickly – Under ideal conditions (optimal temperature and level of humidity), it takes 24 to 48 hours for mold to germinate and grow. Typically, the spores begin to colonize in 3 to 12 days and become visible in about 18-21 days after moisture or standing water is present. This is the reason to get a professional restoration person into the problem area quickly.
- Call your insurance agent immediately to report a suspected mold claim. Follow the phone call with an email and a letter. In a catastrophic flood or pipe burst claim, getting a professional team in within the first 48 hours can be crucial. Restoration companies work very closely with insurance adjusters. The estimators will have an idea of the areas involved, what it will cost to remove. If you get the run-around from your agent, insurance company, independent adjuster, or restoration company, make sure to follow up with an email and a letter confirming their delay in responding. Be firm and courteous.
- Bleach Isn’t Enough – We have all heard spray bleach on Mold. But-Bleach will only kill mold growing on non-porous surfaces like glass, tiles, bathtubs, and counter tops. However bleach cannot completely kill mold growing in non-porous materials like drywall and wood. Bleach does not penetrate into these non-porous substances and so only the mold growing above the surface is killed. Dead mold spores are just as dangerous as live ones. Mold removal experts will work to eliminate the source of the mold and return your property to a safe state. A professional will use antimicrobials and other products during the mold removal and remediation process to be sure the spores are gone for good.
- Mold Can Affect Your Health – Your health and the health of family and friends can be affected by mold. Not every person is susceptible to mold illness but some are and the effects can be serious. For these people, molds can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation. People with mold allergies may have more severe reactions such as chronic inflammatory disease or asthma flare-ups.
The key advise in this article is Mold is dangerous to deal with. Just call a professional immediately and they can get to work. Trying to remove mold on your own could cause the spores to spread and contaminate other parts of your home and you are likely to have a bigger and more expensive problem because mold will not disappear on its own.
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